Serving Our Community

Oshkosh Social Services

At The Salvation Army, we put our faith into action by meeting the basic needs of individuals and families, young and old. We offer programs and services from spiritual enrichment and community outreach programs to social services and emergency disasters. 

Spiritual Enrichment

The Salvation Army offers camp opportunities to help enrich your love for God as well as to bring fellowship and opportunities to meet new people. The Army Lake Camp is owned and is a part of the Wisconsin Upper Michigan Division, which is located in East Troy, WI.

Camp opportunities are offered from June to August.

  • Men's Camp,   Women's Camp,   Older Adult Camp,  Family Camp,  Kids Camps

For more information Contact: Colleen Hilber or 715-845-4272 ext 106

Community Outreach Programs 

Our mission is to reach out to the individuals in the community by providing different programs as follows.

  • Visits to local nursing homes
  • Hospital and home visitations.

For more information contact Lieutenant Donna Thammavongsa at 715-845-4272 ext. 102 

Social Service Programs

Social Service Programs are offered Monday- Friday between the hours of 8:30am-3:30pm

Our Social Service Department offers a wide range of programs including but not limited to:

  • Feeding Program - Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30 am. to 12:30pm to anyone needing a nutritious meal in a safe, clean and welcoming environment.
  • Bread and Produce Distribution:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00am (numbers given out at 9:45am)
  • Bread Room:  Families are allowed to come in once a day to receive bread. Hours of bread room are as follows:

                          Monday-          8:00am-9:00am    &  1:30pm-4:00pm

                          Tuesday-         8:00am-11:00am   &  1:30pm-4:00pm

                          Wednesday -    8:00am-9:00am    &  1:30pm-4:00pm

                          Thursday -       8:00am-11:00am   &  1:30pm-4:00pm

                           Friday -           8:00am-11:00am   &  1:30pm-4:00pm

  •  Other Services:  Medical, Prescription, Haircuts, Energy Assistance, Rent Assistance, Gift of Sight. ( by appointment only)
  •  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 to assess their strengths and progress while receiving support and encouragement to reach their goals.
  •  Christmas Assistance-  Provides families with presents for their children before Christmas. 

Each service has eligibility requirements, such as residency and/or proof of identification for everyone in the household. Some services have time limits and income eligibility requirements.  Depending on needs, we are also able to assist with vouchers for household goods, furniture and clothing.

Some requests for assistance are handled by appointment only. Contact Ed Wilson, Social Services Director at (715) 845-4272 ext. 107 to learn more about our basic needs programs.

Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry is open daily at the hours listed below. Clients can use the food pantry one time within a 3-week period. 

Salvation Army Oshkosh Food Pantry

Food Pantry Hours:

  • Monday         12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday         9:30am - 11:00am   & 12:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday   12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursday        9:30am - 11:00am   & 12:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Friday            12:00pm -  3:00pm

 Clients need identification for all household members and proof of residency of Marathon County. The amount of food received depends upon the number of people living in the household. 

Our food pantry is unique because clients are able to shop the pantry and pick out the items they would like from each food group.  This gives the individuals the freedom to choose what they need. 

The pantry is stocked by donations from food drives, businesses and individuals.

Bread and Produce Distribution:

Helps families with fresh produce, bread or other items when available these items could include meat, milk, dairy products etc. 

These items are available through our distribution days: Monday, Wednesday & Fridays at 10:00am with numbers given out at 9:45am.  

Bread Room:

Our bread room is open daily, except during bread and produce giveaway and lunch.  Families are allowed to come in one time a day to receive bread, (5 bread and 1 sweet is our limits to help serve everyone with a fair share.)


Transitional Living Center

The mission of The Salvation Army Transitional Living Center is to work with homeless families and individuals of Wausau and Marathon County to develop plans that enable them to achieve increased self-sufficiency, reduced dependence on public assistance, improve independent living skills, develop greater self-determination, and secure and maintain permanent housing. The Salvation Army Transitional Living Center provides meals, shelter, and other services to individuals experiencing homelessness.

Causes and Reasons for Homelessness:

  • Violence - Domestic Violence
  • Job Loss
  • Financial Difficulties
  • Illness - Physical and Mental
  • Unforeseen Disaster
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Disability
  • Family Breakdown
  • Loss of Social Support
  • Eviction
  • Lack of Resources
  • Previous Poor Choices

Who refers individuals/families to the shelter?

  • Self/Client
  • Relatives of the Client
  • Friends of the Client
  • Other Salvation Army Programs
  • Wausau Police Department
  • Sheriff's Department
  • Jail
  • Probation and Parole
  • Social Services
  • North Central Health Care
  • The American Red Cross
  • The Veterans Administration

Transitional Living CenterQualifications for Admission:

  • Not using illegal drugs or alcohol while staying in the shelter
  • Individual is unable to afford housing
  • Individual does not have substantial savings
  • Not currently receiving Social Security Disability
  • Criminal background does not include sexual charges or convictions
  • No outstanding warrants for arrest
  • Capable of performing all daily skills independently
  • Actively seeking employment and/or attending NTC's Goal Lab
  • In no acute mental health distress
  • Successful past admissions or documented changes in life to justify another chance/stay
  • Potential client wants to become self-reliant

Services Provided:

  • 30 days of Emergency shelter with possible extension of up to 90 days.
  • Three meals a day
  • Basic living skills training
  • Barriers to Change training
  • Case Management
  • Shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

How long is an average stay at the shelter?

  • Emergency shelter is defined as a 90 day or less stay in a 12 month period
  • Currently stays average less than 35 days.

Funding Sources:

  • United Way of Marathon County
  • Red Kettle Campaign
  • Shelter Booth during Red Kettle Campaign
  • Wisconsin Bureau of Housing Private Donations
  • Marathon County Homelesscoalition.

Homeless Outreach Program: 

The Salvation Army Transitional Living Center is now providing homeless outreach programs that help people who are living on the streets. 

This program provides the following assistance:

  • Showers 
  • Laundry facility 
  • Self-heating meals 
  • Referrals to other programs to help meet some of the needs.

To be qualified for this program,the individual must be classified as living on the streets. The program is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00am- 2:30pm

If you have any questions regarding The Salvation Army Transitional Living Center, please contact Ed Wilson, Social Service Director at (715) 845-8472 or email: