Salvation Army assistance programs in Barnstable County.

There are two main Salvation Army locations in Barnstable County. While they mostly offer supplies, such as meals or warm food, clothing, and Christmas assistance, there may be other support as well. Some of it is very limited, such as heating bill help or rental assistance for housing needs. Some of the other financial aid in Hyannis or West Yarmouth may be in the form of referrals.

The point being is that the Christian faith based group tries to help the poor, the less fortunate, and struggling individuals. Whether they need guidance, material support, or some other aid, the Barnstable County Salvation Army can be a resource for them. They operate from two sites, including one at 100 North Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601, dial (508) 508-775-0364 as well as a second location at 174 MA-28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673, call (508) 771-0307.

Programs available for low income families

Food is always a focus. There is both a soup kitchen which serves breakfast and lunch as well as an emergency food bank. The hours of the soup kitchen are Monday to Friday from 8:30-9:30am, and this is breakfast for those that are hungry in Cape Cod. Coffee, bread, pastries, and other items are offered. There is also a daily lunch from 11:30am-12:15pm with more significant food, such as soup, sandwiches, and the like.

Children and the youth in Barnstable County are always a focus. There are both character building activities held as well as after school classes, including tutoring, mentoring, and care for students. Basic needs are also offered, which will mostly be free supplies for school. It also given parents a place to bring their kids...provided they qualify for services. Bridging the Gap is the name of the service, and this helps youth under the age of 17.

Many of the Salvation Army programs in Barnstable County are paid for by the money raised at the Family Store. This is where gently used goods are sold to the public. It is also a place where people can volunteer to give back to the greater Cape Cod community. Or if someone wants to “work” there or volunteer, they can build some job skills too.





The store sells a wide variety of goods. There may be beds, furniture, couches, school backpacks, medical equipment and more. Toys are also sold, both for birthdays, Christmas, and year round use. Everything for sale will be gently used, but from time to time there may be some items for sale in new boxes.

Barnstable County Salvation Army also helps children, seniors, and the homeless at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers from the community partner with businesses, non-profits, and other groups to keep these services running. Together they collect toys from Angel Tree and Adopt a Family, receive donated surplus food items, and items such as Turkeys and more. All of these items are given to qualified low income families.

Christmas help, including Angel Tree, usually accepts applications for free toys and gifts during October. Thanksgiving meals are usually served in Cape Cod in November. There are also Christmas meals and small gifts delivered to seniors during the Christmas season, including those in hospitals or nursing homes.

There may be some financial help available as well. This will be the result of donations from the United Way in Cape Cod as well as money raised from the thrift store sales. The Barnstable County Salvation Army may offer a few dollars for expenses including rent for a family close to eviction. Or when someone's health is at risk without water, electric, or heat, then some financial aid may be offered for those costs. So there are some ways to get emergency financial assistance from the two centers.

The two locations of the Salvation Army on Cape Cod are referenced above. Call one of them for intake.



By Jon McNamara

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