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Waco area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Whether you need help paying cooling bills, free food, rent help, or other social services, the Salvation Army in Waco Texas may be able to provide assistance. They also operate a thrift store, give out free Christmas toys or Thanksgiving meals, and coordinate case management. Learn more about the social services in McLennan County and the emergency assistance programs that are provided to qualified low income families in the region.

Emergency financial help in McLennan County

Summer cooling assistance is provided from the Salvation Army in Waco. They work closely with TXU Energy to provide families with ways to beat the heat during the hot Texas summers. One of the primary resources provided are free fans and/or air conditioners. These units are provided as a result of a grant that the agency received through TXU Energy's savings program. In some years dozens of items may be passed out to those who apply and are approved.

People who receive fans or air conditioners will be prioritized by medical condition, senior citizenship and then next in line are lower income families with young children. All of these individuals are considered to be the most vulnerable.

Note that while fans and air conditioners are not offered every year, other support may be offered in its place. If you're interested in learning more or applying for a free fan or air conditioner, dial the Waco branch of the Salvation Army at (254) 756-7271. They also can refer residents to Texas utility bill company assistance programs.

The Waco Salvation Army Social Service Program can provide qualified families with a wide range of resources and assistance programs that are provided by highly trained case workers often working with volunteers. Just some examples of the social services include emergency financial assistance for basic needs, counseling, prescription medications, clothing, free food, personal hygiene, transportation, shelter, and rent.

 

 

 

While the terms and conditions will vary, in general emergency assistance is provided to low income and those facing a crisis. People who are faced with an unexpected hardship and who come to the Waco Texas branch of The Salvation Army and who have pressing financial needs may qualify for help. Normally, by the time an individual comes to the center they need help to survive and they have exhausted all other resources and government aid. They are usually are under the threat of foreclosure, utility shut off, or eviction from their home or apartment.

The Salvation Army provides assistance from the Social Service Program. This service seeks to help people by not only making provision for their immediate needs, by say giving cash, but by also working with individuals to find more permanent solutions. The Waco Texas Salvation Army case managers try to address and deal with the root causes for their problems. This is done by offering referrals to other agencies, counseling, and providing material resources and financial aid.

Case managers are a source for both national as well as local programs, ranging from welfare or cash aid to home or roof repairs The referrals are free, and the Salvation Army can also help with applications to them. As one example, find government home repair assistance programs

Free seasonal, holiday, and school supply assistance from Salvation Army

Holiday assistance is also offered in Waco and includes the following.

  • Angel Tree and Toys for Tots – Every year the agency signs up hundreds of families and their children for holiday assistance. The Salvation Army will try to bring hope and joy to families who have seen very little of both over the course of a year. Gifts, toys, and coats are distributed from Toys for Tots and Angel Tree.
  • Christmas and Thanksgiving meals – During holidays including Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the center will open its doors to the less fortunate. They will provide a warm, full course meal to anyone who needs it in the community. Using your donations of money and non-perishable food items, you too can help brighten and change a child’s or a family's holiday season for the better. In addition to donations, a number of volunteers are always needed to help serve, prepare and clean-up during this period.
  • Senior gifts and help for military members - For over 40 years, The Waco Salvation Army has provided a holiday meal or gift to every patient and resident in nursing homes as well as the VA Hospital in the area. Volunteers will hand-deliver each gift and meal to ensure everyone will receive something during the holiday season, including Christmas. Last year over 4,000 gifts were donated. All of these services and gifts are made possible with the money that volunteers collect from the Red Kettle Campaign and with the help of their dedicated volunteers.

 

 

 

 

McLennan County back to school supply programs help children from low income households, immigrants and others in need. There are tangible goods passed out by the Salvation Army including backpacks or book bags. There are also serves arranged, including haircuts, immunizations for students, and free dental or healthcare checkups.

Contact for Salvation Army in McLennan County

The Waco Salvation Army is located at 500 South 4th Street, Waco, Texas 76706. Phone (254) 756-7271.Call them for details on social services, the local thrift store, homeless shelters and more.

By Jon McNamara

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