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Find help from Muskogee County Salvation Army.

The faith based Muskogee County Salvation Army provides support to the disadvantages, families living in poverty, and those people seeking a way out of a difficult situation. The location is part of some of the statewide initiatives, such as Lend-A-Hand for paying utility bills, and they also operate their own local, seasonal programs. Whether it is basic needs or counseling, support is provided.

There are two main ways to get help from the Salvation Army in Muskogee with utility bills. They include both Lend-A-Hand as well as Share The Warmth. These programs rely on donations from people and the utility companies themselves.

Any type of financial aid for energy costs is only for an emergency situation. It can cover both air conditioning as well as heating bills. It can pay for all sources, such as propane, electricity, natural gas, lighting or wood to keep a home warm. The Salvation Army processes applications for it, review the applicant's request, and helps distribute funds.

Other emergency assistance is arranged too.

-There may be some housing needs addressed, such as rent, housing or deposits.
-Short term placement into shelter can be arranged in nearby counties for the homeless.
-If a income qualified resident needs a ride to a doctor appointment or local job interview, some Salvation Army affiliated volunteers may offer this.
-Boxes of food can be passed out, or if there is a special dietary need, vouchers for shopping at a store are provided.

Seasonal services are run by the Salvation Army. Many families in Muskogee County are hit with higher expenses during some critical times of the year. Maybe during the summer it is a struggle to buy school supplies or clothing for a child for the upcoming year. The winter can also be a challenge, with additional costs to help a home/apartment as well as the expense of Christmas. The solutions range from the following:

  • Angel Tree – This uses donations. Tree may be placed at stores such as Dillards in Muskogee.
  • Free back to school supplies – Clothing, uniforms, boots, and the like are passed out.
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or holiday food boxes.
  • Newborns, if their parents are low income, may be assisted with diapers or baby formula.





Special social services are arranged for veterans and women, one being the auxiliary service unit. The Salvation Army of Muskogee County Oklahoma will offer them the guidance they need. Veterans can learn about supportive housing, or even rent/energy bill help as part of SSVF. These tend to be some of the more vulnerable groups, so support is arranged for addressing their needs.

A Family Store is open to the public. This is the Salvation Army's version of a thrift store. It sells everything from clothing to furniture, baby cribs, beds, and more. There may even be toys or winter attire during the fall as well as winter months. The inventory depends on donations, so please give back.

Not only will the store allow people to save money by buying low cost items at a low cost, but the money raised is also used to pay for the social service programs available in Muskogee County. The Salvation Army in effect recycles the funds back to helping the less fortunate in the community. So the money may allow the Salvation Army to help make a rent payment for someone who would otherwise be homeless.

When disaster strikes, this organization is normally among the first responders. Volunteers as well as full time staff offer disaster relief. Whether it is a tornado, fire, or some other crisis, those impacted (and even responders) may get the following.

  • Hot meals may be served, as well as water.
  • The Salvation Army will have basic needs, clothing, furniture, and more. They can help replace what was lost.
  • Vouchers may allow for the short term stay at a motel in Muskogee County.




Many different services are administered by the Muskogee County Salvation Army. They will never discriminate based on age, race or religion. The charity will try to provide those basic needs (such as food) and if the client wants it, spiritual guidance is arranged. The location is 700 Independence St, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403. Call the center at 918-862-3384.


By Jon McNamara

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