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Harrisburg and Dauphin County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Numerous social services are provided by the Salvation Army to Dauphin County and nearby regions. The assistance encompasses a wide range of programs, including free food, housing, rent help and financial support. The services in Harrisburg may be able to help qualified families and individuals overcome short and long term challenges. There is also assistance for seasonal needs, ranging from free back to school supplies for students of all ages to winter heating bill help or Christmas toys from Adopt a Family.

The resources are offered for all people, regardless of race or religion. The Salvation Army and their staff are strongly committed to serve the whole person and addressing any of their needs, with respect and integrity. While the non-profit may offer assistance to address a crisis, they really try to address and empower people to enable them to gain long term self-sufficiency.

Find emergency financial help for bills, rent, and living expenses

The UGI/Customer Assistance Program (CAP) may be able to provide qualified, low income customers by offering them a more manageable monthly energy/heating bill. The UGI program provides participants of CAP with a monthly payment amount that is personalized and that is based on several factors. This includes the applicant’s total household size, gross income and total energy usage at the home. In most instances, this energy assistance program makes UGI bills more affordable.

For those that are able to enroll, over time, following consistent program payments by the client, the program participants’ past debt and outstanding bills to UGI can even be forgiven. The Salvation Army works with UGI in an effort to provide this useful program to its qualified lower income customers. Eligibility criteria includes the applicant needs to have an active residential account; Gross Annual Income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, and also the residence must be the only property. Dial 717-233-6755 for more information. Or Dauphin County families can inquire into other resources, such as the Pennsylvania low income energy bill LIHEAP program.

Emergency assistance can be offered by Family Service centers. The Salvation Army realizes that providing for the survival of the family unit is critical for the community and society as a whole. Case managers can help people apply for support or offer referrals.




While resources at this center, and other local churches or charities will vary, some of the financial and/or emergency assistance services can include rental help or funds to pay a heating bill. This is normally for people facing a crisis that they did not create.

Emergency employment resources are given too, as the Salvation Army encourages employment as financial stability. Some individuals may be able to obtain a voucher for gasoline for say a local job interview. Or maybe a bus pass for transportation in Harrisburg. Call to set up an appointment. Or read more and find free gas near you for work.

The currently available programs include some or all of the following. But note the list changes based on resources and funding that the Salvation Army in Dauphin County has.

Social services assistance in Harrisburg include a food pantry that serves residents of the zip codes of 17110, 17101, and 17102. A variety of vouchers for basic needs are also available. They include free clothing vouchers (once per year);  Back to School supply program (One a year, with a focus on shoes and school uniforms); a seasonal voucher program for winter coats (once a year).

In addition, a free Christmas assistance program is available in the region. This  includes toys for children Newborn to 16 and voucher for a Christmas meal. Applications are processed in October. The Salvation Army helps with Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family in Harrisburg.

Get free food, meals, Christmas toys or school supplies from the Harrisburg Salvation Army

The Angel, or Giving Tree, is a holiday assistance program that has been operating since the 1970s. It can provide free clothing, gifts and toys for children from low income families at Christmas time. Hundreds of local families will tend to benefit from this resource every year, however it does depend on the generosity of people in the community to contribute to it.

The trees are set up by the Salvation Army every year in partnership with local businesses. It is a good idea to call for locations. In Harrisburg Pennsylvania some of the locations used in the past include Bj's Wholesale on Hartzdale Drive, Karn's Foods on Allentown Blvd, Starbucks on Trindle Road,  M & T Bank on Market Street, and other locations. However call for the latest information. Or read more on the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.





Food pantries, clothing closets and thrift stores can help the unemployed, lower income families, senior citizens and others keep a hot meal as well as food on their table. Some of the items at the Salvation Army pantries can include canned goods, perishable items, baby formula, and more.

Salvation Army back to school supply drives are part of the clothing closet programs in the Harrisburg region. Students from Kindergarten to high school can get free clothes or Chromebooks. Or get pens, pencils, backpacks, highlighters, calculators and more. The exact school supplies given out depend on donations.

Homeless shelters and transitional housing in Dauphin County

Shelter and transitional housing is available. All requests go through the HELP office, which can be reached at phone 717-238-2851. Shelters can be arranged for families, single men, children, and women. All people who stay there need to be working towards independence and self-sufficiency.

Case managers can help people find a job in Dauphin Pennsylvania, locate a permanent home, sign up for public aid and more. The housing units allow people to receive free meals, much needed shelter, clothing, and ongoing case management services designed to address the underlying causes of their homelessness.

Locations of Salvation Army Centers and thrift stores in Harrisburg area

The main centers in the region are as follows. The main intake number for the county is (800) 728-7825. Each one of them will have a Family Store, which sells goods to the public. Then of course there is also the seasonal services (as indicated above), emergency financial aid, referrals, and more.

  • Thrift Store 3847 Union Deposit Rd, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Telephone - (717) 558-8735 or (800) 728-7825
  • Adult Rehabilitation Center 3650 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA phone (717) 541-0203
  • Worship and Service Center is located at 1122 Green St Salvation Army office in Harrisburg. Dial (717) 233-6755 for intake.
  • Thrift Store 3901 E Trindle Rd, Camp Hill, PA, call (717) 731-0576
  • Thrift Store 5051 Hampton Court Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. phone (717)657-1491

By Jon McNamara


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