Galveston Salvation Army assistance programs.

Galveston families can have their basic needs met by the Salvation Army. If funding allows, qualified clients may receive financial assistance for bills and housing expenses. Other items such as food may be provided. As this occurs the client will be able to attend case management and use services such as employment assistance at the local Community Center.

Housing assistance may be offered. This can include rent and utilities. Occasionally the Salvation Army has limited cash grants to assist qualified families and individuals who are struggling to pay their rent or energy bills. The goal is to keep your power on and also keep you housed in a safe and affordable home or apartment. If the agency can't meet your needs then they may still be able to assist with offering referrals to other non-profit partner agencies or social services in Galveston Texas.

The food pantry may have canned goods and free groceries. A soup kitchen can also serve the very low income and/or homeless with meals.

The organization is committed to doing its best to make sure that no-one ever goes hungry. So the Salvation Army will try to serve hot meals year-round to anyone in need of help, and they won't ask questions or require proof. When resources allow, the pantry may pass out several days worth of groceries to the client. Meal and grocery delivery services are available for home bound seniors in Galveston too. Summer snacks or lunches may be coordinated for students on break.




Employment programs and assistance is offered and is sometimes called a Back To Work Program. The agency, and charities in general, know that steady employment is the core to long-term stability and self-sufficiency. Many Salvation Army centers offer services that help people find a job. This can include resume preparation and job searching assistance. Find a job that will help you pay your bills and/or increase your income.

Thrift stores will sell new or gently used clothing at a reduced price. The thrift stores are open to anyone, regardless of their income. However the working poor, children, and low income may apply for a voucher for free items. They may also be offered for people facing a disaster, such as a fire.





Christmas, Thanksgiving, and back to school, or seasonal assistance, is offered in Texas. Examples include the Angel Tree program, which provides gifts for children from struggling and unemployed families. Senior citizens in Galveston may also qualify. Meals may be served. Additionally, day camp and summer programs can provide people with endless opportunities for growth and opportunity.

Transportation assistance can include a tank of gas needed to get to a job interview, bus cards, or a ride for a senior to a medical appointment or shopping trip. Some of these Salvation Army programs for rides may come with a fee.

Transitional housing, and assistance in finding a permanent home, is also offered. Shelter and/or short term accommodation will give individuals and families the time to get back on their feet and their lives together. If you are behind on rent and have been evicted, face a domestic break-up or have another type of housing crisis, your local Salvation Army may be able to help. Some shelters are also valuable in east Texas for the homeless. Referrals to partner agencies, like Catholic Charities, may be offered too.

The bottom line is that the Salvation Army has a number of housing and rent programs in the region. At the same time work on self-sufficiency with a case manager to solve the emergency you are facing. Thousands of families receive help in Galveston every year.

The main center is at 601 51st St. Galveston, Texas 77551, call (409) 763-1691.



By Jon McNamara

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