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Prince William County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Prince William County Salvation Army center provides support to the working poor, homeless, and low income in the community. There is help for paying bills from the Emergency Assistance (EMAST) program as well as other aid from the charity, such as the Angel Tree Christmas gift serving service or free food from the pantry. There are also free back to school supplies as well as transportation programs, substance abuse and more services. Using resources and donations, the Salvation Army will try to support residents of Woodbridge and the county.

The assistance, whether it is for rent, utilities, fruit from the food giveaway, or even just case management, will also be given with compassion. The charity is non-judgmental and they assist people of all faiths, religions, and backgrounds. Whether it is an immigrant or single mom (or anyone else) in Prince William County, social services may be arranged.

Emergency assistance from Salvation Army social services

Any help provided is short term and will focus on the client's needs, so it is flexible. EMAST is the main resources used for these people, and it provides both financial and case management in Prince William County Virginia.

There are both housing type programs run by the Salvation Army as well as other types of financial support. For the former, there may be emergency mortgage, rent, or utility bill assistance. In addition, free household items or furniture may be provided from the thrift store for a new home or apartment. Even if someone is already homeless or was just evicted, then the  shelter that is part of the Homeless Outreach Grate Patrol can help meet their housing needs.

A major focus of the Salvation Army is on slowing down, or reversing homelessness. As the cost of housing in Prince William County is extensive, and the Salvation Army works with the United Way, government, and local agencies to assist. There are also many resources in the state, and learn more on homeless prevention and rapid rehousing in Virginia.

 

 

 

The other type of help from the Salvation Army in Prince William County from EMAST is not for paying bills, but it offers low income families additional services. There may be free food from the pantry or bus or even gasoline vouchers to get to a critical job interview. When an indigent person dies, burial assistance may also be arranged in the Woodbridge and Manassas Virginia area. When the case manager can't meet the request for financial help or other service, they will readily provide referrals and information.

There may also be seasonal type emergencies solved as well. It can often be challenging for a family to buy school uniforms, shoes and supplies for their children. The Salvation Army may help them meet this need by providing the items they need. However, maybe the largest seasonal program is the free toys, Christmas gifts, and meals given to kids from the Prince William County Salvation Army Angel Tree program

A food pantry is open as well. The Salvation Army operates at Fresh Fruit as well as Vegetable Giveaway service which feeds clients. There are items ranging from baby formula to milk, fruits, and more used to fill a box of groceries. It is run in partnership with the Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Woodbridge.

In combination with the pantry is the Fresh Start program, which gives out free hygiene kits with washcloths, toothbrush and toothpaste, body soap, shampoo, razors, hand sanitizes and other goods. This can not only free up a family's income for their other bills, but also helps the homeless in the community.

Additional support in Prince William County

The Salvation Army also runs more specialized services. There is assistance from transitional housing, which will help both young women and single moms with children avoid homelessness. This provides food, advice, case management, and information on public benefits as well, including section 8 vouchers or tips on accessing rental assistance.

 

 

 

 

There are dozens of apartments available to them as part of the Turning Point Center for Women and Children. The Salvation Army helps the females and their kids get the support and life skills they need from programs including the Family Action Plan and others.

The Prince William County Salvation Army provides both extra-curricular activities, free snacks and educational resources for children. This teaches the youth important skills and get the opportunity that many deserve. Whether it is helping doing homework, or a free backpack full of free food or supplies for school, other material aid is given too. Another often overlooked service is the summer camp for children from low income families, and this is available across northern Virginia.

There are also free or low cost summer camps for kids during the summer as well as after school care or tutoring. Many volunteers, including teachers and counselors from the Salvation Army, help less fortunate children in Prince William County. They give snacks,  help watch kids, give children and teens a safe place to go after school, and even allow students to attend camp during the summer. Find free summer camps near you for kids.

Applying to Salvation Army in Prince William County

The Salvation Army location in Woodbridge serves all of Prince William County. This is where both financial aid and food from the pantry is issued from. The phone number is 703-580-8991 and physical address is 1483 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Another location is at 11201 Balls Ford Rd, Manassas, Virginia 20109. Phone: (703) 686-4607.

 

By Jon McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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