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We fight poverty with love

By providing programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army helps alleviate the symptoms of poverty - and works to address the root issues that cause it.

46.7 million Americans live below the poverty line. 60 million more live one crisis away.

Sadly, children raised in poverty are 32% more likely to remain there than their more fortunate peers.

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We are active in every zip code in America to feed, shelter, assist and equip the poor.

Poverty is so often the result of - and the catalyst for - chronic struggles with hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, unemployment, educational voids and various forms of abuse. These interconnected struggles continue year after year, and often span generations. That's why The Salvation Army works to meet the needs of the whole person through short and long-term assistance - first alleviating the symptoms of poverty and then addressing the root issues that cause it.

Poverty doesn't have to be permanent. The Salvation Army helps those in need to overcome poverty through a variety of programs.

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Housing insecurity and prolonged poverty are strongly linked, and that's why we work to provide short and long-term housing assistance to displaced families and individuals. The Salvation Army offers many programs that offer refuge to struggling men, women, children and families ? from overnight and emergency shelters for those finding themselves homeless for the first time to transitional living centers that help rebuild lives.

Meal Assistance
Many families and individuals facing poverty often must make the painful choice heating and eating - that is, they must decide whether they'll pay their bills or pay for food. Without sufficient funds, many are forced to go without a warm, nutritious meal in order to keep a roof over their head.

Bill Pay Assistance
We help struggling families and individuals avoid falling into the cycle of crisis by supplementing their income with utility, rent and other vital payments. This assistance often becomes the difference between shelter and eviction, between maintaining honest work and selling drugs or services for money, and between keeping kids in one place and moving them out of their home and onto the streets.

Employment Assistance
As part of our comprehensive approach to helping families and individuals overcome poverty, we offer educational resources, career coaching and job placement opportunities to assist those in need secure stable and gainful employment.

Petaluma Corps Assistance Programs

Social Services Office Hours
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday
9 am - 11 am

USDA Commodities Program
(Monthly with weekly pickups)
4 pm - 6 pm 

REACH - PG&E Assistance Program
By Appointment Tuesday & Thursday

The Salvation Army's REACH program is a partnership between The Salvation Army and PG&E. Funding for this program comes directly from PG&E Customers, therefore the guidelines are set by PG&E. The REACH Program is designed to help pay PG&E bills when a household falls behind due to an energy emergency. An energy emergency is defined as an unplanned for financial expense that occurred within the last 60 days, ie: car repairs, medical expenses, etc.

Please bring the following items:
  - PG&E 15-Day or 48-Hour Notice - If Service is shut off please provide an Account Printout from PG&E
  - California ID Card or Driver License - For all adults
  - Children 17 and younger, need any kind of identification.
  - Current Income Verification - Dated within the last 30 daysOccurring in the last 60 days that caused you to fall behind such as medical bills,           loss of hours, etc.
  - Rental or Mortgage Agreement - If not available you may sign a sworn affidavit.
  - Proof of Energy Emergency - Occurring in the last 60 days that caused you to fall behind such as medical bills, loss of hours, etc.
  - Salvation Army Application - Completed at Salvation Army

Transitional Housing
By Appointment Only 

Emergency Food Box Program
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday
9 am - 11 am

Annual Services

Please call (707) 769-0716 for information on these programs:

  - ChildSpree
  - Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance
  - Angel Tree
  - Food and toy campaigns
  - Red Kettle campaign
  - Summer camps