Racine County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Depending on donations and other factors, Racine County families may be able to call upon the Salvation Army for help. Most of the aid provided is for basic and seasonal needs. This can include Christmas meals and gifts, winter coats, and food. The financial assistance, including for rent or heating bills, is very limited in Racine Wisconsin. However people who need help can still contact the Salvation Army for referrals and other information.

Seniors and older residents of Racine Wisconsin can turn to the non-profit for support. Resources are focused on addressing the needs of people age 50 and older as well as their spouses. Some of what may be available is below.

A low cost, hot lunch will be served in the main center. It will help meet the USDA nutritional levels that are put into place by the organization. At the same time this is occurring, senior citizens can also participate in a variety of other activities and workshops. This can include, but is not limited to, billiards, board games, crafts, and socializing. Other informational sessions can be held, such as how to apply for health care from Medicare or low income energy bill assistance/LIHEAP. Home delivered meals may be provided too. A schedule will be put into place by the Salvation Army each week, so it is recommended to be sure you adhere to those hours and days.

Christmas assistance is available in Racine. A main service is Angel Tree. Another is the Christmas Toy Sign-up. Individuals or families in need of free or low cost Christmas toys or gifts for children ages 14 and under may sign up at the Salvation Army for assistance. Conditions are in place, including applicants will need their ID and proof of the children which can include social security cards or birth certificates. The Salvation Army Christmas program will usually open for enrollment on or about October 1st of each year for the upcoming season.

There are other ways to get apply for emergency Christmas help, including contacting charities and churches in Racine County. The Salvation Army is only one option for low income families. Residents can get meals, toys, and many other items.





Services are available for teenagers, students, and youth too. Children under the age of 12 can enroll into after school programs. This can include games or sports like basketball or volleyball. Other sessions and activities are offered as well, including education programs, use of a computer, free snacks, details on immunization resources, and information on state of Wisconsin and federal government summer meal programs.

The Salvation Army youth programs are free and can help keep children active, safe, and maybe even happy. Other components include special holiday parties, field trips and much more.

Additional Social Services are listed below as well.

The Racine Wisconsin Salvation Army is the central place for information and referrals site for all local food pantries and non-profits in the region. Low income families or individuals in need of free emergency food may receive groceries or a meal every 30 days. When you try to access these services, please be sure to bring proof of the number of persons in your home, your identification, proof of income, and current address. Other information may be needed over time as well.

Another season program is Coats For Kids. This is offered for children and students ages 1-18 in need of a warm winter coat. Qualified families may receive one through the Salvation Army social service department.




As funding, grants, and resources allow, other emergency assistance and social services are offered. Some are available in partnership with regional non-profit partner organizations. Examples may include medications, information on job training, vouchers for gasoline and more. Some limited utility help may be offered. Or get help in applying for government benefit programs. For additional assistance or if you have questions about the Racine County Salvation Army, dial 632-3147 or the main center is at 1901 Washington Ave in Racine.


By Jon McNamara

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