Anne Arundel County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Social services and emergency assistance offered by the Salvation Army can help low income families in Anne Arundel County overcome barriers and make it through a difficult period. Their programs cover the entire Annapolis and Southern Maryland region. The non-profit has been serving the low income and seniors in the community for over 100 years.

More details of the resources available are below. However the agency offers programs including a nursing home visitation program, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance, food, and rent and utility bill help. They will also have food drives and toys for children during Christmas. A number of other family services may be provided by the Anne Arundel Salvation Army to the community.

Many people volunteer and other staff are on call. All of these individuals have dedicated their lives to helping the less fortunate. Other more non-material support and programs offered include worship, education, career counseling and fellowship for youth. They will also attempt to offer spiritual growth to the needy through the Corps Programs they oversee.




Much of the emergency assistance is provided as part of the organizations Family Service Centers. These were set up in an effort to help meet the immediate needs of people in the community who are struggling. Case Workers from the Salvation Army will help people network for jobs. They can provide referrals to government aid. Social workers from the centers will also advocate on behalf of the client with other non-profits and Social Service agencies throughout the Anne Arundel region.

A food pantry is available that can provide baskets, canned goods, and more. The on-site pantry is normally well stocked with free baby formula, non-perishable food, bread, and even toiletry items. If you apply and are found to be qualified you may be provided with a multiple day supply of groceries as appropriate, and ideally you will be offered enough for your household size. Applicants are eligible for food from the Salvation Army at most once every 2 months. Please bring photo ID and other documentation of your hardship.





Utility and heating bill assistance may be available. You will need a referral from a local Community Action Agency. This application process is probably more extensive. Priority will be for people who are most at risk without power, such as seniors and low income children. When applying you may need original copies of a bill, copy of photo ID, turn off notice and copy of current bill, social security cards for all household members, proof of income, copy of a lease or mortgage, and also information on any unpaid bills. This program is run out of 251 West St., Annapolis. Or call 410-626-1910 for information and intake.

The Salvation Army of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Maryland can always use donations as well. They can't provide this amount of assistance without the continuous contributions, help and support of individuals and businesses throughout the community. If you can provide them with any goods, such as clothing, food, furniture or even monetary donations, everything you contribute will go directly to helping the less fortunate and low income in the community.

Other services offered can include Christmas and Holiday food and gifts. Also, free school supplies may be distributed during back to school season. When it comes time to finding an activity for your child (such as summer camp or after school program) just call the Salvation Army for information. The number is (410) 263-4091. Some homeless prevention funds or emergency rental assistance may be offered as a last resort, and only as resources allow.




By Jon McNamara

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