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Frederick County Maryland Salvation Army assistance programs.

The needy and low income in Frederick County Salvation Army can turn to the Salvation Army for referrals, social services, and limited financial aid. The non-profit will do what they can to help qualified low income clients make it through a challenging period. While some funds can be used to pay for needs such as rent, food, or energy bills, a number of other services such as referrals and case management is provided.

Mortgage and/or emergency rent assistance may be provided in an effort to prevent homelessness. The Salvation Army client will need to have some form of court-ordered eviction. Assistance may be available for homeowners that have been served with foreclosure papers. Case workers may provide mediation services as well for landlord/tenant issues.

Prescription vouchers and assistance is available for clients with a serious medical condition and who need either a refill or new prescription. Any aid is for those with a life threatening issue.

Utility bill assistance may be offered. This includes grants and funds to pay electric and heating/gas expenses. In order to apply for help the applicant must have a termination notice from their Maryland utility vendor. Those who are most at risk without power, such as seniors or low income families with children, may receive priority.

Food in an emergency may be available for Frederick County residents. People will need to first register with their local food bank or social service office before applying. Free or low cost food and groceries are given on a case by case basis to those who qualify. The distribution from the Salvation Army will be based on their emergency need after the local food bank has assisted. Other basic needs may include baby diapers, formula, and toiletry supplies if they are in stock.

Temporary motel or hotel vouchers and placement services are available in times of crisis. This is generally meant to be times of fire, flooding or other similar local disaster. This form of lodging/assistance can only be given on a case by case basis. Salvation Army clients will need to provide proof of the disaster from the American Red Cross or the local Fire Department. Other motel or hotel placement services are done on a case by case basis after a review process takes place.




Salvation Army programs are mostly offered as a last resort. In general clients must contact the local Frederick County Department of Social Services to utilize other local county, state, and federal government funds before applying to the Salvation Army. If qualified the assistance is offered one time and appointments are needed with a social worker. Ongoing case management will also usually be provided to in order to provide self-sufficiency. Call 301-662-2311, or stop by the main center at 223 W 5th St, Frederick, Maryland 21701.

The Frederick Salvation Army Family (or thrift) Store is open to the general public and they can turn to it for help. In general, the Salvation Army thrift stores are funded by your generous donations of material goods such as clothing, furniture and household supplies. The thrift stores accept gently used merchandise from the public which will be resold and given to those in need.

Anything you donate will be tax deductible. When needed, pick-up service is available for residents residing in Frederick County for larger goods such as household appliances or furniture. Dial 301-631-2489 to schedule a pick-up. Volunteers are always needed to in order to help the store operate as well and it provides people the ability to give back to society.




By Jon McNamara

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