Lafayette Louisiana and nearby parishes Salvation Army assistance programs.

While the amount of assistance offered by the Salvation Army will vary, hundreds of individuals in Lafayette Parish are generally able to qualify for some form of help from the organization. The Salvation Army will provide a wide range of emergency financial assistance programs and traditional social services. As programs vary by parish, center and available resources, it is always a good idea to call beforehand. Some of the more common requests fulfilled are for meals, food, job counseling, and electric bill help.

Basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing may be administered. The pantries, food banks and soup kitchens in the local parishes help the unemployed as well as struggling families. Many senior citizens in Lafayette, Iberia and nearby regions also use the programs. Resources can include emergency food assistance, canned goods, boxes and more.

The financial aid includes utility bill and rent assistance when someone is faced with eviction/homelessness. Or if your power company is about to turn off your service then the Salvation Army may be able to assist. Some seniors and people with a medical condition could even be provided a free boxed fan or air conditioner. The money disbursed is not to be meant as a free hand out but is intended to help someone who is otherwise self-sufficiency make it through a difficult period.

Free Holiday and Christmas aid is offered from programs such as Angel Tree, meals services and Adopt a Family. As part of these holiday programs red kettles and Angel trees will be placed in local malls and public places in Vermilion, St. Martin and other parishes. People from the community donate goods to the program, and the Salvation Army oversees passing out the toys and gifts to children and low income families in Lafayette parish.

Medication payment assistance or vouchers may be offered for those with a life threatening condition. These are not as common and will usually be for people who income is too low and their insurance will not cover the cost of the prescription.

Self-sufficiency may be provided as part of Education and Job Training. Use computers or a phone to research and call potential employers. Other services include resume review and information on job training programs in Lafayette and other nearby parishes. If you need help getting to an interview, then in certain cases transportation may be arranged, including possibly bus passes or gasoline vouchers.





Other more general services may include Emergency Disaster Response, Substance Abuse Rehabilitation, Youth Services, programs for senior citizens, and more. Or of course get referrals to other regional and federal government resources.

Programs to help the homeless. This includes Housing for Men as well as emergency shelter care. Resources are for transients and homeless male adults. Other homeless programs include feeding sites, pantries, and soup kitchens. For example the Salvation Army feeding program will serve up to two meals per day, usually breakfast and dinner. Other goods, such as hygiene items and linens may be passed out too if needed.

Community Care Ministries can provide both social and spiritual ministry services to the needy and those who need guidance. This can include motivation sessions and workshops for men, women and young people in the community. The Salvation Army and its volunteers will assist the vulnerable, the sick, lonely, and the aged with love and acts of mercy.

The Salvation Army centers are disbursed across the region. For example, the Lafayette Corps serves people in the parishes of Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, Vermilion and St. Landry parishes. To learn more or to go through intake, call 337-235-2407 for details.




By Jon McNamara

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