Salvation Army assistance programs in Humboldt County.
Over 10 social services may be provided by the Humboldt County Salvation Army Corp Center. Most of the clients of the charity come from the greater Eureka area, but the location supports the less fortunate across the county. Assistance is available for all age groups, with a focus on senior citizens and households with children.
The exact type of aid varies based on funding levels, needs of the community, and even the month of the year. Some of what may be available in Humboldt County and Eureka will be as follows below. Note before any support is given, the Salvation Army will of course require proof of income, need, and more. There is also often an interview done, especially before financial aid is issued.
Emergency Financial as well as Food Assistance – With the demand from the community, and often lack of resources, any financial aid is limited. It will always be as a last resort, when all other options have been explored. When available, the Eureka Salvation Army Corps Center may offer assistance for utility bills (including PG&E) or paying rent. The money for this type of financial help (for housing, energy costs, etc.) often even comes from the thrift store on site.
Food is more likely to be given. The pantry in Eureka California offers this. There may not only be a free or low cost box of groceries, but the case managers also answer questions on CalFresh and other USDA commodity programs. After all, emergency food or rent help only goes so far. The applicant really needs to sign up for long term benefits while they work aggressively towards self-sufficiency.
Housing, including the Silvercrest Residences in Eureka for the elderly, is available along with emergency shelter. The senior location is at 2141 Tydd Street, Eureka, CA 95501, dial 707-445-3141. In general, the housing solutions can not only shelter men, women, or children, but guests are given other support too.
At Silvercrest, they may access low cost support services. On the other hand, the Eureka Salvation Army shelters provide clothing, hot meals, child care, and more. Most of the housing programs in Humboldt County due require some money to be paid for the rent and expenses of the Salvation Army. Or they may ask people to give back by helping clean or say work at the thrift store.
Humboldt County Salvation Army children, educational, and worship services are readily available. These will not necessarily have income cut offs either. Children from the community can use the latchkey program or enroll into character building/counseling services. There are also regional summer camps, youth ministries, music classes and much more available.
Seasonal Services – During Easter, Back to School, Thanksgiving, and Christmas the Salvation Army really ramps up to help the needy. The specifics, using donations, may be as follows.
-Thanksgiving turkeys and meals, including for the homeless.
-Free Christmas gifts and toys for children. There is also the Adopt a Family program.
-Salvation Army partners with churches and local stores to coordinate back to school supply drives.
-Easter baskets for the very young in Humboldt County.
-Other season aid may be holiday parties, free food baskets, visitation to seniors or the homebound, additional financial aid for paying bills during Christmas, and much more.
Additional emergency aid and stabilization is arranged. Some of the 10 or so resources may also involve disaster relief to families hit by a fire or natural disaster. The Salvation Army will also partner with groups such as the United Way to advocate for the poor and homeless. A thrift store also sells gently used items. Or, when someone just needs an impartial person to talk to (or to get referrals from), case workers are a wealth of information.
For details, the Corps Community Center is at 2123 Tydd Street, Eureka, CA 95501. Call the non-profit at 707-442-6475, and as noted, the Salvation Army supports all of Humboldt County.