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Covington, Alleghany, Rockbridge, Bath Salvation Army assistance programs.

Numerous programs can help low income individuals and families overcome their challenges. Salvation Army resources can assist residents of Covington, Alleghany County, Rockbridge, Bath, and other areas. Some of what may be provided includes a meal, food from a pantry, housing, shelter, and information on public assistance programs that operate in Virginia. The social services offered are wide ranging. Case managers focus on helping the disadvantaged people, unemployed, and those that are and struggling.

The food pantry and soup kitchen offer a hot meal or a bag of groceries in a crisis. Please donate or volunteer if you can. Special holiday meals are also served to residents of the Alleghany highlands.

Energy bill assistance is available when faced with a shut off. This includes Winter Heating Oil Assistance, Fans during the summer, Summer Electric and Cooling Bill Assistance. Funds for water bills may be offered too.

Housing programs include emergency Rent Assistance, Lodging, and case management. Find long term housing or apartments to live in the Rockbridge, Botetourt, or Covington region. Homeless programs can include emergency shelter or vouchers for men, women and children at area Alleghany hotels.

The Salvation Army thrift store may have Suits for Job Interviews, Children’s Clothes, School Supplies, Working Clothes, and Furniture Assistance. The low income may receive a voucher or certificate so the goods are offered for free.

Other social services in Virginia include Prescription Assistance, Christmas Food Boxes, and Toys for Children as well as Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation.

Referrals are a key service too. The Salvation Army has an extensive network of churches, non-profit agencies, and organizations in Rockbridge and Alleghany that work through the agency to see that needs get met in the community.




Disaster Services are offered. The Salvation Army responds immediately to areas in Virginia to provide emergency assistance to those in need. This can include emergency food, hot meals, shelter, and also spiritual and personal counseling.

Clients will need to attend Case Management. This is a required service and is an integral part of many of the programs at The Salvation Army of Covington. Social workers or Case managers meet with and evaluate the needs of the needy and low income. Some of the additional case management services can help clients get assistance with utilities assistance, rent or lodging expenses, medical services, food, gently used clothing and other needs.

Christmas assistance tries to provide everyone with the joy of caring and sharing during the holidays. This includes programs such as the traditional red kettle. Money raised benefits needy families, seniors, and the homeless.

Please contribute to the Salvation Army. Your donations provide Christmas dinners, gifts, clothing, winter coats, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance is also ramped up during the Christmas holidays and it helps with paying for basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners and the homeless often are included.

Social workers and volunteers also distribute meals and gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes in the Covington Virginia area. The centers are also available for more formal sit-down dinners.





Angel Tree is a main service available at Christmas. It can distribute new toys, gifts, clothing and even Christmas stockings for needy children. Seniors also can benefit. To participate, just take an ornament from the tree, purchase the toys or gifts and return the items to the same store they picked their angel at or to the local Salvation Army center. Many businesses, such as K-Mart and Wal-Mart in Craig County, participate in this Salvation Army program.

Thrift or Family Stores provide free or gently used quality clothing, furniture and other goods to the community. Some items are free (if your income is low enough) and others are sold at bargain prices. All profits from the Virginia Family Stores are put towards funding other financial assistance and social service programs.

There are several Salvation Army centers in the region. They offer assistance for Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Bath, Rockbridge, and Covington. The offices include those below. Or call for referrals or top see if a location is closer to you.

149 North Maple Avenue, Covington, VA 24426, call (540) 962-0209

502 Main Street, Clifton Forge, VA 24422, main phone number to dial is (540) 862-7440

5511 Williamson Rd in Roanoke. Call the Salvation Army at (540) 563-5585

1125 Roanoke St, Christiansburg, Virginia, main number is (540) 394-3233




By Jon McNamara

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