Salem County Salvation Army emergency assistance programs.

The Salem County Salvation Army is a Christian based church that offers long term support as well as emergency help. There may be free back to school supplies, rent or energy bill help, homeless shelters, Christmas toys and other items. The goal of the charity, which is part of the state and nationwide network, offers social services that serve as hand up to the less fortunate.

There are a few core services/priorities available in the community. They cover housing (shelter), food (hunger prevention), support for children, mentoring, and holiday services. Some of the other focus of the Salem County church includes helping people keep their power on, offering stability through case management, disaster relief, and in general trying to end poverty. The Salvation Army tackles these issues and more.

Housing and food assistance from the Salvation Army

The team at the Salem County Salvation Army believes that everyone, provided they work and make effort, is entitled to food and a roof over their heads. These are the reasons that a few assistance programs are available. The center addresses these needs from the free food pantry as well as financial assistance.

As part of the goal to offer housing support and food, there may be funds for paying rent or an electric bill, free boxes of groceries from the Salem County pantry, emergency shelter for the homeless, and housing for seniors and veterans. A combination of vouchers or “in-kind” goods may also be used, such as providing the item to the client directly. Those programs, and others, may all be provided.





Salem County seasonal assistance programs

The Salvation Army in Salem County wants to ensure that all families experience some type of holiday joy. There are young round programs, including a Easter, Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. The names of these holiday services vary, as do what they offer. Children can be given from Christmas toys from Angel Tree, families a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal from adopt a family, and there are also free Thanksgiving turkeys and Easter baskets.

Children from Salem County can also benefit from Salvation Army social services. Working with other non-profits in the community, they coordinate a summer camp for students when they are not in school. They also try to give them a snack or meal during that time frame.

Youth from low income families can also of course benefit from the seasonal and holiday programs. So they can get the Christmas gifts or school supplies referenced above. The Salem County Salvation Army strong believes in ensuring children are not negatively impacted from their parents hardship.

Free case management

The case management and mentoring services are often combined by the Salem County Salvation Army. Social workers will meet with the client to go over their options. This is what is available as a “hand up”. The assistance may be given in the form of work clothes or the use of a computer to search for jobs. Or there can be a bus pass or gasoline voucher to get to a local job interview.

The ministry from the church will also be used as a form of stabilization by the Salvation Army to give people guidance they need. There are weekly sessions in which anyone can attend, no matter their religion. The advice is non-judgmental, and participants can also be given some hot meals or cold drinks at the same time.





The above listing is just some of what the center may provided. They do try to be flexible and respond to the needs of the community. So the assistance programs may change. This means that during the winter or summer there may be more money for paying heat or air conditioning bills, or they work with partners such as the American Red Cross to help during a disaster. But all of these resources due depend on funding.

For more information on the Salem County Salvation Army social services, call the charity at (856) 696 - 5252. However appointments will be needed when seeking help.

By Jon McNamara

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