Salvation Army in Virginia assistance programs and Family Services.

The Salvation Army and their Family Services program help tens of thousands of families in Virginia every year. A focus of their financial assistance and social services is on low to moderate income individuals who would otherwise not be qualified for any other financial assistance or public aid. Many of the Virginia programs are focused on preventing homelessness, offering holiday assistance, and providing free or low cost food and meals.

Resources from Family Services in Virginia

A focus is on preventing the cycle of homelessness. This is done by ideally preventing evictions, offering emergency rental assistance, case management, and guidance. Individuals who are homeless may be able to find shelter and short term transitional housing. This Salvation Army program helps low income families and individuals by:

  • Offering qualified families direct financial support for bills, housing, rent, and basic needs. This is completely dependent on funding and qualifications being met.
  • If a family, in particular one with young children or seniors, is faced with a disconnection, the Salvation Army may have funds for paying utility bills.
  • Cooling bill assistance, fans, and/or air conditioners may be distributed by the Salvation Army in Virginia to the most vulnerable.
  • Receive free food, clothing for work or school, and non-monetary aid.
  • Referrals to other non-profits, government programs, and assistance programs are available. Or learn more on how to receive eviction help in Virginia.

Any financial or material assistance provided by Family Services will be short-term in nature, and is considered emergency assistance. All resources are limited. When funds allow, the Salvation Army may provide the services above. So call them for information on utility assistance, food, housing, clothing, transportation and rent/mortgage help.

Counseling and guidance




The Salvation Army in Virginia also provides counseling, referrals and guidance to help those in need meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people seeking help. Work with a social worker, who will develop a case plan that involves counseling and referrals to help people find solutions to the problems faced by the clients. This will have another benefit of helping individuals plan ahead and prevent future emergency situations, and will also help individuals improve self-sufficiency and client functioning in everyday life.

Holiday and Christmas assistance

A key program is Angel Tree, which offers new or gently used toys or clothing for children from low income and needy families. How this works is that a sponsoring corporation or business places a Christmas tree in a secure, high-pedestrian traffic location, such as a mall or post office in Virginia. The tree will then be decorated with numbered paper “angel” name tags with the first name, gender, and of a child who will receive the food or gift. Contributors to this Salvation Army program will remove one or more name tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child. In addition to that, families can find other sources of free toys.

Coats for Kids is another service. Volunteers and non-profits that the Salvation Army works with will collect donated new or used winter coats from the community. Many local businesses will even dedicate resources to clean and repair the coats at no cost. All items are then distributed by the Salvation Army to needy families and children.

Thanksgiving and Holiday Meals – Many Virginia centers will provide hot meals during the holiday. Volunteers partner with the Salvation Army to feed those who can’t afford to provide a holiday meal. People who need companionship around the holidays also tend to receive holiday meals.

Emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support services

The goal of the Virginia Emergency Shelter Services is to help all low income, working poor, or evicted residents break the cycle of evictions and/or homelessness. Work with a case manager for the following.




  • Financial assistance may be available to assist residents through providing direct financial assistance for expenses such as rent or energy bills. Or get referrals to other agencies or government programs, such as Section 8 vouchers, which can also help people obtain permanent housing.
  • The Virginia centers also collaborate with other local non-profit agencies and charities in order to assist residents in obtaining steady jobs or increase their current skills in an effort to provide steady incomes.
  • Assist state residents with mental health or other medical issues in receiving treatment needed for housing stability.

Case management staff will also concentrate on helping residents identify problems and the root cause of the issue that may have contributed to their homelessness. Historically, some of these issues or causes include educational deficiencies, substance abuse, employment and/or financial mismanagement and mental health issues.

In these transitional housing programs, residents are usually offered job training, life skills, GED classes, mental health counseling, legal services, career counseling, computer training, parenting classes, medical care, after-care programs, plus many other services.

Locations of Salvation Army Centers in Virginia

The services offered from these locations are extensive, however they do differ based upon funding and location. Some of what can be offered includes emergency assistance, homeless services, food pantries, and transitional housing. More secondary type resources are available as well. These will generally be elderly residential centers, domestic violence shelters, supervised visitation, day care and after school programs, and information on free or low cost medical and dental clinics. Or inquire into HIV/AIDS housing, career counseling and job training, tutoring, and Christmas Cheer programs.

Salvation Army center - 6528 Little River Tpke, Alexandria, Virginia (703) 642-9270





518 South Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22204, phone (703) 979-3380
This Salvation Army center offers social services and emergency assistance to Arlington and nearby communities as well. Read more.

207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Phone: 434-295-4058
Some of what may be provided includes rental and utility assistance, a food pantry, and more. Read Salvation Army Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

149 North Maple Avenue, Covington, VA 24426, dial (540) 962-0209. Or read more onCovington Salvation Army resources.

102 N Main St # 304, Culpeper, Virginia 22701, dial (540) 727-8025

2620 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville, main number (276) 647-3450

4915 Ox Rd Fairfax, VA 22030, Call  (703) 385-8700. The Salvation Army can offer financial support in the form of loans for bills or housing, snacks and care for children, immigration services, Meals to Seniors, and other assistance. More on Salvation Army Fairfax County.

2010 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, (540) 891-2242
Receive referrals to centers in Fredericksburg County as well as nearby areas such as Shenandoah and Winchester. Emergency food, information on transitional housing, and financial aid for rent or utility bills may be offered. More on Fredericksburg area Salvation Army assistance programs.

357 Cloud Street, Front Royal, VA 22630

185 Ashby Avenue, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802, (540) 434-4854

Landmark VA, (703) 370-9544

10 Cardinal Park Drive Southeast, Leesburg, VA 20175, (703) 771-3371. Click here.

2215 Park Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501, (434) 846-3525

603 Memorial Boulevard South, Martinsville, VA 24112, phone (276) 638-7259

760 Roanoke Street - Christiansburg, Virginia 24073, (540) 394-1037. The Salvation Army location has a soup kitchen for the homeless, information on housing, and of course free Thanksgiving meals. Read Montgomery County Virginia Salvation Army.

5524 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, (757) 216-4227

835 Commerce Street Petersburg, VA 23803, (804) 433-1688

2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth, (757) 393-2519





Address of Henrico Salvation Army center is 2 West Grace Street Richmond, Virginia 23220, (804) 225-7470. Or learn more.

724 Dale Avenue Southeast, Roanoke, Virginia. Call (540) 343-5335 for intake.

5511 Williamson Road, Roanoke, (540) 563-5585

Prince William County area has a center available. There is housing from the Turning Point Center for Women and Children, information on security deposit assistance, food, and more. Click here.

1700 West Beverley Street, Staunton, (540) 885-8157.
The Salvation Army in this area supports several other towns and cities too, such as Rockbridge. Free food, holiday programs, shelter and more is available. Additional information.

157 West Washington Street, Suffolk, VA 23434, (757) 934-6173

62 Waterloo Street, Warrenton Virginia 0186, main phone number is (540) 341-8385

246 Arch Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980, (540) 949-6426

151 Kristiansand Dr # 109, Williamsburg, VA 23188, (757) 229-6651
This location serves the entire region. Low income residents can access Family Services such as transitional housing, free food, Christmas assistance and more. Read James City, York, Williamsburg Salvation Army.

300 Fort Collier Road - Winchester, Virginia 22603. Phone: 540-662-4777








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