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Modesto area Salvation Army assistance programs.

The emergency assistance provided by the Salvation Army to Modesto and Stanislaus County families focuses on helping with paying utility bills, food, shelter, rent, and case management. Social services can help those who are faced with a crisis.

The main center is at The Salvation Army Citadel, 625 Street, Modesto, California, dial (209) 523-7577. Other locations include 625 "I" Street, Modesto, CA 95354 (Phone 209-522-3209) as well as a Salvation Army of Turlock. They also offer free items, financial aid and more. The center  is at 893 Lander Ave, Turlock, CA 95380. For information or application, dial (209) 667-6091.

Three main programs are offered for energy bills. The Salvation Army may be able to assist qualified families and individuals who need assistance with paying delinquent utility, cooling or heating bills and who are faced with a crisis.

  • Modesto Irrigation District Payment Assistance Program, or MID MPA, can help people pay delinquent MID electric bills, and at most $275 will be paid out as funding allows. This utility program is funded by donations from MID customers.
  • REACH, or Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help, is offered between Pacific Gas and Electric and the Stanislaus County Salvation Army. This particular program can pay a maximum of $300 if someone is faced with a shut off. Ten percent of the funds can be used to pay utility vendors such as Modesto Irrigation District, however ninety per cent of funding must be used for paying PG&E bills.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is paid for by the federal government. It can provide up to a 30 day payment on delinquent Turlock Irrigation District (TID), PG&E, MID, and City of Modesto water/sewage bills. Sometimes this EFSP may even help with rent expenses. There are other California utility bill assistance programs as well.




Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) – The Salvation Army can assist residents of Modesto community with applying for this program. VITA is provided to low income individuals and seniors who require assistance with filing federal and state of California income tax forms. The income tax filing assistance program is staffed by certified and well trained IRS volunteers.

Get help in applying for Social Security disability. Social services staff and case managers assist individuals who need help completing medical forms, filling in applications, exploring government aid and writing letters. This is a free service offered by the Salvation Army, though it is often challenging in being approved by the Social Security Administration. Find other resources that show how to apply for disability filings.

Emergency Disaster Services can help people in Stanislaus County who are recovering from a natural disaster. Salvation Army staff can assist in all kinds of emergencies by providing shelter, food, clothing, or financial assistance to those affected by a disaster.

Berberian Homeless and Transition Shelter is a Salvation Army of Modesto center. It is located on 9th and D Streets. The center is open all year round, but is only available on a limited basis during the summer months. It is fully open during the winter.

A number of churches help with this center too. There are several charities, church congregations, and non-profits that provide nutritional meals to people in the transition housing units.

Gifts, toys, and holiday assistance is provided to hundreds of children and low income families. Toys are offered to kids between the ages of newborn to 12, and the program relies on the generosity of Stanislaus County community.

People interested in helping the Salvation Army provide toys to children can donate an item. They can host toy drives at their place of employment or in their neighborhood. Or hold a drive at your church or school. Many children would go without during the Christmas and holiday season if not for the assistance of you and the Salvation Army.







Free school supplies are available from the Stanislaus County Salvation Army. They collect surplus items from the public, and pass out clothes, uniforms, shoes, backpacks, used laptops and other items. the goal is to ensure kids from kindergarten to high school age have the back to school supplies they need.

Food programs are provided by the Salvation Army in Modesto. They help the poor, Spanish speakers, and anyone in need of a free meal or box of groceries. They include those below:

Grocery assistance from the centers and pantries. Individuals and families in a crisis situation are provided with one week's supply of free food or groceries upon verification of their need. The Salvation Army is also a USDA commodity site where low income families, seniors or individuals can go to get government issued commodities. Call 577-3600.

Holidays – In addition to the toys and gifts above, some hot meals may be provided around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Noon meals are served at the Modesto Corps center, and breakfast is served on Saturdays. Over 100 people receive a free hot meal from the Salvation Army every day.


By Jon McNamara

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