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New London Connecticut Salvation Army assistance programs.

Several programs are administered by the Salvation Army for low income and working poor families in New London County. While some short term, emergency assistance may be offered, the main focus is on long term stability and support. Volunteers and donations are always needed too. Even though funding and resources are limited, the non-profit may provide emergency assistance, services for the homeless in New London, and also ongoing food assistance. Most of their resources are offered as a last resort to the needy.

When you are faced with a utility disconnection or are running out of oil or fuel during the winter, then the Salvation Army can be there for you. The agency may have very limited funding to pay your bill, or more than likely referrals will be offered to low income energy assistance programs.

Case managers from the Salvation Army in New London will also try to help clients with the circumstances or challenge that lead to the delinquent bill. So when you apply for help with paying your energy bills, you will need to go through a one-to-one interview. The process is confidential. The caseworker who you will work with will also try to address the factors contributing to the resident's emergency situation. So in addition to grants or funds for paying the utility bills, also access workshops and get referrals, budget/credit counseling, and other guidance/support as necessary.

During an emergency or disaster, the Salvation Army and their mobile feeding canteen can help those who were impacted. The agency can help during times of fires, floods, or the rare hurricane in Connecticut. Volunteers and staff support law enforcement, victims, first responders and others. Food, shelter, housing, and more may be offered to victims.

Christmas assistance is provided by a number of programs, including the New London Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. It can distribute free, new clothing and/or toys for children of needy families. Another main program is Adopt a Family.

The Angel Tree works as follows. It will be decorated with numbered paper “angel tags”. It will have the applicants first name, age, and gender of the child or even senior who is in need of a gift. Contributors and people from the community who donate to the service will need to remove one or more tags from the tree and they will then need to purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.




Food assistance programs are another key focus of the Salvation Army in Connecticut. Case managers from the various centers will offer intake and assessment for both private and public food-related programs. While in general the Salvation Army should be able to meet your needs, if for some reason they can't the agency will provide referrals to other social services or maybe other government support organizations. The food pantries that are available in New London will provide free groceries for families and individuals in need of support. While the boxes of food are free, some locations will require people to make appointments, while other centers will offer assistance on a walk-in, first come first serve basis.

Soup kitchens are also located across Connecticut. The Salvation Army provides the low income and less fortunate with free hot meals through various locations for those in need of something to eat. This service is in addition to the food assistance that may be offered by pantries (see above) or government resources such as SNAP food stamps.

Other assistance programs available in New London County and southern Connecticut could include any of the following. Shelters will house and support the neediest men, women, and children who are facing imminent eviction or if they are already homeless. Low income and unemployed families may be offered meals, assistance with medical treatment and job searches, and more if they stay in a housing unit. Additional resources may include summer snacks for students, home delivered meals for the homebound, and general information and referral.

The two main Salvation Army centers are as follows.

  • 11 Governor Winthrop Blvd, New London, Connecticut, call (860) 443-6409
  • 170 Bank St, New London, dial (860) 443-1116




By Jon McNamara

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