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Williamson and Jackson County area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Extensive emergency and one time assistance is available in the region, including Williamson, Franklin and Jackson County Illinois, from the Salvation Army. The non-profit will provide help to low income families, seniors, and the disabled in need. The programs can assist in a crisis and also provide education, emotional, and other support.

Your local Corps Community Centers may offer some or all of the following. Get information on and apply for assistance that may be offered to adults, children and senior citizens. This can include groceries, emergency financial assistance for rent or paying utilities, clothing, holiday aid, and free food banks. Case management services includes adults and senior support such as leadership training, financial literacy, job training and more. Call a center to get the specifics as offerings will change based on available resources and funding levels.

  • Williamson County pantries can provide food assistance. This can include canned goods or fresh, perishable items such as fruits or vegetables. Learn more below.
  • Financial aid is the most requested resource from the Salvation Army, but this is also the most limited. Qualified applicants can receive vouchers for acquiring prescriptions, money for utilities (when funds are available) and emergency rental assistance.

There are also several seasonal programs in Jackson, Franklin, and other Illinois counties. The Salvation Army may provide different types of assistance during certain periods of the year. Examples are below.

  • Free or low cost Back to School Supplies, including notebooks, uniforms or backpacks, may be provided during the late summer or fall.
  • Thanksgiving food, meals, and turkeys.
  • Christmas assistance, including coats, meals, and toys for children. This can also include food and gifts for children under the age of 12.

In order to apply for seasonal assistance, applicants will need a picture ID for all adults in household, social security numbers, proof of Income from all sources, and copies of bills, such as a lease or energy bill. The Salvation Army will also require a simple list of income and expenses. Other conditions may apply too.




Other forms of support is offered from the Emergency Assistance Program. This after all is an integral part of the Salvation Army and the resources they offer. When possible, these services are available in every county, including Williamson, Franklin, and Perry Illinois. It can support qualified families and the elderly with rent, utility bills, clothing, or food. If your need is different than that, then additional assistance may in fact be offered. Caseworkers or volunteers from the non-profit will meet one on one with individuals to assess their needs and determine eligibility. The closest centers to contact for help are as follows.

  • 906 Tower Square Plz, Marion, Illinois 62959. Dial (618) 993-5854 for services.
  • 1101 E Main St, West Frankfort, IL 62896, telephone (618) 932-3990
  • The location at 1323 S Washington St, Du Quoin, IL 62832 focuses on Perry County. Phone (618) 542-1826.

Free grocery and food assistance programs can help low income and poor families keep food on the table. Senior citizens, single parents, and children can also benefit from the program. Most of this aid is provided from regional pantries and/or soup kitchens. Additional holiday support is provided during Thanksgiving and Christmas. At those points of the year, the Salvation Army will provide food boxes, vouchers, grocery cards, or celebratory meals in Williamson. Additional support is for our neighbors who need help in Perry County Illinois as well.

Homeless prevention and other housing programs are administered in the region and nationally. The Salvation Army, using donations and government grants, can provide short term, transitional housing. Shelters can also help families get out of the cold Illinois winter. In some cases, free motel vouchers are offered to pay for a room in Marion Illinois or Williamson County, however this is mostly for victims of a disaster.

Along those lines, the staff and volunteers from the Salvation Army serve as first responders when a disaster strikes the region. They have a century’s old commitment to help those in need during these periods. People from the community can get food, clothing, and guidance. Staff and trained volunteers help people put pieces of their shattered lives back together.



By Jon McNamara

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