Imperial County Salvation Army assistance programs.
Family services in Imperial County California are extensive. The Salvation Army can provide the unemployed and working poor with goods such as food, shelter, a thrift store, and other resources. Many people that call upon the agency have children or maybe a senior member of the family. The Salvation Army service center may be able to help by offering direct financial aid or referrals.
For many individuals and families in the region, they struggle between buying food, paying rent, or the utility bills. Many people are underemployed or jobless due to the weak economy. Single parents and senior citizens in Imperial County may be faced with the most challenges. So the Salvation Army does some some things to help all those who need it, such as providing emergency food boxes all year long.
The homeless also really struggle. For them, finding something to eat and to keep them going throughout the day and night can be extremely difficult. It may take them all-day or night to find food or a hot meal. The Salvation Army works with community partners and churches in Imperial County to assist. Together these agencies offer resources and guidance to those that were evicted and homeless.
Social Centers and Senior Dining services offer free or hot meals to hundreds of elderly and senior citizens per month. The non-profit may also even use drivers to provide for the delivery of meals to the homebound in Imperial County California.
Family Services is the main name of the emergency financial assistance programs. The Salvation Army will try to help families and individuals with paying for short term needs. This can include things such as rent, housing, or utility bills. The agency may also pass out emergency food boxes or bags of groceries. Referrals may be offered if/when the agency is out of funds or maybe if the applicant doesn't meet eligibility requirements. Each and every case and application is carefully assessed to determine legitimate need.
Some of the other resources offered in the region are below. Funding varies and income and other conditions will need to be met by applicants.
- Food pantries, clothing closets, and basic needs can be addressed. The Corps can assist those in genuine need with emergency bags of groceries, vouchers for new or gently used clothing and other important items. Most of it is gently used and comes from the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
- Soup kitchens in the imperial Valley serve hot meals for needy seniors. They may also also have food for outreach programs. This and more is prepared in the center's kitchen.
- The thrift store in El Centro holds services that also serve a hot meal.
- Children and seniors can access programs around Christmas. The Salvation Army tries to ensure no child or elderly person goes without during the holiday season. So free coats, toys, clothing, and other gifts may be provided, mostly as the result of donations from local businesses and residents.
The Imperial County region has a very high unemployment rate. So case mangers will offer employment assistance. Access a computer for job searches or resume reviews or creation. Get information on state of California or federal government job training programs such as WIA. While even more rare, free vouchers may be provided to pay for gasoline to get to a job interview.
For any of these programs, a formal application process is in place. You will also need to work with a case manager and provide proof of your hardship, such as income, copies of a lease/eviction notice, and information on monthly expenses. After this application is done, case managers will work on self-sufficiency and try to help the individual overcome their financial challenges.
Locations of El Centro and Imperial County centers
There are three main Salvation Army offices. They are at.
- 375 N 5th St, El Centro, California (760) 353-4880
- 1301 S 4th St, El Centro, CA. Call (760) 353-2260 for information.
- 530 Main St, Brawley, (760) 344-6133