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Salvation Army programs in Florence and Darlington County.

Families that are struggling and faced with challenges can turn to the Salvation Army. The non-profit has service centers in counties across South Carolina, including in Darlington, Williamsburg, Florence and many others. Most of the focus is on helping people gain self-sufficiency, so case management is generally offered. Some residents may qualify for emergency needs, such as food or funds for paying electric bills or rent.

When facing a utility shut off or eviction, and the resulting homelessness that may occur, some emergency assistance may be available. This can be funds for paying a partial rent payment or utility bill. Or a social worker may refer people to other local non-profit agencies or government programs.

When able to help, the Salvation Army will only usually pay out on a one-time only basis, for a crisis, and as a last resort. Funding levels are very limited. So if you live in the Florence County South Carolina area and also have an eviction or shut off notice, then the agency may be able to help during that timeframe.

When applying for help, plan on attending case management or self-sufficiency sessions too. The reason for this is that cash assistance paid out will require that the applicant attack the cause of their financial hardship. So the Salvation Army and their staff will work with the resident to identify the issues and overcome barriers.

Referrals to federal government and state of South Carolina programs are also available as well. This is a key activity of the Salvation Army. They can usually provide information on benefits such as SNAP food stamps, SSDI disability applications, LIHEAP utility bill help, and more. Or get information on local non-profit budget/credit counseling agencies.

Various housing resources are located in the region, with a focus on homeless prevention or rehousing. Shelters will welcome all homeless people, including children and victims of domestic violence. People who use a housing center will also benefit from comprehensive social services, a free hot meal and case management.

Basic needs can be met from food pantries and clothing closets. Locations in Florence SC may have food assistance programs, which can include meals or boxes of groceries. Other specialty items, such as formula, diapers, or Meals on Wheels services for seniors are often available in partnership with other agencies.




Clothing issues can be met from thrift stores or clothing banks. Some sites will sell gently used items, including furniture. Other Darlington or Marion County locations may pass out vouchers for free items and goods. A couple thrift stores are at 1609 W. Palmetto St., Florence. Another location is at 2111 South Irby St. Florence or 215 North 5th St., Hartsville.

Or inquire into Christmas meals or gifts for children. Programs such as Angel Tree and Adopt a Family help children from less fortunate families. They may receive small toys, coats, or needed gifts. Around the various holidays, the Salvation Army is working to assist needy families to ensure that their struggles is not suffered by their children as well.

As noted, the staff want clients to gain stability. So get information or referrals to employment services that operate in some parts of South Carolina. A highly trained case worker can provide access to resume review services, a computer for public use, or information on local employers and hiring companies.

Those are just a few examples of what is offered. Other resources may include household items (thrift store or burn out), worship services, utility or rent bill assistance, and counseling. Call a center near you for more details.

The main center is at 2210 Hoffmeyer Road, Florence, South Carolina 29501. Telephone - (843) 662-4461 or 2111 S Irby St, Florence, SC, (843) 664-0305.



By Jon McNamara

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