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Georgia Salvation Army financial assistance.

A primary goal of the Salvation Army service centers in Georgia is to provide emergency assistance and address basic needs of those qualified families that are faced with a crisis. Whether it is money to help pay rent or past due utility bills, free food or school supplies, homeless shelters, or Christmas toys, help is offered. While they have a number of resources available to them, all support is constrained and limited. The organization relies heavily on volunteers and donations from the community.

The service centers listed below can provide support such as free food, prescription vouchers, clothing, lodging, transportation, supplies for infants, rent and utility bill assistance, as well as referrals to other local non-profits and government programs. As indicated, volunteers are key and more are always needed. They help and support full time staff, raise funds, and secure donations for money and goods for the local Salvation Army thrift stores in Georgia.

They are a great place for referrals. If your local service center in Georgia and the locations in your community does not provide the assistance programs or social services that you are looking for, they have lists of programs and agencies across the state.

Financial help from the Salvation Army in Georgia

When you are faced with an unexpected crisis, emergency financial assistance may be offered when you are out of options and have exhausted other resources. Limited emergency financial assistance may be offered to help pay rent, or provide utility bill help. Funds and vouchers can be used for prescriptions, paying for gasoline, giving replacement furniture as needed, or provide food and clothing. The Salvation Army in Georgia has many partners, even include furniture banks for free household supplies.

Pantries, Feeding Programs and Homeless Shelters are always a key focus of the Salvation Army. The non-profit has a long and extensive history of providing temporary housing and shelter to individuals and families who are faced with imminent eviction or who have become homeless. Your hardship can be caused by joblessness, natural disaster, or drastic changes in family life. Either way, the housing will offer job placement and life skills programs, professional counselors, as well as temporary shelter.




The centers can also offer free nutritious meals, tutoring for all children, and clothing and toiletries. Food pantries and meal sites are available too. They can even distribute Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, as well as have volunteers deliver holiday meals to the homebound.

Project SHARE is offered to citizens who are faced with an emergency. Sometimes people have a hard time acquiring food, medications, or paying their rent or utilities. Donations are needed from customers, and the Salvation Army works with non-profits and companies such as Georgia Power to collect funds and also match donations.

People can contribute as much as they can, whether it is a dollar or $5. Donations are also tax deductible. In a typical year Project SHARE provides funds and assistance to tens of thousands of Georgia families. It many cases the money is used to provide emergency utility bill assistance, but other expenses can be paid too. The Salvation Army is a key partner in processing applications, and they also work with local church groups on it. This program can be reached at 1-800-257-4273.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing is open by referral only from an approved agency, such as DFACs, Local Community Action Agency, DOL, Domestic Violence Providers, or VA Programs Mental Health Providers. The Salvation Army may have funds for paying rent (if faced with an eviction) or energy bills.

Salvation Army social services and free stuff

Disaster assistance is offered, including food and mobile kitchens. During periods of unforeseen natural disaster or man-made disaster (such as a fire), the Georgia Salvation Army deploys mobile feeding units known as canteens or mobile kitchens to prepare and distribute food and support to affected citizens.





Social services and assistance is offered for the elderly, hospital patients, and even inmates. Volunteers and full time Salvation Army corps officers have shown special concern for senior citizens and elderly. For example, care packages and visitation is being delivered to senior citizens and patients who are admitted to nursing homes or hospitals in Georgia. They also provide counseling services to prison inmates and importantly their families. Or there are also many senior citizen financial assistance programs in Georgia.

Project Hope can help those impacted by a disaster, life event or catastrophe. Every year thousands of hardworking families and individuals find themselves in an unexpected financial crisis. It can help those who were impacted by a layoff, illness, a house fire, or any other verifiable catastrophic event such as a flood. Many of those who are struggling have never sought or asked for help from anyone, but whom maybe now struggling with paying their mortgage, rent, car repairs, or who need help acquiring food. This is where Project Hope can help.

You will be put into touch with a case worker who will assess your financial condition and refer you to assistance programs. Some may be offered directly by the Salvation Army, or others may be federal or state of Georgia government resources.

As noted, many Salvation Army centers in Georgia pass out free stuff to the needy. Or they sell low cost goods to the general public from Family Stores. This includes seasonal items (like Christmas toys or clothes from Adopt a Family or Angel Tree or school supplies), or they give year round stuff, including furniture, clothes, shoes, and more. It can be free or sold at a low cost.

Georgia Salvation Army Corps and Service Centers

There are many local Salvation Army centers, thrift stores and social services. The main counties and cities are below. Or find even more locations in Georgia at the bottom of this list. Each may offer help for paying bills, meals, substance abuse counseling, and other forms of support.







Albany - Phone number is (229-435-1428). (This location does not offer rental assistance to the region.) However there are other family and social services, including a low cost Family Store, free clothes, school supplies, and other goods.

Athens centers, including Barrow and nearby county. Dial (770-534-7589). A number of low income programs, including homeless prevention, is available.

Atlanta – North - (404) 486-2700

Atlanta – Southern section – Dial the center at (404) 752-7578

Atlanta - There are several other centers in the region and county.

Augusta/Richmond Georgia – Main phone: (706-826-7933).

Brunswick – Telephone (912-265-9381). Financial aid may be offered from Project SHARE. There may be funds for paying everything from food to security deposits, disaster relief or medications. In some cases, the Salvation Army will use a loan for meeting basic needs.

Canton - A few Salvation Army centers are in this region. Food, emergency financial aid and more is distributed.

Carrollton - The Salvation Army office supports the county. They offer after school care, financial help for bills or medications, summer camp, and additional support.

Cartersville - Phone: (770-386-6256)

Columbia County - This office partners with other nearby towns and cities to help families living in poverty. Whether clothing, food, or school supplies are needed, support may be given.

Columbus – Call the center at (706-327-0275). This location supports all of Muscogee County as well. Staff may have information on everything from food pantries to grant programs.

Coweta County can be reached at (770) 251-8181.

Dalton - Phone: (706-278-3966)

Doraville – Call (770) 936-0449

Douglas County - There are two centers in the city of Douglasville plus referrals to other nearby assistance programs.

Forsyth County - Regional services are available.

Gainesville – Main number - (770-534-7589)

Griffin - Phone: (770-412-6561)

Jonesboro Salvation Army centers - The locations also provide assistance, such as Project share, in Clayton County.

LaGrange - Phone: (706-845-0197)

Lawrenceville - (770) 724-1660. Other centers also operate in the region.

Macon – Dial (478-746-8572)





Marietta Salvation Army - Phone 770.724.1640.

Rome - (478-746-8572)

Savannah and Chatham County - Phone: (912-352-8366). Some of what is offered includes shelter, Christmas assistance, food, and rent help.

Thomasville – Call (229-226-3772)

Toccoa – Main phone: (706-886-5293)

Valdosta – Dial (229-242-6440). The Salvation Army Center provides cash grants for bills, Angel Tree holiday gifts, and food from a pantry. There is also emergency shelter and other aid.

Walker County - The Salvation Army location covers multiple towns and counties.

Warner Robins - Phone: (478-922-2226)

Waycross – Dial (912-285-7237)


By Jon McNamara

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