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The Salvation Army Bread of Life Center, we believe in meeting the basic needs of individuals and families, young and old.

These basic needs include food, clothing, and household needs. While meeting the physical needs, The Salvation Army staff also offer hope and guidance to those coming in for services. Individuals or families meet with a staff person in a quiet, confidential setting and determine what type and how much assistance can be provided.

Basic need services are available Monday - Friday by appointment.

How we help

General Community Assistance
General community assistance involves all help which does not fit into specific assistance categories including clothing vouchers, limited transportation, houseware needs, furniture, toiletry items, laundry, infant care items, and more. Our goal is to meet the diverse needs of the community. This assistance is given as funding allows.

Local Transportation Assistance
The gas vouchers and bus tokens are for people struggling to make ends meet during difficult financial times. To receive the gas vouchers, the client MUST be able to provide a valid driver license and non-expired vehicle registration. We determine the number of gas vouchers/bus tokens by each individual situation.

Housing Services and Energy Assistance
Housing Services and Energy Assistance can be used to pay a portion of a person's current energy bill, help with fuel oil or LP gas or help pay for a month's rent or mortgage for those at risk of eviction. 

Christmas Programs
These programs offer a variety of services in the holiday season commencing with Thanksgiving and ending with Christmas. Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, as well as Christmas toy distributions, are given out to households in need. Local nursing homes are visited delivering warm greetings and small gifts to every resident.

Outreach Service programs
Includes the Volunteer Department and "follow up care" for clients and participants in The Salvation Army programs. This area is responsible for recruitment, orientation, support, and recognition of volunteers involved in The Salvation Army programs and services. The goal of our Outreach Services is to build relationships with clients and program participants, to identify unmet needs and to get an idea of the effectiveness of our services to provide quality experiences.

Pathway of Hope
The Salvation Army offers holistic and strengths-based case management services to families with children who have a desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and attain a level of increased stability. Families will work in partnership with their case manager and ministry staff to develop an action plan as well as assess their strengths and progress while receiving support and encouragement to reach their goals.

Other Organization Operations
This includes anything else that does not fit into specific areas of program services. Included in this area are the following services: special visits to care centers, correctional services, building use by outside groups, Advisory Board and Council activities, employee services, special events and programs (annual meeting, community dinners, family nights), participation in community groups by staff and officers, special printing projects (newsletter, pamphlets, etc.) and other incidental services, programs, and events.

Contact Amanda Radle at (715) 834-1224 or by e-mail Amanda.Radle@usc.salvationarmy.org to learn more about our basic needs programs.

If you need immediate assistance, call Great Rivers 2-1-1 by dialing: 2-1-1. They will connect you to the nearest Salvation Army location. Click here for more information about Great Rivers 2-1-1.

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