McHenry and Kane Salvation Army emergency assistance programs.

Salvation Army Corps Community Centers and Service Extension Units provide assistance to qualified McHenry and Kane County families. Emergency assistance and other aid can be distributed from these locations.

Centers and Service Units have limited resources, and rely heavily on volunteers and donations as well. They may be able to provide many forms of assistance to persons in need, including vital emergency assistance programs and services. Across Kane and McHenry County there are several units which are overseen by Salvation Army personnel from various offices, including Crystal Lake.

Financial assistance can be distributed for the following types of needs and help. All funding is limited, and the applicant’s information and hardship needs to be documented and verified.

  • Heating and utility assistance may be provided if someone has a disconnect notice. Aid is only offered if it will help someone keep their services on.
  • Funds for rent may be distributed if it will prevent an eviction.
  • Seasonal and holiday assistance is offered for low income families. This can include free Christmas toys and meals.
  • Additional services, advice, and case management is offered on a case by case basis.

The Salvation Army always specializes in helping people who are faced with a disaster. They have teams that focus on this need. They offer a Mobile Canteen service to First Responders, provide vouchers, and other support to McHenry and Kane impacted families.

Seasonal programs are administered too. In addition to the holiday and Christmas programs indicated above, the Salvation Army also runs a Back to School supply and backpack program, Summer Youth Camps, Christmas Toyland Toy Shop Program, and even a Thanksgiving Meal Basket Program (limited).

There is also a literacy program in secondary education. Work or school clothing is available; however aid is normally restricted to once every six months for each applicant.





The Salvation Army center that is located in Carpentersville Illinois also provides financial assistance to help people pay rent and utility bills when cash and funding is available. These housing programs will make partial rental payments for families and individuals who are at risk of eviction from their home or apartment if they do not receive assistance. There are age, income, disability, need and other eligibility requirements.

A food pantry operates one day per week. The Salvation Army will acquire food products through local canned drives, donations, or even direct purchase. They will then distribute these food items to people who are in emergency situations, and some meals may also be delivered to seniors or the elderly.

The Nicor Sharing Program and other energy bill assistance programs operate in McHenry and Kane County, and the Salvation Army can refer people to them. Most of these resources pay all or a portion of the heating and/or utility bills of people whose utilities have been disconnected, or who are faced with a shut off. Also get help in applying for non-emergency programs like weatherization or the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Both of these target low income households in Illinois.

Your local Salvation Corps Community Center is also a great, safe place for people to come to be friends and with those who care about you, and who want to ensure you achieve long term success. People can also come to obtain assistance with a basic need. They can explore available resources from one of the many Emergency Assistance Programs. Or families with children can enroll in one of the Youth or Children Programs. The Corps Community Center brings the resources of the local Illinois community to those who need assistance.

1st Presbyterian Church, 7100 Harvard Hills Rd., Harvard, IL 60033, call 815.943.4474

Grafton Township, 10109 Vine Street, Huntley, Illinois 60142, telephone 847.669.3328

City of Island Lake, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., Island Lake, IL 60042, call 847.526.8764





The M.O.R.E. Center, 829 Greenlee St, Marengo, IL 60152, main number 815.568.7950

McHenry Township, 3703 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg, Illinois 60051, main number 815.385.5605

Richmond Township, 7812 Route 31, Richmond, IL 60071, dial 815.678.4144

Dorr Township, 140 Newell Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098, call 815.338.0125

Carpentersville Service Center, 150 South Kennedy Drive, Suite 8B in the Meadowdale Mall, Carpentersville, IL 60110

437 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, phone (630) 897-7265

1710 South 7th Avenue, St. Charles, dial (630) 377-2769

1590 Douglas Road, Montgomery, Illinois, telephone (630) 897-4855

316 Douglas Avenue, Elgin, main number (847) 741-2304

1031 East State Street, Geneva, call (630) 232-6676

316 Douglas Avenue, Elgin, Illinois, primary phone (847) 741-2304





By Jon McNamara

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