The ESS program provides basic needs to low income and poverty level families and individuals on an emergency basis. This program divides Sedgwick County into three areas by zip codes. A social service office is located in each of these three areas: Citadel Corps Community Center serves the east area; Downtown Social Services (City Command) serves the downtown and northeast area; West Orchard Corps Community Center serves areas to the west.

Recipients receive basic needs items such as food, utility assistance, clothing, baby items, transportation assistance, winter clothing and blankets, medication, etc. Our focus is to provide services after other community resources are exhausted.

Annual Special Programs

Back-to-School supplies

Basic school supplies are provided to school aged children in low income/poverty level families in August. These supplies are distributed through the three The Salvation Army Social Services sites.

Warm Hearts winter clothing program

Coats, winter clothing and blankets are distributed from the downtown Emergency Social Services site in November of each year.  Anyone in need of warm clothing is eligible for this program.


Christmas assistance program

Each year, Christmas assistance is provided to families and individuals in need.  Families are given food assistance for a CHristmas meal. Toys are provided to children 16 and younger through the Angel Tree program.

Star of Hope is an additional part of the Christmas assistance program designed to provide food and gifts for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and individuals with special needs.