Brazoria County Salvation Army emergency programs.

A family store at the Brazoria County Salvation Army is open to the general public. This center is key to funding the assistance programs they administer. As not only may the Salvation Army provide household supplies, clothing, and similar goods, but there may on occasion be money to pay for emergency rent or even utility bill assistance to stop homelessness.

A focus of the organization is on assisting people so that they can help themselves. This is where the case management process comes into play. While a client is working towards addressing the cause of their crisis, they may be provided food, housing assistance, and other resources for short term needs. But this will depend on what is available at the center, as funding changes and varies throughout the year.

When the Brazoria County Salvation Army can't meet a request (or if they are just out of funding), then referrals maybe given. The charity, and the volunteers and case workers that are on site, are a general resource for the community. While the number of requests given to the organization can often strain the capacity to respond, they will try to direct the applicant to some form of financial assistance program or another tool they need.

Thrift Store at Brazoria County Salvation Army – Many types of everyday household items (such as utensils, clothing, or furniture) may be sold along with more vintage goods (e.g. records, antiques). What is available will change weekly, and often daily.

The items are sold at a low price. The goal is to make these goods as affordable to as many people as possible. When a family is facing a crisis, such as a fire, disaster, fleeing domestic violence, or another hardship, then free items may be given to them from the thrift store. The Salvation Army in Brazoria County may give a women fleeing violence free clothes or furniture, or maybe a household that had a disaster is given vouchers to buy appliances, beds, cribs for a newborn and more. Another focus is on helping veterans in the community.





The thrift store relies on donations. So do some of the other services provided. These additional services include the Angel Tree free Christmas toy program for children; hot meals served to the homeless; back to school supplies for students; transportation arranged by volunteers to the disabled or seniors; and more. The Brazoria County Salvation Army will try to help the vulnerable when possible. But the assistance is a last resort and is more for people facing an emergency rather than someone that is in long term poverty that is not trying to help themselves. More on free food pantries in Texas.

Small amounts of emergency financial assistance may be provided from time to time. The Brazoria County Salvation Army will use any surplus funds they have (after paying operating expenses) to help the needy with housing, food, and more. This is part of the regional homeless prevention programs in the part of Texas. The funds may pay some of what is due for rent, or cover part of a utility bill to keep the electricity on. Other expenses maybe paid with approval.

Salvation Army services in Brazoria County also provide the counseling, case management, and mentorship that many struggling individual’s needs. There are also programs around this for children too, as given them support early can pay dividends as they age. Some of these services may be the following.

-After worship services, food and free meals are served.
-Children from underprivileged families can be enrolled into summer or day camps.
-Senior citizens and those that can't care for themselves are often enrolled into case management services.
-Staff stress educational and employment achievement, and can guide clients towards GED or direct them to a local employer in Brazoria County.

The center can shelter the homeless, provide the elderly a place to go for a day to get out of the heat or cold, and give people a place to express their feeling. So whether financial aid is needed or more material support, the Brazoria County Salvation Army center at 1618 Avenue, Freeport, Texas 77541 may assist. Or dial 979-233-5420.



By Jon McNamara

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