Spotsylvania County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Spotsylvania County Salvation Army also supports the city of Fredericksburg, and the social service agency provides emergency as well as long term assistance to thousands of families each year. The resources are customized for the need of each applicant, but range from emergency financial aid, food, housing, and more basic needs (Christmas toys, school items, and youth services).

A comprehensive list of what is offered in Spotsylvania County is below. But the assistance may change based on the resources available at the Fredericksburg Salvation Army. Almost all instances some form of case management/advice is given.

Food – There are two ways to get help. One is Summer Food for kids as well as the elderly. Only those individuals may qualify for this USDA sponsored service. However, the food pantry is an option for anyone in need, and while their groceries, soup, meat, dairy, and more is available. The Salvation Army pantry can be used at most once per quarter.

Thanksgiving meals and free Christmas Angel Tree – These are the two main Seasonal Programs. Volunteers and donations allow these two to run. Kids can be given toys or presents for Christmas morning. As far as Thanksgiving, hot turkey meals are served as well as holiday boxes of food are passed out. All low income or struggling families can receive seasonal aid. Kids under the age of 13 can register for the free Angel Tree toy program.




Free School Supplies – Operating mostly during back to school time, but what may also ramp up other times of year, is the Shoe fund. It gives kids the attire they need, such as sneakers or some other clothing items at no cost to them. Fredericksburg Salvation Army may also have backpacks, note pads, and other items. Or during the winter months there may be boots too.

Rent and Utility Bill help – The Spotsylvania County Salvation runs the CAAP, which is United Way supported. The resource is known as Community Assessment & Assistance Program, and it offers emergency grants for paying rent, shelter, deposits, and even one-time mortgage help in an effort to end homelessness. The Interfaith Community Council also assist her by issuing loans for rent or other bills. All of these are part of homeless prevention programs.





Summer Camp Opportunities – Located in Fredericksburg is Camp Happyland. The Salvation Army is involved in running this service. Children as well as students can sign up for recreational activities, be given a free meal, and work with mentors to grow and learn.

Utility bill assistance – Donations are available from the community as part of Energy Share Heating & Cooling Assistance. The Spotsylvania County community sponsors this, and the Salvation Army will disburse funds, review applications, and take other steps to ensure the service is effective. Money can be used to help pay bills including oil, natural gas, kerosene, wood, AC during the summer, and electricity.

Spotsylvania County Salvation Army Youth Programs – There are a few others. Some are on infants, others focus on teenagers, and there are resources for newborns too. The names of these include Girl Guides, Adventure Corps, Sunbeams, as well as School of Music & Performing Arts. Kids can play instruments, sign up for music groups, sing, and more.

Low cost salesThe Family Store is open. Both Spotsylvania as well as Fredericksburg residents can shop there. Many goods are for sale, and they include furniture, appliances, clothing, books, toys, jewelry and vintage goods. All the items at the Family Store will be gently used but more affordable. The address is at 2010 Lafayette Boulevard, and it is open Monday to Friday.

In addition to above, the other two core programs are the Spiritual services (such Men’s Fellowship Club, a ministry, and outreach to Spotsylvania County nursing homes) as well as Disaster Relief. For more information the address is 2010 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, or dial (540) 891-2242.




By Jon McNamara

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