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Calhoun and Cleburne County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance in the Alabama counties of Cleburne and Calhoun. The wide range of social services that are offered can help families and individuals overcome a number of tremendous obstacles that they may face, including financial help, employment difficulties, and more.

While short term emergency assistance may be offered (as resources allow) the goal of the agency is to focus on empowerment. Case managers want to enable those in need and help them change their life. If the non-profit doesn't think it can help, or maybe you do not meet qualifications, then get referrals to other Calhoun County Alabama resources.

Emergency shelter and other housing programs are available. The main facility in the greater Calhoun region is know as the Red Shield Lodge Emergency Shelter, and it is open up to 365 days a year. People who stay their can get a meal, and importantly learn about services such as transitional and permanent housing programs. So work with a case manager on self-sufficiency and on getting placed into a new home.

Basic needs can be met by the Anniston Alabama Family Services program. This will in effect provide people with their primary means of support. This can include food, clothing, Christmas assistance and more. Some emergency funds for paying energy bills or rent may be offered too. The Salvation Army will help people meet their basic needs.

Food pantries and soup kitchens are involved in Feeding the Hungry. About one quarter of the population in Calhoun and Cleburne live in poverty. About 1/3 of children come from families facing poverty. So the groceries distributed by the Salvation Army can help people make the impossible choice of needing to decide between food and other necessities such as rent, shelter or medical care. Pantries and soup kitchens can be turned to for a meal or groceries.

A specialized Women and Children's Shelter is open for the homeless, including those who are under six years of age and their moms. The center offers free hot meals, emergency shelter and laundry facilities for homeless children and women.




Some of the other services available in this part of Alabama include the Corps Salvage Rehabilitation Center. This will help people who are faced with an addiction or some form of substance abuse issue.

Another resources is the Salvation Army Domestic Violence Center for Women. This particular issue impacts people of all ages, races, social and economic backgrounds, cultures, and relationships. The local shelter services provides safe housing for the victims of domestic violence. During their stay at the Salvation Army center the occupants (women and children) receive shelter, transportation, counseling, hot meals and laundry facilities. Other self-sufficiency type classes are offered in computer training, personal safety tips, career counseling, job training and more. This can help with childcare needs, personal finances and independent living as well.

Additional programs for children, students, and teenagers are offered. There are seasonal programs, like free Christmas assistance and gifts from the Angel Tree. Other options include school supplies, summer snacks, or day camps. One thing that the Salvation Army in Anniston wants to do is ensure children get on the right track and they they do not lack joy as the result of a hardship that their family may be facing.

The main corps center in Calhoun County is based at 420 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201. Call 256 236-5643.




By Jon McNamara














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