Salvation Army in Virginia assistance programs and Family Services.
The Salvation Army and their Family Services program help tens of thousands of families in Virginia every year. A focus of their financial assistance and social services, including rent help, electric bill assistance, food and more is on low to moderate income individuals who would otherwise not be qualified for any other support. Many of the Virginia programs and locations listed below are focused on preventing homelessness, offering free holiday assistance including Christmas toys, and providing free or low cost school supplies and meals.
Resources from Family Services in Virginia
A focus is on preventing the cycle of homelessness. This is done by ideally preventing evictions, offering emergency rental assistance, case management, and guidance. Individuals who are homeless may be able to find shelter and short term transitional housing. This Salvation Army program helps low income families and individuals by:
- Offering qualified families direct financial support for bills, housing, rent, and basic needs. This is completely dependent on funding and qualifications being met.
- If a family, in particular one with young children or seniors, is faced with a disconnection, the Salvation Army may have funds for paying utility bills.
- Cooling bill assistance, fans, and/or air conditioners may be distributed by the Salvation Army in Virginia to the most vulnerable.
- Receive free food, clothing for work or school, and non-monetary aid.
- Referrals to other non-profits, government programs, and assistance programs are available. Or learn more on how to receive eviction help in Virginia.
Any financial or material assistance provided by Family Services will be short-term in nature, and is considered emergency assistance. All resources are limited. When funds allow, the Salvation Army may provide the services above. So call them for information on utility assistance, food, housing, clothing, transportation and rent/mortgage help.
Counseling and guidance
The Salvation Army in Virginia also provides counseling, referrals and guidance to help those in need meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people seeking help. Work with a social worker, who will develop a case plan that involves counseling and referrals to help people find solutions to the problems faced by the clients. This will have another benefit of helping individuals plan ahead and prevent future emergency situations, and will also help individuals improve self-sufficiency and client functioning in everyday life.
Salvation army case managers provide support for a wide variety of budgeting, employment, and financial needs. Some services are run in partnership with other local non-profits. They can help families save money, provide free stuff for basic needs, encourage savings and living within means, and more. These services are wide ranging across Virginia.
Salvation Army holiday and Christmas assistance
A key program is Angel Tree, which offers new or gently used toys or clothing for children from low income and needy families. How this works is that a sponsoring corporation or business places a Christmas tree in a secure, high-pedestrian traffic location, such as a mall or post office in Virginia. The tree will then be decorated with numbered paper “angel” name tags with the first name, gender, and of a child who will receive the food or gift. Contributors to this Salvation Army program will remove one or more name tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child. In addition to that, families can find other sources of free toys.
Coats for Kids is another service. Volunteers and non-profits that the Salvation Army works with will collect donated new or used winter coats from the community. Many local businesses will even dedicate resources to clean and repair the coats at no cost. All items are then distributed by the Salvation Army to needy families and children.
Thanksgiving and Holiday Meals – Many Virginia centers will provide hot meals during the holiday. Volunteers partner with the Salvation Army to feed those who can’t afford to provide a holiday meal. People who need companionship around the holidays also tend to receive holiday meals.
Emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support services
The goal of the Virginia Emergency Shelter Services is to help all low income, working poor, or evicted residents break the cycle of evictions and/or homelessness. Work with a case manager for the following.
- Financial assistance may be available to assist residents through providing direct financial assistance for expenses such as rent or energy bills. Or get referrals to other agencies or government programs, such as Section 8 vouchers, which can also help people obtain permanent housing.
- The Virginia centers also collaborate with other local non-profit agencies and charities in order to assist residents in obtaining steady jobs or increase their current skills in an effort to provide steady incomes.
- Assist state residents with mental health or other medical issues in receiving treatment needed for housing stability.
Case management staff will also concentrate on helping residents identify problems and the root cause of the issue that may have contributed to their homelessness. Historically, some of these issues or causes include educational deficiencies, substance abuse, employment and/or financial mismanagement and mental health issues.
In these transitional housing programs, residents are usually offered job training, life skills, GED classes, mental health counseling, legal services, career counseling, computer training, parenting classes, medical care, after-care programs, plus many other services.
