Lincoln Nebraska Salvation Army assistance programs.

Regardless of your need, the Lancaster County Salvation Army may be able to assist. The agency administers several emergency assistance programs for the low income, working poor, disabled, and senior citizens, among others. While resources are limited, what is provided in Lancaster Nebraska can range from free food to rent and utility bill help.

During the winter months the demand for help with paying heating and gas bills is very high. The HeatShare program is available across most of Nebraska. The Salvation Army of Lancaster County processes applications for it.

Cash grants, advice, and other support is paid out in an effort to help prevent disconnection of utility service. Funding is limited so not every applicant will be able to get help. However, when possible, the Salvation Army will refer clients to other local non-profit or government agencies across Lincoln or other towns.

Case managers will partner with other groups in an effort to provide additional assistance, intervene on their behalf with the utility companies, perform financial counseling by showing them how to improve credit and budget, help clients access other services which might be available to them such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Social Security. Potentially dozens of programs and resources are offered in an effort to address the needs of the community.

Christmas assistance is offered annually. The Salvation Army, relying on donations and volunteers, provides food for families in need. Gifts, toys, and clothing may be available for children. For those low income or struggling families in Lancaster County with children, the non-profit will provide a free toy distribution for kids 14 and younger. The center will actually allow the parents to come to the shop and pick out free, gently used or new toys and other goodies. This approach allows people to select only what they want and will use, so the child will greatly benefit.

You need to apply for Christmas assistance. While the terms can change, Lancaster County families will need Income verification, Photo I.D., Social Security cards for everyone in your household, and a utility bill or piece of mail to confirm your address.




During an emergency or disaster, the Salvation Army can be relied on. Volunteers and responders will initiate a disaster relief operation. This includes satisfying the basic needs of those who have been affected, both first responders and survivors. They offer emotional, spiritual and material comfort.

Each disaster, whether a tornado, fire, or flood, creates its own unique circumstances. The Lincoln region’s Salvation Army's disaster response is community based and will scale as needed to face the challenge.

Both short term, so called immediate emergency assistance is offered at the same time as long-term recovery help. Those Salvation Army emergency response services are activated on short notice. Food provided can include meals and drinks to emergency workers and disaster victims. The food offered may be prepared and served at mobile feeding units/canteens or congregate feeding sites. Other disaster programs include Emergency Shelter and this can include municipal shelters, such as schools.

Homeless prevention services are an option for residents facing imminent eviction or foreclosure. Many local families, many with children, are struggling due to unemployment, the increasing cost of gasoline, unexpected medical bills, and other crises. Sometimes it is just too easy to fall behind when faced with this and individuals may face the risk of homelessness.

Case managers and staff from the Lancaster County Salvation Army can help people work through their challenges. This can include very limited funds for paying rent or security deposits. Or get information on government housing programs, including resources such as section 8.

These programs are run from centers at 2625 Potter St, Lincoln, Nebraska (dial (402) 474-6263) or also at 1126 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE. Call (402) 474-5913.




Soup kitchens and food pantries can be turned to for assistance. Boxes of groceries, baby formula, fresh fruits and other goods may be located on site. Using these facilities can also help families free up their income for paying other bills. Pantries are a key offering of Salvation Army centers in Nebraska.

Some centers will run after School Programs. They can be called "The Shield," and the Salvation Army Corps Community Center provides a great place for kids to learn and grow.


By Jon McNamara

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