The Salvation Army of New Albany provides a number of social services throughout Perry, Scott and Harrison County. Some of them are for addressing an emergency, but are very limited in scope. This may be one time funds for rent or paying an energy bill. Other programs, such as Center of Hope or transitional housing, are Salvation Army services intended to address long term needs.
There will be a social service department on site. This is the main intake location. Anyone seeking help needs to go through this process first. A case worker will assess the situation and needs of the client, including a review of their income. Based on the assessment, families in the New Albany area may receive the following, based on funding.
When applying for financial aid, applicants need to bring a current Picture ID, proof of address in Scott County such as a lease or utility bill, birth certificates for all children, and proof of income too. All funds for expenses such as utilities is very limited. Social Service workers will partner with each client to develop a case plan to accomplish each person's short-term and long-term goals.
A combination of advice and case management is from the Center of Hope. At this location, the New Albany Salvation Army can arrange chemical dependency counseling, shelter, transitional housing, health care services and spiritual support. Some of this will require the client to be placed into the short term transitional housing unit while they gain stability. After this has occurred, additional support as indicated above can be arranged.
A shelter is available in New Albany. Based on the capacity of the site, each guest is guaranteed a certain number of days of consecutive nights of stay. They will of course need to adhere to all guidelines and rules that are in place at the Salvation Army shelter
Each Perry and Clark County Salvation Army client is expected to be aggressively seeking long-term, sustainable employment. This needs to be done otherwise the cycle of needing financial help will just occur month in and month out.
If the person is unable to work for some reason (such as to retirement or disability) they need to still address the underlying crisis. It is after all the client’s responsibility to gain financial stability.
A food pantry as well as soup kitchen / dining room is available. When it comes to the hot meal, anyone is welcome to come and share in this. There are also special holiday meals for the hungry in New Albany on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The food bank is more limited.
The pantry will have groceries, fresh fruits, vegetables, and similar goods. Anyone that stops by, that is qualified, will normally be given a few days worth of food to help them make it through a crisis. The work of the New Albany Salvation Army soup kitchen and pantry could not be accomplished without volunteers and donors from across the region. They give their time and money to the non-profit to ensure its success.
Holiday resources, namely the Angel Tree program, is used to provide free gifts of toys, games, books and clothing. This is given to a number of families with children as well as seniors in Perry County. The enrollment period starts in October.
The next step is for shoppers or local businesses to buy the items requested. It provides people the ability to give back to the community. They have the opportunity to brighten a child’s holiday by purchasing a gift for them.
Lastly, the Salvation Army of New Albany helps with disasters. They will give a voucher for a motel, serve a meal, and help with clean up. The case managers will offer Emotional & Spiritual Care to people impacted by a disaster in the region.
For more information on the social services, the center is at 2300 Green Valley Rd., New Albany, Indiana 47151. Call 812-944-1018.