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Madison, Jessamine, Estill and Clark Salvation Army assistance programs.

Basic needs can be met by the Salvation Army and its case managers. They offer numerous resources for residents of the Kentucky Counties of Madison, Clark, and nearby towns and regions. Assistance can include food, meals, and housing needs, such as shelter and rental assistance. Each and every applicant will need to meet numerous income and other conditions, funding is limited, but the Salvation Army will do its best to help the low income and working poor.

Family emergency services can provide basic human needs assistance at no cost to those that qualify. Resources range from food, utilities, rent, to clothing. This can also include school supplies, footwear, and other incidental household items. Other assistance from the Salvation Army can include transportation help to close by locations in Richmond or Clark County Kentucky, furniture vouchers as available, and other types of sundry requests. Applicants will need to go through a personal interview, bring receipts of expenditures for the past 30 days, and copies of Income Statements.

Seniors can look into the programs too. This can include institutional visitations to shut-ins on a monthly basis. They may also provide low cost home delivered meals and Christmas assistance to the elderly in Madison and Jessamine County.

Christmas assistance is offered to others as well. The Salvation Army, both locally and nationwide, is heavily involved in meeting emergency needs of low income families and children in the holiday season. They offer programs such as a Traditional Toy Shop, a donor driven program known as the Angel Tree, Remembrances and Gifts to Institutional Shut-ins and also Christmas Dinners by Vouchers.

The main Family Services program from the Salvation strives to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness in the area. The non-profit can provide assistance to help the unemployed and other qualified families stay in their homes. Case managers reach out to those in need in the community. They strive to serve those who are struggling and who would otherwise fall through the social services cracks.

Some of what is offered in Estill and Clark County includes the following.




  • Case managers will assisting qualified clients by providing free food and work or school clothing.
  • Limited amounts of direct financial support may be available from the Salvation Army.
  • Funds can assist lower income and poor clients by helping with paying utility bills.
  • Referrals and help in applying for federal government public and state of Kentucky assistance is offered, such as SNAP food stamps or Medicaid.
  • So called material assistance is available. This is always short-term in nature and is for a crisis. The Salvation Army of Clark and Madison may provide free food, shelter, clothing, rent/mortgage, utility bill assistance and transportation.

All applicants need to meet application criteria. Clients must provide some form of picture I.D., need to verify their need for assistance, and proof of household income and expenses is required as well. The main centers to apply at are.

  • 1619 E Main St, Richmond, main number is (859) 625-0139
  • Another location is at 1675 E Main St, Richmond, (859) 624-5826
  • 30 Taylor Ave  Winchester, KY 40391, telephone (859) 745-4566
  • 205 S 1st St, Nicholasville, call (859) 881-4241

Counseling is offered from staff and case managers. The agency tries to meet the spiritual, educational and physical needs of these that are seeking assistance. Work with a case manager to find solutions to the problems faced. Get information and learn how to plan ahead and prevent future emergency situations or hardships. The goal is to end poverty and improve everyday life.

Disaster services are coordinated and will vary widely based on the nature of the situation and the specifics of the disaster. The Richmond Area office can offer free hot meals for victims and relief personnel. Housing, shelter, meals and support services for those impacted and volunteers. Direct financial and cash grants are offered in the Clark County Kentucky region for immediate needs to those impacted by a disaster. Staff is also heavily involved in the collection and distribution of non-perishable foods, water, furniture and items such as bedding.



By Jon McNamara

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