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Cumberland, Adams, and Franklin Salvation Army assistance programs.

Basic needs can be met by the Salvation Army. Low income families in Adams, Franklin, and Cumberland County Pennsylvania are the primary beneficiaries of the programs offered. While resources are limited, the non-profit will do its best to provide free food, referrals, and case management. Services may be offered along with long term advice and support.

Trying to prevent hunger in Pennsylvania is always a main function. Senior citizens, the homebound, and children can receive free hot meals or snacks. Low income families can use the pantry to get free canned items. Preventing hunger in the community can also go hand in hand with addressing other needs. The reason being is that by offering food from the Chambersburg site, many families can then afford to pay for other basic needs, including their rent or utilities.

These meal programs (such as pantries and soup kitchens) are the most fundamental service available in the region. Local families and qualified single individuals can receive a free nutritious, warm meal or food item. The locations in Cumberland County Pennsylvania will also offer special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, such as Turkeys and all the toppings.

Emergency disaster assistance is available. The Salvation Army in Franklin and Adams County responds to more man made disasters such as a fire in a home. They also respond to natural events such as floods, wildfires, or earthquakes. During these events case managers and volunteers address the needs of the whole individual, and this includes emotional, physical, and economic issues.

Case management is available for clients. Anyone who receives financial aid will generally be required to meet with a trained and experienced Salvation Army social worker. They will provide free counseling services. The sessions will address household budgeting, credit repair, debt reductions, and overall finance.

One key to self-sufficiency is a job. So numerous career development programs in Pennsylvania will provide the unemployed and others looking for a fresh start with a myriad of support. Resume review, job search assistance, interview techniques, and more is available to local job seekers. Centers and staff will also provide assistance with online tools and assist candidates in finding meaningful employment opportunities in Adams and Franklin.




One innovate program is known as the Soup's On! Project. This is a culinary arts job training and placement service. The agency works with Welfare to Work programs, CareerLink, P.W.D.C. in an effort to place unemployed individuals and to teach them the culinary arts industry and general business management.

Christmas assistance is provided from the Red Kettle fund raising program, Angel Tree, and similar services. Thanks to these Salvation Army program, hundreds of children throughout the region have received new toys and gifts on Christmas morning. The Coats for Kids campaign will also provide coats in an effort to keep children warm.

Hundreds of people and businesses donate their time, gifts, money and clothing items to the Army. These are then provided to the needy. The Salvation Army and its volunteers also reach out to those who live in the Adams and Franklin County region and who may alone during the holidays. Staff visit nursing home residents and hospital patients to bring them meals, gifts, and general Christmas cheer.

Referrals and partnerships are provided by The Salvation Army. The non-profit will not only provide people with its own spiritual guidance, but they will refer clients to other local non-profit agencies and charities that may offer additional resources, including government aid, for the individual or family.

Some of the emergency assistance and services offered with partners range from providing food, clothing, and shelter, to medical bill and dental assistance. The Salvation Army agency does not offer direct rental or energy bill assistance.




Or get information on applications for government funded low income energy assistance. Other not as common programs including supplying gasoline for a job interview or seasonal assistance from special back-to-school resources. The Salvation Army Service Units and its partners offer as much as they can to their local committees.

There are several centers in the region. The Salvation Army Chambersburg is located at 159 Lincoln Way West. Dial 717.264.6169. This is the main location in the community and that phone number is their primary client line.


By Jon McNamara

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