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Lewis and Thurston County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Some of the core areas focused on by the Salvation Army include self-sufficiency, rent and utility bill help, free food, employment, and housing. Case workers from centers in the Thurston County region are strongly committed to helping individuals in the community with a focus on children, senior citizens, and those who are considered to be most at risk. There are even free back to school supply giveaways as well as Thanksgiving/Christmas gift programs.

Get financial help from Salvation Army in Lewis Washington area

Shelter and housing programs include everything from a place to stay for the night to short and long-term (permanent) housing. The Salvation Army will also take a pro-active approach to preventing evictions in the first place and some money may be offered for paying rent. Other potential resources are below.

  • Hotel and motel vouchers may be offered whether a disaster (such as a fire) destroys a home or a family is evicted. The organization is sometimes able to provide very short-term motel vouchers.
  • Children's and Teenager Shelter – When a crisis strikes, the Salvation Army provides a safe place for children, students and others who are no longer safe in their own homes.
  • Women's Shelters are in Thurston County and other regions of Washington. The Salvation Army runs short and long-term housing units that women can use, including shared housing or CoAdobe. They are available whether someone is escaping a domestic violence environment or just the streets in general.
  • Men's Shelters include those for severe weather as well as transitional housing units. Many veterans use this service and will also receive case management too.

Basic needs are a priority, and the Salvation Army will strive to fulfill these requests. The centers will try to take immediate care of the basic human needs of shelter, clothing, food and of course safety. All of this is important to help someone create a more positive and permanent change. Assistance is given for meeting human needs and is available regardless of religion or age. There are even Salvation Army free school supply or uniform services for students. Case workers will seek to establish a solid, meaningful relationship with the applicant. They will do this by taking a caring interest in them as a person.

Being available to help with disasters is a core function of the Salvation Army. They operate a network across the nation and the state. It uses dozens of local skilled volunteers and trained personnel. The Salvation Army provides services that meet the immediate as well as longer term needs of those impacted. This includes physical, emotional, financial and spiritual needs. Victims of a disaster can receive shelter, food, grief counseling and financial assistance.




Holiday Help can help reduce the financial and emotional stress that families in Lewis and Thurston are faced with. The Salvation Army, working closely with others, attempts to help all families and ensure they experience the joys of the season. This can include free Christmas toys, meals, clothing, gift certificates, and more. Gifts are shared with families who can’t afford to buy them on their own.

Rental assistance can help families in Thurston and Lewis County stay in their homes or apartments. This is offered year-round and is a goal of The Salvation Army. During the cold winter months or hot summer months it is especially important that families are safe at home.

Utility assistance is offered for water, power, and electricity bills. Helping families keep their utilities on is important for struggling families in maintaining their basic amenities.

Grocery, meals and food assistance is offered from food pantries, soup kitchens and/or community meal sites throughout the year. During the holidays they may have additional food boxes, grocery cards, vouchers or even celebratory meals.

Assistance for seniors and elderly in Thurston County

The Thurston County Salvation Army’s Older Adult Ministries offers a number of programs and resources to enhance the lives of today’s older adults and senior citizens. The elderly who are in need of low-cost, independent living can turn to options such as the Silvercrest residences. Meals may be offered from Meals on Wheels or congregate meal sites.

Salvation Army staff also work with Agency on Aging programs in Washington State. These are non-profit (sometimes government funded) locations that help the elderly, disabled, or retirees among others. There may be congregate meals, recreational events or get aways, information on benefits such as Medicare and so much more. Find Washington agency on aging centers for seniors.





Location of Salvation Army centers

There are multiple locations of the Salvation Army in Thurston County, with Family Stores, social services, food pantries and other programs at each location. The Salvation Army also has the general case management services for the public as well.

  • Lewis - 303 N Gold St, Centralia, WA 98531, call (360) 736-4339
  • Thurston County - 824 5th Ave SE, Olympia, Washington 98501, dial (360) 352-8596

By Jon McNamara

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