The entire Oklahoma County region is supported by the Salvation Army. Most of the services are provided for the low income or working poor, including people who are faced with an emergency or crisis situation that is beyond their control. In addition, the Salvation Army can also provide referrals and information on additional government programs or non-profit resources. Assistance offered can include items listed below.
Cooling and utility bill assistance is offered for expenses such as water, electricity, and heating bills and fuel. Qualified low income families and individuals who live in Oklahoma City/County, and who need help to pay their energy bill may be supported by the Salvation Army. The agency also partners with local utility companies, including Oklahoma Natural Gas, OG&E, and PSO of Oklahoma to offer programs to the needy. Many of the services are paid for by customer donations, and people in the community can choose to add a dollar or two to their monthly utility bill, and all funds will flow to the less fortunate in the community and can help pay their heating and cooling costs and bills.
During the hot summer months in Oklahoma City, the Salvation Army will also try to provide box fans, and maybe even gently used air conditioners, to senior citizens or families with infants ages 6 months or younger. In general, beneficiaries of this free fan program will need to have certain medical concerns.
Food, including free meals, may be distributed. The Oklahoma City Salvation Army's Food Pantry provides bags of nonperishable groceries and food to families and seniors in need. Meals are also available around lunch or dinner. For example, dinner is usually served each evening at 5 p.m. at the Red Shield Kitchen, which is located at 330 SW 4th St.
Emergency shelter and transitional housing is available. Across the region both men's and family lodges are open 365 days per year to provide a warm, safe place to sleep for people in crisis situations, which often includes victims of domestic violence or families that were recently evicted.
Clothing assistance for work, school, or coats for kids are all offered by the Salvation Army in Oklahoma City. Any needy person, regardless of background, can receive clothing assistance and work attire Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Another resource is known as "Warmth 4 Winter" program, and this is when KFOR television and the Salvation Army partner together to provide coats to those in need in the community, especially children and teenagers.
Christmas Assistance may be offered for qualified clients. They will need to register with the Social Services Department, and the application period usually starts during October. A case worker will determine your eligibility to participate in the Salvation Army Christmas food and gift program. If found to be qualified, all registered children from low income families will receive mesh stockings that will be filled with small gifts. Most of the gifts and toys provided to children will be passed out from the Angel Tree program. Note that Senior Citizens are also eligible to receive Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree services that is overseen by the Oklahoma City Salvation Army.
The Senior Transportation Department can help people get around to centers or meals sites. The agency provides buses that operate Monday through Friday, and drivers (many of whom are volunteers) will pick up senior citizens across Oklahoma County and transport them to Senior Centers, food pantries or Congregate Meal Sites for socialization, a hot meal, and various other activities.
Another form of transportation is provided by Shopping Shuttles. This service can provide needed transportation services for the elderly and senior citizens in the community. Similar to above in that drivers pick up seniors at their residence, senior housing, congregate meal sites, or even a senior center and the driver will bring them shopping for needed essentials.
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