Visalia and Tulare County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Hundreds of families receive assistance every month from the Salvation Army in Tulare County California. Several offices are in the region, and qualified applicants can get help from Social Service Caseworkers who are available to answer questions and provide referrals as necessary. Many of the services, including financial aid for rent or energy bills, free items, and more could not be provided without the generous donations and help of countless volunteers in Visalia and nearby cities who give their time, money, and talents to the organization.

Food and material assistance is offered and distributed. The Salvation Army's emergency food distribution program provides qualified families with donated and/or purchased food. In addition, clothing, transportation, hygiene products and other material assistance can be distributed using a recognized and respected voucher system. Case management is also provided as necessary to those who need it.

Senior programs - With the senior demographic of both the nations and California’s population growing, there are several programs and resources that are designed to meet people’s needs. For example, nutritious free or affordable hot meals are available for seniors and the elderly at Salvation Army congregate meal sites and senior centers. In some communities in Tulare County, home delivered meals may be served to those who are not well enough to leave their homes. Other programs for older adults can include facilitating low-cost, independent living and apartments for senior citizens. Adult Day Care Centers may be located in certain regions which serve and support seniors while their caregivers are at work.




Meals That Heal is for people who can’t leave their homes (Shut-Ins) of all ages. This food assistance program provides free or low cost home delivered meals to a growing population of senior citizens, the disabled, and homebound individuals who are unable to shop for themselves, leave their homes, or travel to a food pantry or meal site. The Salvation Army Meals that Heal program offers hot, nutritious meals Monday through Friday to Tulare County individuals. In addition, a weekend bag of groceries for those who require it may be distributed.

Not only is the meal delivered, but volunteers and staff provide a personal touch that builds friendships that last for years. Staff can assess the emotional and physical state of the individual and arrange for further assistance if needed. Examples can include clothing, wheelchairs, social services, mattresses, walkers, refrigerators, and free blankets. Call 415-440-HEAL.





Receive electric and utility bill assistance from R.E.A.C.H., which stands for Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help. This is a program that is administered by The Salvation Army but it is paid for and sponsored by PG& E. The intent of the utility program is to help those across Visalia and Tulare California, and it will promote self-sufficiency by assisting qualified low-income families who are faced with a crisis. Maybe they need some short term help to pay for their necessary energy bills, and this is where R.E.A.C.H can help. A focus is on senior citizens, chronically ill, elderly, and permanently disabled. Call 1-800-933-9677.

Christmas Seasonal Assistance – Most years, hundreds of families and children can get free food, clothing, toys, and hot meals. This service relies on the support and generosity of the community. Volunteers are always needed for bell ringing at local businesses, help with preparing food and meal boxes, and donors for programs such as Adopt a Family. Find more of Christmas assistance charities.

Other seasonal assistance offered in the Visalia region includes information on resources such as Back to School clothing and supplies, Infant/Toddler Wee-Ones-Wonder Fair, and Christmas Toy & Joy Shop. For further information, call (415) 575-4848

Disaster programs are always offered by Salvation Army centers in all states, including California. This can include a number of resources, such as food, financial aid, shelter, water, shelter, and comfort. Basic commodities may be offered to, and the Salvation Army may elect to buy and distribute basic commodities to those who are impacted. The support may include, but not be limited to, baby and child care products, free food, water, health and sanitary needs, prescription medicines, bedding and other items.

Other resources - Some of the other Tulare County assistance available includes rent assistance from the Season of Sharing, clothing and furniture vouchers, childcare assistance, Spiritual Counseling, and Rehabilitation Services.




Centers in Tulare County

There are a number of Salvation Army locations, including Family Stores, in the region. They provide one time financial help for paying rent or bills, food, seasonal aid (school supplies or free toys), drug rehab services and much more.

  • Allensworth Social Services Unit, Unit 8123 Avenue 36, Earlimart, California 93219-9313, 805-849-5201
  • Social Services Center is Exeter, California 93221-9781, dial 559-592-9421
  • Lindsay, CA, phone 209-562-8355
  • 5750 Ave 378, Dinuba, CA 93618, 559-595-0723
  • Porterville Social Services Unit, 368 E. Date, Porterville, California 93257, dial 559-793-0213
  • Social Services Unit of Richgrove, CA 93261-0353, phone number 805-721-2657
  • Tipton Social Services Unit, 12935 Avenue 80, Pixley, California 93256-9630, dial 559-757-3539
  • Tulare Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 314 E. San Joaquin Avenue, Tulare, California 93274-4131, call 559-687-2520
  • Visalia Corps Community Center, 1501 W. Main Street, Visalia, CA 93291-5820, phone 559-733-2784
  • Woodlake Social Services, Unit 350 N. Valencia Blvd., Woodlake, California 93286-1297, call 559-564-8055


By Jon McNamara

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