Social Services
Emergency Services Print E-mail
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services program (EDS) seeks to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort in times of disaster. Our disaster volunteers are trained to assist in all kinds of emergencies by providing food, clothing, shelter or financial resource to those affected by such calamity. Most commonly known for our mobile feeding units known as “Canteens”, these units are welcome sights to firemen, policemen, and survivors alike, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and complete meals.

Working with local emergency management and other community disaster organizations, The Salvation Army collaborates with many community and government agencies to provide the best possible services to those in need.

If you are interested in joining our Emergency Disaster Services as a volunteer, please fill out our On-line Disaster Worker Profile and Registration form.

Adult Rehabilition Center Print E-mail

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) ministries in the United States provide an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities. Each program participant receives a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction and the resources needed to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God.

The Salvation Army Modesto Corps does initial assessment and evaluation for individuals who request entry into one of our ARC programs because of drug and alcohol addiction. If the interview process determines our program is not the best placement, we’ll make every effort to refer to a program that will be. A long-term commitment of at least six months is required so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices – changes that will help individuals become productive citizens of their community.

Applicants with a desire to get help may be referred by families, friends, courts, clergy and community leaders or may simply call the Modesto Corps Social Services Office at (209)523-7577 to make an appointment or get more information about local ARC programs. The Salvation Army’s services are available without regard to race, religion or national origin.

The nearest ARC men's facility is in Stockton and women's facilities are located in Fresno and San Francisco.

Forms Completion Assistance Print E-mail

The Salvation Army is proud to offer two programs to assist members of the community with completing forms for federal and state income taxes and other service forms.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is provided to seniors and low income individuals who require assistance with federal and state income tax forms. The program is staffed by IRS trained volunteers who use our facilities to prepare taxes.

Social Services staff at The Salvation Army also assists individuals who need help with Social Security disability applications, completing medical forms and writing letters for those who are not able to complete the process themselves.

Energy Assistance Print E-mail
The Salvation Army operates three programs to assist families and individuals who are in crisis and require assistance with delinquent utility bills.
  • Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) is a program administered by The Salvation Army on behalf of Pacific Gas and Electric. The program pays a maximum of $300 on 15 day or 48 hour final notices. Ninety per cent of funding must be used for PG&E services and 10% can be used to pay other utility vendors such as Modesto Irrigation District (MID), This program is funded by PG&E.
  • Modesto Irrigation District Payment Assistance Program (MID MPA) pays delinquent MID electric bills up to a maximum of $275. This program is funded by MID customers who contribute to The Salvation Army in April and October each year.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federally funded program that provides a 30 day payment on delinquent PG&E, MID, Turlock Irrigation District (TID) and City of Modesto water/sewage bills.

They’re coming to us for a safe place to play. To learn, to grow into young men and women of character. These are kids from families with parents who worry about them after school — some of them might even be your neighbors. The Red Shield Center in Modesto provides what kids need most: guidance, security, friendship.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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