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Salvation Army South Dakota assistance programs.

Financial, material and seasonal assistance is all offered by the South Dakota Salvation Army. A number of qualifications need to be met by applicants, including they need to meet low income levels and be faced with some form of crisis. While the Salvation Army does have limited resources, they will do what they can to help those in need, or refer applicants to an agency who can assist.

A big focus of the Salvation Army is on Homeless Prevention, providing assistance for utility disconnection, eviction notices, overdue rent and similar challenges. If you are on the verge of eviction, then some emergency rental assistance may be available. Other programs can help people who are currently homeless, with a focus on single mothers, families, married couples, heads of households and single females. Most of the beneficiaries in South Dakota have been living in a shelter, are faced with imminent eviction, or they are currently homeless and have been living on the streets. Others just can’t afford to pay for their housing costs on their own. Donations and contributions to the Salvation Army go a long way towards funding the Homeless Prevention program, so if you can contribute please do so.

South Dakota provides qualified low income residents with material assistance as well. Qualified residents can get groceries and help from food pantries, clothing assistance, prescription medication vouchers, Christmas and holiday assistance, Back to School backpack distribution and the Salvation Army summer fan program. Applicants need to meet qualifications, and they need to call or stop by for more information or to apply. While the application process can vary by center, in general people need an ID, social security card, proof of income, and more.

The Salvation Army in South Dakota will do its best to meet basic human needs through its assistance programs and social services. Examples of other programs offered include Youth Activities & events, Senior Commodity Distribution, Explorers & Girl Guards, and help for seniors. Some centers are involved in Head Start, which is a federal government funded home based/center education based program for low income families with children.

Also, during the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Salvation Army provides gifts, toys, meals, and other support around the holidays. Resources offered include Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, and more.

Other seasonal and non-financial assistance programs in South Dakota are as follows.

  • Coats For Kids - Children and teenagers can receive free winter coats or even boots to stay warm.
  • School supplies - Notebooks, backpacks, and other items may be distributed.
  • Food Boxes - Are offered for those needing assistance with acquiring healthy and affordable food or meals. Any form of assistance may only be given 1 time for every 6 months.
  • Personal Hygiene Products, Baby Formula and Diapers - New moms, babies, infants, and low income families may qualify.
  • Clothing Vouchers - Only offered once every six month.
  • Household Boxes - This includes supplies for around the home, such as help for those needing assistance with obtaining items used to cook, prepare and eat a meal. This is once a lifetime program.




In South Dakota, the demand for heating and cooling bill assistance is very high during the winter and summer months. So the Salvation Army provides year-round Energy Assistance as resources allow. Any type and amount of energy bill assistance or grant offered is only available based on the applicants specific need and other community resources. If you apply and are found eligible, applicants may receive emergency utility bill assistance for a number of types of fuel, including natural gas, electric power, wood, fuel oil and propane gas. In a crisis, additional support may be offered for home heating/cooling equipment repair, and weatherization services. Most of this aid is only offered for people who have an Order of Disconnect from their utility company.

Locations of centers in South Dakota

1025 6th Avenue SW, Aberdeen South Dakota 57401, phone 605-225-1223

Black Hills Offices are located at 3640 S. Cambell St., Suite B, Rapid City, SD 57701, telephone (605) 791-4046

Rapid City Corps & Community Center, 405 N. Cherry Ave., Rapid City, SD 57701, main number (605) 342-0982

621 E. Saint Patrick St., Rapid City, South Dakota 57701, dial (605) 342-8849

Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 320 Ryan Road, Spearfish, South Dakota 57783, phone (605) 642-0924

237 Illinois Avenue SW, Huron SD 57350, main number 605-352-7366

724 N Sanborn Blvd, Mitchell, South Dakota, call (605) 996-3964

The Salvation Army Northern Hills Service Center, 320 Ryan Road, call (605) 722-4321





3460 S. Campbell St., Suite B, Rapid City, South Dakota, main phone: (605) 342-0982

800 N Cliff Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, call (605) 338-6649

The Salvation Army of Watertown, South Dakota, telephone (605) 886-4030


By Jon McNamara














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