Pitt, Greenville and Craven County area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Emergency assistance and social services are available from the Salvation Army in Greenville and Pitt County North Carolina. The Christian charity has a Family Store, financial aid (for rent, utilities, and more), food and other support. The programs administered are also available for the entire surrounding region, including families in Beaufort, Craven, and Martin County.

While the program terms and funding will change, some of what is offered includes free hot meals and canned boxes of food. Housing, such as shelter or emergency rent/eviction prevention funds may be disbursed. Or look into emergency financial assistance for needs such as utility bills, medications, transportation, and programs for seniors.

Christmas resources, including meals, toys, and other charity type programs, are administered. The Salvation Army wants to ensure children from low income families and our elders are able to experience the joy of the holidays. So volunteers and staff from the Greenville centers participate in fund raising, programs such as Angel Tree, and more. Gifts, toys, and companionship is provided to children, teenagers, and the elderly in Pitt County and other nearby towns.

These holiday programs depend on donations and fund raisers from the community, including businesses, churches, and individuals. Contributions and donations are raised from many other sources, including the traditional red kettle campaign that you may see outside of a retailer such as Wal-Mart. Some of what may be offered includes free, hot Christmas dinners, clothing, hot, winter coats and more.

Additional holiday programs tend to operate around Thanksgiving and Easter as well. The centers provide free toys, food and toys to hundreds of local families over a defined period of time. Screened volunteers will also distribute items to shut-ins and the homebound in nursing homes and hospitals, or maybe even a private residence. The Salvation Army centers in Pitt and Beaufort County also try to provide additional financial assistance during the holiday periods.

Limited financial aid is available in Greenville, Martin, and Pitt County North Carolina. Apply for emergency assistance for basic needs such as rent, utility bills, food, and maybe even vouchers for gasoline or a buss pass. Housing needs are also priority, as this can prevent homelessness in the region.





So that means the Salvation Army will try to assist with emergency rent, electric bill disconnections, and maybe even money for a security deposit if someone needs more affordable housing. Appointments need to be made in order to apply for this aid and many conditions are in place. Money is provided each year to support needy low income and poor families with children, senior citizens, and the currently the homeless in the region.

To apply for any of their programs, families or individuals must make an appointment with a center in Pitt County or other areas such Beaufort or Martin North Carolina. Proof of hardship and your crisis will always be required. Documents, including information on your income and existing bills, apartment leases, etc. will be reviewed by a social worker. Any financial aid that is offered will almost always be paid directly to your landlord or utility company and not to the applicant.

Other social services in the counties of Pitt, Beaufort, and Craven can include disaster assistance, referrals, information on job training, and much more. The staff do their best to provide some form of guidance, support, and at minimum a listening, compassionate ear.

Clothing closets and Family Stores can offer goods as well. In Pitt County, this normally includes free or low cost clothes, shoes, school supplies, and professional work attire such as a suit, which may be offered. If your income is low enough a voucher may be provided so you get the goods for free. The vouchers or certificates are normally offered for people and low income families that need gently used clothing due to a disaster, domestic violence, eviction, or some other crisis. If more information or assistance is needed, there are other charities that give free clothes to the poor.

Salvation Army food pantries are located at most centers in eastern and central North Carolina. Those who are found to be eligible may be able to pick up a bag of free groceries and maybe some fresh foods. Special holiday food items (including Easter Thanksgiving, and Christmas) may be available at the correct time of year.




Locations of Salvation Army centers in Greenville, Pitt and surronding counties

There are several offices in the region. Referrals can also be provided from many of the centers.

  • 2337 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC, call (252) 756-3388 for information
  • 3742 S Main St, Farmville, telephone (252) 753-2784
  • 1402 Rhem Ave, New Bern, North Carolina, telephone (252) 637-2277
  • 310 Queen St, New Bern, phone (252) 637-7008
  • 112 E 7th St  Washington, NC 27889, (252) 946-2523
  • or try the Salvation Army at 420 Paul St, Rocky Mt. Dial (252) 446-4496 for intake.


By Jon McNamara

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