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Brownsville and Cameron County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Find information on emergency assistance and social services offered by the Brownsville Texas area Salvation Army centers. A focus is on providing help to local families who are struggling. This may be in the form of free food, rental assistance, free school supplies, case management, Christmas gifts and more. Details on the Cameron County salvation army assistance programs are below.

The reality is that many times people do fall behind on their housing or rent or face a crisis. Maybe they need food or helping in getting a better job. Some situations can be due to situations beyond their control. This is where the Salvation Army can help by offering money for helping with bills, housing, or case management services.

It is a mission of theirs to reach out to and assist struggling individuals and families during the trying times. Social workers or volunteers will try to give them short term financial aid and a helping hand up whenever possible. So they offer many types of emergency assistance to Brownsville area residents as noted below.

Free seasonal services, food, and other items from the Salvation Army

Holiday programs – Contributions and donations from members of the town as well as community go towards providing free Christmas toys, dinners, and clothing for families as well as children in need. Financial assistance may also be offered around the holidays, and this money can help with addressing basic necessities (such as food and housing), along with seasonal aid.

Seniors and families with children are given priority for holiday assistance. Volunteers who work with the Salvation Army can also distribute gifts and holiday items to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes. Shelters will also be open for providing sit-down dinners and meals around the holidays.





One of the main Christmas programs that operates in Cameron County is the Angel Tree Program. This has provided holiday and Christmas assistance for thousands of seniors and disadvantaged children over the years in the community. Hundreds of families receive help every year. Much of what is distributed is offered from donations from the local community. The local Angel Tree Program is one of the largest and longest-standing holiday gift-giving initiatives in the Brownsville and Cameron County region.

Senior centers are located across Cameron County Texas. Some assistance programs focus on the elderly and seniors, and they can deliver meals, financial aid, SSI applications or loans. Staff also can give really just friendly smiles to the elderly, senior citizens as well as the homebound. The centers also provide the needy or struggling seniors in Cameroon County with daily breakfast and lunch meals. Financial help can be arranged by the Salvation Army too, including or read more on senior citizen loans for paying bills.

Those older residents who are on a low income and need an affordable place to live may be able to get advice and suggestions on senior housing or low cost apartment units. Some local apartments charge rent on an income-based scaling system. The Salvation Army may also coordinate health and medical care for the elderly. So this will in effect provide the elderly the independence and dignity they deserve from having a safe and affordable home.





Food pantries can offer emergency groceries and food which can be used to help meet the ongoing daily demands of those who are struggling. Many centers across Cameron County Texas strive to keep well-stocked food pantries at their locations. Senior citizens, as well as families and individuals, are eligible to receive food boxes containing high quality, nutritious grocery items. This can include frozen meats, canned food, dried goods, fruits, and bread. Enough items are provided to help people meet their basic needs for several days.

Household Goods and Free Clothing is available for Texans in Brownsville who are in need of furniture. There are also free back to school supplies for kids from low income families, including immigrants and Spanish speakers. The clothing bank may have emergency clothing, household goods, or similar items. Some centers may have vouchers that may be distributed by one of their social service or case managers. The vouchers can usually be used at one of designated retail outlets or a local thrift store or to buy the clothes or household items they need.

Financial aid for bills or rent from Cameron County Salvation Army

Emergency financial assistance from the Brownsville Salvation Army provides the needy with temporary emergency assistance to local families and individuals. Resources can provide mortgage, rent, water bill, free food and clothing assistance to qualified families and adults. If the agency does not have funding, they may be able to offer referrals to other collaborating non-profit agencies. One major resource is help in applying for benefits, including tips on applying for SNAP food stamps or other regional Cameron County services.

Cooling, utility bill and Salvation Army rental assistance is available in the Brownsville Texas region. Many public and government studies show it is infinitely less expensive and easier to keep someone in their home than to deal with homelessness. The Salvation Army realizes that it is to more difficult and expensive to re-establish a residence for an individual or family once they have become homeless. So for those people facing a crisis, the Salvation Army may have financial assistance for paying rent and utility bills. Priority is given to those facing eviction or homelessness without support.

Cameron County Salvation Army Community Care Ministries can provide comfort to people, including seniors or prisoners, who are in convalescent and nursing homes, hospitals, correctional institutions, children’s homes, or veteran’s medical centers. Volunteers and case managers from the Salvation Army centers in Cameron County help those with special needs, including the homebound.

Salvation Army assistance programs are combined with case management as well as free advice. This will help the client stabilize their situation. As the Salvation Army will work on employment and job placement in Texas with local companies, WIA, and federal programs among other groups. Training, free use of computers, job fairs, ESL classes and more is offered.





Applying for assistance or social services in Cameron County

There is a thrift store as well as social service center. The main address is 119 E Monroe Ave, Harlingen, Texas 78550. However it does cover all of Cameron County. There may be financial assistance, free food or meals, seasonal items and more. Call (956) 423-2454.


By Jon McNamara

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