Williamsburg, York and James City area Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army will provide assistance to lower income families in Williamsburg, James, and York County Virginia. Numerous social services and emergency financial aid may be provided. Case workers will work with qualified applicants in an effort to find a solution to their hardship.

Many people from the community need help with rent, food, utilities, clothing, and other support. Some need medications. While only a small portion of requests can be fulfilled, referrals may be provided too.

Clients can be directed to the Salvation Army by the United Way or county Social Service workers. Many churches and other charities in Williamsburg also work with the non-profit. Some clients are on the verge of eviction/being homeless, and some may already be homeless. So the agency will offer a number of activities and resources to applicants in order to maximize immediate intervention. The demand for assistance is high and only some people will qualify.

The Transitional Housing Program was created for local families and individuals who need a helping hand. It can assist them with regaining their independence through learning the life skills they lack to be successful.

How this works is that mentors will be assigned to each client. The program may also provide apartments and short term housing for homeless people in York County and other areas. People need to be working, saving income, and also be homeless in order to qualify. Those are just a few conditions that need to be met by the Salvation Army transitional housing program.

Family and Emergency services are available across the state. What is offered is tailored made to meet the needs of each applicant and family that requires support. This can include food, clothing, groceries, rent and utility assistance. While not quite as common, other programs can provide for emergency homeless shelters, Christmas assistance and travelers aid services. Many people are struggling daily to make ends meet, especially in this weaker economy, and they need all the support that they can find.

The main office is at 151 Kristiansand Dr #109, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188. The phone number is (757) 229-6651. Call for intake or an appointment.




Homeless prevention is offered in Williamsburg Virginia. The Salvation Army's is focused breaking and reversing the cycle of homelessness. This can be met by providing financial assistance to help families stay in their homes and also case management to solve the root cause. Family Services and homeless prevention can help with paying utility bills, offer direct financial support for rent, get help from referrals, and get other basic needs met such as food and clothing.

Another key resource is the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. What this does is make available to people in the James City and York County community thousands of “angels” to adopt. It will assist an under-privileged child or teenager would not have a Christmas if not the support of volunteers and generous people from the region. The trees are usually set up at malls and post offices in the region. What will happen is people will buy clothing, toys, or a gift for the child identified as being the Angel, and the Salvation Army will ensure the items get to the proper person. These Christmas gifts given to the children who find themselves without toys or clothing makes a big difference to them around the holidays.

Many of the funds for both Christmas aid and other programs are collected from donations and also the Red Kettle. This is a key service that supports the social service programs of The Salvation Army throughout the year. Please volunteer or contribute if you can.

The Williamsburg Salvation Army will reach out to those in need, including seniors and children. They strive to serve those who would otherwise fall through the social services cracks. Resources can also help people who may not be eligible for government services or public aid from the public sector, such as state or Virginia or federal resources.




By Jon McNamara

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