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Knox and Henry area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Those individuals, senior citizens and families in Knox County Illinois and nearby towns who find themselves in need of emergency assistance may be able to get support and guidance from the Salvation Army. The organization has offices in the region, including in Henry, Stark, and Bureau County. Hundreds of qualified low income families are supported each and every year by the organization.

Assistance provided can address a variety of basic needs. The Salvation Army and its network of volunteers and partners can offer emergency housing, rent assistance to those with an eviction notice, utility bill assistance, clothing and winter coat vouchers, and funds for paying heating costs. In some cases prescription assistance is offered.

The application process is a requirement and can be extensive. Each individual who applies for financial help will have a personal interview conducted. This will help them determine their true need as well as the best method to assist them with that need. The Salvation Army centers in the Knox County area also will assist clients by offering them life skills and offer free guidance to prevent further occurrence of the emergency situation. If the center can't get what you need, then they may offer referrals to other government benefit programs, charities or human services agencies in Illinois. The closest locations are as follows.

  • A nearby center is at 206 W 2nd St  Kewanee, IL 61443, (309) 853-4192
  • 510 N Kellogg St, Galesburg, Illinois, dial (309) 342-9168
  • 520 Home Blvd in Galesburg. Call (309) 343-0721.

Some of the other resources and social services offered are below. This can include, but is not limited to, educational and recreational programs for children, summer camps, free senior meal delivery and dining programs and even fellowship.

A emergency shelter operates in the region. It provides short term housing for women, children, single parents and intact families. During your stay at the location (either in Knox or Stark County Illinois) the Salvation Army housing specialist and case workers will partner with the client. They will work towards breaking the cycle of dependency by helping them find a full time job or affordable permanent housing. Nutrition, budgeting classes, free meals and other self-help programs are offered.




During your stay there, also learn about local emergency food pantries, rent assistance programs, information and referral services, seasonal assistance, and even local job training opportunities.

Other resources include a thrift store and clothing closet. These can distribute vouchers to qualified Knox County Illinois families for free winter coats, boots, and even school supplies. Other goods are sold at a low price to really anyone in the community. Also please donate to a thrift store if you can, as surplus items are always needed.

For children from less fortunate and working poor in the local Illinois communities, the holiday season, in particular Christmas, is a time of the year when the need is felt the greatest. The Salvation Army and its numerous social workers try to meet the needs of families, children, and seniors during this special time of the year. Apply for aid including Children's Tree program, Christmas food baskets, Holiday parties for youth and older adults, and also the local Adopt-a-Family program. Community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are also served in Knox and Stark County. No one will be turned away.

While the goal is to prevent homelessness, the Salvation Army does operate transitional housing services. These are offered for intact families, women with children and single women. It is for people with low incomes and the homeless. Clients may be able to stay there for several weeks provided they continue to meet program terms. During your stay, the Salvation Army will also provide a daily outreach program for low-income, the poor and homeless.




By Jon McNamara


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