Clackamas County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Some of the basic needs, such as housing, food, and utilities, are a focus of the Salvation Army. The Clackamas centers may have some short term emergency aid available while case workers partner with clients on a long term basis.

Not a month goes by when a family is struggling to pay their monthly utility bills. Hundreds of people are faced with the distinct possibility of having their water or energy shut off. The Salvation Army works with the government and other local non-profit organizations to provide help to the needy. The amount of aid depends on many factors, including the applicants financial condition and availability of funding.

Many children and students need school supplies. Working with local businesses in Clackamas County Oregon, they may have paper, pens, rulers, folders, erasers, crayons, free backpacks, and glue sticks. Clients may be able to shop for these items at a thrift store and vouchers may be passed out to people who otherwise can't afford the goods. Clothing and work uniforms may be distributed as well to students. Some of the regional Salvation Army locations may offer a Back-to-School program. It helps children from lower income families by filling their backpacks with free school supplies and provides the goods to area families in need.

The main centers to call for utility help and other support are located at 10174 SE 82nd Ave in Happy Valley Oregon (dial 971-230-5390) as well as 8495 SE Monterey Ave. Phone (503) 659-1604

During the holidays the number of requests for help to the Oregon City Salvation Army increases greatly. Christmas is usually the busiest season as the organization is trying to do the most good and also because many families have additional bills and expenses due that time of year. The Salvation Army, its staff and volunteers want to help families have a truly special Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday. They will do what they can to try to make that happen. Some of the resources made available include the Angel Tree program, Adopt-a-Family and holiday food baskets.

People across Clackamas County embrace these programs and the Angel Trees. Individuals know that it is their opportunity to make the Christmas holiday season possible for thousands of kids. Working with local businesses, churches, and civic groups region, these trees are placed in public areas in the community. They may be set up at businesses large and small.




Hunger prevention is a focus of the agency. Unfortunately not everyone can afford food basics, let alone a healthy meal. So the social service centers, pantries, and soup kitchens provide assistance through food boxes, holiday gift baskets, and hot meals.

Almost all locations will have free or low cost boxes or bags of food. Each and every grocery bag or box is filled with donated perishable goods, canned items, or other groceries from local retailers. Most centers receive donated perishable and non-perishable items and a variety of other healthy options. The boxes offered may have some or all of the following, including Milk & other dairy products, Meat (canned or frozen), Personal hygiene products, Diapers, cereal and more.

Several shelters and short term transitional housing units are available. While some will be in Clackamas County others may be in the greater Portland region. Some examples include a shelter for women known as  SAFES. It offers clients case management, rental assistance, information and referrals, and meals. Another one called Harbor Light is offered for men in the community.

Veteran's in the region have various social services offered to them. They may be accepted into the housing and rental programs and be assigned to case workers. Services will help them reintegrate into society and long term permanent housing. Veterans and their families can get counseling and guidance and access to health clinics.

Other assistance is offered to address the root of the hardship. This includes employment counseling, resume review, and basic money management workshops. Among other things this will ensure that people have the skills and tools for long term success.




By Jon McNamara

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