Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne Salvation Army assistance programs.
Basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, and household goods can be met by the Wilkes-Barre Salvation Army. The non-profit serves the needy in Luzerne County by offering direct aid, case management, and referrals when needed.
Housing assistance is offered from resources including the Kirby Center. This was created to serve as a short term, Transitional Housing Program for the homeless and people facing eviction in Luzerne County. The center will require that people using the units are held accountable in identifying and tackling the long-term, complex, and sometimes systemic issues they may face. Case mangers from the Salvation Army will work with the individuals in addressing the cause of their homelessness. Clients will need to attend longer term self-sufficiency workshops in order to keep the family housed and together. Some of the additional details include below.
- A case worker from the Salvation Army will conduct a total needs assessment on the client. This will identify the human services needed. They will then create a plan based on education, substance counseling, social skill, and parenting classes.
- Residents will need to make daily contributions to earn their stay in the Kirby House, including performing chores such as cooking, cleaning, or maintenance.
- Individuals will need to also agree to have at least 70% of their wages from employment garnished. This money will be used applied towards their future rent that they will need to pay for their new home or apartment. So it gives them a head start on paying for a new apartment or home.
A food pantry is also available on site and it serves the greater Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania community. It can provide help to those in need. The Salvation Army may have canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and even seasonal programs like summer lunches for students and free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. They offer items as they are available such as food purchased through the local food bank, donated bread and pastries, canned goods, fruits and other donated items. The center relies heavily on contribution. If you are interested, or able, to donate to the Salvation Army food pantry, or if you are in need of help from the agency, call 570-824-8741. The address is 17 S Pennsylvania Ave, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
The Luzerne County Salvation Army and their Emergency Disaster Services program can provide individuals with emotional, physical and financial comfort in times natural or man made disaster. The staff and also volunteers are highly trained to help those impacted in all kinds of emergencies. The centers will distribute clothing, food, shelter, guidance or even financial resources to those affected by such disasters. The emergency/disaster team is most commonly known for their mobile feeding units known as Canteens. The Salvation Army will also help all people who were impacted, including policemen, firemen, and survivors alike. They serve meals, hot and cold drinks, provide snacks and complete sets of clothing, blankets and other goods. The locations also partner together on disasters with many other community and government agencies such as FEMA and the American Red Cross to provide the best possible services to those in need.
The Thrift Stores operated by the Salvation Army are loaded with items for the general public. This can include gently used clothing, small appliances, toys, and household items that are donated through their pick up service, family stores, drop off bins, and community centers. The general public can shop on their own for gently used goods as well and they are available to the community. The Thrift Stores in the region offer the state of Pennsylvania's best bargains. The locations serve families from all walks of life and provides values to the communities they serve.