The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance programs and support to Pinellas County Florida residents, with a focus on low income families in Clearwater and St. Petersburg. The programs are meant to provide short term aid to people who were otherwise self-sufficient and need a little support. They are not never ending charity type programs.
Homeless Prevention and Housing Services Program – People who are at risk of eviction, facing homeless, or who are behind on their rent can meet with a case manager. You can receive counseling, information, referral to emergency housing and rent programs. Learn about a variety of residential housing services that may be offered to individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless or who have fallen on hard times. The goal is to enable people to stay in their home or apartment.
Holiday, Seasonal, and Thanksgiving Assistance Programs – The Salvation Army will try to ensure everyone can experience some joy around the holidays, even if you have fallen on hard times. Families in Pinellas County, especially children, can receive meals, food, free toys and other spirit-lifting items and festivities. The assistance is targeted at disadvantaged and low income families, and most of the support is provided around Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday seasons of the year.
The Salvation Army's of Pinellas County Angel Tree program operates during Christmas. It can help brighten the lives of thousands of children from low income families. It is intended to help those who would otherwise have no gifts to open on Christmas morning. People from all over Clearwater and neighboring communities donate toys, gifts, time and expertise.
Ever year thousands of children and teenagers receive Christmas gifts. They will always be age appropriate gifts, clothing, and toys. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program has been operating for many years in towns and cities across the country. In general, families living at or below certain low income guidelines are able to register their children for the program.
Donations for this program are always appreciated. It relies heavily on the contributions of the community, and many volunteers contribute time, money, and gifts to help ensure that it is successful.
Salvation Army Transitional Living Center – This program can provide case management, shelter, transitional housing, and a number of other support services to families and individuals across Pinellas County. Social services are offered for people that now are involved in full-time education or have a steady source of income. Support and assistance from the Salvation Army has helped hundreds of people in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and across the county move back into the community as socially and economically stable residents.
Emergency Financial Assistance Programs – This will offer qualified people with case management services, crisis counseling, and various other forms of emergency intervention. For example, the Salvation Army may be able to help with providing emergency utility bill assistance, free food and meals.
The primary goal is to help stabilize families and individuals across the region. Services can teach new life skills to adults when appropriate. Case managers can help people increase and improve their ability to care for themselves over the mid to long term. These various emergency assistance programs are offered to those in need in the Clearwater and St. Petersburg community. Aid can also include low income families in Dunedin, Safety Harbor, and the City of Largo north of Ulmerton Rd.
Disaster Services includes emergency food, financial support services and other supplies as well as to those devastated by natural and other disasters such as fire or a hurricane.
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