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Webb County Texas Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army in Laredo Texas does much more than operate a low cost thrift store, run a ministry or raise money from the Red Kettle campaign. The Christian, faith based church helps the needy, lonely, and those in a financial emergency. The charity also supports a wide range of age groups, from infants to students, senior citizens, and others.

No matter region, age, gender, or income levels, the charity will try to assist. Anyone can drop in at the food pantry for a box of groceries, and the thrift store is open to shop at. There is also advice given to Webb County Texas residents of all backgrounds. Note when it comes to emergency financial assistance, this will of course be much more limited with a focus on applicants who are on a pathway to fiscal stability.

Salvation Army Laredo money raised from the thrift store not only keeps the lights on and pay the facilities for the charity, but any surplus funds are used to provide financial help. This is one time, crisis type program that assists clients at the discretion of the Salvation Army. There is a focus on paying for food, shelter, health, gasoline costs for a job and utilities.

This means that the Salvation Army may assist with expenses such as paying rent, water bills, utilities, and light bills. The medical costs are mostly addressed through vouchers, such as for prescription drugs, or referrals to community clinics. Other bills (gasoline, mortgages, car repairs, etc.) may be covered on a one off, exception basis if there is money available. Or find other resources to get vouchers for free gasoline.

The ways the charity raises money is through the Webb County Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. There is also the thrift/family store. Both of these programs are mostly operated by volunteers, and involve people either shopping and/or donating to the Kettle. In either case the money goes to provide charitable aid.

Students from low income families are supported by one of two different programs. The one that is most widely available is the school supply service. Kids, teens, and youth can be given clothing, boots, winter jackets, pens, pencils, free bookbags, and many other supplies. The second option is the summer camp. Note there are fees for this as well as registration periods. Only a small number of students generally qualify each year.





The Laredo Salvation Army also tries to help the homeless. There are three tools used to do this. Beds are set up in an overnight shelter in Webb County, and when there is capacity the homeless person may have access to one. The next option is of course food, and meals are given to shelter guests. The last resource for the homeless is around permanent supportive/transitional housing. The case worker will help the client get a job, save money for rent or utility/security deposits, review a lease, and do what it takes to get the individual into a home.

People recovering from life-altering events, whether surviving domestic violence, recovering from a disaster, or returning from military duty are also key clients. The Salvation Army in Laredo will determine the need and act accordingly, as they are able too. This may involve given them housing, food, furniture for a new home, and offer employment support.

Mentoring, youth development, and general guidance comes from one of many different places. One someone is battling an addiction, then the ministry services may help there. Or otherwise stable adults looking to get back on track can often apply for case management. The last form of development is focused on kids, and Salvation Army volunteers and staff coordinate after school care for low income families.

Much more may also be given by the faith based charity. As examples, the Laredo Salvation Army can refer residents to agencies such as the United Way, offer support on applying for SNAP food stamps, address legal matters, and much more. They also operate various Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday assistance programs that give out free food, gifts, and other support.

For information on how to apply, as well as other support, dial (956) 723-2349. Or the main Salvation Army address is 408 Matamoros Street, Laredo, Texas 78040.




By Jon McNamara














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