If you are faced with an emergency or need long term guidance, the Salvation Army in Oklahoma, including centers in Payne, Stillwater, and Creek County, may be able to assist. Case managers from your local center can provide immediate relief while they work with qualified low income families on longer term self-sufficiency type programs.
Housing programs include shelter, rental assistance, and/or transitional housing units. The Salvation Army programs also support the currently homeless in the Stillwater region. Also, sometimes families or individuals that are not currently homeless or who are behind on their rent need a little help to get back on track.
To meet these demands, the Salvation Army may have cash or grants for paying rent. Or for those that are homeless, temporary housing or shelter may be provided in Payne or Logan County by the organization. Case management and referrals are also normally available for those needing to use these housing resources.
Other financial aid includes the following, as funding allows. Qualified low income and working poor families in Oklahoma may receive funds for paying an electric or air conditioning bills. Other resources may be vouchers for gasoline or prescription medications. Vouchers for buying groceries at a pantry and much more may be available. In almost all instances case management and a formal application process is in place. Proof of your hardship, financial condition, and crisis will be needed.
Utility bill assistance can also help low income families with children, the ill or senior citizens. They are often a priority as they could be in life threatening conditions without power, especially during the hot Oklahoma summer months. Sadly there are always cases of our elderly dying each year from lack of cooling or heat, so the Salvation Army will try to provide them with emergency financial assistance, or maybe even a free fan.
The main centers to contact for social services or emergency assistance are as follows.
Many people struggle with paying for basic needs such as clothing or school items. So the Salvation Army thrift stores are open to the public. They will sell gently used goods, and sometimes will have new items on site. Family stores may have coats, shoes, school uniforms, notebooks, and Christmas goods as well. All funds raised are used to pay for the financial assistance programs for the counties of Payne, Pawnee, and Creek.
Seasonal resources include some or all of the following.
Disaster relief for families impacted by tornadoes, fire, or other acts of nature. Some of what is offered may include clothing, shelter, hot meals, water and more. This is offered for both victims and first responders. The Salvation Army helps to coordinate responses and works with agencies such as the American Red Cross and other non-profit and government organizations.
Emergency food assistance programs are wide ranging in Oklahoma. The centers may pass out groceries, rice, breads, formula and more from pantries. In addition, hot meals are offered by the Salvation Army and partners groups, such as churches. Fighting hunger nationwide and really across the globe is a key function of the agency. A focus is always on low income families, senior citizens, children, and the homeless.
The pantry will usually limit usage and relies on donations. So if people across Payne or Creek County don’t donate surplus food, or if they try to overuse the services from the pantry, then this harms the program.
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