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Financial assistance in Alaska from Salvation Army.

Families and individuals who need help can contact the Salvation Army in Alaska near them. The non-profit offers emergency assistance to individuals and families that are faced with a crisis and who are out of options. Direct financial assistance, referrals, and other support is available in Alaska, with a focus on preventing homelessness as well as hunger. Find a location near you below. Examples of services offered include.

  • Free food boxes, groceries, canned goods, and meals which may be served.
  • Vouchers for clothing, furniture, and household items are offered or free back to school supplies.
  • Transportation assistance includes gasoline vouchers and bus passes or tokens.
  • Financial assistance for medications, rent and utility bills may be offered.
  • Substance abuse services are run by the Salvation Army in Alaska, including for alcohol, drug, or other needs.
  • Low cost Family and Thrift stores sell items to households across Alaska.

Find financial help for emergency or critical bills in Alaska

The Alaska Salvation Army Family Emergency Service Office will have a formal application process, and applicants will need, among other things, Social Security number and birth date for everyone in the household, proof of income, and photo ID. This is where the rent help is paid from, or learn about other government financial hardship grants.

A Transitional Housing Program is known as Eagle Crest. It provides short term lodging and housing for dozens of individuals. The housing is safe, substance free, and a nice living environment. While people stay in the housing unit they can attend self-sufficiency and employment services, including job training. This also allows individuals an opportunity to save some money so they can pay the rent and bills on their own in the future.

Disaster assistance is provided by the Salvation Army in Alaska. Volunteers and rapid response teams are on call in the event of a man-made or natural event, whether an earthquake or flood. The agency can provide assistance from their programs. Some of the services that are offered include food, shelter, Pastoral Care/Counseling, water, clothing, and more.

Shelter is offered from McKinnell House for homeless two-parent families or single parenting fathers. This is the only program of its kind in Alaska. The Salvation Army Family Emergency Services program also provides for the practical needs of low income families and individuals. Each adult who needs help will be able to work with a social worker in order to come up with a plan that will help the family successfully move back into permanent, full time and independent housing.




Families who are clients of the Salvation Army are required to obtain a job if they are not working. Children will also be connected to educational and support resources in their local community. Even after leaving the housing offered at McKinnell House, families and individuals will continue to work with case managers to develop a support system that will help them over the long term and will better equip the family for successful, independent living. Ongoing case management services and support offered includes financial assistance for medical prescriptions, food pantry and gently used clothing.

Transportation assistance is offered to job interviews and medical appointments. Rides can also be offered to shops and grocery stores. There are also car repairs for low income job seekers. The driver will accompany a client to a medical appointment or to the store, with priority for transportation for a doctor appointment.

Free Salvation Army seasonal programs in Alaska

Holiday assistance is offered. Services offered around Thanksgiving and Christmas include Neighborhood GIFT, Thanksgiving dinner and food boxes, Operation Santa Claus, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family and special fundraisers such as the Red Kettle Campaign and Season of Giving Luncheon. Donations are always needed, so contribute or volunteer if you can. The Salvation Army provides extra support to help the low income and children through these seasonal and holiday programs.

The Salvation Army also passes out, during the summer or fall months mostly, free back to school supplies to students. There may be many items available in Alaska. They include, but are not limited too, backpacks, clothes, uniforms, sneakers, notebooks, chromebooks, pens, pencils, and so much more. they also give kids free hygiene items and even food boxes.

HUGSS and Coats for Kids is a school program. It is offered as a community partnership between the Salvation Army and other non-profits, and it can help prepare Anchorage school children from low-income households for a successful school year. The primary goal is to provide free warm winter coats and basic school supplies to students and children.

Free food or hot meals from the Salvation Army

Meals On Wheels can help seniors and the homebound. Volunteers and case managers offer the delivery of hot meals, with perishable items and frozen meals for the weekends and holidays. The program can help seniors keep their independence. While the meals and service is offered by the Salvation Army for free, donations are always appreciated.





Salvation Army meals sites are also available and open around the state. They will provide eligible seniors a free hot nutritious lunch and an opportunity for social interaction. The program is only offered for people over 60 years of age. Call the Salvation Army for locations of meal sites. Most of the Salvation Army locations not only have a thrift store, but also a food pantry. Read more on other options, including food stamp applications in a crisis.

Programs for the elderly in Alaska

Several programs are offered for senior citizens. The Salvation Army oversees a resource known as Older Alaskans Program. It offers food, meals, homemaker services, transportation, housekeeping and more to the elderly and disabled. The United Way of Anchorage and the Department of Health & Human Services- Senior & Disability Services work closely with the Salvation Army on this program.

Homemaker Services include cleaning services and/or light housekeeping. These programs are available for eligible seniors and the elderly who are unable to complete basic house cleaning chores.

Salvation Army centers in Alaska

There are multiple locations in the state of Alaska. They have thrift stores, financial help, food, and other resources for low income families.

Anchorage Family Emergency, Services Office, 1712 A Street, dial (907) 277-2593

Main address 439 Willoughby Ave. Juneau, Alaska 99801-1751, call (907) 586-2136

514 First Street Cordova, AK 99574, dial (907) 424-3134 to reach the Salvation Army

Corps center is at 1602 10th Ave. Fairbanks, Alaska 99701, dial (907) 452-3103

Location is 1468 Sterling Hwy. Homer, AK 99603-8301, (907) 235-2609

201 N. Forrest Dr., Kenai, AK 99611-7404, (907) 283-3879

Address: 1855 Mission Rd., Kodiak, Alaska 99615-6511, telephone number is (907) 486-8740

209 W. Evergreen, Palmer, AK 99645-6952, (907) 745-7079

342 Stedman Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901-6625, (907) 225-5277

430 Union Street, Haines, AK 99827, (907) 766-2470

Salvation Army center: 725 Eagle Street, Hoonah, Alaska 99829, dial (907) 945-3359 for intake





439 Willoughby Ave. Juneau, AK 99801-1751, primary phone (907) 586-2136

Location is Keku Rd. Kake, AK 99830, phone number is (907) 785-3580

585 Summit Klawock, AK 99625, (907) 755-2769

Salvation Army Corps center is at 106 Fram Street, Petersburg, AK 99833, call (907) 772-4586 for information on emergency assistance.

405 Sawmill Creek Road, Sitka, Alaska 99835-7447, (907) 747-3358

Main address: 611 Zimovia Hwy., Wrangell, Alaska 99929, phone number (907) 874-3753


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