Locations of Salvation Army Centers in Virginia
The services offered from these locations are extensive listed below, however they do differ based upon funding and location. Some of what can be offered includes emergency assistance, homeless services, food pantries, and transitional housing.
More secondary type resources are available as well. These will generally be elderly residential centers, domestic violence shelters, supervised visitation, day care and after school programs, and information on free or low cost medical and dental clinics. Or inquire into HIV/AIDS housing, career counseling and job training, tutoring, and Christmas Cheer programs.
Additional centers, thrift stores, and Family Services centers are below as well. They are in addition to the county locations in Virginia above.
Salvation Army center - 6528 Little River Tpke, Alexandria, Virginia (703) 642-9270
518 South Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22204, phone (703) 979-3380
This Salvation Army center offers social services and emergency assistance to Arlington and nearby communities as well.
207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Phone: 434-295-4058
Some of what may be provided includes rental and utility assistance, a food pantry, and more.
149 North Maple Avenue, Covington, VA 24426, dial (540) 962-0209.
102 N Main St # 304, Culpeper, Virginia 22701, dial (540) 727-8025
2620 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville, main number (276) 647-3450
Danville and Pittsylvania County - The social service center provides many services. Financial aid is combined with ministries, resources for children, and other support.
4915 Ox Rd Fairfax, VA 22030, Call (703) 385-8700. The Salvation Army can offer financial support in the form of loans for bills or housing, snacks and care for children, immigration services, Meals to Seniors, and other assistance.
2010 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, (540) 891-2242
Receive referrals to centers in Fredericksburg County as well as nearby areas such as Shenandoah and Winchester. Emergency food, information on transitional housing, and financial aid for rent or utility bills may be offered.
357 Cloud Street, Front Royal, VA 22630
Gloucester and Virginia Peninsula area - There are multiple sites. The each run different programs, ranging from summer camps to Thanksgiving meals, shelter, and more.
185 Ashby Avenue, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802, (540) 434-4854
Landmark VA has a Salvation Army center too. Call (703) 370-9544
10 Cardinal Park Drive Southeast, Leesburg, VA 20175, (703) 771-3371. Various social services, a low cost Family Store for furniture, and other support is offered.
2215 Park Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501, (434) 846-3525
603 Memorial Boulevard South, Martinsville, VA 24112, phone (276) 638-7259
760 Roanoke Street - Christiansburg, Virginia 24073, (540) 394-1037. The Salvation Army location has a soup kitchen for the homeless, information on housing, and of course free Thanksgiving meals.
5524 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, (757) 216-4227. The Social Service Department coordinates financial aid, and there are also ARC rehabilitation programs.
835 Commerce Street Petersburg, VA 23803, (804) 433-1688
2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth, (757) 393-2519
Address of Henrico Salvation Army center is 2 West Grace Street Richmond, Virginia 23220, (804) 225-7470.
724 Dale Avenue Southeast, Roanoke, Virginia. Call (540) 343-5335 for intake. Free items from Angel Tree may be offered along with mortgage or rent help, domestic violence assistance, and much more.
5511 Williamson Road, Roanoke Salvation Army Family Store. Call (540) 563-5585
Prince William County area has a center available. There is housing from the Turning Point Center for Women and Children, information on security deposit assistance, food, and more.
1700 West Beverley Street, Staunton, (540) 885-8157.
The Salvation Army in this area supports several other towns and cities too, such as Rockbridge. Free food, holiday programs, shelter and more is available.
Spotsylvania County is also supported by own its social service center. There are summer meals for kids, CAPP emergency financial aid, Energy share, and spiritual counseling.
157 West Washington Street, Suffolk, VA 23434, (757) 934-6173
62 Waterloo Street, Warrenton Virginia 0186, main phone number is (540) 341-8385. The center supports the entire county.
246 Arch Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980, (540) 949-6426
151 Kristiansand Dr # 109, Williamsburg, VA 23188, (757) 229-6651
This location serves the entire region. Low income residents can access Family Services such as transitional housing, free food, Christmas assistance and more.
300 Fort Collier Road - Winchester, Virginia 22603. Phone: 540-662-4777