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Johnson, Ellis, Hill County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Thousands of local families call upon the Salvation Army for assistance. Many people from Johnson and Ellis County in Texas are struggling for the first time due to the challenging economy. They request short term support for food needs, housing, referrals, and emergency financial assistance for paying rent or utilities. While the funding levels are limited, the non-profit does it best to meet the needy of the less fortunate.

Family services from the Salvation Army are extensive. The need from the client may be physical, such as requesting a medication or food. Or the agency can address other needs as well, such as emotional, spiritual, disaster relief, and help around the holidays.

The Family Services Department in the regions, including Hill County, aims to prevent people and families from being forced into a crisis. Aid can help prevent homelessness, hunger, and sickness due to unforeseen events.

When requesting help, each applicant will be given individual attention during the process of case management, intake, and evaluation. After an assessment of their need is complete, the family qualifications will be reviewed. If the Salvation Army has resources, then assistance may be provided in areas including funds for paying rent or mortgage. Or there may be money to use for the partial payment of utility bills. Other assistance in Cleburne and Ellis Texas can include free food boxes, counseling, and of course referrals and ongoing case management.

Shelter and transitional housing programs is for families that are on the verge of evictions or that are currently homeless. Not only will they get a place to stay, but social services are for people that are trying to overcome poverty. They will usually face many challenges. Case managers will help them with addressing the lack of education and job skills, limited social support, and inadequate housing.

Transitional and temporary housing is a concept in which people in need of housing are assisted for a short period of time. Assistance can help them stabilize their lives, reach self-sufficiency, and make permanent living arrangements. They also work closely with other non-profits and government groups, such as the Veterans Administration, to provide housing to homeless veterans.




Salvation Army is heavily involved in Feeding the Hungry. Too many households are faced with extreme poverty and chronic hunger. The all too real situation is that too many people must choose between paying for food and other necessities such as rent or their medical care. So the Salvation Army of Ellis County Texas and its pantries can help meet the need for food. Nutritious meals are often served from soup kitchens too.

Working-poor families can stop by the Family Services food pantry for a free box of nutritious groceries and items to prepare at home. This helps free up their money for other bills.

There are numerous other assistance programs available. The Salvation Army can help low income families, seniors, and children with one or more of the following. They do their best to assist when they can. Or inquire into referrals from the non-profit charity organizations.

-Clients can benefit from free holiday and Christmas programs in regions such as Ellis County. Examples include Angel Tree, free gifts for children, toys, and holiday meals.

-Some financial aid for paying partial utility bills or rent when someone is facing a disconnection or eviction.

-The Salvation Army may have free back to school supplies, such as clothing, backpacks and uniforms of children and students.

-Coordination of home delivered meals and companionship for seniors in Johnson County. This is often done in partnership with other groups such as agency on aging offices and churches in Texas.




-Some free basic household goods my be available for sale from thrift stores, such as gently used furniture or household appliances.

The primary sites are located at the following.

  • 111 S Anglin St., Cleburne, Texas, call (817) 558-1296
  • 620 Farley St, Waxahachie, TX. This Salvation Army center is at (972) 937-7727
  • Or stop by 8060 Singleton Rd, Midlothian, TX, phone (972) 723-2387


By Jon McNamara

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