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Rowan, Cabarrus, Davie County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The region of Cabarrus County, Rowan, and nearby Davie is supported by the Salvation Army. The organization has a few centers in the area that can assist the less fortunate with basic needs, one time help for rent payments, holiday support, and they may have emergency help as well. The focus is on seniors, the very low income, unemployed, or homeless. Some of the main programs administered are noted below.

There are some programs for those that are unemployed or that have been recently laid off. This aid will usually come in some form of financial support. It can cover a wide range of needs, as noted below, and will often come with case management services as well as job search assistance.

Maybe first and foremost, the Salvation Army, its partners and staff work to end hunger. This is a top priority, with a focus on children and the elderly in Cabarrus County. The Salvation Army and its partners, such as local churches, run sites that include soup kitchens, food banks, and other feeding type/meal programs.

The food pantry is open to qualified clients from the counties who meet guidelines. Groceries, food, and government commodities are distributed to eligible low income or working poor clients once every 30 days. Note that each case is evaluated on an individual basis.

The Salvation Army and its staff work to provide families and individuals with healthy meals or boxes of food. Also, during the holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, other meal programs may operate in North Carolina. There may be turkeys, hams, meats, vegetables, and more served or passed out.

While the demand is very high, mostly due to the challenging economy, the Salvation Army tries to provide some type of financial support as a last resort in the region. Hundreds of families may usually qualify that live in Cabarrus or Rowan County North Carolina. Any type of aid is done as a hand up and not a hand out, so those seeking assistance need to be on path to self-sufficiency.

Rent or utility bill assistance may be offered across North Carolina. One priority is on offering funds during the winter months for paying heating bills, kerosene, and gas expenses. Funds from the Salvation Army may go to seniors or families with young children. Or money may be paid out to someone on the verge of homelessness. There are also additional resources, and find rent assistance programs from other agencies.





The very limited programs from the Salvation Army are intended to help with an emergency situation. It will be done as a last resort. The centers will work with other regional human service agencies, government social service offices (such as Rowan DSS) or local churches to coordinate assistance programs.

Several other services may be available. Examples can include:

  • Thrift stores sell gently used clothing, furniture, and related goods. The lowest income shoppers may be given free vouchers.
  • Help in a disaster for shelter or food.
  • Cold weather or hot weather shelter facilities.
  • Information and referrals to transitional housing programs in Cabarrus County.

As noted, the local Family Corp centers can provide assistance with gently used clothing, food, rent, utilities, and even spiritual guidance. For those facing a crisis, flood, fire, natural disaster, and other forms of assistance may be disbursed available on a case-by-case basis.

For each one of these resources, there will be an application and intake process. The terms will vary by resource being applied for and center, but it may include things like a valid state issued identification, such as a driver’s license. Applicants will usually need to present copies of all monthly bills or leases, proof of a recent job search from ESC, Social Security Cards, and proof of income. Also, in general, for any financial assistance from the Salvation Army, the client must have a disconnection or eviction notice.

Contact information

There are a few centers in the area. Some of them include the following.

620 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury, North Carolina 28145, (704) 636-6491

2901 Cloverleaf Pkwy, Kannapolis, NC 28083, telephone number is (704) 788-2055


By Jon McNamara

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