Regional Elmore County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army center of Elmore County is located in a nearby city/county, but there is emergency assistance available to residents. The church based social service agency is part of the regional Montgomery network, which means that people seeking help may need to drive to the nearest site.

This also means that the amount of resources available is spread across a wider geographic region. As an example, the food pantry needs to meet the demands of more households in the service area, there may be higher demand for more people for financial assistance, and seasonal programs such as free Christmas toys or school supplies are more widely disbursed. So while the Elmore County Salvation Army services do exist, to access them may not be as convenient.

The phone number to call for information is 334-265-0281. As noted, there may be a need to travel to the office to apply as appointments will be needed. The Elmore County residents will also need to go through a case management process with the Salvation Army.

Anyone facing hunger can use the Elmore County Salvation Army meal services. There are a couple main assistance programs used by the center. One is for immediate relief, and this is the soup kitchen that serves daily hot lunches to the needy. Whether someone is homeless, in a crisis, or just looking for a meal and companionship, the soup kitchen may assist.

The second option is a a food bank, and that serves more mid term needs. It is a client choice pantry, but applicants should bring their own bag or boxes to pack. There may be canned meat or fruit, peanut butter or jelly, soup, vegetables, rice, and more. The food bank may also have more household oriented items, such as toilet paper, razors, shaving cream, and similar goods.

Emergency housing is available in multiple fashions as well. If someone is homeless in Elmore County, the regional Salvation Army services can place them into an overnight shelter. Though it may be miles from where they would want to go. There are also shelters for victims of domestic violence.

Or if an Elmore County resident is close to homelessness, they can apply for emergency funding from the church based charity. The financial aid can includes grants for electric bills from Project SHARE (and the Red Cross), a few dollars for paying rent, and other housing costs.





Working with local businesses in Elmore County, staff members from the Salvation Army offer holiday and school programs. These services are more localized in nature, including cities such as Wetumpka and other nearby towns.

Some stores and restaurants in Elmore County, the post office, police and fire departments, and other groups all participate. All of these resources focus on children from very low income families and those in poverty. The assistance given may include items such as free toys for Christmas morning, school supplies including pens, pencils, and backpacks, clothing, and other holiday assistance.

Since the Elmore and Wetumpka Salvation Army is not located in the county, they have partnerships with many other charities in the region. One, the Family Resource Center, is a listing of services (including government aid for rent) for anyone in need to use. Some of the main partners include the following:

Partners include the Faith Rescue Mission shelter (phone 262-6024), Department of Human Resources (dial 514-3200), Coast River Senior Center (567-3111), the Health Department (567-1171) and about 20 others. The charity also helps people impacted by a disaster in the region. These various groups are all key Elmore County Salvation Army partners.

For more information on the services available, call 334-265-0281. This is a regional center that covers multiple counties, including Elmore.



By Jon McNamara

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