Salvation Army financial assistance programs Lauderdale County Mississippi.

Relying on donations, volunteers, and the sale of goods from the thrift store, the Lauderdale County Mississippi Salvation Army provide assistance to the needy, including for rent, utilities or food. Resources are focused on struggling families. It is important to note that when seeking help from the Salvation Army, the aid is a hand up and not a “hand out” of money, food, or household supplies or free Christmas toys or school supply items. Therefore clients who apply for support need to also avail themselves of the case management services.

Any type of support is part of their overall Family Service Department. While the Salvation Army in Meridian is a Christian/faith based group, any person from any religion, background, age, or race, can apply. In fact, the elderly and youth are more likely to get assistance from programs such as Meals on Wheels or Angel Tree respectively. As the charity knows those two age groups are often most at risk when their income is low.

Emergency funds and money from Meridian Salvation Army

Lauderdale County Mississippi Salvation Army emergency funds are available on a one-off, limited basis. When applying for financial aid, bring proof of income, identification for all household members, copies of a lease, utility bill, or doctor note, as well as copies of any benefit, such as food stamps or Medicaid free health insurance plans.

If the staff member determines that the need is valid, and if funds are available and the applicant is focused on breaking the cycle of poverty, then there may be money to pay for rent, energy bills, or medical costs. The money is used to stop homelessness in the community or to address a serious medical issue.

If a family needs financial help, they more than likely need food too. Or even if their cupboards are currently full, then if they use the food pantry on site this too can free up their money too for other expenses. The free food pantry at the Meridian Salvation Army office will have a diverse supply of items available.





Emergency shelters from the Salvation Army are open. Individuals in Lauderdale County that are homeless can use them. There are beds to sleep in for a night or two to get out of the weather. In addition to the safety of a roof over the client's head. The Salvation Army will also give the guest a hot breakfast the next morning. Personal hygiene needs are also met using a shower as well as laundry on site, and the charity also gives out free razors, soap, detergent, and other supplies to the homeless.

Salvation Army Lauderdale County case management services are used by clients. Whether someone is homeless or if they need financial help for their bills or rent, or if they are unemployed or in a crisis, this service is available. It is non-judgmental and given either by professional staff or volunteers. Topics such as child care, job training, affordable housing, and much more can be covered. This will be determined based on the clients need.

The Salvation Army in Meridian also networks with regional charities too. One of them is the Lauderdale United Way, and this non-profit coordinates the distribution of financial aid. They may sometimes give the Salvation Army funds for their living needs. The Salvation Army Family Services department also gives referrals to anyone that wants one. Whether it is Meals on Wheels, transitional housing, senior supported apartments, or any other resource, help is available.





Free seasonal help from Lauderdale County MS Salvation

In an effort to spread holiday cheer to people of all incomes, there are free Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving programs. Each of these Salvation Army Meridian services uses donations to keep it running. The holiday programs, including Angel Tree for kids, can be turned to by families living in poverty. It does many things, but maybe importantly to allow their income to be freed up as the Salvation Army will give them toys, meals, food baskets, and other holiday items.

Children can apply for these holiday programs or other seasonal services. One is the back to school supply program. There are also other resources for kids, such as meals to feed students during the summer. There are also Lauderdale County Salvation Army summer camps as well as after school programs. There is also the Salvation Army low cost Family Store in Meridian, which sells goods including toys, seasonal items, furniture and much more.

Applications for Salvation Army in Lauderdale County

When applying for help, the center requires proof of income as well as residency. Any support will only be for local families, however anyone can shop at the Lauderdale County Salvation Army thrift store. For more information on services, call the center at (601) 483-6156 or stop in at 120 6th Ave, Meridian, MS 39301.

By Jon McNamara

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