Ector County and Odessa Salvation Army assistance programs.

Low income families, and those that are facing a hardship, can turn to the Ector County Salvation Army. The unit provides financial support with everything from rent to food, free school supplies, and utility bill help to assist people when they are struggling. They also arrange for other type of counseling services, such as rehabilitation, youth day care, senior care, and assistance for immigrants. While numerous programs are run by the charity, most of them in Odessa have to do with requests for financial aid.

Ector County has a Salvation Army Service Center that operates in the community. It is involved in assisting the working poor or unemployed. When possible, grants may be available to help pay for everything ranging from rent to utility or water bills. Many of the clients work in the oil industry, and they may need a little short term assistance.

This financial aid is limited. A couple main goals are on stopping homelessness in Odessa Texas and in helping families gain long term self-sufficiency. This is why the very limited funding, or even loans, from the Ector County Salvation Army focus on housing needs such as rent or energy bills. They may also help pay for job placement services, such as clothing or maybe gasoline or car repairs to get to the job.

Salvation Army Odessa food pantry can be turned to in an effort to stop hunger. The cupboard may offer a free bag of groceries to feed a family for a few days. The contents are a combination of what the pantry has available and also the “clients choice”. Examples of the bag may be as follows.
-Fruit or vegetables.
-Baby formula for infants or new moms.
-Ensure for the elderly.
-Canned meat or spaghetti sauce.
-Dairy, frozen food, and more.
-There are other options for groceries and meals as well. Find additional free food pantries in Texas.

During the holiday season, low income Odessa families can get help too. The Salvation Army is a key contributor of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas programs. The resources are immense. There is everything from hot meals served by volunteers to Turkeys, meat, and ham.

Children from families living in poverty can also get help. During Christmas, they may be provide toy trucks, clothing, dolls for girls, educational materials, and more. This is provided as part of the Angel Tree program in Ector County. While it runs a little earlier, children can also seek free school supplies from the charity during the fall months.





During an unexpected crisis, housing needs are addressed. Serves can help families facing a job loss, or shelter can help the homeless. Children or women fleeing domestic violence can also get assistance.

The first thing is to ensure the person is safe. This is when the emergency shelter comes into play. There is a warm bed to sleep, and hot meals or clothing are also given out. There are Salvation Army Ector County shelters for men, women, and other age groups too. When the shelters are full, sometimes a motel voucher is given out.

Housing is includes support in finding a new place to live. The Salvation Army will first place the client into a local transitional housing program. Once the family has met the goals in place (such as budgeting, rebuilding credit, employment, and saving money), then a case manager will help place the individuals into a new, permanent home in Ector County. There is supportive housing for senior citizens and affordable apartments for single moms. Other units are for the youth in the region. Or if housing is not available in Odessa, then the goal is to find a place close to the areas as possible.

The center is also a participant in Adult Rehabilitation programs. The Ector County Salvation Army will help people battle their addiction using services such as Harbor Light. Then, once stability has been achieved, the rehab transitions into employment and other support services. The goal is to help the adult re-enter society at large.

Supporting the youth and immigrants is also a key Ector County Salvation Army service. When parents are struggling to pay for the cost of day care, there is an after school programs available. Case managers can also mentor volunteers, or sign them up for affordable summer camp programs.




Whether someone needs financial aid, food, or help is recovering from a disaster, the Salvation Army of Odessa is a viable resource. The Family Services unit operates from 810 East 11th Street, Odessa, Texas 79761. Call them at 432-332-0738.


By Jon McNamara

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