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Clark, Miami and Greene County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Across the region, the Salvation Army provides the low income and poor with support. Aid is offered to families in Clark, Greene, Miami Ohio and other nearby counties. The non-profit is focused on helping struggling individuals with their rent, food needs, Christmas gifts, employment and more. Many of their emergency assistance and social service programs are designed to help families get back on their feet and also change their lives for the better over the long term.

Residents who find themselves behind on their rent or in need of temporary housing are always a priority, as it is a form of homeless prevention. They offer shelters for the homeless, free food and meals for the hungry, and other forms of help for those in despair or unemployed.

The Salvation Army of Clark County and Springfield is committed to serving the homeless in the area. They offer rental and housing assistance programs and services ranging from Homeless Prevention to Permanent Housing.

The housing programs include a wide array of supportive services in areas of benefit advocacy, budgeting and financial management, employment assistance, career counseling, mental and physical health, and specialized services for currently homeless children. The primary goal of each and every Salvation Army program is to both resolve currently homelessness and prevent future cases. Examples include Rapid Re-Housing, Emergency Lodge Homeless Shelter, and help in finding Permanent Housing.

Emergency shelter is available to homeless individuals and families in counties such as Greene Ohio. This can include free nutritious meals each day, clothing, and hygiene items. Their social workers have experience in mental health expertise, GED and college education, and work certificates. Each resident of the shelters will be assigned a primary social worker to develop an individualized case management plan for self-sufficiency. Other services include Income Assessment and Planning, Community & Agency Networking/Referral, Transportation Assistance, and Support Groups.





Basic needs can be met for individuals in a crisis situation. The Salvation Army goal is to provide assistance both quickly and compassionately through various Community Assistance programs in Clark and Miami County. The following resources are available, including Emergency Financial Assistance Program, a Food Pantry, Coats for Kids, and a Christmas Toy Shop.

To expand on above, the Emergency Assistance Program helps qualified low income, disabled, and senior clients meet their basic needs in crisis situations. As resources and funding allow, material assistance is provided to families and individuals facing emergency expenses and bills due to death of a spouse, illness, loss of employment, fire or a natural disaster, or other crisis situations.

All of the Salvation Army services in counties such as Clark are provided based on an assessment of your need, income and expense level, and other factors. Cash may be offered for rent, heating bills or oil, or paying for medications. Or there are details given to people on how they can find government cash grants. Proof of the crisis is needed, such as verification of identification, income and financial need.

Food pantries can distribute emergency groceries and boxes of food to local neighborhood individuals, children and families who are hungry. The food is usually given on the day it is requested (provided the pantry is open) and represents breakfast, lunch and maybe even dinner for all qualified members of the household. Those individuals who are receiving groceries will be informed about how they can enroll into supplemental food programs, such as federal government SNAP, so they can move beyond visiting charity pantries in Springfield Ohio. Some food banks may also have, or offer referrals, for Furniture & Household Items, Clothing, and Baby Supplies.

Some Salvation Army centers run summer youth feeding programs that can help meet the needs of children in neighborhoods not served by school lunches or some other feeding program. The agency, working with other charities and churches in Clark, Miami, and Madison County, bring meals and snacks to students on break or holiday.

During the cold Ohio weather months, many children from low income families arrive at school without a proper warm coat or boots. So working with other fund raisers and agencies, the Salvation Army thrift stores and clothing closets may distribute free coats, boots, and other attire.




Holiday assistance can include Angel Tree, Toy Shops, and Adopt a family. Many of the Salvation Army sites allow parents the opportunity to "shop" for just the toys and gifts they need and that have been donated and collected in the Ohio community. Parents have the ability to make selections based on the gender and age of their children. Many meals are also served at sites in Clark County during Thanksgiving or Christmas.

There are several regional Salvation Army centers. Both Family Stores and emergency support is offered. The phone numbers and addresses are as follows.

  • 15 S Plum St, Springfield, OH 45506, call (937) 322-3434
  • 129 S Wayne St, Piqua, telephone number (937) 773-7563
  • Salvation Army center at 707 S Crawford St, Troy, Ohio, (937) 339-4810
  • A location is at 18 E 2nd St in Xenia. Call (937) 372-9810


By Jon McNamara

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