Richmond and central Virginia Salvation Army assistance programs.

Dozens of programs and resources are offered by the Salvation Army of Richmond and Henrico County Virginia. Emergency assistance and services are focused on helping the low income, working poor, seniors and others. Programs are available across the central Virginia region, including in Petersburg and Chesterfield County. Resources offered including Christmas assistance, funds for paying rent and utilities, food assistance, shelter, and more.

While financial assistance is limited, if any is available it will be distributed by the Family Services group. This can help struggling individuals and families with paying for and meeting their basic human needs. This can include items such as clothing, food, electric bills, rent, housing, and more. The Salvation Army Family Services program provides financial assistance for housing, such as mortgage payments and rent. Other aid offered includes seasonal assistance such as back to school clothing vouchers and Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts. These resources are offered across Central Virginia.

Financial assistance is really limited to an extreme crisis. When funding allows, the Salvation Army can provide emergency utility bill or rent assistance in order to prevent a family from becoming homelessness or having their power shut off. Support is offered without discrimination and regards to someone’s race, age, or religion.

Emergency Shelters are available for women, children, men, single parents and others. They seek to alleviate homelessness in the Greater Richmond area. Not only can an individual get a place to stay, but they can also receive meals, life skills workshops, employment assistance, limited financial assistance, case management services, and referrals to other community services and non-profits in Henrico County. Social workers will help people develop individualized service plans that include measurable goals and objectives, as the goal is to resolve the underlying issue that led to the resident's housing crisis or eviction.

Christmas assistance is always in high demand. The Salvation Army celebrates the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays each year by providing free gifts, toys, and meals to children and individuals in need. Examples of the sponsored programs include Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and more. All of these provide toys, food, free coats, clothing and shoes to families in need.





The Alden Aaroe Shoe Fund is part of a program offered by WRVA and the Salvation Army. It distributes new shoes and boots to needy children for school or during the winter. It also can distribute Back to School supplies, and provides funding to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.

Another seasonal type program is Coats for Kids, which is sponsored in part by Puritan Cleaners. This program will collect donated used or new winter coats through Puritan Cleaners outlets in Central Virginia, and it operates throughout the holiday season. Puritan cleans and repairs the coats at no cost, and they then arrange to have them delivered to The Salvation Army, which will then give them to needy families. More details on free coats for kids assistance programs.

Emergency Disaster Services can provide help to people across Virginia. The Salvation Army can provide free food, compassion, free clothing, medical supplies, water and more to victims and emergency workers of manmade or natural disasters through mobile canteen or kitchen units.

Homeless prevention is also offered by the Richmond Salvation Army's Family Services program. It can provide assistance to help families stay in their homes, and this includes direct financial support, food and clothing, grants for paying utility bills, and referrals. The non-profit can help those in need and strives to serve families who otherwise may fall through the state of Virginia or federal government social service cracks. They will also try to assist those who are not eligible for services from the public sector. Any financial assistance is limited and short term in nature.

The Salvation Army's Community Education Center in Petersburg supports families in Richmond, Chesterfield, and other counties. The CEC center is located at The Petersburg Center for Worship and Service with a secondary location at the Emergency and Transitional Shelter. The program can provide clients with skills and training that can help them succeed and enrich their lives with the goal of gaining independence, a new job, and self-sufficiency. Examples of services offered include GED preparation, free computer training life-education classes such as; budgeting skills, basic computer and internet skills, reading comprehension and improvement, Microsoft Office, and keyboarding skills.




Regional Richmond area Salvation Army locations

There are several in the area. They provide financial aid, free stuff, sell goods from a Family Store, and much more. The low income and anyone in need can call or drop in for help or referrals.

Salvation Army centers in Chesterfield, Henrico County, and central Virginia are below.

  • 2 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23241, (804) 225-7470
  • 5327 Orcutt Lane, Richmond, (804) 745-5524
  • 3807 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond, VA (804) 497-8779
  • 835 Commerce Street Petersburg, Virginia 23803 (804) 433-1688

By Jon McNamara

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