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Garland County Salvation Army emergency assistance programs.

A church based group is the Garland County Arkansas Salvation Army. The charity offers everything from disaster relief to financial aid for rent or electric bills, free food, basic needs, free school supplies or Christmas toys and holiday programs. Other resources can be offered as well depending on the client’s needs as well as available resources.

The Christian church groups uses donations and volunteers to help the poor. They raise money from the Hot Springs and nearby community so that emergency rent, energy bill assistance, shelter, and other aid can be arranged. In addition, the Salvation Army gives basic needs in Garland County, whether it is clothes, food, or new furniture for people recovering from a disaster.

Family and Social Services

This is the main Garland County Salvation Army program that struggling households turn to. It can offer free food, emergency financial assistance, medications, and other support. While most people turn to it, the resources are limited. In addition, case managers will put into place case management as well as other processes to address the core, underlying issue. The categories of aid are as follows.

  • Food pantry for free groceries.
  • Shelter for a night or two.
  • Housing, including one time emergency rent help.
  • Utilities, including funds for water, electric, and light bills.
  • Vouchers to offset costs of medications or gasoline.
  • Free bus passes for work or employment needs.

All of the above is known as Family Services. The application process will require proof of income for all household members; residency; copies of identification; agreement to case management; copies of leases for rent help or energy bills for utility assistance; disconnection letters; and more. Each application for financial aid or a grant is assessed on a one off basis by the Hot Springs Salvation Army.




Basic needs and additional Hot Springs Arkansas Salvation Army programs

Other assistance generally falls under this category. There are also many components to this. Most of these are not financial in nature though. Rather the church will either give other support (as noted below) or provide referrals. As there are many charities as well as non-profits in Garland County that the Salvation army is aware of.

The forms of basic needs and additional resources as follows. Some of them are free; others come with a minimal cost. In general these are not as restrictive as the financial aid and may be more widely accessible.

  • Thrift store is a low cost, gently used location. Clothes, furniture, household supplies, and more is sold.
  • Christmas assistance includes meals, free angel tree toys, and visitation to the elderly.
  • Disaster response in a crisis, and relief is given to people impacted in partnership with the American Red Cross.
  • Thanksgiving turkey meals, Easter baskets, and holiday help.
  • School supplies, free shoes, backpacks, pens or pencils, uniforms for kids.
  • Summer camp is arranged by the Salvation Army in Hot Springs and Garland County, and there are also after school resources.
  • Free use of computers for job searching, resume creation, applying for public aid in Arkansas, etc.

Those are a few examples of the more basic needs. Most of those programs use donations as well as rely on volunteers.  So give back to the Salvation Army in Garland County if and when possible. They may even pick up larger items from a home so they can be sold at the thrift store.

All of these, whether the Family Services or basic needs, will also involve extensive case management.  This is comprehensive. It will address all needs of the client. In some cases the Salvation Army has internal resources they can use; in other cases they refer the client to outside parties such as HUD counseling or a department of social service office (such as for food stamps or job centers). No matter the need, the case worker will try to find a solution. They even can help clients apply for public assistance in Arkansas.





How to apply for Salvation Army resources in Garland County

For more information on these or other assistance programs, to apply, or to learn more, dial (501) 623-1628. Or the main Garland County Salvation Army office is at 115 Crescent Ave, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901.

By Jon McNamara











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