Burkesville and Columbia Salvation Army assistance programs.

There are two Salvation Army service units that support the Cumberland and Adair County regions. They are located in Columbia as well as Burkesville Kentucky. The social services administered are wide ranging, and include everything from summer Camp Paradise Valley for kids to food, holiday toys or meals, and emergency financial aid.

Programs for children

During the summer months students (who are out on break) may benefit from the Camp Paradise Valley summer camp. The location is 1881 Salvation Army Camp Rd in Burkesville. Call 270.406.6730. This is a low cost option for parents. It will provide the children with a place to go during the summer.

Many activities are held at Paradise Valley. There are local field trips, recreational events, craft classes, and more. Some of the Salvation Army resources at the Burkesville camp also focus on educational development as well as academic maintenance. One of these programs is the computer literacy classes.

Salvation Army After-School Programs also provide students with many activities. Many working moms and dads (including single parents) avail themselves of these services. Children can benefit from tutoring and homework help from volunteers, Character training, Conflict resolution, as well as arts and craft classes. Attendees are also given free snacks to keep them healthy.

Free Holiday Gift Baskets as well as School supply assistance programs are also for children from low income households in counties including Adair. Each and every year dozens of free Christmas toys or meal baskets are distributed to struggling families. Many students also get free supplies or clothing for the school year. The assistance is available for those that might not otherwise have the money to pay for school books or a holiday present or food.

For all of these services, the Burkesville and Columbia Salvation Army relies upon the generosity of local donors. Contributions come from individuals as well as businesses. These groups supply the contents for these school and holiday programs. Some people (as well as corporations) also make financial contributions or give gift cards. These can also allow the charity the ability to purchase items for kids.





Family Services in Cumberland and Adair County

Case managers meets daily with individuals who come to the center and who need some type of financial assistance. Or there are requests from people who have more basic needs. All requests are managed individually as the Salvation army works to put the client to help empower them to become self-sufficient. Note if the church based charity can't help, they may give referrals for other needs, such as SNAP food stamp applications, birth certificates, SSI disability and photo Ids.

Based on the applicant's need as well as resources available, clients can receive free clothing vouchers for the thrift store or bus tokens. They may be given food boxes from Columbia Kentucky pantries. In some limited cases, emergency rent or energy bill assistance can be paid out to the needy. Or families can learn about HeatShare and similar programs which may offer funds to ensure local families don't lose their electric or heating service during the winter. There are also other energy bill assistance programs available in the state.

There are other social services from the Columbia and Burkesville Salvation Army. One is a focus on helping the elderly. They partner to offer housing solutions in which the senior can not only have a place to live, but also access to health services, transportation to a doctor, socialization, and volunteer opportunities. Special visitations are also held during holidays including Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter to spread the joy to the elderly.

Homeless Outreach is also a core services. The Salvation Army helps homeless individuals in the local community. Solutions range from overnight shelter to hot meals, blankets, beverages and supplies from winter warming kits (hats, gloves, blankets and hand-warmers).




Last but not least are the Emergency Disaster Services. They comfort victims and address emotional, physical and spiritual needs. As far as in the crisis itself, the family may be given free food, clothing, hot meals, shelter or short term financial resources. They also partner with other government agencies in Kentucky.

The Salvation Army Burkesville Service Unit is at 216 W Chestnut St, zip code 40202 in Kentucky. The number is 502-357-8538. Or individuals can try the Columbia Service Unit at 216 W Chestnut St. Dial 502-583-5391.

By Jon McNamara

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