St. Cloud Salvation Army assistance programs.

A number of basic needs can be met by the Salvation Army of St Cloud Minnesota. The organization provides families with emergency assistance as funding allows. This can include rental and utility bill assistance, food, shelter, and housing units. In addition, the clients of the Salvation Army will be able to sign up for longer term case management services, which can include employment assistance, counseling, and referrals to long term government support and public assistance.

The exact list and availability of programs can very over time and depend on resources. What tends to be more common in St. Cloud is the following. Most of the funding comes from government grants and donations, so if you can contribute, or volunteer, then please do so.

A food/pantry and free bread program is offered. This also includes weekday lunches. During Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas special seasonal and holiday meals may be served to the needy.

Backpacks, school supplies, and the Salvation Army Warm Coat program are all available. A clothing closet or thrift store in Stearns County may have free or low cost gently used and affordable clothes. What is available may include free shoes, winter coats, hats, gloves and more. Many people from the St. Cloud region donate goods to the Salvation Army thrift stores so that they can be provided to the public.

Emergency assistance includes rental and utility bill assistance from programs such as the HeatShare program. This is one of the main Salvation Army programs in Minnesota. Grants and money can be used to pay for water, general electric, and other bills. Most of the aid is done so as a last resort and is used to address a crisis. An eviction or disconnection notice may be required too.

Emergency shelter and short term housing in St. Clound can both keep people out of the cold Minnesota winter and try to rehouse those who are homeless. People and families who stay in these units will also be able to work with a counselor and receive case management.

Men’s, youth and women’s ministries provide a kind and caring ear. It can also mean spiritual guidance to those who need support.





Free tax preparation and filing may be offered from services such as VITA. The Salvation Army can use IRS trained volunteers, often in partnership with organizations such as the United Way of Minnesota, to help seniors and the working poor complete and file their returns. This will be a free service to those St. Cloud residents who qualify.

Christmas toy program is offered from programs such as Angel Tree. The Salvation Army, local businesses and volunteers in Sherburn and Stearns provide gifts, free toys, clothing, and more to children across St. Cloud. One of the goals set by the Salvation Army at the national level is to assist needy families so that their struggles are not suffered by their children during the holidays. (While Adopt A Family is no longer available, this service can meet that the needs that were formally addressed by that). Hundreds of people use this program every year.

If you are struggling, and when hard times hit, be sure to call the Salvation Army. Regardless of your need, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, staff from the organization will listen and try to help. The St. Cloud Salvation Army assists families across Central Minnesota with meeting a wide range of basic needs such as an emergency overnight shelter and a midday meal program. Assistance is offered to people without discrimination to age, race, etc.  Programs may assist with meeting most basic needs and also help people find long-term solutions, such as employment. They can maybe provide the needy and low income with hope and more.

Salvation Army Service Center is at 400 U.S. Highway 10 S., St. Cloud, Minnesota 56304. Dial 320-252-4552 to learn more or request help from the non-profit.




By Jon McNamara

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