New Haven Salvation Army assistance programs.

Family Services and Emergency Assistance from the Salvation Army has assisted thousands of New Haven Connecticut families over the years. Low income residents have received assistance ranging from money to pay energy bills, food, and Christmas gifts and meals. Those are just a few examples of the services available in the greater New Haven region. Additional information is below, or call the Salvation Army for more details.

Holiday assistance is offered in Connecticut and southern New England from Adopt a Family. This is offered for families facing a crisis, financial hardship, or a tragedy. Children can receive gifts or a senior citizen a free meal or companionship. Much more is also available from Adopt a Family.

People or businesses from New Haven can sponsor a family that has experienced a difficult economic issue or some form or crisis. Families that have benefited from the program in the past include victims of domestic violence, low-income working families, grandparents who are caregivers, fire victims, or family members who are suffering a serious, life threatening illness. Also please donate if you can.

A second main Christmas program is the Angel Tree. It is similar to above but is generally for one child, infant or student and not the entire family. It can distribute new or gently used clothing and/or toys for children of needy families. The elderly can also participate and benefit. The trees are set up in local malls, post offices, or other public areas. Contributors to the program, including many New Haven businesses, will remove one or more tags from the tree and then they need to purchase the gifts identified for the children.

The Salvation Army of New Haven partners with these sponsors, churches, malls, etc. to collect the gifts for distribution. At the same time the gifts are delivered, the corps center will usually bring free food and hot meals to the family.

Homeless prevention, including help for housing expenses and heating bills, is available. This also ramps up during the cold winter time. Some of housing expenses paid for Waterbury and New Haven families can include rent, utility and heating bills, and more. A focus is on those families facing an eviction or shut off of their power.




A Salvation Army thrift store in the region will also sell gently used clothing, school supplies, personal hygiene goods and more. Additional items, such as furniture, may be sold through family stores. Qualified low income families, in particular those facing a disaster, may receive free clothing or household goods in the form of a voucher.

The currently homeless and very low income in the region can get help, spiritual counseling, and case management. The Salvation Army may pass out items such as coats, shoes, clothes, blankets, linens, and other necessities. Personal hygiene kits may be offered as well. Social workers will also meet with the homeless to help them find a home in New Haven County, register for job training, and work towards self-sufficiency.

Not only that, but Salvation Army Staff will also meet daily with homeless clients and offer problem solving, goal setting, and will help them by encouraging growth and change. All of this, and more, is available from the Salvation Army. They will do their best to provides additional assistance based on individual client needs and requirements.

If the homeless need help moving into a new home or apartment, additional rapid rehousing type services may be offered. This can include security deposit assistance and landlord/tenant mediation services. Ongoing case management may be offered to prevent any future homelessness.

Additional assistance is available in the New Haven Connecticut region. Other support may include the following.

  • School supplies. This may include backpacks, ruler, pens, and uniforms.
  • Clothing and work uniforms may be distributed to parents looking for a job in New Haven County.
  • Funds for paying utility bills, including electric and heating.
  • Shelters and short term transitional housing units are located across New England. They can provide families or individuals time to regain stability in their economic and financial situation.
  • Programs for veterans (especially the homeless) in New Haven may be administered. Social services and advice will help them reintegrate into society if needed.
  • Food pantries and soup kitchens will feed the hungry, poor, and unemployed. Students and seniors can get meals too.




Locations of New Haven Salvation Army centers

There are several centers in the regions. The main offices are located at the following.

  • 1359 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT, dial (203) 230-2323
  • Center at 450 George St., New Haven. Call this office at (203) 624-9891
  • 274 Crown St, New Haven, dial (203) 776-2448
  • 74 Central Ave  Waterbury, CT 06702. Main telephone number is (203) 754-7056
  • Salvation Army Family services office at 23 St Casimir Dr, Meriden, Connecticut. Dial (203) 235-6532.


By Jon McNamara

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