Racine Programs and Services
Serving Our Community
The Salvation Army believes in meeting the basic needs of individuals and families, young and old. These basic needs include food, clothing, shelter and household needs. While meeting the physical needs, The Salvation Army staff also offer hope and guidance to those coming in for services. The following programs are available.
• After School Youth Program - Children ages 6-17 can join us Monday - Friday, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm for our After School Program. Play basketball, volleyball, roller skate, and participate in other group games in our gymnasium. Make crafts, color, draw, read, or do homework in our activities room. We provide a safe environment, with supervised activities to help keep children active and happy. Our program also provides special holiday parties, field trips and other activities on a regular basis.
• Christmas Toy Shop - Families or individuals in need of Christmas gifts for children ages 13 and under may sign up at The Salvation Army. Photo ID for adults and and proof of the children (social security cards, birth certificate) living in the home is required.
• Coats for Kids - Children ages 1-13 in need of a warm winter coat may receive one through our social service department in the month of October.
• Holiday Assistance - We provide several assistance programs during the holidays, including Toy Shop and Adopt-A-Family. Families with young children are able to request free toys donated through either the Toys-for-Tots or the Adopt-A-Family Programs.
• Pathway of Hope - The Salvation Army offers holistic and strengths based case management services to families with children who have a desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and attain a level of increased stability. Families will work in partnership with their case manager and ministry staff to develop an action plan as well as assess their strengths and progress while receiving support and encouragement to reach their goals.
• Senior Citizen Program - Senior citizens age 60 and older are invited to join us in our lower level Senior Center. Lunch is served Monday thru Friday on a donation basis; suggested donation is $3.50. Seniors can participate in a variety of activities. Click here to see our entire schedule.
Depending on funding available, we are also able to assist with household goods, furniture, clothing, and hygiene products. Each service has eligibility requirements, such as residency and/or proof of identification. Some services have time limits and income eligibility requirements. All requests for assistance are handled by appointment. Contact our Social Service office at (262) 632-3147 to learn more about our basic needs programs.
The Salvation Army Food Pantry is the central referral site for all food pantries in Racine. Individuals and families in need of emergency food may receive food every 30 days.
Photo ID, proof of the number of all people living in the home (ex. Forward cards), and current address need to be provided for this service.
Healthy Kids Diner
Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to school age children, The Racine Salvation Army Healthy Kid’s Diner began in June serving dinner meals to school age children. Many children in our community lack the opportunity to have a hot healthy dinner meal, especially during summer when free and reduced-priced school lunches are unavailable.
“Our program fills a void created when school lunches are not available and during the school year when many times parents aren’t able to provide an evening meal,” said Major Ken Nicolai, Corps Officer at the Racine Salvation Army. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.”
Monday through Friday a healthy snack is served from 4:00 – 4:30 PM and dinner from 6:00 – 6:30 PM. On Sunday dinner is served from 12:00 – 12:30 PM. Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.
Through the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine, the Optimist Club of Racine, and the Racine Community Foundation we have the opportunity to provide child nutrition to the neediest in Racine.