Monroe County and Stroudsburg Salvation Army assistance programs.

Financial assistance is just one service offered by the Salvation Army in Monroe County Pennsylvania. The agency administers a number of other programs for the low income and less fortunate in the community. Many additional programs are available as well that focus on providing counseling, employment assistance, and other social services to the working poor and seniors in the region.

Transitional housing units and emergency shelter may be available. The agency operates townhouses and shelters. There are separate units for men, women, and families. Residents of the Salvation Army housing programs are permitted to stay in the centers for up to 30 days. During this time frame they will also be able to receive other services and general case management. For example work with staff in an effort to secure more permanent housing in the region. In addition, budgeting classes and general fiscal management is offered to help any client keep their present home or apartment.

For those enrolled in casework sessions, clients may receive personal services. This can include material assistance within the Salvation Army's budgetary limitations for a non-recurring need. Such assistance may include medicine, clothing, transportation and child care. Aid is given to the needy without discrimination of any kind so their age, gender, or religion does not matter.

General social services are offered for youth and adults in Monroe County, and this can include recreational, spiritual, and cultural programs. The educational and physical programs offered can also help develop the body, mind and the mental attitude of clients. These counseling programs can be key to helping people gain self-sufficiency. Services are provided through Case Management which can include the direct provision and coordination of Social and Human Services. Even summer camping can be coordinated for students and less privileged children.

Financial assistance is really limited by available donations and funding. In order to apply for help, appointments are preferred. If the Salvation Army can't help then referrals to other non-profit agencies and government programs may be offered as the agency works closely with a number of organizations and companies in Pennsylvania.




The demand for help is very high. When funds and grants are available, the Salvation Army in Stroudsburg is able to assist with offering utility bill payments, home heating fuel, assistance for electricity bills and more. When funds are available, qualified working poor clients may receive up to one month of emergency rental assistance. Most of the aid is offered in an effort to prevent evictions or end homelessness.

A food pantry operates in the community. It distributes free groceries, canned goods, and other personal items to the needy on an emergency basis. The pantry is usually open 7 days a week with a monthly component as well. Salvation Army distributions are available to residents of Stroudsburg, Smithfield, East Stroudsburg, Delaware Water Gap, and Stroud Townships. Any potential clients of the pantry need to be registered in advance for the distribution with some emergency component as well. If you are outside of the region then referrals can be made to other appropriate pantries.

A soup kitchen and holiday meals are also available. Families and children can sign up for free Christmas and holiday food distributions. This is offered at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Programs are available and coordinated with other Monroe County pantries, churches, and charities. The Salvation Army's Christmas program, including the Angel Tree, also provides eligible clients and children with free toys and clothing.

The main Salvation Army centers are at 226 Washington St, East Stroudsburg (phone (570) 421-3050) as well as 301 W Main St., Pen Argyl Pennsylvania, (dial (610) 863-6677)




By Jon McNamara

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