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Are you in a situation you never thought you'd be in? Are your bills piling up and there never seems to be enough to cover everything? Let The Salvation Army's social services help. We all have hard times and these days seem to be harder than ever. We are here to help. Contact us at 523-7577 to speak with a case worker today.

Christmas Assistance Print E-mail


The "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.

Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. 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.

Because we want to respond to the varying needs of the communities in which we serve, all of our holiday assistance programs are administered locally. If you require assistance, you will need to contact your local Corps Community Center by using the location search on this page. Please note: Most locations begin registration as early as October, so it's recommended you contact your local Salvation Army as soon as possible to inquire about registration dates.

Volunteers can register online to ring here or call 522-3209 and ask for Jen.

Breakfast and Lunch Print E-mail

Lunch is served at the Modesto Corps Monday through Friday from noon until 1pm. All are welcome, no forms or fees required. Simply bring your appetite!


Coffee, doughnuts and hospitality are served at Sally's Place, our drop-in center at the Modesto Corps, from 8:30am-11am, Monday through Friday. Come, get something to eat, relax, play cards, and spend time with others. A full breakfast is provided by various churches and community groups on Saturday mornings from 8-9am at the same location as our daily lunches.

Utilities Print E-mail

The Salvation Army has several programs to help with those who are facing a crisis situation with utilities. Financial difficulties happen; you lost your job, lost your financial support, or are facing a large funeral bill which means you can't pay your utilities. If you have received a 15 day or 48 hour notice of disconnection of service from PG&E, MID, TID, City of Modesto, or City of Ceres, we can provide relief.

To qualify for assistance with PG&E, you must:

  • Provide evidence of financial hardship which means you are facing extraordinary expenses that go beyond monthly bills, which must be paid in cash.
  • Not be receiving any housing subsidy or Section 8 funds.
  • have an income $5 more than your monthly rent or mortgage to qualify.
  • apply only once within an 18 month period.

MID, TID, City of Modesto and Ceres have different requirements so please call 521-6249 for more information Mondays or Wednesdays.


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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