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Juneau County Salvation Army assistance programs.

There are a number of social services as well as assistance programs administered by the Juneau County Salvation Army. The faith based, Christian church organization offers several categories of support, including rental assistance, free food or meals, referrals, free Christmas toys or back to school supplies and more.

But since the resources come and go, and since funding comes and goes, there is no guarantee to receiving any assistance. But at the least the Salvation Army will try to provide referrals to other local Juneau County resources.

  • Basic Needs – This includes everything from rent assistance to case management as well as utility bill help.
  • Pathway of Hope is used is a process used to help families gain stability, and was created as a strength based approach.
  • Housing – There are three main components of the Juneau County Salvation Army, and they include emergency shelter, transitional, as well as permanent housing.
  • Food and Nutrition – When facing hunger, food pantries, referrals to SNAP food stamps, and other hunger prevention is arranged. Or even find information on free food banks in Wisconsin.
  • After school programs can give kids a place to go to do homework, get a free snack, and able to socialize with other kids.
  • Disaster response can also support. The Salvation Army volunteers and staff are on call to respond with food, water, clothing, free hot meals, and more.

There are also various Ministries in place by the Christian church associated group. These are resources that provide guidance and support. The Salvation Army will not only help low income families, but they also support children, seniors, the elderly, and others. Many of these are recreational in nature. Those may include Music or Arts, care for seniors or the disabled, and general counseling.





Financial help for bills from the Salvation Army

While a number of assistance programs are available at the Juneau County Salvation Army, the most common request by far is for financial help. However this is where the Salvation Army is most limited. There may be some money from the sale of goods at the thrift store, or some donations from private sources, the government, or the United Way. But funding is limited.

When possible, they will try to help in an emergency. This form of support may range from one-time rent to utility or energy bill help. Or the center can offer free food from the pantry to feed a family. Other programs more focused on financial needs, but there are even more limited, range from vouchers to pay for a tank of gasoline to some generic, inexpensive prescription drugs. All of the financial aid is combined with core case management.

Programs also help older adults. While this is mostly for senior citizens, other older people can also call on the Salvation Army. The assistance ranges from classes or recreational activities to address loneliness to more “practical” support, which may be information on Medicare, referrals to free or low cost clinics, and Meals on Wheels.

Seniors in Juneau County can also inquire into supportive housing. This is when the Salvation Army coordinates low income apartments for seniors. The centers not only give them a place to live, but also address other wide ranging needs. For example, there may be medical clinics arranged, local field trips, and growth and development services.

Christmas, school supply, and free seasonal programs in Juneau County from Salvation Army

Volunteers and donations from the Juneau County community are the core of the Salvation Army seasonal programs. They range from free toys for kids at Christmas to back to school supplies (notebooks, book-bags, shoes, etc.) The registration for these programs will generally be a few months before the season in question. While they try to fulfill the requests, this of course depends on donations from the community to programs such as Angel Tree or Toys for Tots





Another focus is on passing out holiday food. The Juneau County Salvation Army serves Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinners or meals. this is often done in partnership with churches. Anyone in need, or that is lonely, can stop by for food or a meal.

There are a couple different numbers to try the Juneau County Salvation Army at. They include 608-462-5398. An intake and application process is required, as well as enrollment into case management which address self-sufficiency.

By Jon McNamara

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