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St. Croix County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Salvation Army centers across the region, including in St. Croix, Polk, Burnette and Pierce Counties, are focused on helping the low income and poor. Various social services, case management, and emergency assistance is available. Some of the focus of the agency is on ending hunger and preventing homeless. So funds for paying rent, energy bills, food, and other basic needs are available if and when resources allow.

If you are facing a crisis, the Salvation Army would like to try to help. The Salvation Army of St. Croix County Wisconsin provides emergency support with rent, utility bill help, prescription medications, medical and dental assistance. Transportation may also be coordinated for seniors and the disabled. There is an application process in place for people to qualify for. Families across the area, including Polk and Pierce, seek help from these resources.

Transitional housing is available from a resource known as Grace Place. It will provide shelter to homeless families and individuals residing in the St. Croix River Valley area, including areas such as Burnette County too. It is the first transitional housing shelter / apartment in the area.

Guests of the Grace Place will also take part in Self-Sufficiency. The Salvation Army, its case managers and staff try to promote self-sufficiency of individuals by giving people the opportunity to overcome unresolved issues and providing a safe and secure environment. Through education and self-sufficiency, individuals are encouraged to be responsible for themselves and their families.

Also, during the stay in the transitional housing program, social workers will work with clients to help them develop a long term, housing stabilization plan for the family. This includes information on affordable, permanent housing, emergency rent assistance programs, funds for paying security deposits, and more. Another local option is Harmony House. This is only for one family and is based in Somerset Wisconsin.

These programs, including Grace Place, serves qualified residents in St. Croix and surrounding counties. The United Way of St. Croix County, Pierce/St. Croix Housing Resource Network and of course the Salvation Army are all key partners.





Residents will be provided with free food, education, job training activities, counseling, and assistance in finding jobs and permanent housing. By providing those that need it a place to live and access to essential community resources, the Salvation Army programs empower residents to become self-sufficient over the long term.

A free milk program for children is known as the Moola For Milk Campaign. It operates in Burnette, St. Croix, Polk, and Pierce Counties. For those that qualify, the Salvation Army provides them with free milk coupons to all food pantry participants in St. Croix and Pierce counties. They will also provide coupons to low income and poor families participating in the "Happy Kids" backpack program. The goal is to help address hunger and food insecurity that is way too common in Wisconsin.

The BackPack Program is for students and children from low income families. It is intended to help those that depend on free and reduced-priced school lunch, during the school year. It can help meet the needs of hungry children and those from low income families at times when other resources are not available, such as school vacations and weekends.

The Salvation Army, working with partners, will fill the backpacks with food and groceries that children take home on weekends. All of the food passed out is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified.

In addition to passing out free nutritious food and snacks to school children in need, some BackPack programs in St. Croix Wisconsin provide extra items for their younger siblings at home. This is focused on helping people during the summer months when children are out of school and have limited access to free or reduced-priced breakfasts or lunches. It operates in certain schools such as the New Richmond School District, St. Croix County Head Start as well as Somerset School District.  Many volunteers and staff work to make this program be successful.




There is also a pantry. The Salvation Army works with partners to stock and maintain a free food pantry for families and individuals in need in the Somerset School District or for St. Croix County. This is only offered for income and otherwise qualified  residents on an emergency basis. The pantry will provide families an opportunity to choose the foods and groceries they like. Other services offered include Nutrition and budget education as well as applications in applying for "Food Share", SNAP or other needed social services.

The two main, local Salvation Army centers are at 203 Church Hill Rd, Somerset, WI 54025, (715) 247-2944 as well as 11315 W Watertown Plank Rd W, Siren, Wisconsin 54872, Phone:(715) 349-7144.

By Jon McNamara

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