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Help from the St. Tammany Parish Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Corp Centers in St. Tammany Parish administer many of their emergency assistance programs. What is provided varies throughout the year, based both on funding levels and the season. Struggling households may be able to access everything from one time financial aid to housing, shelter, or senior care too.

The main location is based in Mandeville Louisiana. This is where a combination of case managers and volunteers work from. They assist working poor and underemployed families with their needs.

Maybe families in St. Tammany Parish are faced with an emergency or financial hardship from time to time. If they have lived within their means in the past and have the ability to quickly regain stability, then assistance may be available for paying bills. This can include expenses such as electricity, rent, air conditioning, medication payments, or even water bills. The Salvation Army will on occasion have some money available for these costs.

When applying, case managers need proof of income. They also need to see what the client's plan for self-sufficiency is, need proof of residency, identification, and copies of overdue bills as well. Only then, and if funding allows, may money be provided for rent or energy costs.

The Angel Tree from St. Tammany Parish Salvation Army is the primary Christmas program. This will be offered only to clients that accessed some other form of social services during the course of the year.  It also depends on donation levels. It was created to spread holiday joy to the less privileged.

Children will be able to state what they want using paper angels that are placed at stores, schools, and businesses. They can request games, gifts, and other presents. Members of the Mandeville and parish buy the toys for the kids, and the parents are given the goods for free.

Other programs focused on children in particular include the food pantry and back to school supply drive. While of course any low income family can apply, a key objective of the St. Tammany Parish Salvation Army is to ensure children have healthy food. They also want to ensure students are prepared for school with the supplies they need, as these are critical to growth.

The thrift stores can also be used for year round or seasonal supplies. This means someone can drop in anytime for gently used furniture or clothing. But during the fall or winter there may be some low cost toys for sale too. So it meets many demands of the community.





When using the client choice food bank, it is recommended to bring a bag or box. This allows the client the most flexibility when “shopping” for groceries. The Salvation Army will even try to have holiday food items, such as Thanksgiving turkeys or Easter baskets.

Salvation Army vouchers may be given in some cases for use at the thrift store. This will allow the client to get free clothes or other goods. Applicants need to have some sort of exceptional hardship to qualify for a voucher though, such as a medical crisis or maybe recovering from a disaster.

Various Ministries are organized by the St. Tammany Parish Salvation Army Corp Center. This includes everything from worship services to counseling focused on the homeless, men, or even single moms among others. This is one of the tools used to help struggling families overcome poverty as well as obtain the case management they need.

Senior citizens are also major clients of the Salvation Army. There are some resources focused just on them, such as Meals on Wheels or recreational activities. As far as more material or financial help for the elderly, that may be arranged too. St. Tammany Parish programs may give a sick senior a free fan to stay cool during the summer or clients may be referred to prescription assistance programs. When a crisis is imminent, an older person may be given priority.

The main center for the Salvation Army in St. Tammany Parish can be reached at (504) 835-7130, and the charity is regional in nature. The the staff will do their best to meet the needs of the applicant.


By Jon McNamara











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