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Canton and Stark County Ohio Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army of Canton and Stark County Ohio can assist the poor, unemployed, feed the hungry, and offer other forms of support. Helping the less fortunate, also including seniors and the youth, is a focus of the non-profit charity organization. Assistance addresses all needs, including social, financial, and nutritional. The agency takes a holistic approach to helping the low income and less fortunate in Stark County.

Not only will resources focus on providing help for today's needs, whether food, housing, or referrals, but they also provide hope for tomorrow. This includes case management through educational, employment and life-skills programs. For example, work with a case manager in learning about local employment programs and job openings in Stark County. These services are offered for people of all ages and races.

Trying to ensure everyone experiences the holidays is a key service. This includes Christmas Food and Toys for children, seniors, and the home bound. Some specific programs include Angel Trees and Adopt-A-Family. These also rely heavily on individuals and businesses from the community to donate and contribute gifts and their own personal time. Stark County families can also try other agencies to find free Christmas gifts, and they are above and beyond the Salvation Army.

Financial, and specifically housing needs, can be addressed from emergency rent, mortgage and/or utility bill assistance. Qualified low income Stark County families may be able to receive up to one month's rent/mortgage and/or utility bill payments. Appointments need to be made in order to apply.




Proof of hardship is required. At the time of your appointment at the Salvation Army center, documents are reviewed by a social worker. They will confirm your income, expenses, current members of household, and more. Any cash payment issued by the Salvation Army will be made directly to the vendor, whether it is a utility company, landlord, or bank.

Free or low cost clothing, shoes, and work attire may be offered. Some Canton families may receive clothing vouchers to use for shopping at Salvation Army Thrift Stores. These are offered for people that need items due to domestic violence, disaster, homelessness or other personal circumstances. Some vouchers or certificates to Payless Shoes may be offered for work and school shoes. Case managers can also offer referrals to clothing closet for professional business attire for job interviews.





Adult literacy programs are available a few days per week. They are offered as part of the Mayor's Reading Task Force. A licensed teacher, who is a Salvation Army partner, provides instruction on literacy and basic math to qualified clients. Or potential students will be referred to appropriate government or non-profit programs for their needs.

Student assistance programs are offered as part of the Learning Zone. This is an after-school tutorial and homework-help for students up to grade 6. Stark County students can access free weekly classes in reading, science, math, art and computers. Some food and snacks will also be served as part of the class.

A food bank/pantry is available on site. Qualified Salvation Army customers may receive a bag of free food, some of it being fresh and some canned. This can include three meals for 3 days and it is offered once a month to the needy. A Soup Kitchen serves free hot meals and lunches to anyone. Special Thanksgiving meals (such as a turkey) is served as well as Christmas programs are offered.

Programs for the homeless in Stark County are offered. Services include screening, Homeless Certificates, free Bag Lunches, Showers, and very limited amounts and quantities of motel vouchers.

Other resources offered by the Canton Ohio Salvation Army include the following. Summer Day Camp, Seniors Program,Women's Home League, Camp NEOSA, and more. While the specifics of each program will vary in its offerings, clients can receive Transportation and Dinner, social, educational and recreational activities, education, fellowship and more.

The main centers in the region are at 420 Market Ave St in Canton Ohio (call (330) 453-0159) as well as 3533 Lesh St NE. Telephone (330) 455-1113. Additional nearby Salvation Army corp centers are at 57 W Main St, Alliance, Ohio. Phone (330) 823-518. Or stop by 315 6th St NE, Massillon, dial (330) 833-6473.



By Jon McNamara

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