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Ontario and Wayne County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Families faced with a crisis, the unemployed, and individuals who are struggling can receive assistance from the Salvation Army. Several programs, as indicated below, are available for families and individuals in Ontario County, Wayne, and nearby Livingston New York. Resources address basic needs and can assist people faced with a crisis. Apply for rental assistance, money for utilities, food, medications, and other aid from the non-profit.

Housing expenses, including rent and utility assistance, can be applied for at the Salvation Army. In addition to trying to address the immediate crisis, Salvation Army case workers will also try to provide stability and address the cause of the hardship. Each applicant to the Salvation Army in the Ontario County region will receive a face to face interview. The case manager will try to determine if any funds can be provided to address the emergency situation. Explore programs for rental and energy bill assistance. Or get other forms of aid, such as referrals, budget counseling, and really just ongoing emotional support. The social workers truly take a holistic approach to helping the needy.

Some basic medical needs can be met. The centers will usually have information on clinics and health centers in Ontario and Wayne County. While more rare, the Salvation Army may also have vouchers to be used to pay for prescription medications.

Basic needs, food, and affordable clothes can be disbursed. They can be from a thrift store, food pantry, or clothing closet. The thrift stores sell items to the public and they will be gently used. The other main options include a food pantry (groceries and fresh foods) and a clothing closet. Both of these will usually provide their items for free to the low income, seniors, and children. Some additional goods may also be passed out at Christmas.

Disaster relief and assistance is offered. They can be man made or natural. The volunteers and trained personnel from the New York centers offer free food, shelter, gently used clothing and spiritual comfort to the needy. Survivors in a disaster relief operation take priority and they will often be the Salvation Army's first group to assist. They will work with them on meeting basic needs.




People facing eviction or the current homeless can use shelters or transition housing programs. These free and safe shelters welcome all of the very low income and homeless who come to their door for assistance. A number of assistance programs, case management services and other aid is available to single-parent families, men, single women, married couples, and children awaiting placement in a foster home in Ontario or Wayne County New York.

The Salvation Army Transitional Housing resources are available to low income, formerly homeless, and/or unemployed individuals or families who have been in the care of regional shelters for a few months. This will give them time and in effect a little extra support before forging their own path. Also while you stay in short term housing work with social worker or housing counselor on longer term solutions, including information on rental assistance programs.

Family housing units try to end homelessness in the community and address the struggle in families that many people face. Program assistance includes parenting skills education, individual case work, job training and education to address substance abuse issues, life and career skills enhancement, and more.

Senior and elderly programs are available from the Community Care Ministries, which is also known as the League of Mercy. The Salvation Army program of Ontario created a volunteer visitation program providing companionship and comfort to those who are elderly or shut-ins. Livingston and Wayne County seniors can also get help. The assistance programs such as Salvation Army shelters or food assistance programs endeavor to help seniors across the entire region meet their basic needs. It provides them with information on and access to increased physical and emotional security.

Regional Salvation Army centers:

  • 6 Chestnut Ave, Dansville, NY 14437, call (585) 335-3420
  • 235 Murray St, Newark, NY 14513, call (315) 331-3821
  • Center at 110 Saltonstall St., Canandaigua, telephone (585) 394-6968
  • 136 S Main St., Canandaigua, dial (585) 394-3531



By Jon McNamara

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