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Carver County Salvation Army emergency assistance programs.

The Salvation Army center in Carver County mostly provides support from a thrift store as well as food pantry. This means that they will emphasize basic needs, such as free groceries, clothing for work or school, as well as holiday meals or toys. However there may also be either referrals to, or direct, financial aid for everything from rent to energy bills.

When there is money available (which comes and goes throughout the year), some of the financial assistance may be targeted for either paying rent or utility bills in the region, including winter heating costs. Any Carver County Salvation Army funding is available as a last resort, when a family is either facing eviction or a shut off and don't know how they will make ends meet.

Ensuring adequate housing is always an objective. When funds for paying rent or heating bills are not available, then referrals are given. The Salvation Army is a source of information on everything in Carver County from emergency shelters to transitional housing. There is also the local Harbor Light Center for veterans in the state of Minnesota.

The pantries in the Chaska Minnesota region are formally known as food shelves. Not only may a box of groceries be provided, but hot meals may be served too. The Salvation Army may have the following.

  • -Baby formula, diapers, and food for new mothers.
  • -Holiday food boxes or Christmas/Thanksgiving meals.
  • -Case managers offer help in applying for SNAP food stamps as well by reviewing eligibility requirements and answering questions on applications.

The Carver County Salvation Army provides items for the home as well as clothing. Many low income families or the unemployed that are struggling to keep up with their bills have even more difficulty in buying basic needs for their family. This is when the thrift store and clothing closet come in handy.

There may be store vouchers issued for clothes for an adult or child. There is also a Coats for Kids program in Carver County for children and senior citizens, and this will provide them hats, boots, gloves, and more. Lastly, the Salvation Army also offers seasonal services, namely free Christmas gifts from Angel Tree as well as a back to school supply program in partnership with local retailers.





Case management is used to break the cycle of poverty. This service, known as Pathway of Hope in Carver County, is for both parents and adults. It will be a goal based process that sets objectives and follow up too.

The Salvation Army will stress many things from Pathway of Hope. One of the largest will of course be employment, but there are also money management classes as well as volunteering opportunities to gain new skills. Many other non-profits in Chaska Minnesota partner with the center on this poverty fighting goal.

As part of this, there are also counseling services from the Community Care Ministry or children can be placed into after school care. The social ministry in Carver County offers guidance to people of all ages, including senior and the homebound. There are volunteers that meet with the client to understand their needs, and then refer them as appropriate. This can, among other things, help the individual gain confidence and other skills.

In a disaster, the Salvation Army steps up to help. If the Carver County resident needs identification, then that can be arranged. Other more immediate relief includes placement into shelters, meal services, and well as giving individuals donated goods such as clothing.

For more details on the Salvation Army, the thrift store is located at 710 N Walnut St, Chaska, Minnesota 55318. Dial the center at (651) 746-3400 for information.



By Jon McNamara











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