The Salvation Army can help those families facing a crisis and that are in serious need of assistance. The Westchester centers partner with non-profits, churches, and other charities in the greater New York region in an effort to coordinate emergency assistance programs and human services. The resources offered can often make the difference between running out of options and receiving a second chance from the case management, employment counseling, and other services offered.
Much of the aid, material support, food, and other resources are provided by the Westchester Salvation Army Emergency Services program. This was created in an effort to help struggling and lower income families and individuals pay bills over the short term, but also achieve self-sufficiency. Helping people regain stability is the focus. Every year hundreds of local families are brought from lives of despair to self-sufficiency from these programs.
Housing and homeless assistance services are offered. First is a focus on prevention. This can can include funds or grants for paying rent or energy bills. Many conditions will need to be met by applicants. In addition to that, homeless shelters are located in the region. They can help women, children, veterans, and others. One specific service is the homeless women’s assessment program, which helps connect qualified women (and their children if applicable) with appropriate long-term services in the Westchester region.
While always limed, additional emergency assistance services tend to be available to those with no other options or resources available to them. As funding allows, this can include a bus token or voucher for gasoline (for a local medical appointment or job interview) or help acquiring a needed medication. Many Westchester families benefit from these and other Salvation Army programs. When you get back on your feet please always try to return the favor and contribute/donate to your local center.
Social workers that are employed by the Salvation Army, and volunteers as well, are all dedicated to the greater White Plains and Westchester community. They do all they can to help the less fortunate, and this can include direct aid or referrals. Basic needs like food, coats or toiletries may be offered by appointment or on a walk in basis. Or get referrals to outside non-profit agencies or Emergency Services (see above) that can help. Other local resources include soup kitchens, grocery vouchers and food packages, help with utilities, financial help for rent payments, and more.
Thrift and Family Stores are open to the public and families across both up and downstate New York. When someone donates goods, such as clothing, school supplies or furniture, to the Salvation Army, those items are then sold at a low price through the Thrift Stores. The money raised is then used to finance operations and provide services to the needy. You can find coats, school supplies, work uniforms, holiday toys, and more at a thrift store.
Self-sufficiency can include adult education, job counseling, credit repair workshops and more. For example, English as Second Language (ESL classes) are offered for basic and advanced learners. Other services that may be available in the region include high school diploma equivalency classes (GEDs), general continuing education classes and computer classes are also available at many partner organizations and non-profit community centers. As indicated many of these services are a focus as they can help people regain stability over the mid to long term.
Programs are also offered for seniors. They can help reduce the stressful parts of growing old. Some of the assistance available can include free breakfasts, lunches, and recreational activities at Westchester based senior centers. Or meet with a case manager for social security advice, medical consultations, and referrals to federal and state of New York government benefit programs.
There are several offices in the down state and local region. If a site can’t meet your needs, then they may have referrals or other support.
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