Families in Yakima and Benton County can get help from the Salvation Army. Social services offered by the non-profit can help with housing needs, provide food, emergency rent or utility bill help, and assistance around Christmas. Case workers, volunteers, and social workers do their best to assist the low income, seniors, and disabled in the region.
Get help with satisfying basic human needs. While that is a broad term, the case managers from the Salvation Army try to provide food, clothing, shelter, and safety. All of this is offered in an effort to create a more positive and also an important, permanent change in the families and individuals they serve. Resources are offered regardless of religion, age, or culture. The basic needs of seniors, youth, families, immigrants, men, children and women can be met.
Some of the housing programs range from shelters to offering transitional housing units and apartments to those in need.
Shelters available can be focused on assisting women and/or their children that were recently evicted or that are escaping a domestic violence environment. The Salvation Army can offer women and children a safe place to stay. Those individuals who use this service will also be able to register for ongoing case management which can help address longer term housing needs. Another focus of the shelters in Washington and Yakima County is on housing military veterans.
Hotel or motel vouchers may be provided. This is usually for families that had their home destroyed by a disaster, such as a fire. However sometimes a motel voucher may be for those families who were evicted. Either way they are very short term in nature.
Emergency rental assistance is offered for families in an effort to help them stay in their homes. This is a year round resource, with an emphasis on helping Benton and Yakima families during the winter months.
Help around the holidays can assist with the added financial and emotional stress that many families face. Many charities in the region, including in Yakima County, work with the Salvation Army to satisfy Christmas needs. They work to ensure that all families and especially children are able to experience the joys of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Programs such as the Angel Tree or Adopt a Family can provide free gifts, toys, clothing, and more to children and seniors, including those in nursing homes. Through the generosity of donors and businesses in the greater Washington state community, toys are shared with families who can’t afford to buy gifts on their own.
Utility bill assistance may be available for electric, water, gas, and other bills. The Salvation Army, using funds from donations and programs such as the Red Kettle, seeks to help low income, unemployed and struggling families maintain their power.
Food pantries in Benton County and other towns can provide groceries and free food assistance. The locations can be used to keep food on the table. The pantries have groceries, canned goods, and can otherwise serve community meals throughout the year, in particular during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The non-profit may have free or low cost food boxes, gift certificates, grocery cards, or celebratory meals and activities during the holidays.
Older Adult Ministries can help senior citizens and the elderly. The Salvation Army and its partners offer an extensive selection of assistance programs and social services to enhance the lives of less fortunate seniors and elderly. Examples of resources include housing at Silvercrest residence, senior camps or congregate meals at local churches or senior centers in Yakima County.
There are three main centers in the region. Call to make an appointment for social services.
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