Communities and families across Norfolk County Massachusetts can call upon the Salvation Army during a time of need. The non-profit organization administers dozens of resources and assistance programs for the needy, low income, seniors and poor. Assistance will focus on those who are most in need and that are facing a one time, short term crisis situation.
Most of the social services are available from the corps community center. This is where people can turn for information, referrals, and emergency assistance as well, if and when needed. The Salvation Army of Massachusetts and their Service Extension program ensures that needs are met in the community from those that qualify.
Emergency assistance, while it is available, it will always be limited due to the demand and donation levels. Low income families, the elderly or other individuals from the community that are experiencing one time financial hardships may be served by case managers and volunteers with free food, clothing and utility/heating bill assistance.
Heating bill help in Norfolk County Massachusetts is available as part of the GNEF, Good Neighbor Energy Fund. The program assists low to moderate income families who do not qualify for other utility assistance, such as government benefits or LIHEAP. They also can’t qualify for any support for utility bills from other non-profits or charity organizations. When funding permits, money can be used to pay heating bills, provide oil, or cover natural gas expenses.
Social services from the Salvation Army will vary by center, season, and based on available resources. What is generally available includes basic needs such as clothing, food, and holiday help. More financial aid is for rent or heating bills. They even offer services and support for sending children to summer camp.
Some of the seasonal assistance involves free back-to-school supplies and maybe clothing. The Salvation Army in Norfolk County also has Christmas partner programs and may have toys gifts, or games for children from low income families.
For those holiday programs, families who qualify for help will and qualify will receive a food voucher for buying Christmas dinner, free winter coats for family members and toys for each child in the household under the age of 15.
Food Pantries will pass out groceries for families, needy families and income qualified individuals in need. While the food is free, some locations in Norfolk County require appointments to be made and some operate on a walk-in, first come first serve basis.
Across Massachusetts are a number of emergency shelters and transitional housing units. The Salvation Army runs some of them, and others are operated by partner charities and churches. The locations, some in Norfolk County, can offer a place to stay for a night or two as well as a hot meal and case management.
Thrift stores have basic needs, such as free gently used clothes and/or affordable items like furniture. The demand for items increases during the fall and winter, mostly as a result of the holiday and cold winter months. What may be served includes winter coats, boots, shoes, and vouchers for buying items. Please also donate any surplus items to the center as well or volunteer if you can.
Norfolk County emergency response and disaster relief is an option for families. The Salvation Army offers support, advice, vouchers, and basic needs through the Disaster Relief ministry. Much of this is done in partnership with other non-profit agencies and charities. The center partners with groups such as fire and police, the Red Cross and others at area fires, tornadoes, and other disasters. They will also assist first responders and those impacted by fires, flood, winter storms and other disasters using mobile kitchen trucks known as canteens.
The centers are based at. Call for information and applications.
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