In Meriden, The Salvation Army meets the basic needs of families and individuals through the Meriden Corps' Comprehensive Emergency Assistance program, consisting of an emergency food pantry, Soup Kitchen, Financial Literacy seminars, holiday assistance (food baskets and toys), and the provision of rent and utility assistance.
Its Soup Kitchen serves meals to individuals and families of low income on Saturdays and Sundays, days when no other soup kitchen is serving meals in Meriden. We also provide Financial Literacy and Life Skills workshops and individualized coaching on topics such as economic survival (credit/debt, controlling spending, and preparing for job changes), planning for the future, resume writing and eating healthy on a budget.
The Pathway of Hope is a strengths-based, long-term approach to helping families leave poverty behind for good. With its design to help hard-working, dedicated families who simply do not have the means to get ahead in life on their own, Pathway of Hope provides the guidance, tools, and assistance necessary to support struggling families along the continuum of growth to self-sufficiency. Pathway of Hope focuses on possibilities rather than problems. We help families identify the skills and assets that they bring to the table before, then collaborate with them to make a plan utilizing those very strengths to improve their situation. Pathway of Hope is about going the distance and walking alongside these families in need so that they can achieve lasting change, both for themselves and their children.
Please contact our Pathway of Hope Case Manager, Janette Romero, for more information by clicking on her name or calling her directly at (203) 235-6532.
The Salvation Army's Soup Kitchen serves nutritious meals to those in need every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The food pantry is available to eligible individuals Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Various services are available to aid our community members in crisis. We assist them in preventing utility shut-offs and future homelessness. Each recipient will receive Financial Literacy and Life Skills workshops and individualized coaching on topics such as economic survival (credit/debt, controlling spending, and preparing for job changes), planning for the future, resume writing and eating healthy on a budget. Please contact our office at (203) 235-6532 for more details.
With the help and generosity of businesses, schools, social groups, churches, and individuals, we were able to provide happiness to those in need during the holiday season. We distribute Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas toys each year. Please call in September to find out the dates for signups, which take place every October.
We also look for employees and volunteers each year for our Seasonal Kettle Campaign. Full day or half-day opportunities are available. Please contact Lieutenant LeNissa Rivera for more information by clicking on her name or calling her directly at (203) 235-6532.
Camp CONNRI is situated on 272 acres of rolling hills in Ashford, Connecticut. Campers enjoy a wide variety of activities for a week, including: swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, nature studies, arts and crafts, and much more. Children must be between the ages of 8-12 at the time of camp. Please check with us each March to obtain an application.
Advisory Board (Last Thursday Each Month – 5:30 p.m.)
The Advisory Board assumes a liaison role between The Salvation Army and community. The Board enhances relationships between the Corps Officers and area leaders of government, business, and nonprofit organizations. Please contact Lieutenant LeNissa Rivera for more information by clicking on her name or calling her directly at (203) 235-6532.
There are also opportunities to help us by volunteering in our food pantry and soup kitchen programs. These volunteer opportunities will also satisfy community service hours which are required for high school graduation here in Meriden. Please contact our office at (203) 235-6532 for more information or visit our Volunteer Page for more info.
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School (All Ages)
11:00 a.m. – Worship Service
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Soup Kitchen
12:45 p.m. – Corps Cadets/Jr. Soldiers
1:30 p.m. – Dance
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Food Pantry
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
6:00 p.m. – Women’s Ministries
6:00 p.m. – Club 3:16
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
5:30 p.m. – Timbrels
6:00 p.m. – Adult Bible Study
6:00 p.m. – Junior Band/Percussion
6:45 p.m. – Singing Company
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Food Pantry
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Soup Kitchen
Lieutenant L. LeNissa Rivera
Whether you contribute financially, donate goods, give your time, or support us through social media, with your help, The Salvation Army in Meriden can continue to reach out to individuals and families to offer a hand-up, not a hand-out. Please contact us if interested in supporting our efforts or if you are in need of assistance.