DeKalb County Georgia Salvation Army financial assistance programs.

Families that need help in DeKalb County Georgia may be able to receive assistance from the Salvation Army and their multitude of programs and resources. Thousands of unemployed, working poor, seniors, and children receive help from the non-profit every year. Case managers will also work with clients to address the root cause of the hardship and can do things like help people find a job somewhere in Georgia.

Holiday assistance can come in many forms, including Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and free meals. Much of the funding comes from the annual Red Kettle campaign. One of the leading resources across Georgia is the Angel Tree Program. It is a high profile event and it can provide clothing and free toys for infants and children at Christmas.

It relies on the participation of the greater DeKalb County community. Businesses, individuals, church groups, local employers and really anyone who wants to can provide items for less fortunate children. A component also operates for senior citizens. Angel Tree will provide people with personalized gifts, toys and other necessities. Anything you donate will go directly, and without excessive overhead, to those who need it. This is a program of last resort and it is only an option for those families that are not served by other holiday or Christmas assistance programs.

Shelter and transitional housing is available. The Salvation Army will try to offer individuals a warm bed and safe place to stay. Free meals will also be provided. Also, during the hot and summer Georgia summer the organization will refer people to local cooling centers so that they can stay safe and cool. Many of these housing programs fall under the Red Shield program.




Those on the verge of eviction or who are currently homeless can explore the Home Sweet Home resource. Case managers will work with people to locate stable housing and get them on the path to self-sufficiency. Ideally it will offer people an immediate avenue back to independent living. They can also explore programs that provide help with rent, including the Salvation Army emergency services referenced below.

While the demand is high, if possible it will offer emergency assistance that can put families directly into affordable and safe housing. Then you can work with a representative from the non-profit to access further services, including access to resources for paying your rent. Get information on local employment programs, education services, and even do things like use a computer to create a resume. Financial literacy sessions can be organized too. Home Sweet Home is one of the leading housing programs that operates anywhere in Georgia and can stop end the cycle of hopelessness and homelessness.





Housing assistance for seniors is provided from William Booth Towers and similar programs. This is offered in DeKalb County in partnership with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other housing non-profits organizations.

Emergency assistance is offered from Salvation Army corp centers. The non-profit can assist with free food, rent/mortgage, clothing, utilities, free fans during the summer, school supplies and furniture. It is offered as a last resort and is for individuals and families facing a financial crisis. Services are offered both confidentially and compassionately. Two of the main programs are known as Project SHARE and/or Hope. The two main centers for financial aid are.

  • 3500 Sherrydale Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30032, call 404.486.2714
  • 2857 E College Ave  Decatur, GA 30030, telephone (404) 299-0703

Families in DeKalb can turn to the Salvation Army Project Share. This may be able to help individuals and families who have been impacted by a sudden job loss, illness, a house fire, reduction in work hours, or some other documented crisis. This is not a charity program and is only for a crisis. Many people who benefit are those that have never sought help from anyone before but are facing a first time event and do not know where else to turn to. Project Hope is funded by donations from utility companies and other local businesses. It can also help the elderly and disabled if they meet other qualifications, including need and income.

Project Hope is similar to above and can help those who were faced with a catastrophic event. During this time many people do not even know how they will pay their mortgage, rent, medical bills or even how to pay for food for themselves and their family. So the Project Hope program may have emergency financial aid for DeKalb families for some of these needs.

As indicated, many of these resources rely on donations. For example, Project SHARE provides a way for you to give back to the county and help those truly in need. You can make a donation on your Georgia Power bill or directly to the Salvation Army. Contribute as much or as little as you would like. It can even be tax deductible.

Disaster assistance is offered too. This can really be effective during floods, tornadoes, or other extreme weather events. Food, shelter, petty cash, water and more is offered both to victims and first responders.




Other programs include, but are not limited to, youth and children programs, partnerships with the  United Way of Metro Atlanta, Summer Camping Programs and more.


By Jon McNamara

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