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Lubbock Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army is a leading non-profit organization to call for help in the Lubbock Texas region. The agency provides a number of social services and assistance programs for the less fortunate and working poor in the region. There may be free food, one time rent or electric bill help, housing, free school supplies or holiday toys and much more.

Families faced with eviction, the homeless, or people at risk of losing their home or apartment can also benefit from the Transitional Housing Programs and shelters that are available. They will be resources that are available anywhere from one month to two years, and they offer housing and support, including social services, to individuals. A focus is on helping people rise above poverty and to help families eliminate the constant threat of homelessness.

As part of the Salvation Army Transitional Housing Programs, a client will be able to work with a case manager. The manager will help individuals and families work toward key goals and objectives that will ideally allow them to become self-sufficient over the mid to long term.  The size of this program is limited, and unfortunately only a select number of qualified Lubbock families will be able to benefit.

Families that are enrolled will also be provided with assistance in meeting basic needs. This includes food, clothing, and shelter. Most of the recipients and clients of this program are often single parents who are trying to do their best to provide for and support their children. Some of the additional objectives for this short term housing program include helping people secure affordable child care, gain employment and job skills, acquiring transportation, access to medical services, financial literacy training, developing life skills, and access to other Lubbock Texas community resources and non-profits. These emergency resources are administered from the main office at 1102 Slide Road  Lubbock, Texas 79416. Call (806) 368-0810.

The demand for help always increases during the holidays. The Salvation Army in Lubbock will provide Christmas and Seasonal Assistance in an effort to ensure families, and children, can have a joyful holiday.

Assistance is available at both Thanksgiving and Christmas for low income Lubbock County families. This will usually include free gifts and toys for children, assistance with food for the holidays, additional financial assistance with utilities and heating bills, and much more.





The demand is great during the holidays; however they do a great job in helping as many people as possible. For example, during Christmas 2011, the Lubbock Salvation Army assisted over 4,000 children with thousands of gifts, meals, and food boxes. The agency will partner with other organizations in the community, such as churches and charities, in order to help individuals and families in need during the holidays. For more information about receiving assistance for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, call the Salvation Army at (806) 765-9434.

Disaster assistance is provided by volunteers as part of Disaster Alert Response Team, or DART. Almost 50 highly trained community volunteers from the Lubbock Texas area work with the Salvation Army DART program. The agency is always ready to lend a hand to the needy when disaster strikes, such as a fire or tornado. This team of volunteers from DART will help victims of disasters in the Lubbock Texas area by providing assistance including free food, counseling, and fluids.

As part of the Disaster Alert Response Team and program, the volunteers will help people even if there is no technical “disaster”. For examples, volunteers of the Lubbock community can provide water to homeless individuals and seniors during hot summer months. They can also assist with The Salvation Army's Surviving the Night program, which provides clothing, free food, drinks, socks, coats, gloves blankets, and meals to homeless individuals.

The Lubbock Community Soup Kitchen provides two, free nutritious meals each day. It will be both dinner and breakfast for clients staying in the shelter, homeless individuals, and people faced with a crisis. There is also a free food bank on site. The Salvation Army Community Soup Kitchen provides thousands of meals in an average month, and all items are offered at no cost to clients. Or families, including immigrants, can get free groceries and more. Or help in applying for government benefits in Texas, including SNAP food stamps.




The Lubbock County Salvation Army's Thrift Stores can provide people with great bargains and discounts on a number of items. The stores, which are located across the community, provide goods (clothes, furniture, household items, etc.) at low cost for those that are low income and truly need it. From time to time the organization can provide household items or clothing for free to those who need it the most.


By Jon McNamara

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