Families with no other options can contact the Salvation Army for help. The centers in Montana can provide emergency financial assistance, social services, and other aid to low income families, children, senior citizens, and others. The organization is focused on those in Montana who are most at risk, and who may be faced with eviction, utility disconnection, or who lack food.
Heating bill and energy assistance is offered by the Salvation Army. A goal is on helping families keep their heat on during the cold winter months, or who need assistance in keeping their oil tank full. Assisting an individual with maintaining their power and water services is a key basic need of any family.
Food assistance, including groceries and meals - The Montana branches of the Salvation Army do their best in order to help struggling lower income families meet their nutritional needs, stay healthy, and otherwise keep food on their table. At certain times of the years many soup kitchens are open. They provide free hot meals or lunches year-round for anyone in need.
The Salvation Army food pantries can also provide groceries for families and individuals in need of help. Items distributed include canned goods, Commodity Food Boxes, summer meals, and more. All of this is done in addition to the holiday meals and assistance (see below).
Food stamp benefits - Many social service offices allow people to apply for SNAP food stamp benefits. Receive eligibility pre-screening, interviews from case workers and assistance in filling out the application for government or public aid.
Holiday and Christmas assistance - The organization will do its best to ensure people (especially children) receive a sense of joy and tradition around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Acknowledging holiday customs and traditions can help people and children experience a sense of relief and peace. So the Salvation Army in Montana organizes programs for the less fortunate at Christmas as well as Easter and Thanksgiving. Specific resources include free gifts and toys from Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and home delivered meals for the elderly and disabled. The Salvation Army assists needy families to ensure that their financial hardship is not suffered by their children.
Rent and housing assistance is offered to those facing eviction or homelessness. Or if you are faced with eviction due to unpaid utilities, then emergency cash assistance may be offered. Case workers in Montana can also offer budget counseling, referrals, and will take a full scale holistic approach as needed. This can include job training and career counseling.
Affordable new or gently used clothes - You can shop at a thrift store, and the Salvation Army is one of the leading places where you can donate used household items or clothing. Men, women, and families in need can also pick up clothing items if they need them. Some of the items in demand are winter coats, boots for children, school supplies, and professional work attire.
Other emergency assistance programs and social services are available as well. The various Salvation Army shelters, financial aid resources, or food programs endeavor to help low income families and seniors meet their basic needs. Other services offered include Case Management; Emergency Lodging; Gas and Bus vouchers; Energy Share; Furniture/Furnishings; and free School Supplies.
Senior programs include resources such as low-cost, independent living and apartments for senior citizens. Across the state of Montana there are also adult day care centers open, which serve seniors while caregivers are at work.
The League of Mercy, which is also known as the Community Care Ministries, is a volunteer visitation program that provides comfort and companionship to those individuals in Montana who are elderly, invalid or otherwise shut-in. The Salvation Army program can help to combat loneliness or despair as seniors age. Homebound meals may be offered, as well as transportation to doctor or medical appointments. All of The Salvation Army's senior programs work collectively and partner with other non-profits in order to improve seniors' quality of life.
Programs also focus on Women and Children. Low income and disadvantaged women and children often have special needs for help. Salvation Army case workers offer guidance, support groups, parental skills training, counseling, maternity wards, and day-care, depending on your location in Montana. Women of all ages, backgrounds and religions may also benefit from career skills development and self-sufficiency services.
The Salvation Army locations to call or stop by at are below. They may also have referrals to agencies that are closer to the applicant.
2100 - 6th Avenue N., Billings, Montana 59101-1413, call 406-245-4659
32 South Rouse, Bozeman, MT 59715-3705, call 406-586-5813
Great Falls Corps Community Center is at 1000 17th Ave S., Great Falls, Montana 59405-4522, main phone umber is 406-453-0391
1905 Henderson, Helena, MT 59601-1748, telephone number 406-442-8244
110 Bountiful Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901, main number is 406-257-4357
339 W. Broadway Street, Missoula, Montana 59802-4116, phone 406-549-0710
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