Cumberland County New Jersey Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Cumberland County New Jersey Salvation Army provide support from a family service center. Using donations and the support of volunteers and local businesses, the charity will try to assist as many qualified families as possible with rent, Christmas gifts, energy bills, shelter, and more. Applicants should always be aware though that funding is limited and the terms of their programs will often change. Unfortunately, many people will not qualify for help.

Food programs

The Food Pantry at the Vineland New Jersey Salvation Army main office offers groceries to disadvantaged, low income individuals and families. It will help keep them fed for a short period of time, but more importantly, it frees up some of their income to ensure they have funds for other household expenses. This form of help is often combined with free or low cost goods from Family Store.

An application process is in place for access to the food pantry. Applicants need to meet with a designated caseworker to assess their individual needs, household income levels and what resources may be available to them, whether groceries, baby formula, or something else. After his sessions, any eligibility to the program in Cumberland County is based on an assessment.

If found eligible, the amount of free food distributed is based on the participating household size, income, and other factors. Some special dietary needs can be met as well. Many of the users of the pantry are considered to be working poor.

 

 

 

There is a summer program for children from low to moderate income families called Feed the Kids. This is run by the Cumberland County New Jersey Salvation Army and focuses on meeting the nutritional needs of those students from neighborhoods and towns that may go hungry without help. Ensuring a child has a snack or meal during the summer will greatly help them on the path to learning and growing.

Lunch, free health snacks and various food items are distributed by caseworkers and volunteers. The Cumberland County Salvation Army summer service takes place at parks, churches, within designated neighborhoods and certain street corners in low-income areas.

 

 

 

 

There is a longer term component of the Feed the Kids service. The Salvation Army of Cumberland County New Jersey and Vineland will work with the parent to try to address the root causes of hunger. The goal is to provide the best nutritionally based meals to the disadvantaged children over a short and mid-term time-frame. This is where the concept of a hand up from the Salvation Army comes into play, and they may refer the parent to the free food stamp program.

Additional Family Services from Cumberland County Salvation Army

During the holiday season in Cumberland County New Jersey, many families struggle even more to pay their usual bills. Some people may have had a reduction in income, or maybe they are jobless. So they struggle to pay rent and mortgage, not to mention doing this while dealing with the additional burden of making the holidays special for their children.

So the Salvation Army of Cumberland County New Jersey offers relief to these parents. This is done in an effort to spread holiday joy to the child and ensure they are not “punished” due to a financial challenge being faced by their parents. So there may either the option of receiving free gifts or shopping for donated toys from the community using a thrift store or vouchers.

A Toy shop which is a collaborative effort between non-profits and the Salvation Army. Participating parents who desire free holiday assistance are able to make toy or even clothing selections based on their child’s gender and age. The goal of this service is to try to ensure that on Christmas morning, their children have some presents to open.

The Salvation Army of Cumberland County New Jersey runs senior clubs on a weekly and/or monthly basis for older adults. The centers sill offer socialization, workshops such as pre-retirement seminars, various forms of entertainment and spiritual encouragement.

In addition, seniors can attend some medical clinics. Local hospitals and doctors partner with Salvation Army centers to provide very basic health-care services like blood pressure monitoring, community health fairs, cholesterol and blood sugar testing, and free exercise and nutrition classes. The case managers also offer referrals to free community clinics in New Jersey.

Cumberland County New Jersey Salvation Army emergency shelter helps provide a place to sleep for a night or two. This can then involve into placement into transitional housing. Both of these are for very low income or homeless members of the community.

There may safe shelter for women leaving a domestic violence situation and those vulnerable people (such as the elderly or children) in need of housing during winter and severe weather events. Some shelters also assist veterans that are homeless.

In addition, depending on each case, emergency rent help or free motel/hotel vouchers are available from the Salvation Army. Oftentimes these are given out during a natural disaster with subsequent home loss. Or they may small dollar amounts of rent help for a family facing an imminent eviction.

Case managers in Cumberland County New Jersey work with clients to find a long term solution to their current financial challenge. This may include applying for federal government subsidized housing vouchers, including section 8 or NJ LIHEAP for paying energy bills. there are also free back to school supplies, books, and clothes for students and/or job seekers.

 

 

 

 

Resources like social services, referrals to government grants for a deposit, and other helpful information is available to disadvantaged clients. These services can often be complicated to find or apply for. Therefore guidance on how to access various supportive services is offered to help people become self-sufficient and stable.

The Salvation Army is one of the country’s largest federally recognized emergency disaster services agencies, and this too is available in Vineland. It has offered help and relief to people from across the region over the year. Meals, shelter, and more is from the Salvation Army in Cumberland County for those impacted by a disaster.

For more information on any Family Service or the thrift store, dial : (856) 696-5050. Or stop by the Salvation Army in Cumberland County at 733 E. Chestnut Avenue Vineland, NJ 08360-4464.

 

By Jon McNamara

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