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Anderson, Abbeville, and Laurens County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Struggling residents of the counties of Anderson, Laurens, and Abbeville South Carolina can get help with meeting their needs in an emergency. Other resources can provide for everyday living costs and expenses, such as food, gently used clothing, and referrals. If you need assistance or guidance, try to contact the Salvation Army.

Short term, emergency financial assistance is offered, as funding allows, but it is not don as a hand out. Recipients will need to almost always attend case management as a condition of this. Some of what may be provided includes homeless prevention, including funds for paying rent or electric bills. Landlord/tenant mediation may be offered as well as information on affordable housing and apartments in the region. After all, keeping the family intact is critical. Salvation Army case managers partner with the client to address these needs.

Long term self-sufficiency is available. The social workers/case managers want to assist people when they are struggling, unemployed, or faced with a crisis. Resources can help them get back on their feet again. This includes information on employment opportunities, financial literacy workshops, government benefits in South Carolina and other advice.

Hunger prevention is a very important service. Some studies show that almost 20% of South Carolina households, including that same percentage in Anderson County, didn’t have enough money to buy food for themselves and their family at least once over the previous 12 months. So food banks and pantries offer groceries, rice, breads, meats, milk, and other foodstuffs. Or a case manager can point you in the direction of programs such as food stamps.

Many families struggle with paying for utilities or medications due to unemployment, a disaster such as a fire, a car repair, or maybe unexpected medical bills. This can lead to disconnections or people not getting the care they need. It is even more common for young women with children in Laurens and Abbeville, or seniors, to fall behind on their bills. So some cash grants, vouchers, or funds may be offered for utility bills and other needs.




Shelters and transition housing is generally available from the Salvation Army in nearby Greenville and also in Anderson County South Carolina. People can get a free place to stay for the night. At the same time sign up for comprehensive services, such as support for finding and paying for a new home.

Those who use a shelter can also receive a hot meal (lunch or breakfast) or information on longer term government aid they can apply for. Many of the shelters specialize on meeting the needs of single-parent families, single women, married couples with children, men, or homeless children. Some transitional and low income housing units are for senior citizens.

Thrift stores sell gently used and affordable clothes, including work and school items. The goods are sold at Salvation Army thrift stores across the region and also all of South Carolina. Goods sold can include shoes, boots, cribs, furniture, and school supplies for students and children. Donate used household items, furniture and clothing as well if you can, provided they are in decent condition. Some vouchers may also be offered so people can pick up clothing, personal hygiene items or other items for free.

Holiday programs, including Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance, will help spread the joy to needy families, the elderly, homebound and children. The main programs in the Anderson County region include the Salvation Army Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and free meals.

They can provide toys, gifts, coats, clothing, and other goods children from low income families. The elderly may have people visit them for companionship, and the volunteer may also bring a meal or small gift to their home or a senior center. The Salvation Army locations will also pass out or serve hot meals, provide turkeys, toppings, and more. All of these holiday programs are available so that the financial hardship being faced by the parent is not felt by their children.





The Main Salvation Army Corp Centers for the region are 1001 N Main St. and also 2817 S Main St. in Anderson, South Carolina. Dial (864) 226-4344. Another center is at 222 Pressley St. in Greenwood, SC. Dial (864) 229-3407.


By Jon McNamara

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