The emergency assistance provided by the Salvation Army to Modesto and Stanislaus County families focuses on helping with paying utility bills, food, shelter, and case management. Social services can help those who are faced with a crisis. The main center is at The Salvation Army Citadel, 625 Street, Modesto, California, dial (209) 523-7577
Three main programs are offered for energy bills. The Salvation Army may be able to assist qualified families and individuals who need assistance with paying delinquent utility, cooling or heating bills and who are faced with a crisis.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) – The Salvation Army can assist residents of Modesto community with applying for this program. VITA is provided to low income individuals and seniors who require assistance with filing federal and state of California income tax forms. The income tax filing assistance program is staffed by certified and well trained IRS volunteers.
Get help in applying for Social Security disability. Social services staff and case managers assist individuals who need help completing medical forms, filling in applications, exploring government aid and writing letters.
Emergency Disaster Services can help people in Stanislaus County who are recovering from a natural disaster. Salvation Army staff can assist in all kinds of emergencies by providing shelter, food, clothing, or financial assistance to those affected by a disaster.
Berberian Homeless and Transition Shelter is a Salvation Army of Modesto center. It is located on 9th and D Streets. The center is open all year round, but is only available on a limited basis during the summer months. It is fully open during the winter.
A number of churches help with this center too. There are several charities, church congregations, and non-profits that provide nutritional meals to people in the transition housing units.
Gifts, toys, and holiday assistance is provided to hundreds of children and low income families. Toys are offered to kids between the ages of newborn to 12, and the program relies on the generosity of Stanislaus County community.
People interested in helping the Salvation Army provide toys to children can donate an item. They can host toy drives at their place of employment or in their neighborhood. Or hold a drive at your church or school. Many children would go without during the Christmas and holiday season if not for the assistance of you and the Salvation Army.
Food programs are provided by the Salvation Army in Modesto. They include those below:
Grocery assistance from the centers and pantries. Individuals and families in a crisis situation are provided with one week's supply of free food or groceries upon verification of their need. The Salvation Army is also a USDA commodity site where low income families, seniors or individuals can go to get government issued commodities. Call 577-3600.
Holidays – In addition to the toys and gifts above, some hot meals may be provided around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Noon meals are served at the Modesto Corps center, and breakfast is served on Saturdays. Over 100 people receive a free hot meal from the Salvation Army every day.
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