Anoka Salvation Army assistance programs.

Low income families in Anoka Minnesota can turn to the Salvation Army for referrals, financial assistance and other support. The non-profit is committed to assisting the needy and low income in the region, including seniors, children, and the unemployed. While resources are limited and rely on donations and government grants, hundreds of Anoka families are still usually able to qualify for help every year.

The HeatShare program may be able to assist those families who are either out of fuel or who are facing a disconnection. Funds may be issued from this Salvation Army program, which is offered across Minnesota, if you have shut off notice from your electric or gas company. It operates during the winter months. Telephone number is 1-800-842-7279.

Federal and state of Minnesota food support programs can usually be applied to at your local Salvation Army center. Case managers will determine if you are qualified and then they will help you apply for vouchers and benefits from programs such as Women, Infant and Children (WIC) as well as SNAP food stamps.

Locations, including soup kitchens, in Anoka County will also provide the less fortunate and vulnerable with free hot meals. These can be served during certain hours, yet year round, to anyone from the community who needs help. In addition, there are several Salvation Army food banks that may have emergency food boxes, bags of groceries and more. Special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gift baskets may be offered too.

Housing programs are available as well in Anoka County. While very limited, there may be some money for paying rent for people faced with an eviction. Call your local social service office to inquire to any funding. Other housing programs are available as well.

Many people need emergency, shelter, transitional or permanent housing. Dozens of resources are available, and maybe one or two will meet your exact need. Also, if the Salvation Army can't meet your requirement or if you are not qualified, then they will refer you to partner programs, local churches, charities or maybe provide financial assistance (such as vouchers) to cover nightly housing expenses.




The Salvation Army, and many non-profits, understand that steady employment is a key to obtaining long-term stability. After all, people need a job in order to pay their bills and support their family. So case managers can help people find a job in Anoka County or surrounding towns. Learn about job training programs, get your resume reviewed, and maybe there will even be vouchers for gasoline or buss passes to get to an interview. To request additional information, including transportation assistance, schedule an appointment with your local Salvation Army social service office.

Coats for Kids is available during the winter. When children, teenagers, or even growing kids need something to stay warm, such as gloves, snow boots, hats or coats, then the Coats for Kids program may be able to help. This is offered year round, with even more requests made on it around Christmas.

Several resources are offered for children, students, and teenagers. A number of children in the community need support. So the Salvation Army is there to help. They have information on after-school programs that can engage youth to learn new skills. Resources can instill in them a sense of confidence. Other potential options include summer camps, snacks during the summer in lieu of school lunches, free school supplies and much more.

Transitional housing programs offer both a roof over your head and time. Clients will have a place to stay while they regain self-sufficiency and search for a permanent place to live. They will also usually be signed up for case management and employment assistance.

Many people who use these housing programs in Anoka were recently evicted, face a domestic break-up, or are dealing with an addiction. Or they may some other type of housing crisis. Corp centers across the state offer temporary housing and support services for up to six months. Some centers may even take in families too.




Examples of other social services include vouchers for medications, meals for seniors, food drives, and the Red Kettle donation program.

Anoka County is supported by a Salvation Army center at Ibis St NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433. Call (763) 755-6873 for intake.


By Jon McNamara

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