Olmsted County and Rochester Salvation Army assistance programs.

In an emergency, assistance may be offered from the Olmsted County Salvation Army. Case managers will try to help those low income families that are in a crisis and also direct the client to long range solutions. The non-profit partners with the Good Samaritan Clinic on medical or dental care, they offer lunches and meals, as well as financial aid for rent and utility bills. Other aid is administered too.

There are 3 main food programs in the Rochester Minnesota region. They can be turned to by those facing hunger. The largest resource is the Supplemental Food Pantry. The site is open a couple days per week, and qualified families can use it on a monthly basis. Items may be groceries, canned goods, baby formula, and much more. The assistance is offered in partnership with the Channel One Regional Food Bank of Olmsted.

There are a few other programs for feeding the hungry. Clients can be elderly, children, or jobless, and people come from all backgrounds. A lunch is served as well as a Monday Evening Meal. Free baked goods are offered from the 20 Salvation Army center at NE First Ave. All the ingredients to serve a healthy meal will be given out.

Rochester Salvation Army Emergency Assistance can include grants as well as material goods. When it comes to paying bills, there may be funds for rent or utility costs as part of HeatShare. Vouchers for gasoline or a ride may also be given to job interview.

Material goods include personal hygiene supplies, toiletries, and access to showers. A clothing closet will provide furniture as well as professional work or school attires. Those can be important for the client to gain self-sufficiency.

In addition to the rent help indicated above, the Salvation Army coordinates both transitional and permanent housing. The TLC - Transitional Living and Counseling offers short term, affordable housing to qualified low income families. They will need to attend budgeting, parent, and educational classes and also pay a monthly rent fee to the Salvation Army. When the time is ready, there may be funds to pay for a part of a security deposit on a new apartment.





Permanent, Supportive Housing is part of the Rochester Castleview Apartments. This can accommodate the disabled, elderly, or long term homeless. The location is 120 N. Broadway. All of these housing programs will allow the client time to save money and access life-skills classes, among other programs. They will often have 24 hour supervision as well.

Back to School or other Seasonal Assistance is wide ranging in Olmsted County. The Salvation Army will provide support such as free winter coats or boots, tax preparation, back-to-school supplies (Tools for Schools), and meals. That will include Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. The Angel Tree will also pass out free toys for children for children, or give the parents a gift certificate.

The Rochester Salvation Army Caring Partners Adult Day Program is for the elderly. However, really anyone over the age of 18 can enroll. Services include lunch as well as rides to local appointments, such as doctor office.

A medical clinic is offered by the Salvation Army and their partner Good Samaritan. The center, using volunteer doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, provides assistance for patients with a low income. They need to either lack health insurance, or have limited coverage. While they focus more on basic needs, various services are administered in the Olmsted region.

For more information, call 507-529-4100. Some of the specialty clinics that are on site include general medical, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and psychology, Eye Care, and even Smoking cessation workshops. More care can be offered as well if needed.

Good Samaritan and Salvation Army dental care is also for the under-insured. Local dentists from the Olmsted County area take part in this service. In some cases, the patient will need to pay a portion of the bills that would be due for any emergency dental care. Services include Extractions, X-Rays, cleanings and more. The clinic also provides service to patients that are covered by BluePlus, Medical Assistance, or U-Care. Find a list of other local Minnesota free dental clinics.




For more information or to apply for any Salvation Army programs, the Service Center is at 20 NE First Ave., Rochester, Minnesota 55906. Call 507-288-3663 for intake.


By Jon McNamara

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