Kootenai County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army center in Coeur d Alene provides basic needs, referrals, and possible financial help to qualified families. They support residents with children, immigrants, single adults, and Kootenai County families of all ages, races, and religions. The social worker will try to arrange financial aid for everything from energy bill to school supplies, or housing, but this is limited.

When applying for assistance, bring proof of income, need, and residency. A meeting will occur with a social worker, who will then meet with the applicant. They will determine what may be provided, or refer the person to other local assistance programs.

There is information on local housing programs, including a nearby service known as Finally Home. It tackles all issues that may be faced by the homeless or those behind on their bills. The Kootenai County Salvation Army will refer clients to rent assistance, shelters, and more. Family Home even includes providing furnishings for the new home or apartment using the thrift store. There is even help for people with little income, single moms, or those that are experiencing homelessness.

Kootenai County Salvation Army case management may be held weekly or monthly. The applicant will meet with highly trained social workers to go over goals and the cause of the hardship. There will be sessions on nutrition, saving money, budgeting, employment needs, and more. If assistance is offered, particularity financial aid, then accountability is stressed and required from the client.

This is stressed by the charity, as well as other related social services. The Salvation Army programs are intended to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and struggles. Therefore case management is almost always mandatory.

Shelter is arranged in Kootenai County. This will usually take place with Salvation Army partners, such as local churches or charities. Not only is the shelter used, but guests are also able to get a few meals per day. There is also a computer to use to apply for aid or a job, access to laundry and hygiene items, and similar basic needs.





The food pantry is funded by local donations or contributions from Feeding America or local churches. The Kootenai County Salvation Army will provide a free box of groceries, or there may be fruits, vegetables, baby formula, and the like. There are even Christmas holiday food boxes available to low income families.

Utility bill help, mostly for paying heating or gas bills, is mostly available from grants using Project Share. The Salvation Army in Kootenai County offers information on this service and they will help people apply as well. The type of expenses available to be paid include firewood, propane or coal, gas bills, heating oil, and more. Staff at the Coeur d Alene can offer referrals to it.

The local thrift store is open too. Volunteers of the Salvation Army operate it, and they help keep it running. There may be some or all of the following, including Antiques, Computers, Clothing, Appliances, School Books, Winter Coats,, Electronics, Furniture, Toiletries, Handicap Shower Seats, Office Supplies, Shoes, Boots, Sporting Goods, Toys, and more. Donations are needed too.

Coeur d Alene families often struggle during the Christmas and back to school season, so assistance is arranged. It can cause hardships when trying to buy toys or provide uniforms or school supplies. When this occurs, the Salvation Army will try to help income qualified residents.




There are many tools used to assist. The thrift store referenced above sells gently used goods. Or during the Christmas season, both free presents and/or hot meals may be served from Angel Tree and other programs. Of course the Salvation Army also wants students to be successful, so for them they provide free backpacks, gifts, clothing and more. These are part of the seasonal services from the non-profit.

The Salvation Army location is at 1765 W Golf Course Rd, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815. For more information, or to apply for intake, the number is (208) 667-1865.


By Jon McNamara

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