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Sandusky, Lorain, and Erie area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Salvation Army programs focus on helping the less fortunate, in particular low income families with children and seniors in the Erie County Ohio region. While some emergency financial assistance may be available, the goal is always to address the root cause of the hardship and to get the client on the path to self-sufficiency.

During a crisis, emergency utility and heating bill assistance may be available as a last resort. Families that are faced with a shut off or disconnection are the main beneficiaries. The non-profits social service caseworkers help families from the region pay their energy bills in order to get through the short term hardship. Depending on resources, both in-person requests and telephone inquiries may be processed. The Salvation Army also works closely with other human service agencies and charities across Sandusky and Erie County Ohio.

When someone receives support, they will also have access to a number of other forms of assistance, such as budget counseling, credit repair, job training, and even offer emotional support and a listening ear as necessary. Hopefully this will help reduce the chances of a future crisis. The Salvation Army social services support those in need as they work to gain stability and improve their lives.

Crisis intervention and emergency assistance is provided through social workers or family service staff. The staff from the Salvation Army will attempt to provides services and assistance to needy individuals and families. It can range from limited prescription assistance, clothing vouchers and other forms of rent or utility bill assistance for crisis intervention. If needed, intake and assessments will link the client to other local programs or community resources. Inquire at your local corp center.

Hunger prevention and food assistance is offered by the Salvation Army. Intake and assessment for a pantry or any other assistance program will also provide the client with referrals to other social services. For example, clients can get information on and applications to food stamps in Ohio or other government resources.

The Salvation Army also provides Erie County Ohio residents with free hot meals. This operates year-round for anyone in need. The local food banks, soup kitchens and pantries provide residents with access to groceries for families, children and individuals in need. While the food provided is free, some locations require appointments in advance and some of their centers in Erie or Sandusky can assist people on a walk-in, first come first serve basis. These meals and pantries assist people of all ages, as well as individuals and families who may be down on their luck for a short period of time and in need of some extra assistance.




Shelters are scattered across the region. The goal is to help families through difficult times and to also assist and enable them with finding and paying the rent on permanent housing. The Salvation Army housing programs and shelters offer physical and spiritual care, free food, and of course shelter to people in need. Men and women, such as seniors, that may be living on social security or pensions have access to low-cost housing as well.

The Salvation Army Senior Services Ministry helps the elderly, home bound, and even those in a nursing home. The centers provide clients with socialization and daily recreation, Meals on Wheels and also congregate meals. In addition, the staff member may just provide the senior with a kind word, a small gift or a requested prayer. All of this can help combat loneliness. Residents age 60 and older from Erie and Lorain County region are invited to participate in the senior programs and services.

Holiday Assistance is offered from the Salvation Army. Hundreds of families, children, single parents and individuals may receive free winter coats, clothing, toys and free food vouchers. The names of the programs include Angel Tree, Christmas Distribution and Adopt-A-Family. Also, during the winter months, many clients from the area will receive financial assistance to help them meet basic needs, such as grocery store/food pantry items, vouchers for paying utilities or rent and more. Each and every holiday season, thousands of people from the Erie and Lorain County area donate money and toys and time to these programs, so please contribute if you can.

The closet Salvation Army centers are as follows.

  • 3333 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870, telephone (419) 626-3862
  • 202 Lynn St, Fremont, (419) 334-2832
  • 820 Cleveland Rd E, Huron, Ohio, (419) 433-0500



By Jon McNamara

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