Various social services and emergency assistance programs are offered across Sedgwick County Kansas and Wichita. The Salvation Army and its case workers are committed to helping the less fortunate, low income, seniors, unemployed and others.
One of the primary programs is known as Emergency Social Services. This provides basic needs to families facing poverty and the low income. All assistance is offered on an emergency basis only and qualifications need to be met by applicants.
The Salvation Army has three main centers across Sedgwick County Kansas. There is the West Orchard Corps Community Center which helps residents in the western part of the county. The Citadel Corps Community Center serves the eastern Wichita and county. Last, but not least, the Downtown Social Services (known as City Command) serves the downtown region of Wichita and the northeastern part of the county. See more information below.
If you are found to be eligible for help, then recipients of Salvation Army services can have basic needs fulfilled, such as blankets, free food, medication, clothing baby items, transportation assistance, burial plots/funeral counseling, furniture, coats, appliances, winter clothing and blankets. Most of the aid is offered as a last resort, so the agency will provide assistance after other community and government resources are exhausted by the applicant.
Warm Hearts free winter clothing program can provide blankets, free coats, miscellaneous winter clothing and more. This distribution will normally start in November. Anyone in need of warm clothing, including children and seniors, is eligible for this program.
Back-to-School supplies and clothing are available for children from low income families and people facing poverty. These supplies are distributed through the local Sedgwick County Salvation Army Social Services sites in your part of the county.
Free Christmas assistance is offered annually. This support is provided to families and individuals in need during the holiday season, in particular children. Free toys are provided to children 14 and below, teenagers, and others in the Wichita community through the Angel Tree program.
Star of Hope is also offered during the holiday, but this one is for seniors. This is another part of the Christmas assistance program for individuals with special needs, senior citizens, and the handicapped.
Disaster Services and assistance can provide relief to both victims, first responders and emergency workers at countless sites. Services offered by the corps can include clothing, water, food and cleanup assistance with an emergency mobile canteen unit on call as well. The Salvation Army works closely with volunteers and others from the community. This program is activated on an as-needed basis by local city/county emergency responders. It can help with floods, fires, tornadoes, and other crises both in the county and anywhere in Kansas. The program will also ramp up even further for a major event.
Emergency Housing/Lodge is a shelter in Wichita. It can hold a number of people and it will provide additional support as well. People who stay in the shelter will also receive intervention, crisis assessment, prevention, stabilization and information/referral services. All of this and more is offered to to homeless families and single women in the community who are without other resources and who were just evicted.
Transitional Housing is more mid term type housing. This can assist homeless families and single women and help them gain the skills and abilities to live independently. It will also offer self-sufficiency type resources, such as employment assistance, credit counseling, and similar services.
Low-income veterans and their families can get help in obtaining and maintaining permanent stable housing from the Salvation Army Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. They also work closely with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs to serve current and former military members throughout the county and state of Kansas. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families case management team strives to assist Veterans and their families through strengths-based goal planning. It can assist people with finding and maintaining permanent housing or apartments.
Veterans in Sedgwick County can also receive case management, Linkage to VA and other community resources, peer mentoring/advocacy from fellow soldiers, landlord/ tenant mediation, temporary financial/rental assistance to address housing barriers, and even linkage to specialists in budgeting, credit counseling, job preparation, and employment search.
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