Salvation Army programs in Madison County Illinois.

Case management services from the Salvation Army are often combined with very limited amounts of financial aid. The Christian based charity helps the disadvantaged in Madison County Illinois, and there is no preference based on religion, age, or race of the applicant. If someone meets their income requirements, and if the center has funds available, then assistance may be provided to people facing a hardship.

Social services available may be for addressing a crisis, and this may be food from their pantry or limited funds for a partial rent or utility bill payment. They also help clients escape the cycle of poverty, and this is done by coordinating job training and education services across Illinois and Missouri. This is often done in partnership with other agencies in Alton, such as One Stop Job centers or the local community action agency.

For residents of Madison County, that qualify, there are several types of emergency assistance, including in some cases financial, which can be provided. These Salvation Army services also mostly rely on donations, or sale of goods at the thrift stores, however what may be available includes the following.

Homeless prevention services can help tenants with an eviction notice, or there may be financial help for unpaid utility bills if that is what is causing a potential homeless event. So there are different solutions available. In some cases, case managers will refer clients to counseling for mortgage challenges.

Food, clothing, and basic needs can be met. This is mostly from pantries or clothing closets, and some of the clients may be given a voucher for obtaining free articles of clothing. This is mostly for people that need the items for a job or maybe an interview. Another option is to shop at the low cost Family, or thrift store, in Edwardsville for gently used goods.

Shelters and other transitional housing facilities are located across Madison County and Illinois. Not only can a guest of the center have a bed and place to sleep, but volunteers will often serve a meal from a soup kitchen too. Then, the next day, case management sessions may be held in which the client can learn about solutions to their struggles, and get help in implementing them. A Salvation Army social worker will hold these intake sessions for clients, and work with them on ending the cycle of homelessness.




There are many other case management sessions held too. The life skills training touches upon everything ranging from credit and debt counseling to educational support. Learn how to get a GED in Madison County, the importance of education when it comes to employment, and enroll into vocational or other job training. Clients of the charity will need to set goals though, and also execute on them.

They may be the leading Christmas Charity in the county of Madison. Volunteers from the community raise money from the Red Kettle campaign, and many businesses and employers also donate goods to the charity. The items are then provided to the least fortunate, and some of the Salvation Army programs available in Alton or Granite City range from Angel Tree to Adopt a Family and others.

These donations from people in the region help the Salvation Army to provide Christmas clothing, dinners and free toys for families, especially children in need. Also, during the holiday months there may be the chance for additional financial assistance, and this of course also helps with basic necessities. There is also holiday cheer  and joy for prisoners, the elderly, individuals in nursing homes or a hospital and the truly vulnerable in Madison County.

The organization can also be a great place to learn about Child Care in the area. This ranges from affordable day care centers to summer camps for children. Infants, teenagers, and students can participate in learning activities, arts and crafts, and get a free meal or snack too.

The two main centers are as follows. They are 3007 E 23rd St, Granite City, Illinois (call (618) 451-7957) as well as 525 N Alby St., Alton, IL (dial (618) 465-7764).




By Jon McNamara

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