Bradford County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Towanda Salvation Army provides support year round. During the holidays there may be meals and free Christmas gifts, and summer programs include camps that help children out of school. There are even financial assistance programs that help with paying bills, a year round food pantry, referrals as well as case management, and disaster relief. Those programs and more are offered by the charity organization.

Short term assistance from Bradford County corps center

The resources indicated below are for a crisis. This means the applicant needs to be facing a short term, unexpected emergency that is out of their control. Any aid provided for short term depends on the center's resources. For example, if the Salvation Army does not have any money, if the food pantry is bare, or if donations from the community are lacking in a certain year, then no short term help will be provided for issues such as eviction or lack of heat.

Be prepared with proof of income, age, identification of all household members, social security numbers, and more. The applicant also needs to be able and willing to make a financial contribution to pay any debts or bills as well; whether it is for housing or utilities. The Salvation Army in Bradford County Pennsylvania will not pay the entire outstanding bill on its own. What may be offered includes the following.

Shelter type costs – This category includes expenses such as utility bills, heating oil, rent, water, or mortgage payments. The goal is to keep a roof over the head of the family or individuals. Often any money for paying for shelter, such as rent, is combined with transitional housing and other forms of relief. This will help prevent a future hardship, and if those programs do not work, then find additional forms of rent assistance.

Hunger relief – The Bradford County Salvation Army wants to feed the hungry, children, elderly, and single moms and dads among others. Whether it is unexpected unemployment, a divorce, homelessness or long term poverty, the food pantry is open. There is also the soup kitchen. Both offer a combination of canned as well as perishable food items in an emergency.





Free seasonal supplies and basic needs – The church based group uses donations from the Bradford County community. They offer toys from Angel Tree as well as Christmas or Thanksgiving meals. There are also clothes, school supplies, and hygiene products among other basic needs.

Employment needs – Find help for seeking and/or preparing for a job in Towanda. The Salvation Army may give out a gasoline voucher or work clothes. This may be boots, a uniform, or similar clothing type items for work.

Disaster relief – They respond. The Salvation Army also partners with the government and local non-profits to support disaster victims. Food, motel vouchers, counseling, and guidance are some of what is offered.

Long term relief at Towanda Salvation Army

Of course all of the short term, emergency relief referenced above will help with this as well. But a key is to end the cycle of poverty. The case managers work with the client to stop them from depending on assistance from charities, whether it is the Salvation Army or another group.

There are a few focuses of this long term relief. They address employment, budgeting, and living with means. Too many households, whether in Bradford County or in other cities or towns, spend too much money and do not plan properly. The Salvation Army will work with clients to address this challenge.

The Towanda Salvation Army also supports the youth and elderly. They organize summer camps for kids, provide seniors with recreational activities, and help people learn and grow. Support children as they develop is an effective way to ensuring future generations go down the right path from day number one.

The main Salvation Army Unit is located at 218 Main St, Towanda, PA 18848. Call the social services department at (570) 265-5932.



By Jon McNamara

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