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Victoria County area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Programs available in the Victoria County region of Texas can help the unemployed and working poor. The non-profit administers social services and short term, emergency financial aid for those that are struggling. However, the focus of the agency and its case managers are on referrals and case management. Find help from the Salvation Army, and their services are also for people in Lavaca, Calhoun, and Jackson County as well.

Basic needs can be met by their social service department. This is the place to inquire into whether they have any short-term emergency assistance. When funding and resources allow, the Salvation Army may be able to assist with rental payments, free food, water bill assistance, clothing, and more. Programs are for residents of Victoria and nearby counties.

To expand upon this, the financial assistance is for a crisis only. Funds are intended to help people who need short term help and have a plan to get back on track. So maybe you have an unexpected medical or car repair bill. Or maybe your hours were cut back at work for a defined period of time. These are some times when the Salvation Army may help you pay a portion of your rent or an energy bill. Or receive other forms of housing assistance. The non-profit can provide those short term help qualified adults, immigrants and senior citizens. It may also be possible to receive referrals to other collaborating agencies in Victoria or Lavaca Texas. Please call a local center for requirements to qualify for financial assistance.

Providing these and other forms of social services is one of the main missions of the Salvation Army. They work to meet a diverse set of human needs without discrimination to their race, age, or gender. The referrals and information is provided free of charge. However any financial support for paying bills such as rent or utilities will only be offered to those who qualify based on their total household income and family needs. As one of the leading non-profits in the region in offering community assistance, the agency works closely to ensure that all low income and working poor clients’ necessities are met in some form or another. Financial assistance also helps with other of life’s basic necessities, along with seasonal aid.

Food banks and soup kitchens operate in the area. Locations in Victoria offer a number of services to those who are struggling to feed themselves. Hot meals and more may be provided to the hungry. Anyone who needs a meal, regardless of your income or whether you live in Lavaca or some other county, can be served. Seasonal and holiday meals (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas), may be served too.




During the holidays, in particular Christmas, dozens of senior citizens and children in the Victoria community sign up for help. This can include the Angel Tree Christmas assistance program or Adopt a Family. These resources and others can provide qualified members of the community with free Christmas gifts, meals, and visitation.

Many of the programs, including holiday ones, are paid for by the traditional red kettle. Thousands of dollars are donated and collected each year from people in the area, including Calhoun County. The money is used to help working poor and needy families, senior citizens, and the homeless in the region. The money also can support some of the holiday endeavors.

Donations provide the poor and less fortunate with free Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for children and entire families in need. Many people are just going through a short term hardship or difficult time, so this holiday assistance can go a long way towards lifting their spirits.

Volunteers from your local center also distribute holiday cheer and gifts to shut-ins in nursing homes and hospitals. Visits to the homebound are offered too. Shelters across Texas are open for free, hot meals and sit-down dinners. So during a certain season, try contacting them.




The elderly in the eastern Texas region have found a place to turn to for help and a safe haven as well at The Salvation Army. Their programs can deliver free meals, guidance, and support. They support the homebound and those living on a fixed income. The Army and its Community Centers or local churches may all work together to provide free daily breakfast and lunch meals to the poor and those living on a fixed or low income. Some cities in Texas may also offer subsidized housing for seniors.

As many local people know, this part of the state can be hit by hurricanes or other disasters. When a natural disaster hit’s the region, the Salvation Army is there, responding. They work to meet the needs of the victims and also relief workers and first responders. Free food, shelter, vouchers for motels or furniture and mobile feeding units are all available.

The main centers are at 1306 N Louis St  Victoria, TX 77901, (361) 572-3779 as well as 1911 7th St, Bay City, Texas. Call (979) 244-1777.




By Jon McNamara

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