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Shreveport and Caddo Parish Salvation Army emergency assistance programs.

Low income and struggling families in the greater Shreveport area (and throughout the Parish) can contact the Salvation Army for assistance. There are many resources offered, ranging from homeless shelters to financial help (for bills or rent) to free food, toys for Christmas, school supplies and more. This is one of the nation's leading social service agencies and they administer a number of resources. Some short term financial assistance may be offered or other basic needs while the client works with a case manager on long term self-sufficiency.

Housing, shelter, and financial help for bills in Caddo Parish

Emergency short term assistance may be offered to those who qualify in Caddo Parish. Every year thousands of low income, needy, and unemployed residents request free clothing, food, rent help and utility bill assistance. They also ask for help with purchasing items such as bus tickets or life-saving/sustaining prescription medications. Many Caddo Parish clients also sign up for free budgeting services, banking, and the networking that occurs with other non-profit agencies.

The Shreveport Family Shelter offers clothing, food, and a place to stay for women, men, and even families with children. Individuals who stay there can also attend life-skills and job placement training, literacy services, and AA/NA/GA treatment.

Homeless Shelters in Shreveport will treat every person with dignity and compassion and help fulfill basic needs of housing and food. One of the centers in the region is known as Merkle Center of Hope. There are various emergency shelters in operation by the Salvation Army for people of all ages, including women, single parents and children.

People who use the housing can receive shelter, food, clothing, Legal Aid Counseling, GED Tutoring, Employment Training, Free Debt Help, information on No Credit Loans, and Life Skills Training. The Caddo Parish Salvation Army is committed to help clients gain long term stability, and those “skills” are critical to the process. In particular is overall financial literacy along with credit type support, as understanding money in today’s day and age is critical to financial success. Even find loan organizations to help with bills.




Rental assistance is rarely offered as part of a federal government FEMA grant. It may pay for expenses once every couple of years, but payments will not be made for any fees. An extensive application process is in place that applicants need to fulfill.

Other utility bill assistance may be offered offered by the Salvation Army when they have government grants. Electric bills and natural gas costs may be paid for when someone is facing a disconnection. A number of conditions are in place, including they need to have proof of ID, facing a disconnection and more.

Disaster relief is always a focus of the Salvation Army. They can assist with both man made and natural events. The organization will help victims of events such as a hurricane. In addition, they will help victims of say a fire with clothing, furniture and fixtures and everything else that is needed to start over.

Free food, meals, and basic needs from Salvation Army in Shreveport region

The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen is available for anyone who is hungry. A few meals per day are prepared and served by staff, including volunteers. Senior citizens and neighborhood children are well fed. If you can't make it to a location some volunteers may bring the meals to seniors and the home bound in Shreveport, and this is a meals on wheels type service.

Senior Citizens' Program offers a couple meals per day, provides people a place to go for activities with their peers and will teach them other activities. Some can even sign up for financial education and bill paying assistance.

Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are for the low income, children, and the homeless. Everyone who comes into the center is fed a full meal and hopefully also leaves feeling encouraged. Some volunteers will also deliver turkeys and Christmas meals too.

Other holiday programs include the Angel Tree, Christmas Basket Program and Toys for Tots. Hundreds of local members from the community receive free toys, gifts, food and other goods. Most of the children who are part of the program don't have anything to their name, but case managers and staff from the Salvation Army will try to make sure they have a good Christmas. Food baskets, including turkeys, are given to every person/family who needs assistance.





V.A. Stand Down is a partnership between the Salvation Army and V.A. Hospital. Among other services it will provide them with a free hot delicious meal, clothes, and provide health care checks. In addition case workers can sign them up for food stamps and other government benefits, such as cash assistance or housing, in order to improve the quality of their lives and offer any assistance that is needed.

Free food boxes are passed out to qualified clients at most once every 6 months. When applying you will need to provide any information on any other government assistance that you may be receiving or even food from any other non-profits in the region of Caddo Parish.

In addition to the free food from the pantry, there are also Salvation Army case managers that help low income families apply for other benefits such as SNAP food stamps in Louisiana, free school lunches or meals, surplus government commodities and other public aid type food programs. Find more details on Louisiana government food assistance programs.

Clothing items, in particular for work or school, may be offered by Salvation Army vouchers or thrift stores at most twice per year. School Uniforms may be offered for children and teenagers. The items passed out may be new or gently used in all sizes and colors.

Addresses of Caddo Parish Salvation Army centers

One location is at 200 E.Stoner Ave., Shreveport, LA  71101, call (318) 424-3200. Or stop by 2821 Greenwood Rd. Shreveport, Louisiana. Call (318)424-3200 for intake.

By Jon McNamara

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