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Louisville Kentucky area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Emergency assistance from the Salvation Army can help families stay in their homes, provide free food, pay for utility bills or rent, and distribute clothing to Louisville Kentucky families who are in need of help. Most applicants will need to meet low income and poverty guidelines, be faced with an emergency not of their creation, and be able to regain self-sufficiency in short order. A summary of the resources offered, as well as phone numbers and addresses, are below.

The Food Box Program can help people who are overwhelmed with other bills and expenses. For example, many Jefferson County Kentucky families are faced with making the difficult decision of paying their rent or bills in order to keep a roof over their heads, or buying food to feed their children. The Salvation Army Food Box Program is there to help lower income families with children who cannot afford groceries.

Each food box or basket distributed to the needy can feed a local family for several days. The box can include a variety of fresh, nutritious, and wholesome groceries and meals. In an effort to find a longer term solution for families and those who do not have a stable source of food, recipients will also be screened for food stamp benefit eligibility or other public assistance programs available in Kentucky. All of this is done to end hunger in Jefferson County. There are also referrals to free food pantries in Louisville.

A Community Kitchen is also located at some sites. It can prepare and serves hundreds of nutritious meals every day to people in the community, and the kitchen is open to anyone who needs help or a meal. Healthy ingredients are used in all meals and food served. People of all backgrounds stop by for help.

The Louisville Kentucky Salvation Army Center of Hope is a homeless prevention program. The non-profit provides an emergency assistance program in order to ideally keep families in their current apartments or homes rather than see individuals and families be forced into shelter living, or worse, to the street.

Emergency Financial Assistance is extensive, yet relies on funding and donations from the community, non-profits like the United Way and local businesses. Some of what can be provided includes food, help with paying utility bills, transportation (such as gasoline vouchers) and clothing for individuals.





All aid is focused on people who meet government poverty guidelines and for low income, working families in times of crisis. This program is focused on preventing homelessness. This includes stopping foreclosures, evictions, and similar issues. The Salvation Army in Jefferson County has also helped in other ways, such as flown sick children across the country for emergency medical care and helped pay for burial costs and/or funerals.

Applicants can bring their eviction notices or over-due utility bill notices to the Louisville Emergency Assistance Coordinator. Each applicant and their request will be reviewed to ensure it meets qualifications, including poverty guidelines. Emergency assistance includes cash and monetary assistance to help with utility, cooling and other overdue bills and expenses.

Clothing Closet offers families, community members and clients with free or low cost clothing so that they can look presentable for work or school, stay warm and retain their dignity year round. The Salvation Army in Louisville will rely on donations and contributions from the public to be able to provide this resource.

Shelters and transitional housing is offered in Louisville Kentucky by the Salvation Army. The main goal is to offer homeless people with an alternative to living in parks or on the streets. So funds can be used to pay rent, security deposits, or other housing expenses in order to prevent homelessness. However if someone does need to move, or they are currently homeless, then social workers will help people develop and implement realistic goals that lead toward new  housing, self-sufficiency, and employment. Individuals are supported on a case-by-case basis by professional case managers, volunteers and staff.

Christmas assistance is provided as well. It comes in the form of gifts, free food, meals, and the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional Angel Tree program as well as the Red Kettle are an integral part of providing holiday assistance and the improving the Christmas scene. Thousands of dollars are donated each year to aid needy seniors, families, and children. Salvation Army and their Angel Tree program provide Louisville families with clothing, food for families, and toys for people and children who would otherwise go without during Christmas.




Jefferson County and Louisville Kentucky Salvation Army Centers

There are a number of Salvation Army locations in the Jefferson County Kentucky region, with most in Louisville. They all offer emergency food, have low cost Family Stores, and provide other forms of assistance to the needy as well as low income.

1010 Beecher Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40215, phone - 502.361.2397
911 South Brook Street, Louisville, KY 40201, dial 502.625.1170 ext 102
306 North 28th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40212, main number is 502.778.1912
209 E. Breckinridge Street, Louisville, KY 40203, main number is 502.625.1176


By Jon McNamara

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