Help from Salvation Army in Nassau County Florida.

During a crisis, the assistance programs from Nassau County Florida Salvation Army may be able to help. The charity administers resources for residents of all races, religions, and backgrounds. Whether an applicant is disabled, elderly, or a single mom, there may be everything from employment resources to free food or financial aid paid out.

The charity is able to operate as a result of government grants and donations from the public as well. Other funds are raised from the sell of clothes or furniture from the thrift store at the Hope House. However this also means that the programs are limited in scope and all that need assistance will not be able to receive it.

Salvation Army of Nassau County coordinates the assembly and distribution of holiday food and gift baskets for community members who are in need. They distribute dozens of baskets each holiday. There may be Thanksgiving boxes of goods filled with food for a traditional meal, and at Christmas, both meals and toys are provided as gifts.

Most of the holiday baskets are sponsored by various civic groups and individuals, and the Salvation Army Angel Tree program supplies additional items, as needed. If you would like to help by contributing to these Thanksgiving or Christmas programs, please contact the agency. They will provide the person with a list of acceptable items to include.

A client choice food pantry is open at the Hope House, based on appointment. This type of program is becoming more common in the state of Florida as well as nation. This allows the users of the facility to have the most flexibility in what they use.

Nassau County Salvation Army clients can select only the food that their family will eat. This cuts down on waster and in some ways allows the person to feel more in control. So it increases the dignity of the client.

What may be available at the center includes fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, canned groceries and more. It really depends on what the community donates. This pantry also combines the services from local thrift stores to offer basic needs as well. The distribution takes place 3 days per week, and there may also be clothing, including free school supplies or uniforms. Donors from across Nassau County and local consignment shops contribute to this service.





For those looking for an immediate meal, a soup kitchen is available as part of the IDN - Interfaith Dinner Network. Families living in poverty as well as the homeless can drop in during the late afternoon or evening for a dinner.

Emergency Assistance from Nassau County Salvation Army provides services for households in crisis. Any support is limited and is only done after an interview takes place. The money is the result of various grants at the local, state, and national level. There may be financial assistance to pay rent to prevent eviction and/or disconnection of utility services; temporary emergency lodging; emergency food vouchers; transportation to a job; or basic medical care.

Transportation is a big part of the services in Nassau County. Eligible Salvation Army clients may be able to receive assistance in an emergency. Some people are given bicycles, free gasoline vouchers or bus tickets for a job or medical appointment. Or there may be transportation arranged from the regional Care-A-Van service or Nassau Transit.

The Salvation Army of Nassau County also assists veterans from the region. This is done in partnership with regional agencies, including the VA office in northeaster Florida and other state funded organizations. The sessions will provide free information to the veteran on benefits they may be eligible for and also help them apply for grants, medical care, food, rental assistance and more.

The Hope House is where the Salvation Army of Nassau operates from. The address is 410 South 9th Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034. The intake number is (904) 321-0435, and anyone in need can see if resources are available.



By Jon McNamara

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