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Find help from New Hampshire Salvation Army programs.

Family and social services offered by the Salvation Army in New Hampshire are extensive. The programs administered rely heavily on donations and contributions from the community, as well as hard work from volunteers and others. While limited financial assistance is offered, many of the resources focus on addressing basic needs such as food, holiday meals, shelter, and homeless prevention.

Many centers have food pantries and soup kitchens on site. The Salvation Army food pantries provide free  or low cost hot meals, government commodities, and groceries for low income, unemployed, and other families and individuals in need. While the food passed out is usually free, some pantries require appointments and an extensive application process. Usually items are distributed on a walk-in and first come, first serve basis, so get there early.

Thanksgiving basket distribution, Christmas meals and gifts, and other holiday assistance is offered. If you and your family reside in New Hampshire and are struggling, and are in need of holiday meals or gifts for your children, register for help. Assistance can also be provided in the form of a Thanksgiving meal.

Families who apply, and are found to be qualified, will receive a hot meal and/or turkey, perishable items, vegetables, and all the other fixings. It will help people enjoy the traditions of Christmas and Thanksgiving in the comfort of their own homes. Each meal basket includes a turkey, a roasting pan, fresh vegetables, and more.

Christmas assistance is offered too. Low income families who qualify will get a food voucher for Christmas dinner, toys for each child, free winter coats for family members and more. One of the main programs is known as the Angel Tree. Many other Salvation Army and non-profit programs are available, and find more details on low income Christmas help.

Emergency homeless prevention is offered to people facing eviction or disconnection of their utilities. If you are out of heating fuel, then assistance may be paid out to pay for heating bills or oil too. At the same time caseworkers from the Salvation Army centers in New Hampshire will provide self-sufficiency, such as budgeting, job programs, referrals, and guidance and emotional support.

The financial aid, if available, is intended to keep people warm in the winter, and help stop an imminent eviction. Any funding is limited and short term in nature.




At the same time, shelter and group homes are offered. This includes transitional living centers, public housing as well as emergency shelters. The Salvation Army provides housing on a very temporary basis for varying amounts of time. The housing also provides vocational services, educational programs, counseling and other support to destitute individuals and families and the homeless. Assistance is offered for extended periods of time too, if qualified. They also serve the homeless by providing overnight lodging, free food and meals.

Material assistance is offered too. In many New Hampshire communities and towns, the Salvation Army Corp centers can provide financial support, vouchers, and more. The exact terms and details of these various assistance programs will vary between the different parts of the state. Examples of the so called material assistance include.

  • Clothing, coats, work and school uniforms.
  • Utility bills, including water, heating, and electricity.
  • Transportation, including gasoline vouchers and rides for seniors.
  • Housing, such as emergency rental support and items such as furniture or household goods..
  • Senior housing and support.
  • Families moving into a new home or apartment, but are short of cash, can also seek free furniture.

Every New Hampshire Salvation Army center has different requirements and eligibility standards before providing low income and those faced with poverty such emergency assistance. The primary address and phone numbers are below.

  • 10 Olde Farm Lane, Rochester, New Hampshire 03867, call (603) 332-2623
  • 15 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801, telephone (603) 436-2606
  • Nashua Salvation Center - 1 Montgomery Avenue, Nashua, NH 03060, dial (603) 883-7841
  • 121 Cedar Street, Manchester, NH 03101, (603) 627-7013
  • 177 Union Avenue, Laconia, New Hampshire 03247, (603) 524-1834
  • 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH 03431, call (603) 352-0607
  • 418 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH 03842, call (603) 929-1729
  • 18 Folsom Road, Derry, NH 03038, main number is (603) 434-7790
  • 58 Clinton Street, Concord, NH 03301, (603) 225-5586







A Salvation Army location also covers Rockingham County. Clients can get referrals to grant programs such as LIHEAP or for paying security deposits, apply for free school supplies, or receive free food from a pantry. Other aid is provided too. More on Salvation Army programs in Rockingham County.

Coos and Carroll County is supported by the Salvation Army in Berlin New Hampshire. The address is 15 Cole Street, Berlin, New Hampshire 03570, phone (603) 752-1644. A wide range of free winter clothing programs, hot meals, referrals, and of course emergency financial aid. More on Salvation Army Coos and Carroll County.

Residents of Concord and Merrimack County have both a Salvation Army run homeless shelter as well as Family Services assistance programs. There may be some emergency financial aid or free food, free winter coats or boots, Christmas toys and other items along with case management. More on Concord and Merrimack County Salvation Army.

In addition to those locations, the largest county in New Hampshire, which is Hillsborough County, is served by a number of Salvation Army centers and assistance programs. Find more Hillsborough County Salvation Army programs.

The Strafford County Salvation Army has 3 locations. A couple of them just sell gently used goods from the a thrift store or serve hot meals or food. One site, in Rochester, may provide financial aid, including everything from transportation to housing. Click more details.


By Jon McNamara














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