Hundreds of low income families in DeKalb County get help from the Salvation Army on a monthly basis. Many receive free groceries from the food pantry while others qualify for emergency rent or utility bill help. When the center can't help, the staff will refer the client to other local social services in the community.
Some of the programs were created in partnership with other local charities in the city of Sycamore, such as St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Others, including the financial aid, mostly rely on donations from the community or money received as part of the Red Kettle holiday service in DeKalb County.
Applications are usually accepted Monday through Thursday, and those are the hours of the free food pantry as well. When seeking help from the Sycamore Salvation Army, please bring proof of residency as well as income and a photo ID too. There should also be a plan put into place for what is being done to overcome the crisis. All resources are limited, but they try to help the disadvantaged to the best of their ability.
Salvation Army financial aid – Applications are accepted at the DeKalb County Illinois Social Services Office. Depending on the need, and resource levels, the agency may have emergency money to pay heating or utility bills. Less common will be one time rent help or shelter.
The social service office will also refer clients to medical care. This is mostly in the form of prescription discount or voucher programs. Medications can be given to the underinsured and those that lack it. For more information on financial help from the Sycamore center, dial (815)756-4308. But the Salvation Army also has details on clinics and other assistance programs for low income families.
Volunteers and donations from the First United Methodist Church of DeKalb, Lutheran Campus, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church Ministry work at the Salvation Army DeKalb County food pantry. There may be as many as 2000 low income or struggling families assisted each month. Not only do those charities assistance, but other donations come from Wal-Mart, Target Jewel, Schnucks, Starbucks, and Panera.
Based on those donations and the work of volunteers, some or all of the following goods may be offered from the food bank. They include the following.
Canned groceries such as spaghetti sauce, pasta, and more.
-Special holiday meals for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
-Snacks for children and students out of school.
-The Sycamore Salvation Army can also help clients apply for SNAP food stamps, which is for long term needs.
The center is the largest in the community. For people that can't make it to the pantry, then some limited deliveries may take place.
The Salvation Army in DeKalb County Illinois also focuses on the youth in the community. They can of course use the pantry and apply for housing/financial aid in the area, but the youth get other support too. Salvation Army coordinates mentors for them. There are also faith based groups, snacks given to them, and general support to get them on the right path.
Seasonal assistance may be provided. This is above and beyond the financial aid given. These ramp up during the back to school shopping season as well as Christmas, in which there may be free toys or meals given from Angel Tree. The Sycamore Salvation Army uses those donations referenced above in order to coordinate these programs.
Social services from the Salvation Army are run of the office at 830 Grove Street, DeKalb, Illinois 60115-0442. For more information, dial the center at (815)756-4308.
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