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White and Independence County region Salvation Army assistance programs.

When facing a crisis, the Salvation Army may be able to assist. Families across White, Independence, and nearby counties in Arkansas can receive help with meeting basic needs. Many resources focus on homeless prevention, so assistance can help pay rent, utility bills, and other costs. Other needs such as food, shelter, and help for senior citizens in the community is offered. As funding allows, some of the resources offered are below.

Housing is always a need. Many people fall behind because of losing a job, unexpected medical bills, or maybe a car repair. In some cases these challenges or unexpected expenses will overwhelm a family and they end up becoming homeless.

In Arkansas, it has been found that many single parents or young women with children are especially at risk of eviction. They often face the challenges of juggling child care expenses, employment, and other everyday living expenses. Single parents in White County often they lack the education, mentoring, and support they need to overcome the adversities they face in their daily lives. Also, when people become homeless, these families need more than a Salvation Army sponsored meal or a roof over their head. They also need case management and a support system to build upon.

The Salvation may have emergency funds to pay rent to prevent the eviction. There are shelters around Arkansas that people in Woodruff or White County can use. Also, look into short term transitional housing solutions and programs. Many are focused on young mothers with children to help them break free from chronic unemployment and/or homelessness. Receive stability and self-sufficiency through life skills training, shelter, and other support and guidance.

Homelessness can also be caused by delinquent or unpaid energy bills. So the non-profit will try to offer utility bill assistance to people who have no other options. Grants can be used to heat the homes of White County area residents or to pay a cooling bill. The aid is for those who are in financial hardship. Salvation Army programs help save lives, stabilize families faced with unexpected crises and provide qualified area residents with a critical social safety net. Any aid from the Salvation Army doesn’t replace federal solutions (such as LIHEAP) or state of Arkansas energy bill assistance. Rather it supplements those resources and programs.




The main centers in the region for information and referral include 209 S Oak St. in Jacksonville Arkansas as well as a Salvation Army center at 109 W Everett St. in Pocahontas. Phone (870) 892-1895.

Many families, including many seniors, in Arkansas have said that there was a time in the last year when they did not have enough money to buy food for their families. The Salvation Army, along with partner organizations, strongly believe that the region’s health is supported by strong, self-sufficient and stable families.

The Salvation Army is involved in combating hunger and preventing homelessness. Having a healthy meal can help ensure that children from low income and poor families can learn and grow. This provides time and the resources for adults and parents to pursue employment and civic participation without fear of scarcity.

Food pantries may have non perishable food, canned goods, and government commodities for families in White, Independence, and Jackson County Arkansas. They are supporting greater stability through a range of emergency food assistance services. In order to learn more about receiving help for yourself, a family member or a friend or loved one, call the nearby Salvation Army Social Services office in your town or county.

During time of disaster, Salvation Army well trained volunteers and staff are often the first on the scene anywhere in Arkansas. They are also usually the last to depart. They are involved in honoring a century-old commitment to serve people impacted by fires, tornadoes, floods, or other events. The White County Salvation Army disaster response teams, which are coordinated and directed by trained personnel and commissioned officers, serve at all regional disasters.




By Jon McNamara

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