Families and individuals from Will County who are in a crisis can get help from the Salvation Army. The non-profit organization is one of the world’s and nation’s largest charity organizations, and they offer emergency financial assistance (as available), spiritual guidance, referrals, and other support to struggling families, seniors, and others in Joliet and across the county.
Food, groceries, and meals may be distributed. The Joliet Corps of the Salvation Army, along with their Community & Worship Center, is a leading member of the Northern Illinois Food bank. The organization has a food pantry that operates every Monday from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 PM only. Anyone who needs help should call in advance in order to get information on the application process as well as to learn about what paper work they need to bring in order to qualify for the food pantry. The Salvation Army will try to help struggling, working poor, and qualified individuals and families, and may offer them food assistance on a walk-in basis at most once per month. As needed, applications are needed, and some of what may be required is listed below.
Christmas and holiday assistance programs can provide qualified families, children, and the needy with free food, toys, clothes, gifts and more. A number of resources and services are offered to thousands of individuals and children from the Will County Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program. The agency also enters into partnerships and fundraising activities with churches, charities, and other local non-profits and businesses.
For example, one of the leading Salvation Army resources is the Angel Tree program. What it does is it makes available to the community thousands of “angels” to adopt. Each angel on the tree will represent an under-privileged child or senior citizen who, without the support of generous people in the community, would experience or have no joy around holidays and/or Christmas.
The trees are set up at local areas, such as area malls, post offices and corporations. Generous members of the community are able to choose angels from those. The donors “adopt” these angels by providing them with free new clothing, toys, food and/or other gifts for their Christmas. It normally runs from October to December.
Emergency needs can be met through the cooperation and support of additional non-profit agencies and charities throughout Will Community Illinois. Some of the financial and emergency needs that can be met through the following programs include, but are not limited to, very limited amount of financial assistance.
If there are any funds available, it will provided to help people deal with and stop homelessness or life threatening conditions. For example, if someone has received an eviction notice, then referrals may be offered. Families with children or seniors who are out of heating fuel, have had their water shut off or facing a disconnection of their utilities may receive grants or money for paying energy bills. The financial aid services offered are for Illinois American Water and Nicor energy bills. Or vouchers for prescription medications may be offered for those faced with a life threatening condition.
When applying for any type of assistance, some or all of what may be required includes the following. Persons and families applying for help in Joliet and Will County are asked to bring the following. Social Security numbers for each family member. They will also need a photo ID for all adults 18 & over in the household as well as Birth Certificates for children under the age of 18. Applicants will need proof of address, such as lease agreement, current rent / or mortgage statement. Bring your proof of household income (2 Months of pay stubs, disability, unemployment, pension, social security or child support).
In addition, each and every head of household who is seeking emergency assistance will need to complete and sign and intake form. During the one-on-one interview with the social services ministry coordinator, solutions to the underlying cause of the crisis are addressed as quickly as possible. It is the main goal of the Salvation Army to achieve long term solutions to problems in order to enhance long term family stability.
Disaster relief and assistance may be offered too. The Salvation Army can provide free food, disaster relief services, shelter, financial assistance, and counseling to people who have experienced a disaster.
The Salvation Army Joliet and Will County Corps main office is at 300 3rd. Ave, Joliet, IL. 60433. Call (815) 726-4834.
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