The Salvation Army of Jamestown has received a $97,900 grant from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County for 2009-10.
The money will be used to support services for four Salvation Army programs: the Comprehensive Financial Assistance Program, the Children and Family Outreach Program, the Non-Residential Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, and the Residential Domestic Violence Shelter.
The Comprehensive Financial Assistance Program offers residents of the greater Jamestown area a food pantry, assistance with personal hygiene items, baby formula and special dietary needs. The program also provides assistance with clothing, furniture, medical prescriptions, utilities and certain travel needs, sponsors the Bundle Them Up Program, which provides with winter coats; the Christmas Assistance Program for both families and individuals; case management services; and information and referral to other community agencies.
Individuals may contact The Salvation Army at 664-4108 for further information on any of the above programs.
The Children and Family Outreach Program offers group and individual counseling as well as in-home family intervention services to children who have been affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault. It utilizes therapeutic approaches including art, play, and other creative interventions to help children verbalize difficult issues and express their feelings.
Goals of The Children and Family Outreach Program include providing a safe place for children to express themselves, creating individual and family safety plans to reduce the likelihood of future abuse, teaching healthy coping skills and increase self esteem, providing prevention education and increasing positive behaviors and communication among family members
Non-Residential and Residential Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis services provide comprehensive services to assist individuals in overcoming difficult and traumatic events. Services are available for clients who have left shelter and/or their abuser but remain in need of supportive services, for those who are still living in the abusive situation and need assistance to extricate themselves and for survivors of sexual assault. Through its Residential Service Program, the Salvation Army operates the only state Office of Children and Family Services licensed shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.
Both residential and non-residential services are available to women, men and children who are victims of violence.
In addition, they are eligible for the following comprehensive case management services:
oral and safety planning
advocacy and accompaniment for criminal and family court, medical, legal, housing, and financial services
information and referrals to community resources
24-hour crisis intervention
supportive counseling services
The 24-hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline number is 800-252-8748 or 661-3897. All services are free and confidential.