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Hickory Salvation Army assistance programs.

The assistance programs offered by the Salvation Army centers in Hickory North Carolina are under high demand. Some of the most common items requested are for food, financial assistance, and referrals. The organization has limited resources and depends heavily on donations and contributions from the community. However they will do their best to meet the needs of qualified lower income Catawaba County North Carolina families.

More and more people are seeking help, and the Salvation Army is seeing heavy demand for food and other forms of financial assistance. Families are reaching the end of their savings and continue to seek help from agencies like the Salvation Army. Some of the programs and resources offered are below.

Food and meals are available. In some years the Salvation Army may serve almost 50,000 meals to the needy and low income. That is usually made up of over 2000 families. While almost all programs rely on donations from the community, this is particularly true for the food and meal programs. So if you can contribute please do so.

Donation levels vary widely, and it can be seasonal as well. Peak donations to the Salvation Army generally occur during the holidays, in particular Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. However that is when the demand from the community is also at its highest. Spring and summer time donations to the Hickory Salvation Army centers are the leanest. So anytime during those spring months, as The Salvation Army approaches its seasonal low time, they always appreciate any help from the community at large and they have fundraisers and drives to encourage support.

Other assistance may be available from the Salvation Army and its staff of volunteers and case workers. If someone is qualified, they may be able to receive cash grants for paying for basic needs in a crisis. A number of qualifications will need to be met by applicants.

Housing expenses, including rent and utility bill assistance may be offered. A thrift store will also sell gently used clothing and furniture assistance through family stores. Qualified low income families or children may receive free clothing or household goods.





Any type of aid is only offered for people who are faced with a crisis. Another one of the key resources offered is the Emergency Assistance program. As funding allows, it may be able to help with paying rent, mortgages, rent, and electric bills. This is mainly offered from offices in Hickory, Boone, Morganton, Granite Falls, Taylorsville, and Marion North Carolina. Clients of this program people are also able to stabilize their crisis situations by receiving ongoing case management and self-sufficiency. This will help individuals maintain their self respect and dignity.

As indicated, donations are needed. The Salvation Army of Catawaba County has always served the neediest in the community. The agency will continue to respond to cries for help from people in the community and from those who need it most. They depend heavily on the support of the generous members of the community to do their work. So the agency will urge friends to make a gift so that the Salvation Army can help those who are hurting most of all, including children from low income families and seniors.

The Catawaba County centers are located at the High Country Regional Coordinate, 750 Third Ave. Pl, SE, Hickory, NC. The Salvation Army Hickory Family Store is located at 248 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd SE, Hickory, North Carolina. Call 828-322-8061.




By Jon McNamara

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