Social Service Assistance

Social Service Assistance
The Salvation Army provides basic social services for walk-ins at their First Stop Center at 1765 Broad Street that consist of food, clothing, miscellaneous assistance Monday through Fridays from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.  Assistance for utilities and rent are provided at their Center of Hope office located at 1384 Greene Street but is by appointment only, see below.

Rent and Utility Assistance
Available through the Project SHARE program for residents of Richmond, Burke, Columbia, and Glascock Counties. The bill must be past due and the household must be facing a specific challenge or crisis that makes them unable to pay the bill. Natural gas assistance is offered through a special program that has additional income qualifications. For more information about application requirements or to see when the next screeing date will be, contact the Center of Hope at 706.826.7933.  Pre-screenings will normally be conducted on Mondays from 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm by calling the designated line at 706.434.3180 to see if you meet the qualifications stated by the funders.  Bill must be in clients name and a crisis situation must exist.  Appointments will be made after the prescreening for qualifying applicants.

Emergency Grocery and Clothing Assistance
Small food bags available for people who do not receive food stamps.  They will be referred by staff to food pantries in their neighborhood for additional food assistnce.  Clothing vouchers can be given to The Salvation Army Family Stores for people in need of clothing.  All applicants should provide picture ID, social security cards, proof of income and expenses, and a description of the crisis that caused the need.  Applicants must wait at least 90 days after their last visit unless an emergency (fire, lost job, etc.).  For more information call 706.922.8330.

Christmas Gift and Toy Assistance
Available to families with children up to 12 years old. We participate in the Augusta Christmas Clearinghouse to insure families receive help from only one agency. Christmas open application dates vary each year. Call 706.922.8330.  Applications require photo ID for all adults in the household, birth certificates for all children in the household, social security cards for all household members, proof of income (including food stamps) and expenses, proof of current address, and proof of child custody.  Senior citizens and disabled individuals should call 706.922.8330 to ask about Christmas food boxes.

Furniture Assistance
Available only to fire or disaster victims with a referral from the Red Cross and other required documentation.  Please contact the First Stop Center at 706.922.8330 for information and to schedule an appointment for this service.

Other assistance is available periodically, depending on the season and supplies available. Items available in the past have included fans, school supplies, children's books, toiletries or diapers, and children's pajamas.