Often relying on donations and volunteers, the Salvation Army in Rockingham County provides help to the needy. The services vary widely, and range from transportation to hot meals as well as vouchers for clothing. In some cases, the social services available in the Portsmouth region can assist with paying some bills such as rent, utilities, or medical.
Most of the aid is due to the courtesy of local businesses and individuals. Many people often donate goods such as surplus clothing, food, and time to the Salvation Army. Others provide money through the Red Kettle or by shopping at the low cost thrift store. No matter how the funds are provided to the faith based charity, all of this is aimed at helping the working poor.
Salvation Army food and basic needs is always a goal. The primary services are below.
The food bank will have items such as bead, dairy, pastries, groceries, baby formula and other perishable items are available for clients to take home.
These meals and free groceries can be passed out to families living in poverty. The two tools used to feed people are the food pantry (which is open limited days per month) and the soup kitchen. Both programs are heavily reliant on volunteers and donations to keep the cupboards full of groceries, fresh food, produce, and even household cleaning supplies.
Clothing closets and thrift stores are for income qualified residents who find themselves in emergency situations. There may also be free vouchers given to shop at the Rockingham County Salvation Army thrift store or another, local charity site. Appointments are needed.
Especially during the winter months, or for the homeless, free blankets, winter coats and sleeping bags are given out. There is help for people in Northwood or Portsmouth New Hampshire who need to stay warm, such as children or the elderly. Clothing and meals also help the homeless on the streets or that are living in their cars. This is offered while they are waiting on a shelter.
Seasonal services are arranged as well. Based on registration dates being met as well as rules being enforced, families can apply for the Christmas Angel Tree or Toys for Tots program. This gives free gifts and presents to kids. The Salvation Army of Rockingham County offers other support from Adopt a Family too, including Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas meals.
Emergency assistance is provided based on resource levels. Any monetary aid is combined with case management from the Pathways of Hope or related support services. All of the support will be very targeted and only focused on resolving the crisis. Programs include the following.
The case worker will collaborate with the client to find resources. If there is an eviction in process, then solutions may be HUD grants for rent or information on local shelters if it is too late. Many families are not aware of various utility bill assistance programs, and the Portsmouth New Hampshire Salvation Army can direct the client to payment plans, weatherization, and other solutions.
Often lack of employment, or a wage that is not considered to be a “living wage”, prevents stability. In these cases, one unexpected bill, such as for a car repair or medical appointment, causes the family to struggle. Therefore, employment services are stressed too.
If someone is trying to get to a new job as they are waiting on that first paycheck, then a Salvation Army volunteer can drive them there. Or they will offer a voucher to buy a bus ticket. The center will also coordinate ongoing sessions in Rockingham County throughout the year on GED, computer training, and more.
Help is also offered in disasters or extreme crisis situations. When certain types of scenarios occur, in which the Salvation Army in Rockingham County agrees qualified a client, then many resources can be brought to bare. Some people may be given vouchers to shop at the thrift store or maybe a hot meal to hold them over. First and foremost, the goal is to keep the person safe.
For more information on the programs from the Rockingham County Salvation Army, the main center is at 15 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03802. Call the location at (603) 436-2606. There is another center in Northwood, and the intake line is also (603) 942-5488.
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