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Newark and Licking County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Resources in Newark and Licking County Ohio are focused on alleviating poverty. The Salvation Army offers rent and housing assistance, food, an emergency shelter and they coordinate many types of holiday assistance. Another focus is on seniors in the community. In addition, more programs may also be added from time to time.

Food assistance is available. The corps centers provide the needy with hunger-relief. They accomplish this from the Soup Kitchen, Choice Pantry, Community Dinner and Summer Feeding Programs for children. A pantry is also available for food boxes.

Christmas Cheer and holiday assistance may provide free toys, clothing and food for families in need. They also offer programs such as Angel Tree.

Salvation Army of Newark emergency financial assistance is always in high demand. This includes rent and utility bill assistance. This is generally offered in an effort to prevent an eviction or utility shut-off. The Salvation Army centers provide food, shelter, Christmas Cheer and emergency assistance throughout the year, as funding allows.

These programs are provided through family service or social workers at the Salvation Army Corps community locations. The staff and volunteers provide service and assistance to needy individuals and families. Applicants need to have a documented need for support in the following areas, including limited prescription assistance or clothing and utility assistance for crisis intervention. Intake and assessments will also try to link the client to other regional or statewide programs. The office is at 250 E Main St, Newark, Ohio 43055. Call (740) 345-8120 for intake.

A focus is also on crisis intervention. Funding for this component is usually provided through utility grants from local energy companies. Apply for natural gas and other forms of utility assistance through natural gas, electric, and water providers. Many electric companies in Ohio, such as Duke Energy, also participate.




Direct assistance and related funding is supplemented by special grants. Those who qualify in Licking County may receive vouchers from the Salvation Army in lieu of emergency assistance. This can help those low income residents who have special dietary needs. Receive support including free clothing, prescription medications, and even small household items. Case managers can offer emergency intervention and referral for domestic violence issues, PRC/Welfare, drug & alcohol addiction, and even shelter.

Disaster relief is offered nationwide for local incidents such as fires or floods. Those impacted can receive food, housing, and support.

Senior and elderly assistance is available. The agency knows that being a patient or living in a nursing home can be a trying time and sometimes lonely. So the Salvation Army Senior Services Ministry of Newark provides congregate meals, daily recreation and socialization, and even free home delivery meals for those who reside within the service area and still live at home. Treating seniors with respect and dignity is a key function.

Programs for the homeless are available. The Salvation Army always offers a helping hand in times of need. To this end, they run a variety of feeding services and free temporary shelters to homeless people of all ages and religions. Women, children, men and families take refuge in Salvation Army Shelters throughout Ohio and Licking County. The primary goal of the shelters and housing units is not only to help families through difficult times but to also assist them with finding stable and affordable permanent housing.

A shelter for the homeless is open 24-hours per day, 365 days per year. This is in high demand during the cold winter months of Licking Ohio. The shelters also offer physical and spiritual care, free food, and more to people in need. The locations attend to the total needs of the individual or homeless person. The housing units are meant to be a kind resting place to help these individuals get back on their feet. Also keep in mind that men and women living on social security or pensions have access to low-cost Salvation Army housing as well.




Adult Education and Job Services are offered to learners 16 years of age and older who are not enrolled in a K-12 school. The unemployed may also benefit. The Newark Ohio Salvation Army provides access to high quality educational opportunities and workshops to support employment. They also focus on and can refer people to job training and higher education aspirations. Having case managers assisting adult learners and helping them acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for effective participation in society is very important to self-sufficiency.

The Salvation Army centers in the region also offers year-round food and grocery assistance. These meals assist the low income and homeless people of all ages. Most of the food goes to struggling individuals and families who may just be down on their luck and in need of some extra short term assistance. The Salvation Army of Licking County, its staff and volunteers are there to provide a warm meal and some comfort to those who need help.


By Jon McNamara

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