The Stockton Salvation Army either directly administers, or can refer people to, a number of emergency assistance programs and social services. The will do their best to provide water to the thirsty, food to the hungry, services such as clothes, and case managers can also direct families in San Joaquin County to financial and emergency assistance.
The number of Social Services is quite extensive. Emergency Food Assistance is usually offered a few days per week. While you should call for hours, in the past it has been on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Receive groceries or an emergency food box. Clothing vouchers may be provided, in particular for Stockton California children who need clothing for school, or individuals who need items for work or a uniform for a job.
Energy bill assistance may be offered for qualified low income customers of PG&E. Any applicant needs to undergo a phone screening to determine eligibility for grants or cash assistance, which will also only be provided after an appointment and interview with a social worker. Any appointments are fulfilled by the Salvation Army on a first come, first served basis. Telephone screening will be made available for San Joaquin residents every Monday and Wednesday, as funding allows. Dial 948-8955 for more details on PG&E assistance.
Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners - Hot meals, food, and groceries are prepared and distributed to low income, senior and homeless population on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. Some homebound people may have meals delivered to them by volunteers who work with the Salvation Army.
Many holiday items are paid for by the Red Kettle Campaign. This operates during the Christmas season, and is arguably the most visible community-wide Salvation Army program. The nickels, dimes and dollars that are put into the kettles provide needy families with gifts for children, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, winter coats and shoes for kids with none to wear, and other aid.
Adopt-a-Family can help families, individuals, and children who are in desperate need of basics such as household items, food, and clothing during the holidays. Qualified residents are signed up for the Stockton Salvation Army's Adopt-a-Family program. Each family who is enrolled will create a wish list of items and basic needs that need to be fulfilled. They will be matched with a volunteer donor team. Churches, local businesses, Service Clubs, school groups, and families have traditionally adopted families in this program. They will generously meet the family's needs and instill hope in those who have none.
Every Christmas, the Angel Tree can be spotted at San Joaquin County and Stockton California malls, restaurants, supermarkets, or fitness centers. The trees will be decorated with little angel tags and each of these tags holds the Christmas wishes and desires of a child whose family is being helped by The Salvation Army and local volunteers. After all, it is through the public's generosity that these local children even have gifts or toys under the tree on Christmas morning.
A Toy Drive is held every holiday season by KJOY and the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots. The groups collect new toys, coats and gifts for children whose families are living below the federal government poverty level. The majority of the toys are collected through Angel Tree program (see above). However, in addition to the Angel Tree, each year the Salvation Army makes a commitment to help hundreds of additional local children who aren’t served by any other holiday resources. This can include toy drives by service clubs, non-profit agencies, companies, churches, schools, local stores and other community groups help provide toys, clothes, and gifts so all the children the list will receive gifts.
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