Resources from the Salvation Army may change throughout the year, but there is some type of support available in each season. The organization will assist those in the central and northern counties of Napa, Lake and Yolo with needs such as free food, funds for rent or paying heating bills, thrift stores and more. While donations and government grants fund many of their programs, they can also use more assistance from the community, so please give back to them if you can.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday assistance is available from the Angel Tree and other programs. Most of them are paid for by donations collected at the Salvation Army Red Kettle or trees set up at local businesses or public places. If you contribute to this program, all donations remain in the immediate Yolo county communities or other places from where they originate.
The Angel Tree Program is one of organization most visible free Christmas effort. The social service program was created by The Salvation Army and is run in partnership with other charities and churches. It can pass clothing, gifts, books and toys for children at Christmas. Single parents may get items for their children too. However what is distributed is based on what people donate to the program.
In some cases, other aid may include gift baskets at Easter. Free meals, including home delivery for the elderly, is generally provided during the Christmas season too.
Shelters are available year round. They provide the Yolo county region, including the city of Napa, with a safe place to stay and free meals. Guests can also take advantage of case management and maybe eventually be based into transitional or permanent housing facilities in the future. The long term goal is to help people find and move in stable housing and gain self-sufficiency. So as part of this process, clients may gain information on programs to pay security deposits or first months rent in California.
Some California housing is also for Senior Citizens. They also try to offer a residence for the handicapped, elderly and disabled in Lake and other counties. Many of them are public housing units and some will accept vouchers such as section 8.
Financial Emergency Services provide short term and/or life-sustaining assistance. The centers can help address needs such as clothing, food, rent/mortgage, medications, utilities, and more. Some more seasonal services, including for immigrant farm workers, may be free school supplies from the Salvation Army or furniture. This is targeted at people facing a financial crisis in Napa county and other areas.
Other aid and support is offered too. Note that when requesting any type of financial assistance or support from the Salvation Army, the organization will try to address the root cause of the crisis or hardship too. They do this by offering assessments, interviews and other social services. Case managers offer referrals, budget, debt and credit counseling, usually with the support of partners. The Salvation Army wants to prevent a future hardship from occurring for those clients that qualify.
They also have information on job training programs and career development services in California. The Salvation Army of Napa will support the unemployed, jobless as well as underemployed as part of their self-sufficiency. This is greatly needed by the migrant farm workers in the region. The local Salvation Army centers offer support and guidance for local job seekers, and classes may be resume building, access to tips and advice, job search skills, and workshops.
Disaster assistance is for those that have been overwhelmed by a house fire, illness, a job layoff, or any other verifiable event. Each and every year residents find themselves in an unexpected financial crisis, and the Salvation Army and partners such as the American Red Cross offer shelter, food, water, meals, and other support. The Salvation Army demonstrates its belief in Christian service at its best.
The primary locations for social services in this central valley and northern region of California are the following.
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