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St. Johns, Clay, Putnam County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Families that are out of options and facing a crisis can turn to the Salvation Army. The organization operates programs in the Florida region, including the counties of Putnam, St. Johns and Clay. Some of the resources available from the agency are noted below, and they can also provide referrals and other forms of support.

When applying for financial help, whether for utility bills, rent, or food, note that all resources are limited. There is also a formal application process in place and case managers will generally require support such as some or all of the following. Applicants should be prepared with copies of ID, proof of income, copies of utility bills and leases, and shut off notices, if applicable. Other proof of hardship may also be required by the Salvation Army.

Most of the aid distributed is for assisting with Basic Needs. This can include items such as free food, clothing, and shelter. The Salvation Army generally helps thousands of families in St. Johns and Clay per year. While many of them just get referrals, others may receive financial aid as indicated below. The bottom line is that there are times when many people need a hand up and not a hand out. When this occurs the Salvation Army is there to help. Applicants to the organization need not be receiving public aid in order to receive support from them.

Temporary, emergency utility bill assistance from the Salvation Army offers crisis intervention and the possibility of energy assistance. The money paid out is generally used to stop disconnection of utility or cooling services. In some cases the aid can be used to pay for the restart of power for low income families in the region.

The social service caseworkers from the Salvation Army help individuals and lower income families pay their utility bills in order to get through the crisis. In-person requests are needed as well as applications. The caseworker will also help the applicant from Clay County area get to the root cause of their hardship and provide self-sufficiency or referrals. The goal is to reduce future emergencies.

Other Direct Assistance for basic needs can include some or all of the following. The non-profit and its social workers or family staff at the locations in St. Johns County and Putnam help in other ways. The staff provides service to assist with clothing and utility assistance for crisis intervention, limited prescription assistance, assessments and intake, and other resources to link clients to other assistance programs within the Salvation Army centers. This can include things like gas utility assistance through local utility providers, free vouchers for emergency assistance with clothing, special dietary needs, medications, small household items, and more.




Food pantries and assistance from the Salvation Army will address hunger in the local St. John's County community and nearby towns. Assessment and intake for this assistance program will also provide referrals to other social services and nutrition support within The Salvation Army and throughout the greater community.

The Salvation Army, its staff and case workers provide free hot meals, groceries, and other support year-round for anyone in need. This can also include free evening meals are available at various locations in the region. The pantries provide groceries and surplus commodities for families and individuals in need of help. The food passed out is free, but some locations in the region do require appointments.

A number of other resources are offered. Of course referrals from the Salvation Army are widely available as well. Case managers and staff provide support and spiritual guidance to the needy. The non-profit will also refer clients to other local charities or even national agencies.

Examples of additional social services include disaster relied from Red Cross, information on government job training, details on transitional housing programs, Christmas help and much more. The main centers in the region are below.




Locations of centers

There are several for these counties. Some of the leading sites are below.

  • 728 Blanding Blvd #2, Orange Park, FL, call (904) 213-4881
  • A center is at 2795 County Road 220 in Middleburg, FL. Call (904) 276-6677.
  • 2221 County Road 220 #101, Middleburg, Florida (904) 278-7918
  • 330 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala, FL, telephone (352) 732-8326
  • 2901 NE 14th St, Ocala, FL, (352) 629-2004
  • A site is also in St Augustine, Florida. Dial (904) 217-7641

By Jon McNamara

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