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Salvation Army assistance programs in Kansas.

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance, including financial help, in Kansas. The Christian charity will help low-income families get free food or meals as well as offer funds to pay utilities, rent, gasoline costs and more. There is also free seasonal help from the Salvation Army, including Christmas toys, winter coats, school supplies for kids and more. Find how to get help from the Salvation Army center in your area of KS.

There are dedicated programs for the homeless, elderly, kids who are out of school and others. The Salvation Army centers listed below are one of the leading faith based charity agencies in Kansas that will provide financial resources and long term support to the less fortunate. Whether free clothes  (including winter jackets), money to pay bills or housing, or free summer camps for kids, the Salvation Army does its best to help the working poor.

Social services and free items from the KS Salvation Army

Free Salvation Army holiday programs helps low income parents with kids, the homeless and elderly. During the Christmas as well as Thanksgiving holiday seasons, free toys, Christmas gifts, food, baskets and more is offered. There are also hot Thanksgiving turkey dinners served or entire baskets given out. If the Salvation Army does not assist, they can refer parents to other options as well as Christmas help from charities for the Kansas area.

Back to school assistance programs from the Salvation Army provide students with supplies they need for the school year. Low-income families in Kansas with kids in grades K-12 will get stuff they need. Everything from backpacks to writing material, uniforms, clothes, sneakers, book bags and more is given out, with some locations also passing out personal hygiene kits to students too.

Summer assistance can help people in parts of the state take a break from the heat and be safe during the hot weather. Some Salvation Army centers serve as community cooling shelters, and they are usually open when the state issues an Excessive Heat Warning. Locations may provide a free fan or box air conditioner to low-income families, seniors, or those with a medical condition during the summer as well to help them stay cool in their home. They also offer low-cost summer camps for students.

Pathway of Hope is a Kansas Salvation Army self-sufficiency type program. It can help find and reverse the root causes keeping families from becoming self-sufficient. Case workers will work with clients to help people increase their income, get new career skills and gain stability. They also arrange budgeting and money management classes for the client.




A focus is on supporting families with children who are repeat emergency assistance applicants or who receive public assistance in Kansas. The social workers at the Salvation Army can provide long-term case management to help them move beyond crisis to increased stability.

Children and Early Education Centers across Kansas provide affordable or free child care to low-income families so parents can work or attend school. The Salvation Army partner centers offer students access to experienced teachers, a nurturing, structured program, and a stimulating environment. There are also free or affordable after school programs in local KS communities. Many services are offered on a sliding scale fee, so people only pay what they can afford to.

  • The Salvation Army also partners with other Kansas non-profits, such as the YMCA on daycare or after school programs. They help kids find a place to stay, get a meal, get tutoring (such as at the YMCA) and more. Locate a YMCA daycare application.

Get free food or meals from the Kansas Salvation Army. Almost all locations have a food pantry open daily. Many also have a soup kitchen. They feed homeless people, give out free personal toiletry kits and provide shelf-stable groceries from a pantry. Many of the Salvation Army food banks in KS are client choice too. Other personal stuff is offered too. Learn more on what food pantry is open today.

Salvation Army Kansas financial assistance programs

Across the state of Kansas, many temporary housing programs and facilities have been established to meet the needs of those who are homeless or facing eviction. They range from shelters to transitional housing and income based homes for seniors over the age of 60. Some examples include the Johnson County Family Lodge in Olathe (call (913) 782-3640), the Harbor Light Village in Kansas City (dial 913-232-5400) and others.





Housing units may focus on certain needs or individuals as well, such as single women in need of a homeless shelters. There are also transitional homes for parents with children, veterans in KS, or those who were just evicted. Most people are also usually offered case management, employment services, and other public aid. Also get assistance in securing more permanent residence.

Low-income families that are behind on their rent can get help. Salvation Army locations will have a little money for partial rental assistance, with a focus on those tenants in a very short term hardship. This type of emergency financial help is combined with free motel vouchers, case management and other support. Learn more on local rent assistance programs in KS.

Salvation Army KS programsWinter heating bill assistance is offered from the Share the Warmth program. It also relies heavily on donations, so if you can contribute please do so. In order to qualify, applicant’s need to be able to provide their need, meet income guidelines, and also be responsible for paying heating bills. All funds are limited, and the Salvation Army may have other restrictions in place. Financial assistance is distributed on a first come, first served basis. Or find additional Kansas heating bill assistance programs.

HeatShare is another utility bill assistance program. The program is intended to serve as a last resort/safety net for the low income that are facing a shut off Disabled and elderly are given priority when funds are limited. One of the key benefits of HeatShare is it pays for both cooling and heating bills, including electricity, natural gas, propane, wood bills or fuel oil.

  • Repairs and grants can also be provided from HeatShare funds. This will help people with no money fix hot water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and other energy related equipment. While not as common, also get help from the Salvation Army in Kansas with repairs to broken windows and doors for better air conditioning and heat retention.

Senior Assistance is offered at many Salvation Army Corps Community Centers in Kansas. Resources include social services, free hot meals meals, volunteer and worship groups. Examples of some programs are below.

  • Dial-A-Ride is a transportation service offered to elderly and handicapped in the area that are unable to drive. Rides are offered for people to take trips to the doctor, shopping and other necessary or emergency errands.
  • Holiday meals, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, can be delivered to seniors and elderly who are shut-in.
  • If these resources do not help, then find more senior care.




Kansas Supportive Services for Veteran Families can help low-income veterans and their immediate families. The Salvation Army program in Kansas will help vets in finding and maintaining permanent stable housing. Case workers may be able to assist veterans and their families through counseling and planning to address current gaps in the individuals ability to maintain stable and sustainable permanent housing or apartments.

Locations of Kansas Salvation Army centers

There are Family Stores, Social Services, and financial aid by county and city. Other locations are below.

More programs from KS Salvation Army

The charity has additional social services and community centers, including mobile locations. Whether food, financial help, shelter or something else, the Salvation Army in Kansas (the HQ can be reached at 816-756-1455) is a resource.


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