Social Services We Offer

One of our main goals at the Salvation Army of Summit County is to help elevate men, women, and children from despair and provide hope and assistance through programs that work. Click below for more information about the various social service programs that we offer.

Red Shield Food Pantry

Our Red Shield Pantry is a collaborative program with the Akron-Canton Foodbank which began in 2005 at our East Akron Location.  This Direct Distribution of Food program—open to anyone--is now located at our warehouse, 2207 Romig Road, Akron, and is held every second Wednesday of the month (except December).  Doors open at 8:30 AM followed by the distribution of food between 10:00 AM - Noon.  

Choice Pantry

At our main facility located at 190 S. Maple Street in Akron we provide food assistance on an emergency basis Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday through referral and by appointment.  Referrals are made by Info Line which is a centralized intake process for Summit County.  Information on eligibility is available at 330-376-4850.  Families and individuals are able to select their own food choices to meet their specific household needs.  

Hot Meals Program

A hot meal is served daily Monday through Friday, noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Akron (190 S. Maple Street) and Barberton (560 Wooster Road) locations.  Open to all.  Closed on holidays.  

Hot Shower Program

The facility in Akron (190 S. Maple Street) provides hot showers for individuals in need daily Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  All showers include soap, shampoo, razor and a clean fresh towel.  Individuals must provide a valid picture ID.  


H.U.G.S. for the Homeless

Our Hot Shower program allows the homeless to "come clean," but often the needy must put on their dirty clothes, including their dirty undergarments, after a shower. H.U.G.S (which stands for Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks) for the Homeless provides a variety of new, clean undergarments, socks, hats and gloves for those we serve. We need donations to provide new, packaged mens, women's, boys and girls undershirts, underpants, and white athletic socks in all sizes to our clients and Booth Manor Emergency Shelter residents.

Utilities Assistance Program

Residents within Summit County in need of gas or electric assistance due to a current disconnection notice may apply once every 12 months.  They must be eligible according to program and income guidelines.  Calls are taken every Monday from 8:00 AM through 9:00 AM, first come first serve only  for intake when funding is available.  The resident will be called back and given an appointment for the same week if eligible.  

Unfortunately we are unable to assist with water bills. 

Rent Assistance Program

The Salvation Army participates in the Home Again collaboration to assist in homeless prevention.  Info Line is responsible for the centralized intake and makes referral either to The Salvation Army for homeless prevention or HM Life Opportunities for rapid re-housing, when staying in a homeless shelter.  We are able to pay arrears to keep individuals and families in their housing after receiving a legal court eviction.  If the landlord is unwilling to work with the individual/family then The Salvation Army can pay first month’s rent and deposit to keep the family from becoming homeless.  Income guidelines are followed to determine eligibility for the program.  

Booth Manor Homeless Shelter

Currently four individual units can be provided to single or married parents with minor children in need of housing assistance.  Families are homeless due to many unforeseen circumstances including loss of job, loss of subsidized housing, and court eviction.  The families are provided housing, supplies and intensive case management during their four to six week stay. 

While staying in Booth Manor, each family is required to meet with their caseworker daily to ensure their case plan is actively progressing.  The family is responsible for attending Life Skill classes twice a month at The Salvation Army to encourage good decisions with nutrition, budgeting and other needed skills.  Booth Manor residents are encouraged to utilize the Learning Zone preschool program to enable employment flexibility.  If necessary, the children may also attend tutoring provided by Project RISE through the Akron Public Schools.  Project RISE is responsible for transportation to allow the children to stay in their home school whenever possible. 

The Booth Manor Homeless Shelter participates in the Continuum of Care (CoC) within Summit County a benefit of receiving funding through the Ohio Development Services Area (ODSA) for the shelter.  

Christmas Assistance Program


Each Christmas, The Salvation Army of Summit County assists over a thousand local families with toys, food and or cleaning supplies.  We assist in the following ways:

  • SIGN UPS:  The dates are given for Christmas application sign ups in October.  Each person who would like to sign up for assistance must bring Picture ID, Proof of Income, Proof of other adults in the household, Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all children, and proof of expenses. 
  • ANGEL TREE TAGS:  Angel Tree Tags are printed for each child with their first name, age and gender.  The tag also includes their clothing sizes and gift wish list.  Churches, companies, families and individuals can request 1-300 tags to purchase items for and return to The Salvation Army for packing and distribution.
  • CREATE-A-CHRISTMAS:  Approximately 55-100 corporations and/or families are provided with a specific family or families to provide gifts, clothing, and food baskets.  Families are chosen by staff based on special need and or crisis during the past year. 
  • SHEETZ CHRISTMAS PARTY:  The Sheetz Company provides a Christmas Party for approximately 80 children yearly.  Each child receives lunch, gifts and a chat with Santa, all provided by Sheetz employees who shop and wrap all the gifts.  The party is given in the gym of The Salvation Army, by invitation only. 
  • CLEARING BUREAU:  Agencies and churches that provide Christmas Assistance for those in need, are encouraged to participate in the Clearing Bureau to eliminate duplication of assistance.  The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary assists by entering the data.