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Salvation Army area San Antonio area emergency assistance.

When families in San Antonio and across Bexar County need some help, the Salvation Army centers in the greater San Antonio region are an option. Most of the programs, whether money to pay rent, free food or Christmas toys, school supplies or case management, are focused on the most vulnerable across Bexar County. This includes the elderly and families with young children. The financial aid is often focused on those with situations that are beyond their control and not of their doing or creation.

Emergency financial help from Salvation Army in Bexar County

Emergency Financial Assistance may be provided to people who need a little support as they deal with a hardship or if they are faced with trying times. Various programs are offered by the San Antonio area Salvation Army to those who are faced with challenges. More details are below.

Homeless prevention, including rent and utilities, may be offered to someone to ensure they are able to remain in their home or apartment. Many local and national studies show that it is easier, and less expensive, to prevent an eviction that it is to re-establish a new home for a family after they have become homeless. The Salvation Army can help people overcome a crisis by offering assistance with paying rent and/or utility bills. This will be focused on people who would otherwise be homeless.

Transitional Housing and Shelter Programs can also be in high demand. Most communities in Texas, including in the greater San Antonio region, offer so called time-limited residence programs to help low income individuals or families move from overnight or temporary shelter care into more stable housing. There are many shelter programs in San Antonio as well.

The objective of the transitional housing and Salvation Army case management services are to help individuals or families get back on the road to more long term self-sufficiency. Meet with a social worker and others for job hunting assistance, counseling, child care, food boxes, and emergency housing.

Free items including food, Christmas help, school or case management services

Food Pantries are located across Bexar County Texas and many Salvation Army centers. Locations across Texas run and offer residents access to deep, well-stocked food banks and pantries. Senior citizens, as well as families and individuals, are eligible to receive meals, groceries, and food boxes containing nutritious food items, such as dried goods, bread, canned items, frozen meats, vegetables, and more. Aid can help people meet their needs for several days.




Household goods, furniture and clothing vouchers can be offered by case workers from San Antonio Salvation Army centers. The voucher is almost as good as cash, and it can be used at a designated retail outlet or thrift store to purchase the items they need, such as clothing or furniture.

Students, whether English or Spanish speakers or immigrants, can get free back to school supplies. The Salvation Army centers in Bexar County want students to succeed. Having school supplies, clothes to be confident in, chromebooks, backpacks or any items are critical to learning. There are giveaways in the city and county.

Christmas is a special time of the year, and no child should go without because their family is faced with a hardship. Holiday programs such as Stocking Shop, Angel Tree, Adopt-a-Family, and Forgotten Child are all offered. Many locations also may offer a Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner or lunch, or deliver food boxes for families or seniors to have a traditional dinner in their home. Many of the holiday programs are run by, and paid for, by volunteers across Bexar County Texas. More details on holiday assistance.

Volunteers and donors are involved in distributing gifts to shut-ins in nursing homes and hospitals, handing out toys to children, or helping prepare and provide a complete Christmas dinner. If you can, the organization is always looking for more donations and volunteers for Christmas Assistance programs.

Disasters can occur in San Antonio, and the Salvation Army is there to help and respond. They are usually one of the first to respond and be on the scene when disaster strikes, whether it is manmade (such as a fire) or a natural disaster (such as hurricane). The agency can provide shelter, food, clothing, referrals and spiritual comfort. Mobile kitchens also operate in the region. Case managers also work closely with state of Texas and federal emergency management personnel and many other organizations to form a cooperative and fully responsive team during such difficult times.

Assistance for the elderly

Senior Adult Services and Community Centers are operated by the Salvation Army across San Antonio. These locations allow the elderly and senior citizens to develop new skills and enjoy the company of peers. Staff provide information on programs such as health insurance, medications, and housing.





The centers can also provide educational classes, hot-lunch programs, day care and pre-retirement seminars. Some of the resources offered include Older Adult Camp, Senior Residences, and Adult Day Centers. The Salvation Army also partners with Texas Agency on Aging programs to help the elderly.

Bexar County and San Antonio Salvation Army center locations

There are a few locations for residents. They may offer homeless shelters or soup kitchens. Some locations in Bexar County have Family Stores which sell low cost goods. There are also free seasonal assistance (school supplies or Christmas toys), emergency financial assistance, help for immigrants, and much more.

  • Center of Hope Corps, 521 W. Elmira Street, San Antonio, Texas 78212, Telephone: (210) 352-2000
  • The Salvation Army main location is at 1324 S Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78204. Call (210) 223-6877
  • Citadel Corps, 2810 W. Ashby Place, San Antonio, Texas 78201. Dial (210) 733-0643
  • Mission Corps, 3802 SW Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78211, main number (210) 922-6714 or (210) 460-5995
  • Hope Senior Nutrition Program, 910 N Flores Street, San Antonio, Texas 78212, call (210) 352-2000
  • Dave Coy Center Senior Nutrition Program, 226 Nolan Street, San Antonio, TX 78202, main number is (210) 226-2291
  • Citadel Corps Senior Nutrition Program, 2810 W. Ashby Place, San Antonio, Texas 78201, main number is (210) 733-0643

By Jon McNamara

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