Oswego County Salvation Army assistance programs.
Focused on the disadvantaged in the Fulton and Oswego area, the Salvation Army provides basic needs such as clothing, food, and housing support. The financial assistance available from their Family Service unit is very limited, but when possible, the Salvation Army may assist with paying heating bills, rent, medications, and the like.
Groceries may be obtained from a food pantry or soup kitchen. There will a case management process incorporated into this when someone seeks assistance from the pantry. The amount of help available in Oswego will vary based on various factors. There will be a review of the client's need, number of household members, income, and other factors.
Short term shelters are available in Oswego County. Not only will the location provide accommodations for a night or two, but social workers from the Salvation Army will offer support for the underlying problem.
In fact, the goal of the shelter is to provide the family, or individual, time so they can get back on their feet. So the guest will have a bed to sleep in or a meal to eat, but more importantly they have access to long term Salvation Army services.
Emergency financial assistance is available in the form of a cash grant. The Salvation Army does have very limited resources for this task though as the demand is always very high, and increasing. Some of the goals of the non-profit is to help people gain employment or avoid homelessness. So this will be a priority of the financial aid from the Family Services in Oswego.
- Housing expenses, with a focus on homeless prevention, including utility bill assistance as well as funds for a partial rent payment.
- Work needs can be met by clothing, a voucher for gasoline, or a local ride in Oswego.
- The Salvation Army offers holiday assistance, including back to school supplies and toys for children.
- Vouchers for medications or other critical needs may sometimes be disbursed.
In an effort to help parents get the skills or education they need from training, staff have referrals on After-School programs. The Salvation Army and its partners in the area work to offer children from lower income households with a safe place to go after school. Teachers will ensure their homework is done, provide a free snacks, and in general keep children off the streets.
The after-school programs in Oswego County can change kids' lives. It does this by supporting them on the path to academic success. This include tutoring, healthy meals, help for homework, and general guidance. It will help the student get off on the right path.
Another focus is on seniors in Oswego County. The Salvation Army will arrange everything from food to company for the home bound. Some of the specific services include hot lunches, classes on applying for benefits or saving for retirement, and more. They are also a great place to learn about local medical clinics in the upstate of New York region. Some centers can provide care to the elderly such as blood pressure monitoring, blood sugar testing, and others.
Salvation Army Christmas assistance, such as food baskets, are available for the working poor. Other holiday resources are targeted at seniors that are in care or there are free toys and clothing for children. The Oswego pantry has special Thanksgiving and Christmas food items during those particular holidays as well. The goal is to help more families enjoy the joy of the holiday season.
During the fall and early winter, the local Salvation receives donated toys or clothing from local businesses, the Red Kettle campaign, churches, and volunteers. This are then packaged as part of programs such as Angel Tree. Children that register, and that are approved, may be able to receive one so they have a present to open on Christmas morning.
A simple toy can make the season bright for a child and bring financial relief to a struggling parent. The Salvation Army receives items from its corporate partners, partnerships with local businesses (through toy drives) and the generosity of volunteers and local donors who share our mission.
Disaster response is also a core service. There is local support including food, shelter, vouchers for motels, clothing and spiritual comfort. Volunteers are ready to respond across Oswego County.
The primary location for the county is at 73 W 2nd St, Oswego, NY 13126. For hours and information, dial (315) 343-6491.