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Whiteside and Ogle County area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Salvation Army programs help the homeless, hungry, and low income in the area. Both short and long term assistance is provided for qualified applicants in Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, and Carroll Illinois. Receive everything from holiday assistance to financial aid for paying rent or utility bills.

Hundreds of children are supported by Christmas Charity and holiday programs. The Salvation Army and people from the community care about the needy. They share and donate food, meals, clothing, and toys through programs known as the Angel Tree or a local soup kitchen. Needy families, seniors, children and the homeless can all receive help.

Donations from people in Whiteside County provide the means to keep this program running annually. Members of the community can receive clothing, Christmas dinners, toys, winter coats, and more. During the winter and holiday periods, financial assistance paid out is also increased. Funds and grants can help with basic needs such as rent or a heating bill.

Also during the holidays volunteers will take the time to distribute gifts to shut-ins in local nursing homes or hospitals. The Salvation Army will also open shelters and work with charities in Lee or Carroll to provide free sit-down dinners. These various groups try to ensure the less fortunate can experience the real meaning of the holiday season. Many of the families supported will receive aid over a period of months.

The Salvation Army and their Christmas Assistance Program is provided free of charge to all eligible residents, in particular children. They can include the Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, or toy shops. The resources will allow parents to choose the gifts they need for each child or teenager in their household. Other services include free meals and home deliveries to the elderly and senior citizens.

Housing assistance includes emergency shelter, transitional housing, and emergency funds for paying rent. Anyone who uses a housing program will also be able to qualify for case management, advice, and referrals. The various resources allow people to receive shelter, free meals and other support such as assistance conducting a job search.




Free advice and guidance is provided as part of the case management services. These were created by the national branch of the Salvation Army, and are administered locally and across Illinois as well. They are designed to help adults, parents, and the struggling both identify and work on the underlying causes of their homelessness and struggles.

Counseling can also be arranged for a number of issues. They can address the physical or financial needs of those seeking help. As part of this process, a case plan will be created and it will help identify solutions to the problems faced by the client. Some examples can include budgeting work shops, credit repair, and similar services.

Social services can assist many resident's throughout Whiteside, Carroll, and Ogle County Illinois. Those that qualify can get assistance with basic living needs such as clothing, clothing, rent expenses, utility bills, and more. While less common, some additional funds can be used to pay for gasoline, car repairs, bus tickets, public transportation, housing/shelter and other more special type needs. Each month, dozens of families and individuals get help.

The Salvation Army of Illinois believes that the local society’s mental and physical health is supported by strong and stable families. So homeless prevention and addressing those basic needs are important to ensure that happens. If emergency financial assistance is not available, then other options for people, regardless of their income, are Whiteside County thrift stores. Additional centers may be located in Lee County as well.

Addresses and phone numbers of Salvation Army centers

The main locations are as follows.

  • 409 Avenue F  Sterling, Illinois 61081, call (815) 625-1622
  • 4401 Charles St  Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 399-9382
  • 304 W Main St, Amboy, Illinois 61310, phone number is (815) 857-7022




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