The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast provides over a million services every year to residents in South Mississippi. Below are the services offered to Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River and Stone County residents.
FOOD ASSISTANCEOur Food Assistance program is designed to provide food to individuals, families and the homeless community who have expressed a need for food and have met all Salvation Army’s set criteria. In 2013, The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast helped nearly 50,000 families through the food pantry. The food pantry serves first come, first served. We close when we have reached capacity for that time period.
2019 22nd Street, Gulfport, MS 39501
Food Pantry Opens At:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – 8:30 AM
Monday, Wednesday: 1:00 PM
Food from our pantry is given on a first come, first serve basis. We open the pantry at the times above and close when we have reached capacity for that time period.
Ages 18 – 65 – May received food from the pantry once every 90 days.
Ages 65 and up – May receive food from the pantry once every 90 days.
Homeless clients may receive food once a week on Fridays.
Please bring with you:
– Your lease stating utilities are included or a recent utility bill in your name
– Valid state issued photo ID for adults
– One form of documentation on every member of the household (For example social security card, birth certificate, etc.)
– Homeless clients only need to show photo ID
UTILITY ASSISTANCEThe Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast provides assistance to individuals and families who are in need of assistance with electric, water, or gas bills. This service is available by appointment only by calling 228-374-8301.
Please download the requirements for receiving Utility Assistance from The Salvation Army: Utility Assistance Requirement Guidelines
SHOWER AND LAUNDRY PROGRAMThe Fresh and Clean Program provides homeless individuals with a hot shower and clean clothes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Our volunteers wash and fold their clothes while they wait for a shower to freshen up before a job interview, work, and other life-sustaining appointments.
Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Fridays 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIPOur Community Fellowship program is designed to bring the community together for morning fellowship. This program is utilized by individual and families who are not homeless and it is also utilized by the homeless population. During fellowship, attendees have morning devotions and other activities to build rapport and maintain unity with the community and The Salvation Army.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
LIFE SKILLS CLASSESThroughout the year The Salvation Army offers classes to help individuals in various areas of their life – from budgeting, communication, finding a job to couponing and grocery shopping.
Three of these classes are a requirement to be a part of the Angel Tree program after your first year. You can see a complete list of classes for Harrison, Stone, and Pearl River County residents. Hancock County residents are required to attend classes offered by the Hancock County Resource Center after they apply for Angel Tree in October. Click Here to view Life Skills Class Schedule
Grocery Shopping Class:
This program assists clients in making better decisions at the grocery store while shopping for food. The class goes over cost per unit, store brand vs. name brand, how to get the best deal, etc. It is held on an as needed basis. Call 228-374-8301 to register.
This class teaches clients how to live within their means and the importance of living on a budget. It shows how creating a budget is an important step to determining financial health and creating financial stability. It is held on an as needed basis. Call 228-374-8301 to register.
VITAL RECORD ASSISTANCEMany times individuals do not have the resources to obtain their vital records. The Salvation Army’s Vital Record Assistance Program assists clients with paperwork and some financial assistance to obtain vital records information such as social security cards, birth certificates, state-issued identification cards / driver’s licenses and marriage certificates to secure housing and/or employment.
To receive help to obtain your vital records, please call 228-374-8301 to make an appointment with our Social Services manager.
CLOTHING ASSISTANCEThrough our Family Store, The Salvation Army provides clothing assistance to those who faced an emergency or disaster and need clothes for themselves or family members. To receive clothing assistance, please visit the Gulfport location or call 228-374-8301. Documentation may be required to show need.
Clothing Assistance- Monday- Friday 8:30 am-Noon, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm. First, come first serve basis.
Please Bring with You:
- Valid state issued photo ID for anyone over 18 years old
- Proof of ALL income from the last 30 days for anyone receiving assistance or in the household (includes food stamps, tanif, child support, wages, unemployment, social security, disability, section 8, etc.)
- Proof of ALL expenses (rent, utilities, car insurance, cable, cell phone, groceries, etc.)
- In the last 30 days you must have had a major financial change in your circumstances (lost income or had something you cannot plan for happen)
REFERRAL ASSISTANCEMany organizations on the Gulf Coast provide services similar and different to The Salvation Army. Through our Referral Assistance Program, clients may need the assistance of other organizations in addition to The Salvation Army. We help clients connect to these organizations to receive assistance such as SNAP, TANF, Mississippi Regional Housing Authority, etc.
To receive assistance, please visit The Salvation Army Gulfport location or call 228-374-8301.
BUS PASSESSometimes getting to doctor’s appointments, job interviews, and other economic assistance agencies isn’t easy for clients due to lack of transportation. That is why The Salvation Army provides bus passes to clients to help them get to these locations. Documentation or appointment must be provided. This program is need based.
Please visit the Gulfport location or call 228-374-8301 for assistance.
DISASTER SERVICESThe Salvation Army is one of the first organizations on the scene to any disaster. You will find our mobile kitchens, called Canteens, ready to serve hot meals, snacks, coffee and other drinks, and more. We also provide social services to help individuals get back on their feet, prayer to help the soul, and and helpful hand or ear to those affected.
Learn more about our Disaster Services here: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/
CHRISTMAS ASSISTANCEThe “miracle” of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless.
Donations and financial assistance provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, including families of prisoners.
The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.
Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season, as well as people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.
To learn more about our Christmas Assistance program, please click here.