When you are faced with a short term crisis, the Salvation Army is an agency that can be contacted for assistance. The organization offers the working poor and needy a number of assistance programs. Depending on the center and available resources, people can receive free food, financial aid (for rent or utilities), housing, Christmas assistance, and other support.
Case workers and the agency work to supply basic human necessities, provide for the physical rehabilitation of all persons, offer counseling and more. Social services and emergency assistance is offered regardless of religion, race, or age of the applicant.
Eviction and homeless prevention may be offered from emergency rent assistance programs. If you don’t know how you will make your next monthly housing payment, contact your local Salvation Army center in Monongalia or Preston County. Limited funding may be offered, as the Salvation Army takes a pro-active approach to preventing homeless. The agency would rather (when possible) help with a partial rent payment than have someone be homeless as the cost to the individual and society as a whole is greater in that case.
Food banks and pantries as well as soup kitchens will help people so they don’t have to go without a meal. Soup kitchens in Morgantown West Virginia can provide hot meals year-round to anyone from the county who needs it, no questions asked or income requirements needed. Special Thanksgiving or Christmas meals are served too. In addition, Salvation Army food pantries in Monongalia and Marion County distribute free groceries. Seniors may have the items delivered to their home as well. Call a pantry for hours, and an appointment is sometimes required.
Energy and utility bill assistance is always in high demand. The number of requests also increase during the winter, when expensive heating bills hit. Programs will try to help seniors, working poor families with children, and others who are at risk. Disconnection prevention is the focus.
Thrift and Family Stores are open in Morgantown for the general public. They will sell gently used clothing and household supplies. This can help people save money and not strain their already tight budgets. In some cases, some families in the region, including in Monongalia, may receive vouchers to use to buy goods for free. This is usually for a disaster situation.
Seasonal services, including Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance, can help spread the joy of the holidays to the less fortunate. The Salvation Army, relying on donations and volunteers from the community, can provide clothing, free toys, winter coats, and more to children, students and the elderly. This can help ensure that the parents hardship (such as a job loss) is not suffered by their children.
Also, during the winter months, items such as snow boots, gloves, hats and coats may be passed out to the low income and poor. Most of the aid is for children, teenagers, and students from local schools in Monongalia County. This is yet another way for families to free up their money for other basic needs, such as food or for paying energy bills.
Disaster programs are a goal of the Salvation Army in West Virginia and nationwide. What may be offered includes shelter, emergency housing, food, meals, and guidance. The non-profit is a national first responder. Examples of what may be offered includes on-site assistance to disaster workers, individual and mass feeding programs, Spiritual Ministry, and vouchers for buying clothing or furniture. Volunteers are heavily involved in the distribution of free clothing, food, relief supplies, water, and any other necessary items.
There are three main locations in the region as noted.
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