Helping People Help Themselves
The Salvation Army recognizes that a request for help with a utility shut–off or eviction often involves a complex set of circumstances. For this reason, each applicant receives much more than the processing of his or her paperwork. Through a one–to–one interview, the Salvation Army caseworker aims to identify the often multiple factors contributing to the household’s emergency situation and provide other forms of assistance, referrals, budget counseling, and emotional support as necessary. This holistic approach of meeting need wherever it is found allows The Salvation Army to help in a way that reduces the likelihood of future crisis, and, in many cases, prevents homelessness.
Social Services Office
413 Highway 82 W,
Greenwood, MS 38930
Office hours: Monday – Friday ~ 10:00 am ~ 2:00 pm
Social Services Worker: Zessatin Summerville, available Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Our Social Services include:
Sharing the Warmth: A program designed to assist clients with their Atmos or Valley gas bill. It is a one time payment assistance only. An emergency must take place in order to receive assistance with this program. A client must have all required documentation in order to consider the application complete.
The Power to Care: Assistance with home electric bill. The client must be with Entergy in order to receive assistance with this program. Assistance can be given up to 6 times within a year depending on the amount applied. The client must receive some type of disability income. The client must have a valid identification, social security card, proof of income, and bill they are seeking assistance with.
Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP): An emergency program designed to assist with rent, mortgage, electric or gas. The bill must be 30 – 60 days past due. A client can only be given this assistance one time in a year. The individual requesting this service must have their utilities still on and client must still reside at the home. The client must have an appointment along with all required documentation.
Pennies for Power: Assistance with home electrical bill which includes Greenwood Utilities only. The client can only receive assistance one time with a payment of $50.00 or $100.00. However, the client must be employed in order to qualify. Each individual must have a copy of the current month’s utility bill. The client will need photo identification, proof of employment, current bill and receipts to show how income was utilized.
Ministerial Program: Assistance with gas for vehicle, lodging, and bus ticket. The client must have a valid emergency in order to receive assistance. An assessment is done on each client to determine if they qualify for this program. A client can only receive assistance one time depending on the emergency circumstances. The client must have all required documentation in order to consider the application complete.
Project Recovery Rapid Re-housing: Designed to help mothers that are homeless, living in a shelter or on the streets with children. An individual with children living in a place not meant for human habitation. The program helps with short term financial assistance and also helps the individual find a place to stay. However, the mother has to be receiving some type of income in order to be determined eligible.
Budgeting Workshop: Designed to help the client control their finances within their budget. It also helps them to prioritize their bills so little or no outside assistance is needed. The workshop discusses issues and concerns regarding identify theft and scams. It also teaches the clients the importance of opening a savings and checking account.
Job Readiness: A workshop to help unemployed clients prepare to find employment. Mock interviews take place within the workshop so clients are aware of questions that may be asked. The clients are taught how to properly complete a job application and learn the importance of appearance when seeking employment. The Salvation Army provides these individuals with clothes so they are well groomed when going for interviews. We provide transportation to different sites for those who do no have transportation.
Clothing Vouchers: Given out to any individual that has suffered a fire, a natural disaster, or any emergency that is deemed appropriate for assistance by the Social Service Worker. The clothing vouchers are given out on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The client must have photo identification and proof of income to determine eligibility. If a client has suffered a fire, the client needs supporting documentation such as fire report.