The social services from the Ouachita Parish Salvation Army are very limited. The programs are often paid for by donations from the community, government grants, and the sale of goods at the thrift store. The assistance available will vary throughout the year based on many factors, however the faith based organization will try to provide support.
The goal it to provide counseling, support, and concern for all who are struggling. However the Monroe Louisiana center is limited in what can be provided as the demand is high. But anyone can see if assistance is available. There may be help for the homeless, unemployed, seniors, single parents, and veterans among others.
Seasonal programs come and go throughout the year. In Ouachita Parish there may be some or all of the following.
A homeless shelter can provide a place to stay for a short period of time. There is a center in northeastern Louisiana for men, including veterans. Guests of a Salvation Army shelter can access other programs they offer as well. There will be hot meals or drinks to feed the guest, toiletries, and clothing.
Housing is for short term needs. While there, residents will learn about resources they can access in Ouachita Parish that will help them address the cause of why they are homeless. Then referrals can be given to local transitional housing centers, which is often the next step in the rehousing process.
Rent and/or Utility Bill Payment Assistance is often in high demand in Monroe Louisiana. If there are funds available, only small dollar amounts will be paid out. The financial help is also only for short term, emergency situations in which the applicant was faced with an unexpected crisis.
Ouachita Parish Salvation Army food programs are met by a pantry as well as soup kitchen. Between the two, there may be a box of groceries given out. The other option is the feeding site. Hot meals can be served to anyone that needs it, no questions asked. Some clients come from northeastern Louisiana to get a meal.
The thrift store is open to anyone in the northeastern Louisiana area. Anyone that wishes to donate, in some cases volunteers may be able to pick up the items, provided they are gently used. The store may have clothing, toys for school, furniture, and more.
Senior Citizen Social Services are available in Ouachita Parish. This age group often struggles with their bills as their only source of income may be social security or some other source of fixed income, such as a pension. Not only may they apply for financial aid from the Salvation Army in Monroe as indicated above, but counseling and companionship programs are run too.
Some volunteers may deliver a meal to the senior. During that time frame, they will also check up on them to ensure things are going well and maybe share a laugh or smile. The Salvation Army can often help address loneliness at the same time as offering basic needs. Other support may be a free box fan for the summer months to help keep a room cool.
The Salvation Army also offer more non-monetary support. There are ministries for men and women, character building programs, emergency support in a disaster, and summer camps for students. These can all be used to help the client gain self-sufficiency.
The primary center in Ouachita Parish is at 105 Hart Street, Monroe, LA 71201. The main number is 318-325-1755.
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