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Chippewa and Eau Claire Salvation Army assistance programs.

Salvation Army programs provide rental and energy assistance, food, and other support to families in the region including Eau Claire and Chippewa Wisconsin. Case mangers will help individuals apply for resources, offer follow up, outreach and other forms of assistance to those who are struggling, including the unemployed or working poor.

Energy/Heating Bill Assistance and Housing Services can be used to pay for only a portion of a expense. Funds can be applied to a month's rent or mortgage, the money can help with paying fuel oil or LP gas, and in general grants will help prevent evictions. The emergency funds can also be used to pay for emergency housing in a local Eau Claire motel or inexpensive hotel.

Food assistance is offered in Eau Claire and Chippewa County Wisconsin from regional Salvation Army food pantries. Most of the families who are supported have an income around poverty levels. The center may also help transients who are traveling through the region. Breads, fruits, bakery goods and more may be passed out.

A similar option is the Summer Feeding Program. This is offered in partnership with other not for profits (such as the Altoona Rails program) and it will provide free lunches and snacks to children and students under the age of 18. These free meals are available to children from low income families in the greater Chippewa Valley. It is offered regardless of the applicants income.

The main Salvation Army Thrift Store is located in Chippewa Falls. It will disburse quality, gently used items at affordable prices. Everything sold will be used to generate funds for the services and assistance programs that are offered at The Salvation Army. Donations are gladly accepted and volunteer opportunities are available.

Disaster assistance teams provide support when needed. Assistance can be provided for tornadoes, flood, fires, or other issues. The resources they bring to bear are coordinated and directed by commissioned officers and highly trained personnel. The teams are enhanced by volunteers who are on call. Staff from the local and national Salvation Army centers are often the first on the scene and the last to depart. Food, meals, petty cash and more may be passed out in short order to those who were impacted.




Free Christmas programs offer children and seniors from low income families with a wide variety of services. The programs will usually start in Thanksgiving and they will end with the Christmas holidays. Those in need can receive Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. In addition they may be eligible for Christmas gift and toy distributions. The focus is on children from households in need. In addition to that material aid, local nursing homes are visited delivering small gifts and warm greetings to every resident who needs assistance or companionship.

So called General Community Assistance is available as resources and funding allows. As the name implies, this is a broad term and it is for all forms of help which does not fit into any other of the specific assistance categories mentioned on this page. Examples of what may provided includes free clothing vouchers, furniture, limited transportation, houseware needs, toiletry items, infant care items, diapers, laundry and more. This program was created in an effort to meet the diverse needs of the community. Other services include budgeting, emergency assistance, crisis intervention, self-sufficiency programs, referral services, counseling and more.

Follow up and Outreach Service programs are available for clients. Case workers will attempt to build relationships with residents, lower income families and other program participants. Work on solving a number of unmet needs that people may have in counties including Dunn.

Outreach can also mean special visits to care centers, employee services, correctional services, money management classes and similar services. Some of it is administered with partner agencies. The Salvation Army, its case workers and the social services offered can all work together in an effort to help individuals and families overcome challenges.

Some of the centers Chippewa Valley and Eau Claire include the following.

Administrative Office and Food Pantry, 2211 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, call 715-834-1224

521 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, telephone 715-726-1836



By Jon McNamara

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