Virginia Beach Salvation Army assistance programs.

Using proceeds from the sale of goods at three thrift stores in the Virginia Beach area, as well as donations, the Salvation Army assists the needy in the community. They offer various forms of support, ranging from financial aid from their Social Service program to shelter for the homeless, free Christmas gifts from Angel Tree, and housing solutions.

Some of their services go by special names. Examples are the League of Mercy, which helps senior citizens and the homebound, including by offering rides. HOPE Village is a form of low cost transitional housing, and maybe the most well known assistance program for children is the Angel Tree (which offers free Christmas toys and clothing). But other support is also arranged as noted below.

Throughout the year, from time to time, the Virginia Beach Salvation Army Social Service Department may offer emergency financial assistance. This is focused on a few different expenses. There may be some money to pay for rent, utility or water bills, or mortgage payment, or maybe to fill up a tank of gasoline for work reasons. This form of compensation is very limited and comes with restrictions. The rent or energy bill assistance is aimed at solving some short term, economic needs of the Hampton Roads area.

The free Back to School as well as Christmas Programs are for children from low income households. The approach behind these is that young kids, and those in school, should not go without due to the struggle of their parents. So the Salvation Army, its donors and volunteers work to provide relief. There may be the following forms of assistance.

-School clothing and uniforms, pencils, backpacks, pens, pencils, and other essential supplies.
-Angel Tree provides gifts, clothing, winter attire, shoes, and toys for kids under the age of 14 at the holidays.
-Christmas food boxes allow the parent to serve a hot meal to their family, or the homeless/adults in poverty can stop by the soup kitchen.

In addition to the rental assistance indicated above, there are two other main housing assistance programs. They are the HOPE Center, which is shelter for men and women. When the shelters are full, there may even be some motel vouchers given out to the client. In addition to accommodations, the guests can use a laundry room, access a phone and computer for job search reasons, and enroll into budgeting classes.





HOPE Village is the second option. The Virginia Beach Salvation Army runs this for single women as well as single mothers. It will help them gain skills to transition into permanent housing. Services range from debt counseling to budgeting and employment. This form of transitional housing may last as long as 24 months.

The elderly in Virginia Beach can get help from the Salvation Army League of Mercy program. Volunteers run it. They visit the homebound, seniors, and disabled no matter where they are. This may be at home, in a nursing home, hospital, or anywhere. They not only talk to them for companionship, but bring more practical gifts such as magazines, games, food boxes, and more. Transportation can be arranged as well for local doctor visits. Easter, Thanksgiving, and holiday visits also take place. Find more senior transportation services.

Multiple thrift stores also operate in Virginia Beach. The Salvation Army sells gently used household supplies, clothing, birthday toys, furniture, books, electronics, and more. The money from the sale of goods is use to pay for the Social Service Programs (including heating bill help or security deposit assistance), and it also gives shoppers bargains for everyday items. There are also special discount days, such as 10% savings for seniors on Thursdays.

Two other key assistance programs include Disaster Services as well as the Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) for addicts in Virginia Beach. These are critical services of the local Salvation Army church group as well as the national organization.

Multiple thrift stores are in the area. The staff their can also give referrals. They include 5524 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA (dial 757-499-0032), 2093A General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA (phone 757-427-0279), as well as 1136 S. Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA (telephone 757-468-0185).




By Jon McNamara

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