Bonneville County Salvation Army financial assistance programs.

When times are difficult, the Bonneville County Salvation Army may be able to help. The faith based charity, its social workers and volunteers all work together in the community to support the needy and vulnerable. Whether it is financial aid for heating bills or rent, free material goods, or just some advice, the Salvation Army center may be able to assist.

The Idaho Falls based charity is Christian based. However it is available to anyone from the community that is faced with an emergency. The charity will always try to provide free food or housing, or spread the holiday joy, but unfortunately this is not always possible due to limited resources. This is why the Bonneville County Salvation Army will often combine cash grants along with referrals.

Idaho Falls Salvation Army social services

Free material goods encompass many different things. There is the year round thrift store, which sells gently used goods such as clothing, furniture, appliances, bedding, and kitchen utensils. As with many Salvation Army Family Stores, the Idaho Falls location may also have vintage goods too. This may be records, collectibles, and much more.

The thrift store sells gently used items. There are instances though in which a family can't even use that as they have no money to shop for what they need. Maybe they are recovering from a fire in their home or a medical crisis.  In these instances, the Bonneville County Salvation Army will provide free vouchers. This form of assistance though is focused on critical living needs. It can pay for clothing, diapers for a child, crutches, and similar needed goods.

Also falling under the material goods section are the seasonal assistance programs. During the Easter holiday, there are baskets full of food and “goodies” for children. There will also be a meal served at the soup kitchen.





The Bonneville County Salvation Army runs other more in demand holiday programs. The order of importance are as follows.

-Back to School season – Children from families living in poverty that are in elementary, middle, or high school can receive free supplies. There is also information on how their parents can sign them up for the free school lunch program.
-Thanksgiving will involve the homeless, low income, and lonely being able to go to a Turkey dinner.
-Christmas season brings the Salvation Army toy programs. They range from Angel Tree to Adopt a Family, and there are free presents and clothing items for children.

Financial assistance incorporates everything from shelter to money for utility or heating bills. The Salvation Army Center in Idaho Falls uses money raised throughout the year to provide this service. There are funds from the sale of goods at the thrift store, United Way allotment, and donations from the Red Kettle.

The funding can be used to help pay the rent to keep a family in their home. Or money may go for a portion of utility bills or to provide a box of food to a hungry family. The funding is intended to provide short term relief and give the client time to pursue other, long term options. There are also free prescription drug vouchers, hygiene kits for cleaning or personal needs and much more.

Part of the financial help is what the food pantry falls under. But this Bonneville County Salvation Army resource will just focus on feeding the poor and hungry. It not only can offer holiday food boxes (see above) but there are also more everyday groceries and even “non-food” items given, such as toilet paper, soap, and the like. These services both food people and give them the household goods they need. Find other free food pantries in Idaho.

Bonneville County Salvation Army case management is used to break the cycle of poverty. If a client needs to use a computer to take IT classes, or maybe needs a but ticket to get to a job interview, these social services ar


e available. They are in fact very important for many lower income families.



For more details on the assistance from the Bonneville County Salvation Army, or to apply, stop by 605 N Boulevard, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 or dial 208-522-7200 for information.


By Jon McNamara

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