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Augusta, Staunton, and Rockingham area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Salvation Army resources try to help families in need in the western part of the state of Virginia. Many residents of Augusta, Nelson, Rockingham, and Rockbridge County benefit from their programs. A focus is on assisting those individuals who may fall between the social services and public benefit cracks. Support may also benefit those Staunton area families that may not be eligible for assistance from the government sector or state of Virginia.

Family and emergency services is an assistance program that can provide short term financial help but the main goal is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. The Salvation Army can help families stay in their homes or apartments, receive food, and maybe pay energy bills. A number of services are part of this resource.

Direct financial support may be offered in the Augusta County region, though it is limited. This can include vouchers to buy food, housing, rental assistance, clothing, transportation and maybe even rent/mortgage or utility bill assistance. More common is meeting basic needs. This will include groceries, canned food, and gently used clothing. Items for work or school may be passed out.

Case managers from the Salvation Army provide counseling and referrals to other non-profits and charities in Rockingham or Staunton. They can also refer people to public programs. Services can help people meet both the spiritual and physical needs of those seeking help or guidance. They will work with you to create a plan that involves counseling to find solutions to the problems faced by the working poor or low income clients. This can go a long way in helping people plan ahead and prevent a future crisis.

The non-profit closely collaborates with local agencies to assist clients in obtaining steady employment and jobs that provide a steady source of incomes. Some Salvation Army programs can also assists residents with substance-abuse problems or mental health issues. Resources can help them in obtaining the appropriate treatment, accessing housing, and gaining other support.

Holiday programs are extensive, and can benefit both children and senior citizens. Examples of some of the seasonal, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas programs are below.




The Angel Tree program can support under-privileged children who are from low income families and who otherwise do not have the support of the local Virginia community. Many would not have a Christmas without assistance from the Salvation Army. Members of the community from Rockbridge, Nelson, Rockbridge, and other towns and counties will “adopt” a child and buy them new clothing and gifts for their Christmas holiday.

Fund raising occurs from the Red Kettle Drive. Money raised goes to help pay for many of the social service programs of The Salvation Army that are offered throughout the year. Individuals and community groups ring bells at various public locations and stores in the area.

Senior citizens and the homebound may benefit from the Silver Bells program. It is similar to the Angel Tree program (see above) but is for senior citizens in Staunton Virginia and nearby towns. People will buy gifts and needed goods that the elderly or senior member needs.

Free coats may be offered for kids. Many people donate the items to the Salvation Army and their thrift stores. They will then provide them to students, children, and the poor in the community. This program really ramps up during the fall and winter.




Emergency shelters are located in Staunton Virginia. They can provide someone a place to stay, including to get out of the hot or cold weather. However the key offered are the case management services, which can help people gain stability and, if they are homeless, then break the cycle. In addition to offering individuals a bed, meals, or a place to shower, as indicated get help in identifying the problems that may have contributed to their struggles.

The disaster assistance services provided are extensive. The Salvation Army can distribute hot meals and water for victims and relief personnel. Also, explore a number of counseling and receive emotional support for individuals and families. Furniture and bedding, building materials, housekeeping supplies, and similar items can also be passed out.

The three main locations of the Salvation Army in the region include the following.

  • 1700 W Beverley St  Staunton, VA 24401, phone number (540) 885-8157
  • 297 Main St. in Timberville Virginia. Dial (540) 896-3048
  • 245 E Washington St., Harrisonburg, main number (540) 433-8770




By Jon McNamara


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