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Salvation Army assistance programs in La Salle County Illinois.

The Salvation Army may be able to assist qualified low income families in Ottawa and La Salle County. The non-profit can offer some emergency assistance, including food and help with applying for energy bill programs. In addition clients can work with a case manager on stabilization, such as job training, case management and other social service type programs.

Limited amounts of prescription assistance may be offered. The Salvation Army may be able to help meet this need using vouchers and other methods. Any applicants will of course need to fill out an intake form with  the non-profit and meet other conditions. If qualified, this assistance is only available in La Salle County at most once per year. You will need to stop by the office to get more information and/or to apply for medications.

Utility and heating bill assistance is offer in partnership with programs from NICOR. The Salvation Army may be able to provide one-time cash grants to be applied to your monthly energy bills, in particular those from NICOR. This as well is only available once per year. Any funds from the non-profit will only pay a portion of your bill. Sometimes a credit may be placed on your account instead of receiving a grant.

In order to apply for this program, applicants will need to bring their current NICOR gas bill to the local Salvation Army center in Ottawa or elsewhere in La Salle County. You will also need other documentation, such as proof of hardship, household size, income, and more. An appointment is necessary and anyone who is interested in applying should call 433-0798 for details on this utility program. You will also need to meet with a case manager.

The Ottawa Food Pantry assists those low income and struggling families in La Salle that may need help. As resources allow the organization may be able to supply qualified applicants with groceries that are based on family size and their available resources. First time users of the Salvation Army pantry will need to bring proof of social security numbers, residence and if required, a medical card for everyone in the family who is seeking help. The non-profit will also usually require proof of income and will ask people to fill out a short intake and application form in order to use the food pantry.




If found to be qualified, most La Salle County Illinois families will be able to use the food bank and get free groceries up to once per month. It is also usually open Monday to Friday for convenience.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store will have gently used goods for sale, including clothing, furniture, appliances and more. The items are offered for sale at very reasonable prices. All profits will be used to help fund assistance programs and the general Salvation Army center in Ottawa Illinois.

The thrift store needs donations too. If someone has questions on how to donate or pick up items then call 433-3817. However in general the Salvation Army will accept donations of good, clean used clothes, appliances, furniture, personal hygiene items, and more. Case managers from the Salvation Army do ask that all donated items be clean, in good condition and in bags. All donations are tax exempt too. The thrift store is located next to the main Corps center at 700 W Chestnut Street.

A number of other social services and assistance programs may be offered. They include, but are not limited too, shelter and holiday meals and gifts. Stop by the center, which is located at 516 W Madison St, Ottawa, Illinois (phone (815) 433-0798) for information on employment assistance and other case management. Workers from the Salvation Army are committed to helping the less fortunate.




By Jon McNamara

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