Pueblo Colorado Salvation Army assistance programs.

Some Salvation Army programs are available for everyday needs of Pueblo residents and other resources are more seasonal in nature. Get information on the primary financial assistance and basic need programs that are administered by the Salvation Army. They range from holiday assistance to grants for paying for expenses such as rent or utilities.

Help is offered for the homeless in the community. One of the main resources is the Warming Shelter. It normally operates from November to April and it offers a safe and warm place for people to sleep when the temperature is 32 degrees or lower. While someone is there they can receive a meal and information on various social service and case management programs. Staff will try to work with clients to get them back on their feet and out of the nightly shelter.

Thanksgiving Meals, including deliveries to seniors, are offered as well in Pueblo County. Turkeys, stuffing, and the toppings are all offered. In addition Christmas assistance may be provided in the form of holiday food baskets. Volunteers may bring them to the homebound so that they can experience Christmas as well.

A food pantry and daily feeding program are available. The Salvation Army will provide people with a free hot meal. It is offered to the community at 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday and then a meal is also served at Noon on Sundays. The pantry may have groceries, fruits, baby formula, and more. The organization will do its best to seek all that need help.

Extensive Christmas assistance is offered. During the fall and winter months hundreds of families will usually seek assistance with obtaining holiday meals, toys and gifts. The number of requests for utility and heating assistance will also increase as well during the winter. The Salvation Army can even be overwhelmed with phone calls and requests, so be patient and understanding. The Salvation Army of Pueblo Colorado says parents who need help with toys simply need to ask as there are other options such as the Angel Tree or the Adopt a Family program.




Most of the toys passed out are for families with children 18 and under, newborns, and students. There may be some gift giving programs for isolated senior citizens and the homebound too. The Salvation Army will also partner with other nearby groups such as Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, the local schools or Posada.

Utility, rent, and even furnace assistance may be offered. There may be a waiting list in place due to the number of requests that the Pueblo organization receives. Typically, the Salvation Army, often working with other non-profits such as Catholic Charities, can provide financial assistance to people who can't afford to pay their heating bill or keep their furnace operating. However resources are limited and unfortunately not everyone who qualifies can receive support. While they will try to offer referrals for utility assistance, the number of available programs is not very many. People can also explore government resources such as LIHEAP. If you need help with paying for food, toys, rent or paying your utility bills there may be help available depending on where you live in Colorado. The main center is at 520 W 13th St  Pueblo, Colorado 81003, call (719) 543-3656.

Colorado Springs Utilities customer can also get help with paying utility bills. The Salvation Army may offer referrals and appointments so that individuals can explore options available to them. Applicants will need a disconnect notice, proof of income and other supporting documentation in order to further explore these services. Call 578-1222.




By Jon McNamara

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