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Lebanon County Salvation Army emergency assistance programs.

The Salvation Army is committed to helping the most people possible in the Lebanon Pennsylvania region. While their resources are limited, programs can assist the elderly, provide training and mentoring, support the homeless and people facing eviction, and provide holiday joy to children. Character building, job training, and other social services may be coordinated for Lebanon County families. Resources may be offered for people devastated by fire and flooding or other natural disasters.

While emergency assistance is the most common request, this is usually the hardest to fulfill. The non-profit works with soup kitchens, food pantries, and offers other meal programs. They work hard to prevent or reverse hunger in the community. Special holiday meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas may be offered. These programs provide healthy, warm meals to low income individuals and families, or the homeless. The main center is at 1031 Guilford St in Lebanon. Call (717) 273-2655.

Counseling and case management is offered. Highly trained and experienced Salvation Army social workers and officers provide self-sufficiency type counseling services for a wide array of needs. Additional services include emergency assistance, crisis intervention, credit repair, self-sufficiency programs, counseling, referral, budgeting, and more.

For example, get information on or enroll into workshops covering issues such as household budgeting and finance. The Salvation Army not only provides spiritual guidance to those who need it, but the non-profit will also refer clients to other local non-profit and government agencies that may offer additional resources for qualified clients.

The programs help facilitate change. Counseling can increase the number of teens finding mentors and who are staying in school. Case workers help address the violence plaguing local neighborhoods. These counseling sessions are involved in addressing the whole person, including physically, emotionally and spiritually. Another key focus is on offering jobs and employment opportunities.

Assistance programs will embrace the homeless, uplift the abandoned or abused, offer training and mentoring to the low income and disadvantaged. Resources can assisting the displaced or elderly in the region. All services are confidential to those who qualify.




The case management services will try to empower residents and to enable those in need of assistance to overcome the challenges and change any circumstances that stand in their way.

During the holidays, the Salvation Army will try to increase the availability of these programs, if resources allow. This is done during the Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The holidays can be challenging both financially and emotionally on many households in Lebanon, so the Salvation Army is there to help. Programs (such as Angel Tree) may have free gifts as well, in particular for children.

Holiday assistance and other programs are partly funded by donations, sale of goods from thrift stores and the annual red kettle campaign. They also work with many other non-profit and charity groups in an effort to support children and seniors in the community. Countless children across the county and really the nation have received new toys on Christmas morning from these and other Salvation Army programs. Other winter resources include free winter coats and clothing, boots, and more.

These holiday programs rely on the generosity of the community too. Each and every holiday season, hundreds of local businesses and people donate clothing items, toys, and gifts that the agency will ensure are provided to clients. The Salvation Army and its volunteers also reach out to those who may be feeling alone during the holidays, such as seniors and the homebound. Volunteers visit nursing home residents and hospital patients in Lebanon County Pennsylvania to bring them Christmas gifts, meals and fellowship.




By Jon McNamara

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