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Johnston and Sampson County Salvation Army emergency assistance programs.

Low income and working poor families in Johnston as well as nearby Sampson that are faced with an emergency can contact the Salvation Army. They operate locally, and the centers are part of the national as well as North Carolina charity network. Some of what may be provided can assist with Christmas needs, provide food, one time rent or utility bill assistance, and more. Much of the focus of the non-profit is on homeless prevention and addressing hunger.

The case managers will need to conduct an assessment of the applicant. This may include an interview to determine the cause of the hardship. Based on the results, the Johnston County centers may be able to help. In order to make this happen, applicants need to take an approach to gain self-sufficiency, and the case management process can help make a positive, permanent change in life of a client. If someone is found to be qualified, then assistance is offered regardless of age, race, or faith.

Housing solutions in Johnston from the Salvation Army can include short term shelter or referrals to transitional housing programs, both in the county or nearby regions too. The shelters can assist women, children, victims of domestic violence and others that may be homeless. People that use the facilities will get a meal, hygiene items, and be able to sign up for case management or social services. This will help address the individual’s longer term housing needs.

Limited, emergency rental assistance is for families and qualified individuals and it can help them continue to live in their homes or apartments. So it is a form of eviction prevention in Sampson and also Johnston County. There may also be referrals to other rental solutions, such as the federal government ESG program.

Assistance can be provided at the holidays. This Thanksgiving and Christmas support is mostly provided to children from struggling families in Smithfield and nearby towns. There may also be some additional assistance for the elderly, ill, or people that are homebound. Volunteers from the charity work to spread holiday cheer and joy.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, many parents are unable to afford Christmas gifts, games, clothing, books, or presents for their children. This is when the Salvation Army of North Carolina, and generous members of the community, can step in and help with programs such as Angel Tree or Adopt a Family. They also operate the Red Kettle in towns across the region.




Especially during the colder winter or hot summer months, one time utility bill assistance may be available for paying electric, water bills, or heating costs. Funds can help people keep the power on. For someone that is sick or maybe older, the utility bill help from the Salvation Army may even save a life.

Churches, charities, and other groups operate food pantries in partnership with the Salvation Army. The sites can distribute groceries, fruits, milk, and other needed items. A bag of groceries from a pantry can also help the family free up their income to pay other critical bills or housing costs.

Case management is also a major focus of the Salvation Army. This includes stability, education, and overall career development. These services in Smithfield North Carolina are for the unemployed as well as underemployed whose income is not enough to survive on. With the challenging economy in this more rural community, job training is a must.

The regional centers offer guidance, support, and referrals for clients as part of this process. After all, employment is a key component of self-sufficiency. Therefore, some of what may be coordinated at the Salvation Army centers includes access to computers for resume building, job search skills, workshops on interview techniques, and free advice from specialists. Many of these programs also provide the client with online tools for their development.

The Salvation Army in Johnston County, along with partners such as the American Red Cross, administer disaster assistance in the region as well. This can be for fires, floods, hurricanes, or other events. People that have been impacted can get vouchers to use for clothing, food, water or basic needs. In some cases, a voucher can be provided to pay for a motel room for someone impacted by a disaster.

The main centers, including for thrift stores, are as follows.

  • 1406 W Cumberland St., Dunn, North Carolina, dial (910) 891-1777
  • 306 N Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield, North Carolina, telephone (919) 934-9102



By Jon McNamara

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