Newark and Essex County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Numerous programs are provided by the Salvation Army in Newark and Essex County New Jersey. Whether it is free toys at Christmas, rent or heating bill assistance, a box of food, free winter clothes, or advice, the Community Corps Center can help people of all ages and religions. They oversee a number of assistance programs. While resources are limited, the agency will try to assist as many people as possible, or provide referrals if they can’t meet their basic needs.

The Essex County Grand Family Success Center works closely with the Salvation Army, and the agency is a multi-service program for grandparents, senior citizens and relative caregivers. Some of the services offered include Legal guardianship, Case management and counseling, Kinship Navigator and Wrap-around services, and emergency assistance for paying critical needs and bills.

The Center focuses on offering more specialized mental and emotional support, educational, and related group services to seniors and grandparents. A key is the outreach and advocacy that Salvation Army offers to custodial grandparents. Call (973) 373-5045 for more details on the Success Center.

Kinship Wrap-Around Services administers one-time interventions that are not available from any other source or government program. This includes rental assistance, free legal services, furniture, respite care, transportation and other limited services.

Seasonal assistance is always a focus. This can include holiday and Christmas assistance programs such as Angel Tree, which provides free Christmas gifts, presents and toys. Or free meals and food may be served and distributed at both Thanksgiving as well as Christmas.

The Salvation Army of New Jersey and also the Essex County branches provide holiday help every year. They rely on donations and volunteers, but in a typical year they aid thousands of lower income residents, seniors, and children from struggling families. Many immigrants and Spanish speakers in Newark turn to the Christian charity for help too.





Free assistance programs can offer items such as toys, food, clothing (shoes and coats), and extra financial assistance during the holiday. Visitations are offered to the homebound, elderly, and senior citizens during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Other services in Essex include Adopt a Family and donations that are collected from the Red Kettle program. Or residents can find other forms of free assistance for whatever need they have.

Regional food banks and pantries are located across New Jersey at Community Centers. The pantries have groceries, perishable food, and canned goods on site to help meet emergency needs. They serve low income families or anyone that is facing a hardship.

Typical items both donated too and distributed from pantries include canned goods and other non perishable items, however much more may be offered from time to time, including items such as baby formula. As part of the food assistance, the Newark Salvation Army will offer feeding services, including distribution of food baskets and holiday support and meals.

The Salvation of Newark also administers the HAND-UP program, or Hope and New Direction to Uplift from Poverty. This service focuses on aiding individuals and families in Essex County, whether they are sheltered or homeless. It can provide free food, shelter, emergency rental, heating and energy bill assistance, and also referral information. Thousands of people receive casework assistance, food, funds for bills and housing, and Christmas support such as food and toys. It is the primary Essex County Salvation Army financial assistance program.

The agency also works closely with, and can help people apply for NJ Shares, which is the state-wide energy bill assistance program. This government supported program can help residential energy customers who are experiencing short-term financial crisis. Most of the money is for heating and gas bills, and the grants are for those who have exhausted all other resources, such as LIHEAP. People can apply if they have done this, and still cannot pay their energy bills. (973) 623-5959.

Other Salvation Army services available in the Newark New Jersey area are here. Computer instruction for individuals of all ages, and emergency food pantry, licensed after-school program, Life skills classes for teens and young adults, and general Seasonal Assistance.




Locations of Essex County Salvation Army centers

The main office is at 45 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102, dial (973) 623-5959.
Another site is at s: 699 Springfield Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07103, phone (973) 375-5933.
The Salvation Army Essex County shelter address is 138 Clifford St, Newark, NJ 07105. Phone (973) 589-0454
Or try the thrift store at 138 Clifford St, Newark, NJ 07105. Call (973) 589-0454


By Jon McNamara

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