Salvation Army Wright County emergency assistance programs.

Salvation Army programs in Wright County offer both emergency assistance as well as case management/transitional support to the needy, less fortunate in the community. The social services feed the hungry, address housing by helping with rent or energy bills, care for senior citizens in the community and stress self-sufficiency as well as long term stability. While the Wright County center is a church, anyone from any religion can apply.

Emergency programs

This is limited. It is only for residents that have not asked for help from the Wright County Salvation Army or another agency in the last year. When applying for funds such as prescription drugs, rent assistance, gasoline vouchers, clothing, or energy bill help, various steps need to be done. All financial aid is offered on a first come - served basis to those applicants that qualify.

Appointments are needed, and a social worker will ask questions of the applicant. They need to see identification, proof of income as well as living expenses, SS cards, information on any current public aid being received including SNAP food stamp letter, SSI, section 8, etc. Only when money is available may utilities or rent assistance be offered.

A walk-in, client choice food pantry is another Salvation Army Wright County emergency program that is located in the main office of Buffalo. This location is open a few days per week, and the documentation referenced above will also be needed. There are also special Christmas and Thanksgiving meal as well as gift programs that are part of the pantry services. The primary one being Angel Tree for children.





Homeless outreach, including for the chronically displaced, can help a Wright County resident not only find shelter, but ideally future permanent housing placement. Individuals are given basic needs along with a place to live. So there is free meals, hygiene supplies, feminine products, clothing, and much more. There is also homeless prevention and rehousing in Minnesota.

Soup kitchens feed low income residents as well as the homeless. Sometimes it is the only meal that the person eats on a certain day. The soup kitchen feeds all who are hungry, and there is no cost to dine on one or more of the nutritious dinners or lunches. The meals are prepared and served through the efforts of community volunteers. The food also comes from many contributions too, including corporations.

Another emergency program is the disaster response teams. This is a core program from the church. They feed and help house victims as well as responders. They also offer guidance on how to regain stability. They also refer those impacted to local resources.





Wright County Salvation Army case management services

This is an effort to put the client on a path to stability. There are several focuses of it, as follows. Each one will depend on the client's personal, employment as well as financial situation. If needed, help is also given on the following topics.

  • Applying for public aid including SSI Disability Compensation Benefits, Free Cellphone Paperwork or SNAP Benefits.
  • Assistance obtaining state of Minnesota and federal documentation, including Social Security Cards, ID, and Birth Certificates.
  • Substance Abuse and/or Mental Health Counseling.
  • Education/Vocational Training, Life Skills Classes along with Employment Assistance.

Much of the self-sufficient will also focus on a combination of budget/financial literacy as well as employment. The Wright County Salvation Army will also partner with other local groups to offer these services, as the agency can only do so much on their own. So they involve local federal government affiliated job training centers, non-profit credit and debt counseling agencies, and budgeting workshops are often held in the Buffalo Minnesota community as well.




Location of Salvation Army Emergency services and Family Store

There is also a low cost thrift store that sells goods in addition to financial help for paying bills. For more details on what the Salvation Army assistance programs in Wright County can or can’t do, the main office is at 2051 50th St NE, Buffalo, MN 55313. Or call (320) 252-4552 or (763) 682-2205 for appointments/intake.


By Jon McNamara

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