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Meriden Corps

23 St. Casimir Drive
Meriden, CT 06450
(203) 235-6532
Fax: (203) 639-0422

Corps Officers: Captains Isael and Brenda Gonzalez

Lieutenants Isael and Brenda Gonzalez

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Programs and Schedule

Social Services

The Salvation Army’s Meriden Corps’ offers many social services programs to people in need.

Food Pantry – Available to eligible individuals Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Soup Kitchen – The Salvation Army’s Soup Kitchen serves nutritious meals to those in need every Saturday at noon and each Sunday at 2:00 PM.

Disaster Relief Lodging – Temporary lodging/referrals can be provided in the event of an emergency, disaster or homelessness.

Financial Assistance – As funding permits, The Salvation Army provides rental and utility assistance to eligible individuals, referrals for assistance, or collaborates with other agencies to jointly pay one’s rental or utility bill/s.

Holiday Assistance – Assistance provided during the holiday season - food baskets, toys, holiday gifts, etc.

Medical – As funding permits, The Salvation Army may pay a portion of medical bills or refer those in need to a legal advocate.

Spiritual Services

The Salvation Army has a long history of helping people live as independently as possible, as secure, active, and contributing members of society through the following local programs:

Counseling – Upon request, pastoral counseling is available. The Salvation Army offers a listening and caring ear, regardless of the situation.

Church Schedule:
10:00 AM - Sunday School for all ages.
11:00 AM - Worship Service.
Wednesdays: 10:00 AM - Women’s Ministries.
Thursdays: 5:30 PM - Prayer Meeting and Adult Bible Study.
Fridays: 4:00 PM - Children’s Program.

Children and Families

The Salvation Army helps children develop to their fullest potentials in environments that promote learning and achievement, while also supporting healthy, nurturing family relationships and ensuring that the elderly are not overlooked:

Youth Camp - The Salvation Army offers a one-week overnight summer camp for children ages 7 to 15, with tutoring, recreation, and spiritually-based activities at its Camp CONNRI in Ashford, Connecticut.

Grandparents Camp - Designed for seniors raising their grandchildren. Seniors attend a special week at CONNRI Lodge, while their grandchildren attend the same week at the Youth Camp.

CONNRI Lodge & Conference Center - Also in Ashford Connecticut, this senior getaway is a one-week retreat for those ages 50 and above. Fees are a small percentage of what other retreats cost.

Recent News


Soups On... at Soup, Soap & Hope

Meriden Salvation Army Event a "Tasty" Success!

MERIDEN - The Fourth Annual Meriden Salvation Army Soup, Soap & Hope fundraiser was held at the Four Points by Sheraton Meriden on Thursday evening, April 10, to spread the word about the work of the Army in the City.

Meriden Corps Officer, Captain Brenda Gonzalez, started the program with a welcome to everyone and turned the podium over to Advisory Board Chairman Michael Murdy. Mike introduced the guests and The Salvation Army ensemble, the latter who played "America the Beautiful" and kept the room filled with music throughout the evening. Read about how the rest of this event unfolded...

Coats for CT

Hundreds of Coats Given Away in Meriden

MERIDEN - As temperatures fell below zero last week, Tami Cupe thought of the poor.

"I’m praying, 'Lord, don't let anybody suffer in the cold,'" Cupe said.

A couple of days later, the Salvation Army volunteer heard about a coat giveaway, and she signed on to help. Record-Journal reports on how our Meriden location is distributing Best Cleaners Coats for CT deliveries...

Coats for CT

12,000 Coats Warm Connecticut This Winter

CONNECTICUT - The fifth annual Coats For Connecticut campaign proved to be an avalanche of generosity and community with over 12,000 gently-used coats being collected, cleaned and delivered to those in need when needed most. From Nov. 8 through Jan. 4, the general public was asked to drop off gently-used winter coats for all ages at any of Best's 11 locations for free cleaning and weekly delivery to Salvation Army centers and shelters in the greater Hartford, Middletown, Meriden, Bristol and New Britain areas. Via The Courant, how meeting such a goal was made possible...


Carpino Joins the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign

CROMWELL- State Representative Christie Carpino (R-32) raised $379.48 for the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle Campaign” on December 5th outside of Wal-Mart in Cromwell.

Wal-Mart promised a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution bringing the total to $758.96 raised for the Salvation Army by Rep. Carpino’s volunteer efforts that hour. Through the Bell Ringing Across America program, Wal-Mart partners with the Salvation Army to promote the famous red kettle tradition of holiday giving. More pictures, State Rep. Carpino comments, and red kettle history...

Captains Gonzalez

Meriden Officers Promoted

Isael and Brenda Gonzalez Now Captains!

MERIDEN – Effective July 1, 2013, Salvation Army Meriden Corps Officers, Isael and Brenda Gonzalez were promoted to the rank of Captain. Promotions in The Salvation Army are based on length of service, character, efficiency, capacity for increased responsibility, and devotion to duty… and by now they have certainly earned their "second star." Their history in serving Connecticut and an officer rank overview...

Back-to-School(Photo and story from Record-Journal.)

Festival Celebrates Back-to-School

MERIDEN — The Salvation Army held a Children’s Festival on Friday to help students and parents get ready for the start of a new school year.

Christina Perez, one of the coordinators of the event, said the first 100 children were given a school backpack. Read the rest of the Record-Journal's coverage on this great event...


Picnic Guests

Meriden Advisory Board Knows How to Party!

Year-End Meeting a Huge Success

MERIDEN – Captains Isael and Brenda Gonzalez , Meriden Corps Officers, welcomed their Advisory Board, spouses, and guests to an “end-of-year cookout” at their home on July 16. The group gathered under a canopy in the backyard on what was a wonderful, warm, summer evening. Good good and great people...


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