Salvation Army Gainesville Georgia and Hall County assistance programs.

Any type of assistance available from the Gainesville Georgia Salvation Army is dependent on money raised from the sale of goods at the thrift store as well as donations. When there are resources available, the charity may be able to offer financial support (rent or utility bill help), material goods such as free food or clothing, and other assistance.

The center either sells gently used goods, or provides assistance to, hundreds of families per month. While they can't keep up with the demand for rent help and other financial requests, the staff will try to refer the client to an agency that may be able to assist.

Material goods

There are a few categories of assistance available. Some are free to income qualified families, and in some cases there will be a minimal cost due to the Hall County Georgia Salvation Army (such as shopping at the thrift store).

When a client's income is low enough, a free voucher may be given. It can be used at the food pantry for a box of groceries. Or the organization will only a voucher to be used at the Family Store to shop for clothing, household supplies, and similar goods. Note even if someone does not qualify, they can still shop at the Family/Thrift store, but anything they buy will have a minimal cost.

The voucher type system is also available at other times of the year. As an example, children can receive supplies or clothing during the back to school shopping season. Or there are also Hall County Salvation Army vouchers used during Christmas to obtain toys or meal boxes. A major holiday service is the Angel Tree in Hall County. There are therefore many programs focused on proving goods (food, clothing, Christmas presents, etc.) directly to low income families in Gainesville and nearby communities.

 

 

 

 

Financial aid from Hall County Salvation Army

This type of support comes and goes. It depends on how much is sold at the thrift store, donations to the Red Kettle, and also how much funding is giving to the office from partners such as the United Way. When there is money it may assist with the following.

-Utility bills, including water and energy.
-Housing costs, including rent, security deposits, or a mortgage.
-Medications. There are even details on discount prescription drug cards or services such as Blink Health.
-Employment related costs, such as gasoline for the first day of work, work supplies, clothing, and more.
-Specialty food items that can't be found at the Hall County Salvation Army food pantry.

There is an emphasis on stabilizing the situation for families in a short term crisis. The money from the charity is discretionary, and it combines both financial help along with extensive case management. The Gainesville Salvation Center takes this approach, as it is effective to coordinating long term support.

When applying, note resources are limited. In order to get help, whether for housing or medical needs, bring identification; proof of address; copies of paychecks and other income; original utility bills or a lease; and more.

Additional social services

All of the financial assistance and free material goods are offered at the discretion of the Salvation Army in Hall County. However when it comes to more of the social services from the Christian based charity, this tends to be more wider ranging. This is the because case-workers want to empower people to have them take on responsibility to break the cycle of poverty and/or homelessness.

 

 

 

 

These services range from case management to disaster relief, after school mentoring for students and job placement among others. Many of them involve partners in Gainesville. As any employment resources are done in cooperation with local workforce centers as well as other professional staffing organization. The disaster relief in Hall County combines the Salvation Army as well as groups such as the American Red Cross. Other programs have similar partners.

For more information on year round or seasonal services, call (770) 534-7589 to reach the Hall County Salvation Army. The Salvation Army can also be reached at 711 Dorsey Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.

By Jon McNamara

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