When in need, the Salvation Army is there to help. They can provide some short term assistance and maybe just as important, referrals and case management. The main social services resolve around food, shelter, housing, and energy bill assistance, but other aid may be available too.
The Warren County centers provide coverage and support in the region, including Edmonson, Butler, Barren and other towns. The Salvation Army will focus on the least fortunate, such as the elderly or families with young children. More details on some of their programs are below.
Utility and heating bill assistance is one of the key resources. This is mostly provided in partnership with Atmos Energy. The company, and the Salvation Army, will try to offer some type of one time payments for paying bills or case managers will explore payment plans with the customer. This is mostly for people with a disconnection notice on their Atmos account.
Meals and boxes of food are offered from pantries in Bowling Green and soup kitchens. Feeding the hungry and helping children and senior’s access meals is a staple service. The centers will try to provide groceries or a hot meal to anyone who needs it, regardless of income, religion, or other factors.
Going hand in hand with that, in some areas of the state, such as Warren and Barren County Kentucky, freshly prepared holiday meals are served by volunteers. The holidays that are in highest demand are for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Home delivered meals may be offered by volunteers to seniors and the homebound as well at this time of the year.
A regional thrift store is at 401 W Main Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101. Telephone 270-842-0880. It relies on donations from the community. When someone brings gently used furniture, clothing or appliances to the Salvation Army, they are doing more than making a donation to an important local cause. They are also bringing support and happiness to countless local families and children in the greater Bowling Green community.
The stores may sell furniture, clothing, and household goods. Some school supplies and Christmas items may be offered too. The money goes to fund the agency and its programs. Through those assistance programs, the Salvation Army can offer help to those who need it the most.
Shelter and transitional housing is offered too. The Salvation Army Center of Hope has dozens of beds and housing units. There is also an on-site soup kitchen that serves meals or food to hundreds of people per day. Guests of the housing centers can also get case management and information on locating permanent housing in the region.
Advice and case management is from on site staff. When a person needs support, or just a listening ear, they can get help from services such as budgeting workshops, life skills, job training programs in Kentucky, employment services, and other referrals.
Last, but not least, is emergency financial assistance and/or disaster support. The financial aid is very limited, but on occasion there can be funds for rent (to prevent homelessness) or medications in life threatening conditions. Utility shut offs can be dealt with too. The Salvation Army of Kentucky will try to prevent homelessness, ensure members of the region have meals and food, and the agency will try to help people stay warm during the cold winter months or cool during the summer.
During times of disaster, the Salvation Army and its staff and responders are there to. They operate across Kentucky and can coordinate food, shelter, water, and emergency lodging. The disaster programs operate in times of flood, tornado, and other events.
The address of the centers are as follows. 400 W. Main Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42102, 270-843-3485. Additional nearby centers are at 108 Shane Dr, Glasgow, Kentucky, (270) 659-2820 as well as 407 W Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown. Call (270) 737-1984.
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