Williamson County Texas Salvation Army assistance programs.

In an effort to help the greater Williamson County region, staff from the Salvation Army can direct income qualified residents to emergency assistance. Everything from rent help to Christmas assistance, case management, and free food or meals is available. However, addressing the crisis is only the first step. After that has been done, then other support such as self-sufficiency is arranged by the case manager.

The main programs include free groceries from a food pantry, a thrift store that is open to the general public, and homeless prevention services. This housing support will range from shelter to the possibility of grants for paying expenses such as security deposits or rent. Many resources are available in partnership with Georgetown ISD, local churches, and the Caring Place. As noted, all requests for assistance will be combined with case management.

The Salvation Army operates a thrift store. Not only can anyone shop there for goods, but there are also vouchers for people in need, and those can be used to buy items for in effect free. The center may have furniture, jewelry, housewares, clothing and much more. Some winter attire may be coats, blankets, shoes, mittens and even free School Supplies from the program known as shoe-in. Other goods are offered based on the season in effect.

The thrift store in Georgetown allows for the "recycling" of gently used items as donations. They are then cleaned up and repackaged by volunteers, and then sold to the less fortunate. People that work or volunteer will also be able to gain new skills. So this can help provide the underemployed or individuals under difficult circumstances with much needed real life work experience.

Groceries, hot meals, and personal hygiene items may all be distributed from a food pantry. Both government commodities as well items donated from the community are available at the pantry. Food items can be passed out several times per year to income qualified families. The personal hygiene packagers will have soap, shampoo, napkins, paper items, and more.





Not only will a bag of groceries with fresh or frozen food be passed out, but staff will give clients applications for SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers for new parents. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is used to support to low-income families as well as seniors in Texas. Clients from Williamson County will be given electronic benefits (EBT) cards to use for shopping at grocery stores or even local farmer markets. This is the state's primary public benefit that is used for acquiring food, and the Salvation Army Family Service Center can offer referrals to it.

Anyone facing eviction, foreclosure, or homelessness can get help. Services range from mediation sessions with landlords and tenants to one time financial aid that is organized by the Salvation Army in Williamson County. There is also guidance in staff in applying for public benefits and the team will enter into long-term relationships in regards to self-sufficiency. Or if someone needs more time to stability, then they can be placed into a shelter. If needed, find a wide range of other eviction assistance programs in Texas.

Williamson County Salvation Army Financial Assistance is generally provided to residents at risk of homelessness. Any grants are only offered for applicants who meet strict eligibility requirements. Any funds for expenses such as rent arrears or energy bills will be provided one time only.

The money can used for approved expenses. Based on a review, the Salvation Army may authorize the funds for security deposits, unpaid utility bills, medications, and rent for people with an eviction notice. They may also pay for some expenses for starting a job search, such as clothing.

Self-Sufficiency is a strength based approach to solving the crisis. There are different components, as follows. Clients can enroll into Education and Job Training Workshops. People can learn about Tenants Rights/Responsibilities or enroll into Domestic Violence Resources. Other support can include referrals to credit counselors for improving overall financial literacy.

Case managers work with clients to help them maximize their income. They do this by advocating for other entitlements and resources such as such as Section 8, WIC, SSI disability, and low income energy bill assistance. They will also explore other government aid. The main Family Center in Williamson County is based at 307 Shannon Lane, Georgetown, Texas 78628. People can reach the Salvation Army at 512-943-8421.



By Jon McNamara

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