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Hartford County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Regardless of religion, age, race, or background, the Salvation Army tries to help the low income and less fortunate in the region of Havre de Grace and Hartford County. They have centers and Family Service locations in the area and across the state of Maryland as well that they can sometimes partner with. Most of the assistance is for basic needs and will often include case management as well.

The winter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas season is always the busiest time of the year for the local Salvation Army centers. The locations and their staff try to help the most people possible and who are in the most need. Christmas in Hartford County is the season of giving, and everyone wants to donate and provide the families the best Christmas possible.

The Salvation Army, which has a main site in Havre de Grace, tries to help families, seniors, and children and allow them to have a truly special holiday time. They do whatever they can to make that possible. Some of what is offered includes free food, meals, the Angel Tree Program, Adopt-a-Family and also free holiday food baskets. These can provide clothing, gifts and toys for children at Christmas time or a meal, including at Thanksgiving.

With the help of local civic groups, businesses, charities such as St. Vincent and churches, Angel Trees and donation spots are put up each year in support of providing less fortunate kids with a memorable Christmas. People can support this holiday program by donating gifts.

With the increasing costs of utility and electric bills, every month people from the community struggle to pay their utility bills. This is even more true with heating costs in Hartford County Maryland. All too many are faced with the possibility of having their energy services or maybe even their water shut off.  By partnering with the government and local charities, the Salvation Army is able to offer very short term cash aid for energy and water bill assistance. Funding changes by site and season as well.

No family should go hungry in Hartford County or anywhere for that matter. The Salvation Army, both locally and nationally, recognizes that and works to end it. It is no one's choice to go days without a decent meal, so pantries and soup kitchens offer hot meals, groceries, free food boxes and holiday gift baskets. Hot lunches are served, boxes of groceries and canned goods are available to those struggling families and individuals at the Salvation Army Corps locations.




Based on donations, each box is filled with groceries from local food drives and grocers. Fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables, canned and frozen meat, Milk and dairy products, rice, bread, diapers, free baby formula and more are offered. They are passed out to residents of Hartford County and may include donated perishable and non-perishable foods and a variety of other healthy options. If you are in need of assistance for food, contact your local Corps Family Services for information or maybe even referrals to public aid such as SNAP.

School supplies may be passed out during the fall. It may include paper, pens, rulers, folders, backpacks, erasers, crayons, shoes, glue sticks and more. The school supply list is extensive. The items are sometimes too much for some parents to afford in Hartford County region, especially with the challenging economy in Maryland. It becomes even harder on parents with more than one child.  Salvation Army locations across the region and state participate in a Back-to-School program that helps by filling backpacks with much needed school supplies and provide them to area families in need.

Shelters are always available in the state. They will provide a bed, meals, and case management. Ideally a person will get help in locating, and paying the rent, on a new residence somewhere in Bel Air or Hartford County. So they would not be in the shelter for the long term.

Senior centers are operated with churches and agency for aging centers. A center for elderly and older adults can be stopped by at. Clients can get Nutritious lunches, access Computer Classes, Educational workshops & presentations, and more. They can also be turned to in the hot or cold weather events.

The main center is located at 300 Seneca Ave, Havre de Grace, Maryland, but support can be arranged across the county. Dial (410) 939-3535.



By Jon McNamara

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