Lorain, Ashland, and Huron County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army is a leading non-profit in the Lorain County Ohio region. The agency will try to assist the less fortunate as much as possible. The organization often does recognize that a request for help from them will often involve a complex set of circumstances. So while some short term support may be available, caseworkers also try to identify and resolve the often multiple factors contributing to the household's emergency or crisis situation.

Emergency financial assistance may be offered in a crisis and as a last resort. Funds may be used to help stop an eviction or disconnection of utility services. Social service caseworkers try to help individuals and families pay their bills or rent in order to get through the emergency crisis. While in-person requests are received throughout the year, phone inquires may sometimes be accepted as well. An application process is in place, including proof of income and expenses. When the organization can't meet your need, then referrals to other local charities, churches, or government programs may be available.

If someone does receive financial aid, then each applicant to the Salvation Army will also receive much more than just the processing of their paperwork. Other case management available to Lorain County and Huron County residents includes budget counseling, guidance, and emotional support as necessary. This approach taken is done in an effort to prevents homelessness in the region.

Direct assistance may be offered from social or family service workers. Much of this will occur at Salvation Army Corps community locations. Needy individuals and families may receive limited prescription assistance, clothing and utility bill help for crisis intervention. In addition to any cash assistance, the non-profit will also offer intake and assessments. The organization will do its best to link qualified clients to other programs. Some of the emergency assistance may include.

  • Natural gas, water, or other utility assistance through local utility providers.
  • Disaster Relief for local or regional incidents such as fires.
  • Vouchers for emergency needs such as medications, special dietary needs, clothing, or even small household items.
  • Emergency referral and intervention for needs such as domestic violence, Welfare applications, drug & alcohol addiction, shelter, and more.





The bottom line is that the Salvation Army of Lorain Ohio and nearby areas works every day to elevate women, men and children up from despair. Case managers try to provide them with hope, support and resources through assistance programs that work. Have your physical, emotional and spiritual needs met. While the services are in great demand, the main goal is to help people change and improve their lives.

The Salvation Army also wants residents to feel the special magic that is the Christmas or Holiday season. So hundreds of families throughout the region are given the opportunity to receive free Holiday Assistance. This can even include Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas support.

Among these holiday resources, they offer families, seniors, children and individuals with free winter coats, clothing, food vouchers, and even toys through programs such as the Angel Tree, Christmas Distribution and Adopt-A-Family. Many residents struggle to pay other bills during the holiday as well. So the Salvation Army may offer additional financial assistance to help them meet other basic needs, such as grocery store/food pantry items, vouchers for utilities, rent and more.

By using their Angel Tree and Adopt-A-Family and other programs, generous people from the community are also able to actively participate, to give back, and to make someone's holiday better. So, if you can, please do donate money and toys and or even volunteer time. This allows the Salvation Army to share with children and families in need.





Family Thrift Stores in Lorain County area open to the general public. They may provide women and men's clothing, items for babies, diapers, school supplies and more. Other items for sale may include Furniture, Tables & Chairs, Beds/Mattress and more.

Food pantries and feeding sites are available as well for the unemployed, homeless, and the needy. The Salvation Army provides free hot meals or groceries year-round for anyone in need. These free evening meals are served at various locations in Ashland or Lorain Ohio. While the food and groceries are free, some locations require appointments.

Shelters can also support the homeless. The main goal of the The Salvation Army local shelters and housing units is to not only help families through difficult times, but also help them find permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

Regional Salvation Army center locations

  • Lorain County is supported by an office at 716 Broad St, Elyria, OH, call (440) 323-2026
  • 527 E Liberty St, Ashland, telephone number is (419) 281-8001
  • 55 Whittlesey Ave, Norwalk, Ohio, (419) 668-4090
  • Huron County, 4130 Edwards Rd, Greenwich, dial (419) 752-2769




By Jon McNamara

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