Newport County Rhode Island Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army center in Newport County provides assistance to several towns in the region, including Little Compton, Adamsville, Gould Island, Jamestown, Tiverton, Middletown, the city of Newport, North Tiverton, Portsmouth, and Prudence Island. Whether it is housing assistance, vouchers for clothes or heating bills, or a food program, the christian faith based charity may assist.

There are a few core programs run, and those are noted below. However in addition to those social services the charity organization can assist in other ways, namely by offering holiday help. Using the Red Kettle, contributions from the public, and other donation services, the Newport County Rhode Island Salvation Army may provide free toys from Angel Tree, Christmas or Thanksgiving meals, and school supplies too.

These services do rely on donations. One example, the Angel Tree, involves the set up of donor “trees” in the community. It can be a business or public place, such as library or post office. The child request the toy they want, and someone buys it for them at Christmastime. This free Christmas gift giving program is often also combined with meals and holiday food boxes.

The two food programs include the client choice food pantry as well as Bread Pantry. The Salvation Army serves anyone that lives in Newport County. There are no income restrictions, age requirements, or other criteria. As long as a resident is in need they deserve food.

The location operates using a client choice model so the adult shopper can “retain” their dignity. The client is not just handed a bag of groceries and then go on their way. Instead they can select what they need. The Salvation Army pantry may have cereal, meat, fruits, nutritional supplements for senior citizens, infant formula, and much more. Note the center will only allow use of the pantry at most once per 30 days.

As far as the bread pantry, this is a daily service It is more like a soup kitchen. Individuals, the homeless, or hungry people need to sign up, and it starts at 9am. The distribution of a meal and/or bread starts at 11. If there is enough food to donate from the bread pantry, then it will run as late as 2pm on each weekday. Most of these food programs are run in partnership with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, which the Salvation Army is a partner of.





This form of aid above is normally combined with Character Development Programs. Children and teenagers can enroll into sports, team building services, arts and crafts workshops, and more. A meal is normally given to them during this process, and it can help a child develop their self-esteem among other things.

Emergency vouchers and financial aid

All of this will be dependent on funding. The Newport County Salvation Army works to keep people warm during the winter. When a resident does not qualify for government aid from LIHEAP, and if they meet other criteria, then heating bill assistance may be given. There may be a few dollars to pay a bill, space heaters given out, or referrals to free heating oil programs.

Free Clothing Vouchers are available for a crisis. The Salvation Army may offer these for use at a local thrift store. In an emergency, everything from items for a job (uniforms, work boots, etc.) may be given out as well as warm winter attire. Children and seniors are often given winter clothing.

Housing needs can be addressed. Using a combination of referrals and (on occasion) funding, the Newport County Salvation Army resources range from a small amount of money to pay rent to emergency, cold weather shelters. Most of this form of financial help is for families with a source of income that have the ability to pay future rent or mortgage costs on their own.

For more information on the Newport County Salvation Army as well as their services, the center is at 51 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840. Call (401) 846-3234.




By Jon McNamara

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