Nevada County California Salvation Army assistance programs.

Free food, financial help for paying bills, shelter, and even services such as summer camp for kids are all provided by the Nevada County Salvation Army. The charity, which is a Christian church faith group helps low income families regardless of age, religion, and background.

Not only will some limited financial aid by offered (based on funding levels and resources), but they offer so much more. There may be:

  • Free groceries from a pantry.
  • School supplies for students.
  • Shelter for the homeless, as well as information on permanent as well as transitional housing.
  • Substance abuse and adult rehabilitation recovery.
  • Christmas programs, including Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and toy giveaways.
  • Vouchers for clothes.
  • Information on homeless prevention programs in California, as well as rental support.

Those are just some of what the Nevada County Salvation Army may offer. More details on their services are below. Note most of the funding is limited, and assistance is temporary.

Resources from the Salvation Army

The Nevada County Salvation Army Booth Family Center is located at 12390 Rough & Ready Highway. This is where the homeless prevention as well as transitional housing programs are run from. The city is Grass Valley, CA 95945.  Not only will they try to accommodate the homeless by offering some form of housing solution, but there may also be emergency financial aid. The funds can pay for bills such as rent, energy, water, and job-related expenses. For help with housing needs from the Booth Center, dial 530-272-2669.





For clients that go through case management, they can often get help with other needs too. A case worker may provide assistance with budgeting as well as employment needs. There is also counseling as well as a ministry available. Resources are mostly focused on adults, but some due break out women as well as men that may need assistance.

There are also Salvation Army resources focused on certain groups of residents in Nevada County. Some examples of this may be the summer camp for students so they have a place to go when not in school. There are also volunteers that deliver hot meals to senior citizens, as well as supportive housing for seniors in Nevada County. Other focus clients include substance abusers, veterans, the homeless, and migrant farm workers.

There is also a thrift store at the Salvation Army in Grass Valley. This is the site that sells items to the public. There may be a wide variety of items offered for sale, ranging from furniture to household supplies, bedding, electronics, collectibles, antiques, and more.

Many people who use the thrift store also drop by the emergency food pantry for a free box of groceries. The client choice center is stocked by volunteers using donations from the community. They also will, on occasion, use gift cards or offer support including diapers, free infant formula, and much more.

Also, as indicated, there are also Christmas, holiday, and Thanksgiving assistance programs. These give free toys, holiday meals boxes, turkey dinners, and much more. Not only may these programs help low income families, but the lonely and even homeless can often drop in for a free, hot holiday meal.




With the more rural Nevada County setting, the Salvation Army also assists workers who come to the community for farm work. This may include migrants as well as Spanish speakers. Or there are immigrants as well. The Salvation Army offers support to these individuals too. Everything from clothes to information on affordable housing, food, and work supplies (boots, hats, etc.) may be given out.

Nevada County Salvation Army is at 10725 Alta St, Grass Valley, California 95945. For details on their family services, call (530) 274-3500.


By Jon McNamara

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