The Okaloosa County Salvation Army is a resource that is available for struggling families. Using donations and fund raisers held in the area, the charity can offer, or coordinate, support such as free food or a Christmas meal. When it comes to monetary type support, while there may be some resources available this is more likely met by referrals.
Christmas assistance can be arranged in an effort to spread the holiday joy in Okaloosa County. Support in the form of presents, toys, and visits to senior citizens is available based on donation levels. There may also be free meals at Thanksgiving as well.
Donations from across Crestview Florida and the county allow the Salvation Army to offer Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners, pass out clothing, and provide free toys for children. Applicants to this service include families in need, single moms, and even special circumstances such as prisoners. There will also be volunteers that stop by the homebound or nursing centers in the region.
Family services are part of their emergency assistance program. This is very limited, and funds quickly run out. Based on a confidential assessment, the Salvation Army may have the following.
A food pantry can be turned to by the working poor. The distributions may occur weekly, daily, or monthly. Any groceries passed out, or meals served, are intended to be emergency assistance that sustains health for a struggling family. Fruits, vegetables, baby formula, and more may also be at the pantry. It can provide them time to get back on the right track to buying groceries for themselves.
Transitional Housing or Shelter may be available in Okaloosa County or neighboring regions. Locations are tailored for the needs of homeless women, men, veterans, children and families. The lodging will give them a place to stay while they prepare for a new life.
Based on many factors, the Salvation Army short term housing may be a shelter or a small apartment. Guests of these programs will be able to enroll into case management. This may be GED classes, life skills, mental health counseling, legal aid, career counseling, computer training, and more. The Salvation Army will also try to offer a voucher for day care as well to parents so they can focus on case management.
The goal is to provide support and guidance until the person can move out on their own. Then, hopefully the residents will be able to meet their career and financial goals, and also afford the rent on their own home in Okaloosa County.
Some shelters are focused on domestic violence. The women, or child, will not only have a safe place to stay, but the Salvation Army will also refer them to legal support. So they can get a meal, safe lodging, and can start the process to a long term solution. Counselors are also available in the county for long term support.
Okaloosa County families impacted by a disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado, can often get help from the Salvation Army. Volunteers operate stations for people impacted. There may be clothing giving to them or a voucher for a motel. Offering relief during this time is a key service for families.
The main location is at 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, with another site having a thrift store. Dial (850) 243-4531 for intake.
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