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Rural Services

The Salvation Army helps people simply because they need help.

The Salvation Army is an organization that understands the necessity of responding to the pressing needs of hurting people - to begin, as in one of the basic principles of social work, "where the person is." The Salvation Army is an integral part of each community in which it is located. It works with other organizations and services to meet the needs of the people who live in that community. Therefore, services offered vary from one area to another depending upon needs in each community and the services that are available from other sources. The manner in which needs are verified and the spirit in which help is given are at the heart of the Army service. The compassion and understanding shown in an emergency may open the way for assistance with deep-seated problems and long-term deprivation. No matter what the problem, the hallmarks of the Army service are:

    • Treatment of all people as God's children
    • Starting with the need expressed by the applicant
    • Demonstration of warmth and personal interest in each person
    • Listening without being judgmental or condemning
    • Regarding all information as confidential
    • Recognition of its own limitations to assist, and seeking needed help from others
    • Establishing meaningful relationships with the applicant (whether brief or lengthy) through a caring interest in him or her as a person
    • Recognition of the worth and dignity of each individual and affirmation of the right of each one to make his or her own decisions

The Salvation Army Cascade Division works with volunteers in 85 rural communities throughout Oregon and Southern Idaho where there is not an official corps (church) or community center. Rural Services are administered through our Service Extension programs. Assistance is short-term, and not for continuing help. We may assist a second time if warranted by circumstances. Both local and transient persons are eligible for assistance. The basic resources are food, clothing, transportation, prescription and shelter.

Other services available in Service Extension communities include:

    • Summer camps for youth
    • Back to School Supplies
    • League of Mercy gifts for the elderly
    • Christmas Food and Toy distribution
    • Christmas Kettles

Oregon Service Extension services/vouchers are located in the following counties:
    Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Linn, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, and Wallowa.

Southern Idaho Service Extension services/vouchers are located in the following counties:
    Adams, Bear, Boise, Bingham, Butte, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Oneida, Payette, Power, Teto, Valley, and Washington.

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