Salvation Army Iowa financial assistance programs.

Various social service programs are administered by the Salvation Army in Iowa. People who need help can meet with case managers for advice and assistance. Some of what they can help with, either directly or by offering referrals, include Rental, Mortgage, and Utility Bill Assistance, Emergency Disaster Services, Food Assistance, Clothing Vouchers, and they also network with other non-profit agencies as well as government programs. The main family centers are below.

Financial assistance may be offered for mortgages, rent, or utility assistance by certain branches of the Salvation Army in Iowa. These programs, while limited in funding and availability, can support low-income households across the state. Cash grants or financial assistance may be available to help pay someone’s mortgage, rent and utilities.

These services are really set up as homeless prevention programs, so if any cash is offered it has to be to allow people to remain in their homes or apartments. Available resources can provide assistance to help people avoid shut-off, to replenish their heating oil tanks, or restore electric services and/or other utilities like water and gas.

Most of the financial assistance programs run year-round, as funding allow. For example, regardless whether it is the hot summers or cold winters when utility or heating bills are at their highest, the Iowa Salvation Army is there to help, with a focus on preventing homelessness. If they can’t provide cash or loans for paying these bills, they may be able to redirect people to places that may have funding.




The Iowa Salvation Army Food Pantry may be able to help supplement a client’s current food supply and offer meals and groceries. Most foodstuffs are either free or very low cost. The bags passed out contain non-perishable food items and are made in single, double, and family sizes. Additional items distributed from a pantry can include household cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, paper products, diapers, formula, and toilet paper. These are only sometimes available though. Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas meals and food baskets may also be offered, and if needed, find more locations of Iowa food pantries.

The Social Services department often can provide clothing vouchers for people with an emergency need. The Salvation Army’s family and thrift stores are loaded with both gently used and new clothing and household items that are donated through drop-off locations or the pick-up service. The Family Stores offer products for children, men, and women at a bargain price or free to our approved clients.





The food pantry and thrift stores receive donations from a variety of charity and public sources, including food drives such as our annual Holiday Concerts, community donations, and also from local organizations and corporations who conduct (canned) food drives on our behalf.

Vouchers may be provided to some working poor families. These will only the client to shop for free items at the thrift store. Most of this is available from the Iowa Salvation Army to deal with a crisis, such as to help people recovering from a floor or supplies needed for work. Find a listing of free stuff from the government or charities.

Other assistance may be gasoline vouchers, winter coats, gifts from the Angel Tree program, volunteer transportation, and much more. The working poor and disadvantaged should call to see if they can access any help.

Locations of Iowa Salvation Army centers

Address is 503 Benton Street
Boone, Iowa
Phone number (515) 432-5770.
Call for information on services.

Cedar Rapids
Some of what may be offered includes free food, referrals to heating bill assistance programs, job training and other social services. The location supports all of Linn County. Click here.




Council Bluffs Salvation Army corps center
Location is 715 North 16th Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
Dial (712) 328-2088

There are several Salvation Army centers in Polk County. They are noted below and provide assistance to the needy. Or read more Salvation Army Polk County.

Davenport and Quad City
Social services are provided across Scott County. There is a Family Service Center that offers emergency shelter, food, and a ministry. Clients can also be referred to security deposit assistance programs when they “graduate”. Continue with Davenport Salvation Army assistance programs.

Des Moines City Office
Main office 1326-30 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
Dial 515-282-3599

The Salvation Army
Corps center address is 1216 E 25th Court
Des Moines, Iowa 50317
Dial (515) 266-3156

Location is 1326-30 Sixth Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa
Telephone number is (515) 282-3227

105 East Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA
Call 515-243-0308





The Salvation Army Social Service office
126 N 7th Street
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Main phone number is (515) 576-1281

107-109 W State St.
Marshalltown, Iowa
Phone: (641) 753-5236

The Salvation Army Marshalltown Thrift Store
108 W Main Street
Marshalltown IA 50158
Telephone - 641-752-3084

Main address - 747 Village Green Drive SW
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone: (641) 424-4031

Mason City Thrift Store
757 Village Green Drive SW
Mason City Iowa 50401
Provides clothing, baby supplies, furniture, and foodstuffs.

Muscatine County
Only a couple different social services are offered. One is the low cost summer camp for kids. Others include financial aid, shelter, and more. Click more information.

Main center location 301 N 2nd Ave E
Newton, Iowa
Call (641) 792-6131

Newton Thrift Store of The Salvation Army
Location is 114 E 3rd Street North
Newton IA 50208
Main number is 641-792-2684

725 Central Avenue
Tel: (712) 551-2461

Main address is 1415 Villa Street
Sioux City, Iowa
Phone number - (712) 255-8836
May have funds for housing emergencies, utility disconnections, food, Angel tree program, and other support.

725 West Second Street
Ottumwa, Iowa
Phone: (641) 682-7597

Ottumwa Thrift Store
Main address is 505 W Main Street
Ottumwa Iowa 52501
Call 641-682-3606



By Jon McNamara

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