Kearney and Buffalo County Salvation Army assistance programs.

There are several emergency assistance programs provided by the Kearney Salvation Army. Financial aid may be provided for paying expenses ranging from utility or heating bills to rent and there is also help for transients or the homeless in Buffalo County. Another service in Kearney uses donations from the community, and based on that the Salvation Army will try to provide free Christmas toys as well as holiday meals.

The office will process applications for assistance on certain days of the week. Anyone seeking a grant for their bills or paying rent needs to apply Monday to Thursday. The services for the homeless are also available the same days, with transients able to stop by at the Buffalo County Nebraska police station for after hours support. Note that all resources are limited, but even if the Salvation Army can't assist they will offer referrals.

During the cold Buffalo County Nebraska winter months, here may be assistance provided for utility bills. Most of the Salvation Army grants are paid out during those cold weather months and focus on heating, natural gas, propane, and similar heating costs.

The Kearney Salvation Army will focus its energy bill help on senior citizens as well as families with children that are facing a one time crisis. In general, the applicant needs to be faced with a one time emergency and have some other source of income whether from a pension, job, child support, or another resource.

Emergency rent assistance as well as short term housing, including shelter, may be provided. This will generally be for tenants in Buffalo County that have an eviction notice or that are close to homelessness. The Salvation Army in Kearney may offer loans or cash grants for these housing needs.

Transients as well as the homeless (including women, men, and veterans) can get help from Monday to Thursday. Everything from shelter to gasoline vouchers, a hot meal, and hygiene items are passed out.

A food pantry feeds the poor and residents in a crisis. The groceries are often in very limited quantities from the center on Central Ave. Applicants should bring their own box or bag, and they may be given canned food or fresh fruits, veggies, milk, and more.





Western Nebraska may be hit by a disaster from time to time. If and when this happens, the Buffalo County Salvation Army will arrange relief services during a disaster. Any families that are the victims of an event (whether flood, fire, tornado, etc.) can be given food, shelter, and more. The Salvation Army and its partners, such as the American Red Cross, respond to events.

Parents on a low income, whether they are single moms or dads or married, often struggle during the holidays. To help the family during these periods, the center serves meals and holds holiday events. The homebound in the immediate Kearney Nebraska area may have a free Thanksgiving or Christmas food box delivered to them. Even those in the hospital or nursing homes can get help.

Other Buffalo County families can turn to the Salvation Army for free toys from Angel Tree as well as Adopt a Family. There may be Christmas gifts given that include clothing, toy trucks for boys, boots, hats, and more.

The Salvation Army Kearney Community Center may offer other support too. Whether it is an application for financial aid, school assistance programs, and a thrift store voucher, that and more may be provided from their office at 1719 Central Ave, Kearney, NE 68847. Dial (308) 234-9998.




By Jon McNamara

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