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Rhode Island Salvation Army financial assistance.

Certain locations of the Salvation Army in Rhode Island may be able to provide emergency cash and financial assistance as funding becomes available. Low income individuals and families may be able to access various forms of service or resources to help them pay their bills or basic needs, and assistance provided can range from electric and heating bill assistance, food, medications, housing, rent, and more.

Although resources and funds are always limited, the Rhode Island Salvation Army centers are strongly committed to doing what they can to help the less fortunate. This can include alleviating hunger by providing groceries and staple food items to families with children. Meals and soup kitchens may be run too. Additional financial assistance provided may be utility bill assistance, clothing vouchers, rental assistance, and even emergency furniture vouchers.

Probably the most consistent, and regularly funded program offered is the monthly Food Distribution program and on site food pantries. Most locations provide food, meals, and groceries year round. However the non-profits largest distribution takes place during Thanksgiving and Christmas of every year, when hundreds of households receive free food, usually gifts and a turkey. Emergency food is also distributed to low income families and individuals that need it during distribution days, including to children that are out of school.

Most of the Salvation Army Food Pantries are open to families and individuals who are residents of any town or county in Rhode Island. The food banks and pantries have been operating for a number of years. In general, families are able to choose their own groceries or perishable items. The amount of non-perishable food and groceries that each household takes home is determined by family size and income, and it is supplemented by additional choices of meat, produce, pastries, and breads as available.




Money for paying heating and utility bills is provided, primarily from the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund. The donation and charity program has provided energy bill assistance to Rhode Islanders in temporary crisis or financial hardship who cannot pay their monthly energy bills and who do not qualify for state or federal government funds. This program is funded by customer donations, so anyone across the state can donate money to help someone less fortunate in the community. If the service is not available, find other Rhode Island energy bill assistance programs.

The Angel Tree program is also available in Rhode Island. This holiday program provides toys for children or new clothing for low income/needy families. How it works is a sponsoring corporation or company places a Christmas tree in a secure, high-pedestrian traffic area or lobby. Contributors to the Salvation Army Angel tree program will need to remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts or toys for the child.





Some of the other resources and services offered on a limited basis may include emergency funds for rent, housing, and other accommodation. Shelter and short term transitional housing may be provided. Of course certain centers may have their own programs that they offer.

Children in Rhode Island are always a focus. The Salvation Army wants to prepare them for the school year, and ensure they get what they need (such as food, educational opportunities or meals) when school is not in session. Using donations, there may be uniforms, school supplies for free, the Christmas toy programs, and more. Regional summer camps can also be used.

The Rhode Island Salvation Army centers area also great places to call to get referrals, and to learn about non-profit agencies and government assistance programs that are offered to the low income and less fortunate.

Rhode Island Salvation Army Centers

Rhode Island State Office
Address is 1515 Elmwood Avenue
Cranston, Rhode Island 02910
Telephone number is (401) 490-0240

Newport Corps Community Center
Center is 51 Memorial Dr.
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Call (401)846-3234 for information or services. Or read more details.




Pawtucket Corps Salvation Army Community Center
102 High St.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862
Main phone number (401)723-9533, 9534

Providence Corps Community Center
Primary address is 386 Broad St.
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Call (401)831-1119
This is the largest Salvation Army center in the state. They partner as part of the New England network, but assistance available ranges from case management to overnight shelter, programs for single moms, and even financial aid, including loans. Continue with Salvation Army assistance in Providence County.

Providence Temple - (Hispanic Ministry)
Also located at Broad St.
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Phone number is (401)831-1119

Southern New England Service Units - Operates in suburban and rural communities with no Salvation Army building
Center location is 20 Miner Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02905
Telephone number is (401) 781-7238

Washington County and South Kingston
Families living in poverty can call on the location. Or anyone looking to save money on a daily basis can shop at the thrift store. Whether it is clothes, vouchers, disaster relief, or housing, support is given. Learn more.



By Jon McNamara

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