When someone is faced with a crisis, the Salvation Army in Utah may have resources available. Most of the assistance provided is more general case management, referrals and social services, however they may have some limited financial assistance for paying for basic needs such as rent or utilities. Other non-monetary assistance can include free food, meals, and holiday assistance. All Salvation Army programs, including those in Utah, are limited and depend on donations and available funding.
Many types of support are offered from the Salvation Army’s Family Services Program. It can provide the needy, seniors, and low income with free food boxes. Other items include gently used clothing, furniture items, personal items, and other household goods. Almost all of the assistance is for those people who are faced an economic crisis. A number of qualifications need to be met in order to receive services. Applicants need to have proof of income, a current, permanent address in Utah, and of course identification. For example, Ogden Area Family Services provides food boxes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2635 South Grant Ave. They also serve a morning breakfast every day. Hundreds of Utah families are assisted every year.
A community dining room is also operated by the Salvation Army’s Homeless Services. A free, hot daily meal is served in downtown Salt Lake City. In addition to the food and meals, Homeless Services also offers emergency personal items and clothing to anyone in need. It relies heavily on donations and volunteers. Many generous individuals, church groups, and non-profits along with friendly, accepting staff provide meals, sandwiches, soup, and more, along with a warm smile.
The Salvation Army is committed to helping unemployed and struggling families keep food on their table, and help them feed their children, seniors, and others in need. In some areas of Utah, prepared holiday meals are offered at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some items may be delivered to those in need, such as the elderly or shut-ins.
People can donate gently used household items and clothing. It's a great way for individuals to give back and to recycle goods that can be used by someone in need. These donated items are as important to the families that receive them, and can help people make it through a difficult period.
Those are not the only items provided. In addition, case-management and support is provided for those low income families and individuals who may otherwise fall through the cracks of other community services or state of Utah or federal government programs. The case manager serves as a resource to other services offered within the community and also provides basic homeless assistance.
As examples of other services, the Salvation Army partners with organizations across the state. They are a United Way Agency and work with non-profits such as Utah Food Bank, LDS Humanitarian Services, Salt Lake Community College, Sysco, American Red Cross, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), Beaumont Foundation, and Operation English.
Emergency services are offered. The Salvation Army will provide or refer to the following assistance programs, including Family and Casework Services, Medical Assistance, Shelter, and Distribution of Basic Commodities.
Heating bills, eviction prevention/rent and utility assistance may be offered. Some limited funds may be offered when someone is faced with an eviction or shut off. However the social workers will address to address what is causing the hardship, and offer budgeting and other support to Utah families. An objective is to prevent homeless and ensure people stay warm during the winter.
Angel Tree and other holiday programs may be offered for children who would be without toys at Christmas. The Salvation Army and its volunteers and partners assist needy families to ensure that their crisis is not suffered by their children.
The main centers are at the following.
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