Litchfield County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Whether it is Hunger Relief, assistance for housing or support to the homeless, financial aid, or basic needs, the Litchfield County Salvation Army has many different assistance programs available. Not only will there be some of that material support given, including for light and heating bills, but there is also a Family Store available which sells low cost goods to the public.

The community corps center, which is located in the city of Winsted, provides social services across the county. The church based charity group is also part of the larger Connecticut and New England Salvation Army Network, which allows the staff to coordinate programs in the region.

First and foremost, the Litchfield County Salvation Army will always try offer Hunger Relief. It is always best to call for an appointment to the food pantry, though in rare cases they will assist people that walk in. The Christian Based charity is a big believer that people of all ages (whether they are kids, teenager, or elderly) deserve some form of free, healthy food.

Short term financial support is part of their Basic Needs Service. However the aid does not stop there. This Salvation Army program in Litchfield County will also encompass non-monetary basics such as clothing, seasonal support (see below) as well as case management.

Low income families can apply for assistance with their rent, light or utility/heating bills. Basic Needs may be able to offer help for other needs as well, such as a gasoline voucher to get to a job interview in  Litchfield County or one may be issued to a parent whose car broke down. Other support can be eviction prevention, referrals to Connection programs such as Operation Fuel, and more. Note during the winter months the heating and gas bill programs ramp up in funding. Find other ways to get help with light bills.

Seasonal programs – The Litchfield County Salvation Army offers as many as five of them, and each of course is focused on a certain month or time of the year. The main main Christmas toy programs are Angel Tree and Adopt a Family. There are also warm meals served at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas, and some small number of families may be given a free gift card for their holiday meal.





During the year, volunteers from the Salvation Army may visit the sick or elderly at nursing homes in Winsted and nearby towns. Maybe they can bring them an Easter basket or a small gift or meal at Christmas. The friendly conversations from this visits go a long way towards spreading holiday joy.

Two other seasonal services are the Mobile Red Kettle (which is when the Litchfield County Salvation Army raised money) as well as the free school supply program. The later of these two passes out clothes, uniforms, supplies such as shoes or backpacks, and much more.

The Salvation Army social services in Litchfield County assist the homeless. Much of this is part of the a regional state of Connecticut effort. Anyone without a warm, safe place to sleep can use a shelter when they are free. While at the location they can be given a meal, access to a bed, information on applying for government benefits, and other services such as job placement.

Litchfield County families living in poverty can get case management and support from Pathways of Hope. This is a comprehensive service used to ensure that clients get the assistance they need. Whether it is financial help from their Basic Needs Program, clothing for work, or information on job training, this and more is available from the Salvation Army.

The thrift store sells supplies to the public. The site is often referred to as a Family Store as well. What may be for sale includes clothing, furniture, computers, toys for kids, and much more. In addition to shopping there, feel free to donate to the Litchfield County Salvation Army to keep this store up and running.

The Salvation Army center for the county is located at 110 Main St, Winsted, Connecticut 06098. For intake, dial (860) 379-8444. When applying, bring proof of I.D., income, and number of people in the household.



By Jon McNamara

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