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Salvation Army assistance programs in Yamhill County, Tillamook and Lincoln.

Regional Salvation Army centers can help families in Yamhill, Lincoln, and Tillamook CountyOregon  with their basic needs. They charity organization also focuses on offering clients long term self-sufficiency and support services. Basically, the Salvation Army will work with clients that are facing a hardship. They may offer short term, emergency aid and case management. All of this will ideally help the individual or family get back on track.

Homeless and eviction prevention is always a focus. It is much better, and less expensive, for society as a whole, the state of Oregon and the individual to get some short term rent help then be homeless. Families in Oregon will often struggle due to unemployment or a reduction in hours. Others face hardships such as unexpected medical bills or a car repair.

In many instances, single parents with children or the elderly are at risk of evictions as they struggle to pay for prescription medications, child care while they are working, and other living expenses. So if the Yamhil County client has a plan to gain stability, the Salvation Army may have some emergency rent or utility bill assistance available.

When someone is out of options, then financial assistance may be paid out. So it may be offered for rent (as noted above) or other needs such as medications, transportation (for say a job interview), or heating bills. Often this is done in partnership with other local charities in the McMinnville area. Vouchers may be offered for grocery items too.

Partnerships are also formed with charities, non-profits, and government organizations in Tillamook, Yamhill, Lincoln County, and even nearby towns and cities. So get referrals to some of these other resources.

Any aid is usually offered along with family services and case management. The Salvation Army realizes that providing for the survival of the entire family and especially children is critical. Social workers from the non-profit agency partner with parents from the region to address their critical needs.

Aid is for children and seniors as well. There may be activities such as summer camps or free back-to-school supplies. Seniors can get home delivered meals or information on local senior centers for recreational activities.




Christmas programs include gifts or toys that may be offered from the Angel Tree program. Volunteers, working with the Salvation Army, will help make sure that struggling, low income or unemployed families can put presents under the holiday tree. Or contact the agency for meals, free turkeys, or food baskets.

Emergency utility bill help, including for paying water, gas, or heating, may sometimes be available. This is even more needed during the colder winter months in the pacific northwest. As resources allow, the Salvation Army can provide emergency financial assistance to help heat apartments or homes. This is usually only offered after the family has used all other resources, such as government LIHEAP and state of Oregon programs.

Almost 20% of local families in Yamhill and Lincoln Oregon struggle with buying food. So dealing with the way too high number of children, seniors and families that are going hungry is critical. In fact, some of this food assistance can go hand in hand with preventing homelessness or utility disconnection. For example by offering families groceries this will free up a client’s funds to pay their other bills, including rent, health care or utilities. So the local food pantries are critical to helping the poor and less fortunate.

Local pantries and soup kitchens may have free meals or boxes of food. Sometimes the least fortunate can also get other items, such as an article of clothing, blankets, or personnel goods. The Salvation Army pantries are usually open limited hours. There may also be an application process in place by the non-profit.

The three main Salvation Army locations are.

  • 1950 SW 2nd St., McMinnville, Oregon, call (503) 472-1009 for intake
  • 2105 4th St, Tillamook, OR 97141. Dial (503) 842-4035
  • A third center is at 124 SE 1st St, Newport, OR 97365, (541) 265-6814



By Jon McNamara














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