Westchester County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army can help those families facing a crisis and that are in serious need of assistance. The Westchester County centers partner with non-profits, churches, and other charities in the greater New York region in an effort to coordinate emergency assistance programs. There are shelters, free school supplies or Christmas toys, substance abuse classes, food, rent help, grants for heating bills and other human services.

The resources offered by the Salvation Army in Westchester County can often make the difference between running out of options and receiving a second chance. As staff and volunteers offer not only emergency financial help (or free stuff), but also case management, employment counseling, and other services offered.

Funds for paying bills from Emergency Services in Westchester County

Much of the financial aid, material support, free food from a pantry, and other resources are provided by the Westchester Salvation Army Emergency Services program. This was created in an effort to help struggling and lower income families and individuals pay bills over the short term, but also achieve self-sufficiency. Helping people regain stability is the focus. Every year hundreds of local families are brought from lives of despair to self-sufficiency from these programs.

Housing and homeless assistance services are offered. First is a focus on homeless prevention and rapid rehousing in Westchester County. This can can include funds or grants for paying rent or energy bills. Many conditions will need to be met by applicants. In addition to that, homeless shelters are located in the region. They can help women, children, veterans, and others. One specific service is the homeless women’s assessment program, which helps connect qualified women (and their children if applicable) with appropriate long-term services in the Westchester region.

While always limed, additional emergency assistance services tend to be available to those with no other options or resources available to them. As funding allows, this can include a bus token or voucher for gasoline (for a local medical appointment or job interview) or help acquiring a needed medication. Many Westchester families benefit from these and other Salvation Army programs. When you get back on your feet please always try to return the favor and contribute/donate to your local center.

 

 

 

Social workers that are employed by the Salvation Army, and volunteers as well, are all dedicated to the greater White Plains and Westchester community. They do all they can to help the less fortunate, and this can include direct aid or referrals. Basic needs like food, coats or toiletries may be offered by appointment or on a walk in basis. Each year, low income parents with children under the age of 16 may apply for free school supply assistance programs as well.

Or get referrals to outside non-profit agencies or Emergency Services (see above) that can help. Other local resources include soup kitchens, grocery vouchers and food packages, help with utilities, financial help for rent payments, and more.

Thrift and Family Stores are open to the public and families across both up and downstate New York. When someone donates goods, such as clothing, school supplies or furniture, to the Salvation Army, those items are then sold at a low price through the Thrift Stores and are also listed for sale online. The money raised is then used to finance operations and provide services to the needy. You can find coats, school supplies, work uniforms, holiday toys, and more at a thrift store. There are even non-traditional ways of selling items that the Salvation Army will encourage, and that may be such as online websites for selling stuff.

 

 

 

 

The Westchester County Salvation Army holiday programs (Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) give out everything from free items (Christmas toys, Easter baskets, etc.) to food, meals, and Thanksgiving turkeys. There is also home visits for seniors or those in nursing homes, or Christmas programs like Angel Tree or Adopt a Family. The goal of the Salvation Army is to spread holiday joy in the community.

Salvation Army guidance and case management and senior help

Self-sufficiency can include adult education, job counseling, credit repair workshops and more. For example, English as Second Language (ESL classes) are offered for basic and advanced learners. Other services that may be available in the region include high school diploma equivalency classes (GEDs), general continuing education classes, information on work from home job opportunities, and computer classes.

These job and educational support classes are also available at many partner organizations and non-profit community centers in Westchester County NY. As indicated many of these Salvation Army social services are a focus as they can help people regain stability over the mid to long term.

Programs are also offered for seniors. They can help reduce the stressful parts of growing old. Some of the assistance available can include free breakfasts, lunches, and recreational activities at Westchester based senior centers. Or meet with a case manager for social security advice, medical consultations, and referrals to federal and state of New York government benefit programs.

Locations of Westchester County Salvation Army centers

There are several offices in the down state and local region. Family Services may be offered (for bills or food) along with low or free items, including educational supplies or the thrift store. If a site can’t meet your needs, then they may have referrals or other support.

  • 170 N Regent St, Port Chester, NY, dial (914) 939-2725 for intake
  • 16 Sterling Ave, White Plains, New York. Telephone number - (914) 949-2908
  • A center is at 34 N Main St in Port Chester as well. This phone number is (914) 939-1620.
  • The Salvation Army location have another center at 115 Wildey St, Tarrytown, NY . Call (914) 631-3871.

 

By Jon McNamara

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