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Mountain Home and Baxter County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army center in Baxter County Arkansas is open five days per week. Based on need, the season, and available funding the charity can provide various forms of assistance to low to moderate income families who qualify. There may be free food, some money for assisting with bills, clothes, Christmas toys, and much more.

Not only may some emergency financial help be provided (including for rent, medical needs or utility bills), but the charity also helps with issues such as drug addiction, employment, debt counseling, and much more. Some of this is from referrals, and some is offered directly by the Mountain Home Salvation Army as part of Pathways to Hope or other social services.

Financial assistance

Using United Way grants as well as money raised from their thrift store, there may be (on occasion) a few dollars for paying bills, housing, and other expenses. This is income based service that also incorporates long term self-sufficiency. This means every from debt advice to budgeting, job placement, and personal growth and development is included too.

When applying for Mountain Home Salvation Army financial help, the use of the funds need to be for specific bills. They include rent; utility or electric; water; food; medications; or job related expenses (gasoline, clothing, etc.). Bring proof of income, residency, identification for all household members, social security cards, and other applicable documentation.

Of particular focus is on homeless prevention. The Baxter County Salvation Army wants to keep people in their home or apartment. When that is not possible, regional shelters as well as transitional housing programs may be explored.

Food is from both the emergency pantry and there may be occasional gift certificates used for specific needs. This this incorporates both financial aid as well as non-financial support. As part of this hunger prevention, the Mountain Home Salvation Army gives perishable food, canned groceries, bread, beverages, baby food, and much more.





Non-financial programs from Baxter County Salvation Army

Many social services are part of this. The charity assists prisoners, combats human trafficking in the region, Bridging the Gap, and also offers advice from a service known as Pathways to Hope. Adult Rehabilitation Centers also support people battling drug and/or alcohol abuse. They also partner with free credit counseling agencies on debt and budgeting issues.

Some of the resources are local to Mountain Home. Other non-financial aid programs from the Salvation Army are part of the wider Arkansas regional network. However some form of local or regional service will be explored for those who need it.

A thrift store is also on site. Any shopping done at this Mountain Home site can not only buy low cost goods, but the money spent there is in effect used to fund the charity. It may help keep the lights on at the Salvation Army for example, or it may help a struggling person pay for their bills or housing. So the funds are used wisely. Elderly services also focus on homebound and senior citizens in the community.

Other seasonal aid is part of non-financial aid. Youth Camps in Arkansas are for kids on summer break, and there is also after school care for students that need a place to go. The holiday programs go by many names. They are the Angel Tree Christmas gift program which has free toys as well as presents. Another is a meal service, and lower income families in Baxter County Arkansas can be given a free food box, served a meal, turkey on Thanksgiving, and more.




The Baxter County Salvation Army is at 121 Highway 201 North in Mountain Home Arkansas, 72653. For more information, dial them at (870) 424-5708.

By Jon McNamara











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