Owensboro and Daviess County Salvation Army programs.

The Salvation Army is a faith based charity that provides help to the less fortunate in Daviess County Kentucky. Most of what they offer is for personal as well as short term needs, such as food. They also focus on children by organizing Christmas programs and free back to school supply drives, and help clients get on the path to self-sufficiency. While the main Family Center is in Owensboro, resources are arranged across the county.

Many of the Salvation Army programs are funded by the sale of goods at the thrift store. The location is open to the general public, and there may be the following items for sale. In extreme cases a social worker from the charity will give a family a voucher which will pay for the thrift store goods. However others need to pay on their own. Find some or all of the following.

  • Furniture, including beds, cribs, chairs, and more.
  • Kitchen or household appliances as well as utensils.
  • Gently used clothing, winter boots, hats, and suits for job seekers.
  • Many other items may be sold too, depending on donation levels.
  • Used computers to seek a job.

Many people that use the thrift store could also benefit from the Daviess County Salvation Army food pantry. Allowing struggling families to stop by a few times per year, the location can provide free groceries, which then in effect allows the family to spend their income on their other household bills.

The pantry may have canned soup, vegetables, or meats. Fresh items are harder to come by, but fruits, seasonal vegetables, mail, and infant formula may also be available. This pantry will also provide paper goods (such as toilet paper) or hygiene items. If someone is homeless and has no place to go, then the Salvation Army soup kitchen may feed the person. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals are served as well to anyone in need, no questions asked. While eating a meal, they can get information on emergency shelters that are in the Salvation Army network.

Children are also a focus. There are many services available in Daviess County, ranging from After School Programs to enrollment into a local summer camp. Most of the programs are for children from very low income households, including families living in poverty.




Basic needs can also be provided to children. Most of the programs are seasonal, meaning they operate a few months per year. Also, the programs depend on volunteers and donations too. The programs, such as Adopt a Family, given Christmas meals and free toys. There are also Angel Trees set up in malls and businesses in Owensboro Kentucky, and additional gifts are available there.

Daviess County Salvation Army also provides kids with free school supplies. Whether it is a paid of shoes, or supplies such as pens or notebooks, goods may be passed out.

Emergency disaster help in Daviess County is part of the Salvation Army Red Shield Program. This is for residents who's everyday life, and source of income, has been impacted by an act of nature, such as a fire or tornado. The Salvation Army case workers try to fill the gap while the family gets back on their feet.

When it comes to financial help (such as for rent, energy bills, food, or medications), funds are given when available. Also, the Daviess County Salvation Army has very limited availability to this, and any aid is first come and served. Income, residency, proof of hardship, and more is also required to get rent or other help. One use of the money is to coordinate support needed to address the root cause of their hardship, so this can include things such as vouchers to buy professional work attire.

The homeless in Owensboro and the county can also call on the Salvation Army. The core services, such as the soup kitchen, is of course available to them, but the case manager will also offer other assistance, such as referrals to a shelter. There are units for veterans, children, and anyone without a stable place to sleep each month.

While there is a worship center in Owensboro, this is not mandated. The Salvation Army will still try to help the vulnerable when they can. The main office is at 215 S Ewing Rd, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301. The intake line is (270) 685-5576.



By Jon McNamara

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