Utica and Oneida County Salvation Army programs.

As a last resort, and offering some basic needs, the Utica locations of the Salvation Army are part of the statewide and national charity network. The organization uses both government funding sources as well as donations from the public to keep its programs running. They also use money raised from the thrift store to meet this goal.

The primary social services are as follows. They also have offices in nearby towns too, such as Rome. While they will try to offer some limited financial aid to people in a crisis that are out of all other resources, this is not common. However some families may on occasion receive money to pay for a portion of a utility bill or back rent. Or a voucher may be offered for gasoline to use for a job interview or for some needed prescription medicine.

When it comes to basic needs, there may be food from a pantry and gently used clothes from a clothing closet. The Salvation Army pantry in Utica will mostly have non-perishable items, such as soup, rice, beans, and the like. On occasion, there may be baby formula for low income parents.

If someone can't make it to the pantry, then volunteers may deliver a meal in a limited area around the city of Utica itself. This is mostly for the most vulnerable, such as seniors or disabled. Another benefit is the person will have in effect someone check up on their health.

Salvation Army clothing assistance is available at the Social Services Office closet. There needs to be some exceptional circumstances in order to qualify. Otherwise families from Oneida County can stop at the affordable thrift store. But in some cases, free clothing for work (such as a job interview) may be offered, as well as items for people impacted by a disaster.

The town of Utica and County of Oneida Salvation Army Thrift Store is where most of the clothes and furniture originate from. The center does not have income restrictions in place. There will be gently used items such as appliances, school supplies, work attire, and more.

Anyone who shops there will also be able to know they have done some good as the money raised is used to help pay for a portion of the Salvation Army center services. In some cases, people with a very low income may receive a gift certificate or voucher that they can use to shop at the store.




Utica Salvation Army Adopt a Family is the service that may have toys for children at Christmas. Social workers work with the community to keep this program running. It is always in high demand.

Each resident of the Oneida County area who is enrolled will create a wish list of items to be fulfilled. The client will then be matched with a donor, whether it is one person or multiple. Everything from clothing to games or even more critical basic needs, such as personal hygiene goods, may be offered as part of adopt a family. It all really depends on what was donated and what the child needs.

Holiday programs are also funded by the Red Kettle Campaign. During the fall and winter months people ring a bell to raise money from the community. The dollars donated to the Red Kettle are used to pay for these holiday programs too. Whether it is shoes or a toy, the money raised is put to good use by the Salvation Army centers in Oneida County.

When it comes to financial assistance, this is limited. The Utica Salvation Army will do their best to meet a request, but there are no promises. Whether it is funds to pay for a portion of a bill or referrals, they try to offer support.

In addition to this financial aid for a rent payment or other expense, Salvation Army case managers direct the applicant to a longer term solution for their need. The goal is to stabilize the situation. There is assistance for employment as well as budgeting. Other outreach services are also provided.

Emergency disaster programs are coordinated by the Utica Salvation Army and partners such as the Red Cross. The volunteers and response team respond to address basic needs. They also involve local municipalities as well, if needed. Such as law enforcement and fire fighters. All these groups work with the Salvation Army to pass out free food, water, place people into shelters, and much more.




Locations in Oneida County

Address is 400 Columbia St, Utica, NY, telephone (315) 735-6450

A second site is at 14 Clinton Pl, Utica, New York, dial (315) 724-8736

410 W Dominick St, Rome, New York. for information, dial (315) 336-4290

123 Farrier Ave, Oneida, NY 13421, main phone (315) 363-7560

By Jon McNamara

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