Hartford Connecticut Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army will either directly help or will facilitate assistance to thousands of low income families in Hartford every year. They also work with a number of regional and state of Connecticut non-profit agencies and government organizations. Assistance programs offered can provide free groceries or food, help pay for rent, offer shelter and clothing to the homeless, and help for the disabled. Limited amounts of emergency financial assistance may be paid out for children from low income and working poor families.

The Hartford based Salvation Army is trying to address many needs and it has numerous goals. This includes offering programs to ensure that no child or student goes to school hungry, no elderly member of the community has to choose between buying groceries or medications, and that children from lower income families can experience the joy of the holidays and Christmas. Examples of some programs offered are below.

Emergency financial assistance, while limited by donations, can include satisfying a number of basic needs that people have. People can apply for short-term crisis assistance, such as help with paying rent, utility bills, free food, car repairs, furniture, gently used clothing and more. If the Salvation Army can’t meet your specific need then case workers will try to coordinate with the Department of Family Services or the state of Connecticut in an effort to access any services they may have.




Housing assistance is available in Hartford. The Salvation Army runs the Marshall House, which is a local shelter in Hartford. It serves meals, provides clothing, and a place to sleep. Additional services are holistic and include prevention of future homelessness and response to issues surrounding poverty. Phone 860-543-8430.

Other rental type resources include The Homeless Prevention and Housing 1st Program. Together these may offer case management services and limited financial assistance to those facing eviction and/or at risk of homelessness. The Salvation Army has a goal of stabilizing housing and helping people develop greater powers of self-sufficiency. They can also refer families to rent assistance programs in Hartford.





Health care and medical assistance programs can include free prescription medication assistance or vouchers for the uninsured and needy. Families can receive information on free clinics and other critical health care needs.

Christmas food and meals as well as vouchers are available. They include grocery store gift cards which are distributed for families and individuals who are struggling. People from Hartford can use vouchers to buy holiday food, turkeys, stuffing, and other healthy food. A free Thanksgiving meal may be served at the Salvation Army Corps centers in Hartford County Connecticut to all who ask or need help. The food offered is high quality and many local restaurants and families will even assist and volunteer by preparing, donating and serving the hot meals to the needy.

Another holiday resource is the Angel Tree Program. It runs every year during the Christmas season. Many volunteers from the community, such as local businesses, families and individuals purchase Christmas gifts of clothing, toys, shoes, personal items and other gifts for children from low income families. An Angel Tree is also offered for senior citizens.

Each tree is decorated with a numbered paper angel tags with the gender, first name, and age of a child who is in need of a gift. Contributors to the program remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child described on the tags. The sites are set up at public locations in Hartford Connecticut such as local businesses, shopping malls and churches.

Adopt-A-Family allows people to sponsor someone who is faced with a severe economic, emotional, or physical crisis. A sponsor will “adopt” a family for the holidays by purchasing new toys, clothing, household items, and food or grocery store certificates. When an Adopt-A-Family match is made, the family information and wish lists are sent to the sponsor.

Emergency Disaster Services assist and aid all personnel and centers of operation in planning and providing an efficient delivery of aid in the event of an emergency or disaster. The centers can help with food service, material assistance, Public Information/Media Relations, shelter and more.

A Family Thrift Store is open in Hartford. The center allows residents of all incomes, backgrounds, and religions, including needy families, to purchase donated clothing, furniture, clothes and other essential items at affordable prices.




Free school supplies are offered as well during the fall season. Teenagers and children of all ages can receive such essentials as clothes, backpacks, shoes, calculators, and notebooks to help them prepare for school during the fall period. The Salvation Army participates in this services, and there are other regional free school supply programs.

The Salvation Army is always a great place for information and referrals. Those are always readily available as a key service provided. The Salvation Army social service staff and caseworkers work with other local non-profit community agencies in Hartford in an effort to provide residents with unique solutions. This can include information on government and public financial assistance and much more. Donations from the community are always appreciated as well.

The Right Place, School Readiness & Family Center can help children under the age of 5 prepare for school. Programs will assist children in ensuring they are in position to receive the highest quality education possible.

Locations and phone numbers of Hartford Connecticut Centers

The main Family Service centers in the county are below. Whether it is access to a low cost Family Store for shopping, or emergency financial assistance or even clothing, the Salvation Army helps the less fortunate in the community.

  • 121 Sigourney St, Hartford, CT, phone (860) 244-8198
  • 217 Washington St, Hartford, phone number of this center is (860) 543-8427
  • 225 S Marshall St. is also located in the city of Hartford. Call (860) 543-8423 for intake.
  • 661 Main St., Manchester Connecticut, (860) 649-7787
  • 78 Franklin Square, New Britain, phone number is (860) 225-8491



By Jon McNamara

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