Covington Georgia and Newton County Salvation Army.

Assistance has been offered to the greater Covington Georgia community from the Salvation Army since the 1960s. A number of services and programs are offered to those who need help, including food, limited rent help and financial assistance. Volunteers at the social service agency also administer financial assistance to low income and struggling people who are faced with past-due bills, housing expenses, or those who are in need of paying for prescriptions or experiencing a crisis or financial emergency.

The Salvation Army Service Center is located at 5193 Washington Street. At this location is the Family Store. At this particular center families can receive new and gently used household items such as furniture, clothing and household supplies at a discounted price. A number of volunteers are also on site to help the less fortunate. Call (770) 786-2107.

Other service available in Covington is the Donation Center and Family Service Office. This resource may be able to help individuals and families with obtaining financial assistance for past-due rent, utility, and mortgage payments. People with no or limited health insurance may be able to obtain prescription medication assistance for the uninsured. Most of the financial aid is only offered to people with an eviction or disconnection notice, or medications are offered in life threatening situations. Locate a comprehensive listing of low income programs.

There is also a clothes closet and free food pantry at the location. The food pantry may have some free groceries and perishable supplies for the needy, while the clothing closet may offer items such as winter coats, work uniforms, or clothes for school. The Salvation Army will also have information on government programs such as food stamps or WIC. All of these are part of the larger assistance programs for free food.

Holiday assistance is also a priority for the Covington location. Roughly 500 low income families with children receive support every year from the program. Some of the programs and aid offered includes turkeys for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, hot meals for Christmas, and gifts for children. Another resource, while not holiday related, is the Salvation Army will also sponsor about 25 children from Newton County Georgia to attend Camp Grandview. This is a weeklong camp for girls and boys that range in age from 7 to 12.





Guidance and case management is also given too. The Newton County Salvation Army Christian church works to end poverty, ensure people are working, help them with debt counseling, and offers many other services. The goal is to help the client get back on track for long term financial stability.

Eastridge Community Church also partners with the Covington Georgia Salvation Army in helping the homeless in the community. Several members of the center go out on a weekly and or monthly basis to feed the homeless, direct them to shelter, and to determine if there is anything else they can do to assist them. Often times they can provide resources to the homeless that they did not even know existed. This can include information on public assistance or rapid rehousing programs. Self-sufficiency can try to help the homeless find short term housing, and maybe gain skills so they can get a job.

The Salvation Army also works closely with other non-profit agencies and organizations, including Journey Church, Repairers of the Breach, the Rainbow Shelter, and the Salvation Army Disaster Team. These groups provide the four tents being used for the monthly worship services, and they coordinate other services among each other.




By Jon McNamara

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