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The Salvation Army offers assistance to those in need through a variety of outreach efforts both in and outside of The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Additionally, The Salvation Army offers a variety of programs, services and assistance both nationally and globally that you may qualify for.

Learn about The Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center provides emergency services to individuals, families and seniors in need who meet eligibility requirements.  Services include monthly food distribution, diapers, hygiene kits, feminine hygiene, spiritual counseling, resume writing, parenting classes, ESL classes, partial scholarships to Kroc programs and more.  Emergency services are restricted to those in the Kroc Center's service area (zip codes 91941-91946, 92105, 92115, 92119, 92120, 92182). San Diego residents outside of this service area can request emergency assistance through their local Salvation Army, and will need to provide identification, proof of all sources of income, and a utility bill for all individuals in their household

Download Eligibility Form



Family Resource Center - Building A
6845 University Ave.,
San Diego, CA 92115

Do you need help right away? Contact The Kroc Center's Family Resource Center at 619.269.1430 to receive more information on local assistance.

Scholarships at the Kroc Center

It is important to us at The Salvation Army Kroc Center that everyone, no matter their income level or social status, be able to attend and benefit from the life-changing opportunities available at The Kroc. Through our Kroc Member Scholarship Program, we offer help to individuals and families who would like to become a member but may need financial assistance. Click below to learn how to apply for a scholarship.

How to Apply for a Kroc Center Scholarship

Kroc Center scholarships are available for qualified community members in San Diego County. Funding is limited.

1. Fill out eligibility form

Eligibility Form

2. Choose which type of scholarship you wish to apply for and fill out the designated required application (choose one):

Membership: Youth, teen, family, single parent family, adult, senior
Program: Aquatics, sports, dance, theatre, music, ice or camp

Download Membership Scholarship Form 
Download Program Scholarship Form
Download 2020 Critical Care Camp Registration Form

3. Provide eligibility documentation

The following documents are required for all members living in the residence (including roommates, extended family and non-family members):

  • Identification for all members of the household
  • Photo ID required for all adults
  • Shot records or birth certificates will serve as proof for children
  • Current proof of gross income for all members of the household (one month’s pay stubs, TANF/Calworks Notice of Action, child support statement, Social Security benefits statement, disability incomes, educational class schedule verification/financial aid statement, cash aid, student loans, college financial aid, food stamps award letter, unemployment benefits statement, alimony, child support income, Section 8 rent portion letter, etc.) Attach all household income verification documents to your completed application.
  • Address verification (a recent utility bill)

4. Return your completed application with attached IDS, utility bill and household income verification to the Family Resource Center Monday–Friday between 8AM-noon and 1-4:30 PM  You must turn in your application with original signature in person a minimum of four weeks before the class starts to determine eligibility.

5. Approval process If you qualify for a scholarship, a member of our Family Resources staff will contact you about the price you will pay. Payment must be received by due date on the voucher or you will forfeit the scholarship.

6. If your application is denied you will be sent a letter in the mail.


Receive help in San Diego
The Salvation Army offers a variety of programs in our area to help individuals and families in need. Learn more below.

Christmas Assistance

Current Family Resource Center clients may apply for Christmas assistance (for ages 0-12) in the form of toys and food boxes starting October 1 until October 31. Christmas assistance is also extended to qualified families partner elementary schools. Eligible families will receive applications through their respective schools. Those from the above groups who are eligible should have received a unique code.  The general community can call 211 San Diego for additional referrals.  If you are still having technical difficulties, call 619.269.1430.

Apply for Christmas assistance

Visit the San Diego 211 website


Emergency Services

Individuals and families residing within the Kroc Center’s service area that find themselves in emergency situations may request assistance in the form of food boxes, clothing vouchers for interview clothes, children’s pajamas, diapers, household items, personal hygiene items, and domestic phone cards. Eligibility guidelines apply. Services may have limited availability.

Case Management

All Family Resource Center services are provided through supportive resource and referral case management. Applicants for services will meet with FRC associates for a comprehensive assessment to build upon strengths and assets and assist with meeting identified areas of need.
To schedule a case management appointment, please call 619.269.1430. You must have an updated case management file.


The Family Resource Center offers free information and referrals, discounted California ID Cards and enrollment in SDG&E’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Energy Assistance Program. We also offer referral to ESL and parenting classes.

Food Pantry

A food box and produce are given to clients with updated files each Friday. Clients must have an updated file in order to receive food. 8:30AM–11:30AM and 1:30PM–4:00PM.

Food Box Schedule

Crisis Hotline

If you are in crisis and need to speak to someone immediately, please contact the Access and Crisis Hotline (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 1.800.479.3339.  If you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911.

USDA Summer Food Program

Free meals for children under 18 will be served from 11:30AM- 1:30PM Monday through Friday during the summer months at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Education Garden, 6605 University Ave. There are no income requirements or registration. Lunch for adults is available for purchase.

For more information, call 619.269.1540.

The Kroc Center does not offer homeless services, shelters or transitional services.

 Please contact our downtown office at 619.699.2216 for more information on homeless services.

Additional services can be found here

The Salvation Army Door of Hope 
2799 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123 
Shelter programs for families and women experiencing homelessness

The Salvation Army Centre City
825 Seventh Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Shelter programs for men experiencing homelessness

The Salvation Army Homeless Outreach Program
825 Seventh Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Resources and assessments

St. Vincent de Paul Village
1501 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92101
Phone: 619.233.8500
Fax: 619.235.9707 

San Diego Rescue Mission
Address: PO Box 80427
San Diego, CA 92138
Phone: 619.687.3720
888.SDRESCUE / 888.737.3728


City of San Diego San Diego Homeless Services
1200 Third Ave., MS-56D
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.236.5990
Fax: 619.236.6703

Dreams for Change 
3288 Adams Avenue Unit #16327 
San Diego, CA 92176 
Phone: 619.497.0236

San Diego 211
Call 211

YMCA Youth and Family Services
OZ Shelter San Diego
3304 Idlewild Way, 
San Diego, CA 92117 
Phone: 858.270.8213

The Trinity House
416 National City Blvd., Suite B,
National City, CA 91950
Phone: 619.477.7155

YWCA of San Diego County
1012 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.239.0355
Fax: 619.233.8545

YWCA Cortez Hill Family Shelter 
Phone: 619.531.8937



 Learn More about The Salvation Army

Many Americans are familiar with The Salvation Army's thrift stores which fund our well-known drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. And our iconic red kettles have become a symbol of the Christmas season and the spirit of giving.But in hundreds of communities across the Western United States, The Salvation Army also operates programs and services which are designed to meet human need in Christ's name, alleviate human suffering, and promote wholeness by addressing the spiritual, social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being of those served.

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Hours of Operation

Family Resource Center Hours: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Monday - Friday
Family Resource Center Hours: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
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