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Salvation Army assistance programs in Berkeley County region.

The Salvation Army administers extensive services in the region. While they may vary by location and funding levels, emergency financial assistance and basic needs can be addressed in Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson County West Virginia.

When applying for help, the process is confidential and applicants are provided dignity and respect. All services will always be provided to those who qualify regardless of their age, race, religion, mental and physical disability, sexual orientation. color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status or language spoken. Some examples of what may be provided are below.

Feeding programs - Food banks and pantries can provide canned goods, perishable items, and bags of groceries. Special holiday meals or food baskets may be passed out too, including around Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Senior citizens in Berkeley County can also benefit from home delivered meals.

Food Pantry distributions are available in Martinsburg and the area. This is in addition to the resources above. These distributions are held in many Salvation Army Corps sites on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. Many West Virginia senior citizens or the working poor benefit.

Homeless services, including prevention, is a focus. To this end, the Salvation Army may have funds to pay for a utility or heating bill. Some aid may be offered for rent. In almost all cases the applicant will need to meet low income guidelines and also have an eviction or disconnection notice.

Basic needs - While this is a fairly broad term, it includes items like clothing, household furnishings (for those impacted by a disaster) and school supplies. Many of the goods are provided from a Berkeley or Jefferson County thrift store.

Emergency shelter, including during the cold winter months. It provides people a place to stay, meal, and other support. Some centers are in Martinsburg.




Case management is key to sustaining assistance. The Salvation Army wants to ensure people don’t fall and into the past patterns that caused their issue to begin with. So receive access to employment assistance, information on day care and after school programs, homeless prevention resources and more. Most Salvation Army locations in Berkeley County also offer referral, pastoral counseling and advocacy services.

Self-sufficiency programs, while similar to above, can be for children, adolescents, single moms, adults and others that need support. Activities and workshops available can include GED classes, credit repair, financial literacy and general life skills.

Housing support services are for families facing eviction. Assistance is also for homeless men, women, children and others in Morgan County and nearby regions. In addition to a place to stay, the Salvation Army will offer life skills, career counseling, GED classes, mental health and legal services. This intensive case management enables people to get out on their own in a short period of time.

Holiday assistance - This can include Christmas meals, gifts, and clothing for children and senior citizens. Please donate to programs such as the Angel Tree, if you can.

In addition to all of these assistance programs and resources listed above, as indicated the Salvation Army is a great place to contact for referrals. They have information on state and federal government benefits, churches and charities in Berkeley and Jefferson County, and more. There are numerous social Service offices and partner organizations in the region that may have food, applications for LIHEAP, and more. So even if the Salvation Army denies your request, residents of the region still have other options available to them.

The main Salvation Army center for the area is in Martinsburg, West Virginia. However referrals can be provided as well. The office is at 501 Virginia Ave. Telephone (304) 267-4612.




By Jon McNamara

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