Emergency assistance from Greenville Salvation Army.

The Greenville South Carolina Salvation Army Social Services Department helps thousands of working poor, low income, and unemployed families per year. The agency can provide some short term financial or emergency assistance to help families through a crisis, and also refer individuals to longer term support. Some of the Greenville programs focus on housing, health care, and nutrition.

In an average year, thousands of Greenville County families receive some form of support from the Salvation Army. This includes food and grocery assistance in the form of holiday meals or food bags. Clothing is offered for school or work needs. Patients and the low income/uninsured can also get help securing life-threatening prescription medications, as well as financial assistance in paying rent and utility bills. Most of the aid is for people who have no other options, are faced with an unexpected crisis, and who may be facing homelessness or an illness without help.

The Salvation Army assists qualified individuals and families with their basic needs on a daily basis. All programs have a qualification process, and individuals also need to apply for help and usually stop by a center. People having difficulty due to the death of a spouse, loss of income, or reduction in work hours can turn to the Salvation Army for a variety of necessities, such as food, clothing, rent, and even referrals to other community resources or government programs.

Christmas assistance is a specialty of the Salvation Army. The so called miracle of the holidays and Christmas is offered through the joy of sharing and caring. The agency would like to see all people, especially children and seniors, experience the holidays.

Most of the holiday assistance relies on donations and contributions from the community. Donations provide the needy and struggling with free Christmas dinners, toys for children and families in need, and clothing.





It should not be a surprise that lack of adequate income prevents many individuals and families from providing Christmas gifts and toys for their children, and it can also stop them from putting a nutritious meal on the table for Thanksgiving or Christmas. To learn more about this program, dial 864-235-4803 x217 to donate or find out how you can help make Christmas bright for children and seniors in Greenville County South Carolina.

A key program is known as Angel Tree. Another service is known as Stuff a Stocking. Volunteers from the community can fill an empty stocking for a needy child with presents and treats. The Greenville Salvation Army serves thousands of children from low income families during the holidays through the Angel Tree Program. It offers new toys, clothing and shoes. They also partner with local churches and charities.

Shelter and short term housing is another key resource. A primary mission is to assist families and individuals in crisis and prevent homelessness. The Salvation Army successfully housed evicted individuals and families from the weather and will try to keep people off the streets. They will also feed and serve free meals to people who stay in the housing units. Thousands of nights of shelter are provided every year. Residents are also provided personal hygiene items along with their three meals per day. The shelters provide more than just a good night's sleep for people in the community. They also provide people the tools and resources necessary to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Self-sufficiency is offered to those who are struggling. Individuals that pass through the shelters and Social Services Department will receive a wide range of advice and services in order to work towards a stable residence and longer term stability. Individuals and clients will be made aware of education, job training and employment opportunities available to them in Greenville County South Carolina. Some of the classes could include GED, parenting classes, debt reduction, and credit counseling. Services are workshops are free.

The main Greenville Social Service office is located at 417 Rutherford Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29609, dial 864-235-4803.



By Jon McNamara

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