The majority of the activities from the Strafford County Salvation Army centers are non-monetary. Instead the locations focus on offering hot meals three days per week from the soup kitchen, they sell gently used items from the thrift store and coordinate counseling services. The ministry is there to help struggling families with needs, other than financial.
However when someone is facing homelessness or the disconnection of their power, the Community Care Team is available. Most of the services are available in the form of referrals or designated financial aid. So while there may be other Salvation Army centers in the state that offer vouchers or financial aid, this is often not the case at the Strafford County center.
In a crisis, the Rochester Community Care team can direct individuals to a state, region, or local assistance program. As the Salvation Army of Strafford County has information on local shelters, rent as well as energy bill assistance programs, food pantries, and much more.
Anyone that needs referrals to financial help programs needs to be aware that funds are always very limited. The client should bring poor of income, residents, a copy of a lease and/or utility bill, and more. They also need to show their ability to pay future rental and other costs on their own, after the crisis has ended.
In some cases, the office at 10 Olde Farm Lane in Rochester may have some undesignated financial aid. This Strafford County Salvation Army social services may have a few dollars for some heating oil, medications, or rental costs. Other other bills as well, but this is limited in scope.
What the Salvation Army will focus on though, at least in this region of Strafford County, is a few core services. One of them is the thrift or Family store, and there is a location at 68 New Rochester Rd, Dover, NH 03820 as well as 28 Signal Street in Rochester.
The locations are limited in what may be available. When possible, everything from clothing to some critical household items are available. The Salvation Army may be able to sell at a low cost (or provide for free) a winter coat for a child or senior, or they may have some work boots, small kitchen items, some bedding, and similar goods such as furniture. The stores will try to sell (or give a voucher too) some of the core items that a person needs.
The Soup Kitchen is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It serves a free hot noon-time meal to feed the hungry, poor, and less fortunate. No one is turned away. It can help meet that critical nutritional need that many people need to make it through the day. It is located at 28 Signal St, Rochester, NH 03867, or dial (603) 332-2698.
While eating a meal at the soup kitchen, people can take part in other activities too. There are ministries and counseling services, volunteers as well as Salvation Army social workers that provide a listening ear to clients, and many other services. The food services at the Strafford County Salvation Army provide the client an opportunity to get some tips on what they can do to improve their situation. Whether it is information on housing, long term benefits such as SNAP food stamps, credit repair, or more, the mealtime allows the opportunity to not only eat but to learn about those types of resources.
The Holiday Programs, ranging from Angel Tree to Thanksgiving meals and Adopt a Family, may offer free toys or food boxes. Parents need to bring Photo ID, proof of residency and Income/Expenses, as well as a Birth Certificate for each child they are applying too. When possible the Strafford County parent may be given a small gift for their child to open on Christmas morning, but they need to apply early before items run out and also be qualified.
Some of the primary services are listed above. The centers also provide other forms of support as well. However the main social service site is at 10 Olde Farm Lane, Rochester, New Hampshaire 03867. For more information, dial (603) 332-2623.
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