Marshall, Desoto and Tate Salvation Army assistance programs.

When you are faced with a hardship try contacting the Salvation Army. The agency administers assistance programs in Desoto, Tate, and Marshall County. Qualified applicants can get help meeting their basic needs, including food and very limited amounts of financial assistance. Other resources may be able to assist clients with finding jobs and enrolling into other case management services.

A food pantry is available in the region. There is an application process in place and clients need to meet guidelines. For example, it will only provide groceries and food at most once every 3 months to people who meet other qualifications. In addition, budgeting classes may be required to be taken by the Salvation Army before you can get additional financial or food assistance from them.

Holiday and Christmas assistance may be offered. One of the main resources is the Angel Tree program. This will help share the joy of the Christmas spirit with children from low income families and seniors. People from the community and counties of Desoto can pick an “Angel” off the tree. It will contain the name of a child or a senior who needs or wants something for the holidays. The person will then buy the gift, clothing, or toy for the individual and the Salvation Army will give it to them.  You can be as general or as specific as you like about the Angel Family you wish to adopt. Many needy people received toys, food, and clothing through this Christmas program.

In addition, donations are always accepted. The Salvation Army is always accepting contributions of toys, gifts, clothing, and even monetary donations. The contributions of toys and items will go to children who were not adopted as part of the Angel Tree program.

Salvation Army Family Shelters are located in Tate County and other nearby areas. The centers are part of the overall housing assistance that may be offered. This can include everything from emergency rental assistance to food, shelter, and clothing for clients who stay there. Single parents, men, women, and families with children may all benefit from the housing programs.

Financial aid may be offered for emergencies and transitional shelter. This is an option for those who were evicted and/or are homeless. People who stay there can also gain access to life-skills, literacy training, job placement, and even AA/NA/GA treatment. The staff ensures a safe, caring environment for families/individuals in crisis or a hardship situation.





Soup kitchens are located in the region. Meals will be prepared and served several days per week. Low income and hungry people know they will receive a free, nutritious hot meal from the kitchens. Senior citizens and children can be fed. Volunteers from the Salvation Army will also deliver meals to the homebound in the region.

The Marshall and DeSoto Social Service department can assist those seeking clothing, food, rental and utility bill assistance. While not as common, receive assistance in purchasing bus tickets and life-saving/sustaining prescriptions. Case workers are on site and can provide people with real, practical help and counseling in areas of banking and budgeting.

Senior Citizen programs are coordinated as well. They have partnership with other statewide organizations, including Agency on Aging locations, to serve seniors and their spouses with healthy meals. The centers will also generally offer bill-paying assistance and recreational activities.

Thanksgiving Dinners are available for the hungry and homeless. Everyone should know that they can be served a delicious Thanksgiving Meal at The Salvation Army centers.

Resources are offered for veterans in Mississippi too. Those in need should know that they will receive support, including basic needs such as clothing and basic health check ups. Veterans can get a hot delicious meal and can also sign up for food stamps and other government benefits that are available for military members.

The main center is at 1621 Goodman Rd W, Horn Lake, Mississippi 38637, call (662) 393-3633. However other locations are available as well.



By Jon McNamara

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