The Salvation Army of Scranton’s Social Services program is working to provide increased assistance to disadvantaged families in Lackawanna County. The program is an ongoing, vital service that has been offered to the community for many years. It focuses on the unique needs of individuals and offers holistic services and material resources to clientele.
Thanks to a new grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation, The Salvation Army will be able to offer greater support to families in need of furniture and clothing.
While working to meet the ongoing needs in the community this year, The Salvation Army of Scranton received a significant increase in requests for clothing and furniture assistance. It is attributed to a number of families who were displaced by Hurricane Maria and relocated to northeast Pennsylvania, arriving without resources or appropriate clothing for the harsh winter weather. The Scranton Area Community Foundation has presented a grant to The Salvation Army of Scranton for $5,000, which allows it to offer more vouchers to local families who lack resources.
The Salvation Army of Scranton was founded more than 125 years ago. It is committed to “Doing the Most Good” in Lackwanna County, serving more than 2,700 individuals and families each year through services such as feeding programs and utility assistance. The Salvation Army of Scranton works one-on-one with clients in crisis to develop a plan of action, which can include referral to other social service agencies or shelters.
“We aim not only to improve our clients’ current living situation, but to personally connect with each individual,” said Major Karen Schmig, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army of Scranton.
The Scranton Area Community Foundation is composed of more than 140 funds, providing organizations in the region with more than $1,000,000 in grants each year. It acts as an intermediary between funders and organizations, helping individual and family trusts establish a permanent philanthropic legacy. The Scranton Area Community Foundation aims to act as a community resource, strengthening local nonprofits and encouraging change and growth in Lackawanna County.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.