Arlington Salvation Army assistance programs.

Programs available in Arlington County Virginia are individualized to meet the needs of lower income and needy families. The local Salvation Army Corps Community Center oversees various activities and assistance programs in the region. Find help with paying back rent to holiday assistance, free toys or food, shelter, and case management services.

A number of resources and services are offered in the community. Some can be tailored to your specific needs. The Salvation Army in Arlington Virginia has social activities, music, and educational programs and more. As funding allows, a number of financial aid programs and basic services can be met from the non-profits social service program.

Thousands of veterans live in Arlington County and in the capital region. Clients, and their families, can get information on veteran resources and access to support. Aid is offered for those who have served our country. Veterans, current deployed military members and their families may apply for help. The family needs to be facing some form of economic hardship. Also work with staff on the transition from military to civilian life. Some of what may be offered includes rent and utility bill assistance programs. Other support is for children.

Emergency assistance is offered. This can include some or all of the following.

  • Food and nutrition programs will try to ensure that no one in the community goes hungry. There are feeding sites, food pantries, and other Arlington charities that the Salvation Army works closely with on this endeavor.
  • Seasonal services are mostly offered during the holidays, with some possible support during the back to school period. The main Salvation Army Christmas assistance programs include Adopt a Family, Angel Tree, and Red Kettle. All of these depend on volunteers and community donations in an effort to give free gifts, toys, clothing, shoes, and more to children. A back to school program (during the fall) may offer uniforms and backpacks for students.
  • Emergency financial assistance includes eviction prevention, rental assistance, and funds to prevent a utility disconnection. It is for low income families who are working but are faced with a one time crisis. This is not the same as ongoing government care.





The Washington Area Fuel Fund also operates in Northern Virginia and Arlington. The Salvation will accept and process applications. Program qualifications, which will change from year to year, are based on income and number of household members. WAFF relies on donations from the community and all money will go to helping low income and seniors pay their utility bills. WAFF is offered as a program of last resort.

A number of resources are offered for Hispanics as well. Fluent Spanish speakers in the Arlington Salvation Army corps center offer support, guidance, and a listening ear to struggling families in northern Virginia. Get information on, or help applying for, emergency rent assistance, eviction prevention and money for paying utilities or cooling bills. The location may also have free grocery vouchers and back-to-school supplies for students. Dinners and meals may be offered to Hispanics in the community as well.

Homeless intervention and assistance is offered. The Salvation Army in Arlington also employs social workers who try to connect homeless children, women and men to vital services. This can include, but is not limited too, referrals for substance abuse programs, supportive housing, mental health treatment and other aid. They also refer struggling tenants to the state of Virginia homeless prevention programs.

Career counseling, job placement, and employment services are offered at some centers in Virginia. Clients can gain access to a computer, access information on job banks, and even talk to social workers for counseling and activities such as resume review. Also, if you need a ride to a job interview then buss passes or a gasoline voucher may be offered.

With thousands of local families living in poverty or looking for a job (or higher paying one) the Salvation Army can help people gain short and long term stability. They provide emergency assistance services and guidance to those who are seeking help. The main center is at 518 South Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22204, call (703) 979-3380. The Arlington Corps Hispanic location is based at 518 South Glebe Road. Dial (703) 979-3380 for this office.



By Jon McNamara

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