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Oshkosh and Winnebago County Salvation Army assistance programs.

In an effort to help families in crisis, as well as the working poor, the Winnebago County Salvation Army provides both emergency help as well as long term case management. This may be money to pay rent, free food from a pantry, Christmas toys, school supplies, vouchers and more. They assist the working poor, senior citizens living on a fixed income, the elderly in nursing homes, children, and others. Regardless of who is seeking assistance, the Oshkosh agency will require an assessment to be done as well as long term case management.

The resources available come and go. Sometimes there may be some money to pay a bill, such as energy, rent, or gasoline for work. Other times this financial aid is not available. But some of the core social services range from food from the pantry to referrals, holiday meals and gifts, as well as the operation of the thrift store.

Not only may assistance be available, but the Winnebago County Salvation Army also allows people to give back to the community there. They can ring the bell at Christmas or work in the thrift store. Donations of money are always needed, as Winnebago County households can also give back just by shopping at the Family Store. As the money spent there goes back to the community.

Winnebago County social services from Salvation Army

The information above is some of the background. But when it comes to what exactly the Christian church based charity can do, more details are below. Each of these can change throughout the year, especially the emergency financial aid.

Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter – The goal here is to spread Christmas joy to the less fortunate. Children can be given free toys, families a meal, and seniors a visitor. Volunteers are visit the sick and lonely in local Oshkosh and Winnebago County nursing homes.

Donations of school supplies – Children need free shoes, jackets, uniforms, notebooks, pens, and much more each year. The Salvation Army in Winnebago County wants to empower kids to help them learn and grow. As having supplies can lead to a successful year, not to mention help the student build confidence. The Oshkosh Salvation Army passes out free school items such as backpacks, shoes, book bags, and more.




Referrals – When the Salvation Army can help, or if the applicant is not qualified, then referrals may be given. Clients can learn about SNAP food stamp application sites, be referred to non-profit and government job training centers in Wisconsin, or learn about other rental, mortgage, or housing programs. Case workers often have the information that clients may need.

Short term financial assistance -  From time to time a few dollars may be available in a crisis. Or free vouchers are given out. The assistance may be for medications, gasoline for work, or critical energy bills or rent. There is also a free fan distribution program during the summer.

Winnebago County Salvation Army case management – Clients need to participate. They will learn what to do to over come poverty. It covers employment, budgeting, debt reduction, and much more.

Disaster response – When a fire, flood, hurricane, or other event happens, the Salvation Army Oshkosh responds. They give shelter. Or food, meals, water, and more. This response is critical to helping to keep the family safe and secure.

Low cost thrift store – Winnebago County families can shop there. There are a wide variety of goods that could be sold; it depends on what was donated. There may be clothing, furniture, kitchen appliances, cribs for kids, and much more.

Free food and meals - Winnebago County residents in need can use the Salvation Army food pantry and soup kitchen. There may be groceries, hot meals, nutritional supplements, baby formula, and other free food pr groceries (based on need). Some free cleaning and hygiene supplies may be offered too. Continue with free food in Wisconsin.

Summer camp and kid programs – Regional summer camps can keep kids safe and secure over the summer. The Winnebago County Salvation Army partners with other groups on this service. The children can go there to interact with peers. They also get mentoring from adults as well as a free summer meal.





Senior care – Volunteers meet the elderly. They can deliver them a hot meal, or visit them in a nursing home. The church works to keep older residents involved in the community. There are also congregate meal programs as well as special Christmas and Thanksgiving meal services.

Contact information for Winnebago County Salvation Army

For more details, the primary Winnebago County Salvation Army center is at 417 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. As noted, appointments are needed for all programs other than the thrift store. Call (920) 232-7660.

By Jon McNamara

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