Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Over 24,283 individuals received financial assistance and 452,000 meals were served through our community centers last year.
Immediate assistance programs help the working poor with emergency food, housing, utility assistance, and other temporary needs. The Salvation Army's programs vary based on individual needs.
This approach of meeting need wherever it is found allows The Salvation Army to help in a way that reduces the likelihood of future crisis, and, in many cases, prevents homelessness.
In addition, community centers offer character-building programs that can include afterschool tutoring, homework help, youth troops, music classes, athletics and sporting events, arts and crafts, life skills, and much more. Many at-risk youths who participate in such programs would not otherwise have these opportunities. Such experiences allow these at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures.
Evidence of program success is shown in the number of people served at these six locations each year.
Public Safety, Disaster Services
More than 8,000 individuals were provided assistance and more than 33,000 meals were served during local disasters.
When disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is often among the first on the scene.
Our trained personnel are always available to meet emergency needs by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. In disaster relief operations, The Salvation Army's first goal is to meet the basic, immediate needs of those affected - both survivors and first responders. The second goal is to assist with recovery, which lasts up to five years depending on the severity of the disaster.
"A disaster is a unique opportunity to journey into the hearts and minds of the people that are affected. Their stories - some horrifying, some heartwarming, and others inspiring - are something a volunteer never forgets."
Those are the words of disaster services volunteer Tom. Tom has spent countless hours serving as a volunteer with our disaster response team during the past four years, doing everything from cooking meals, to fire clean-up, to providing emotional support for survivors.
When tornadoes, floods, fires, and other disasters strike, Salvation Army volunteers like Isle, along with our staff, provide critical services to ensure survivors have the support they need to rebuild their lives.
We're known for being the first service agency to arrive and the last to leave. Once the dust settles, our staff and volunteers stay for weeks, months or even years until we've done all we can to help.
The Salvation Army provides over 80,000 bed nights to our local homeless annually
The Salvation Army shelters attend to the total needs of the individual and are a clean, safe place to help these individuals get back on their feet.
Family Housing shelters offer strategic programming specifically designed to address the many circumstances that perpetuate homelessness while allowing parents and children to continue to live together as a family unit.
Transitional Housing is available to those with homelessness or addiction issues. Approximately 30% of the men in this program are veterans. Our Emergency Shelter operates on a year round basis, providing lodging for up to 260 men a night.
Jesse is a friendly, outgoing guy. He likes people and he loves life. But it wasn't always like that.
Not too long ago, Jesse was struggling just to make it through the day. He was addicted to drugs and alcohol. He was homeless. He was down on his luck. He was ready to give up.
"I was just going from shelter to shelter," he said. "From shelter to shelter, from job to job, doing temporary work wherever I could find it. I was smoking marijuana, drinking, and doing drugs."
For three long years, Jesse was homeless and addicted. He didn't know where he'd be sleeping at night or whether he'd have any money to buy food. Finally it got so bad that even he had to admit he needed help. When a friend told him about The Salvation Army, he made the decision to change.
Thanks to your generous support, The Salvation Army and its programs were there for Jesse to help him transform his life. And that's exactly what he's doing.
"After being on the streets for so long, I didn't think I was going to like it at The Salvation Army," Jesse said. "But it's a homey feeling here. They really care."
Soon Jesse settled in, happy to have a roof over his head and regular meals. He began treatment for his addiction, and he began meeting regularly with his case manager to set short-term and long-term goals for improving his life.
"The first thing they told me when I came here was - and this is from the Bible - 'To whom much is given, much is required," Jesse said. "I always remembered that. To me it means that I have to repay the help I get from The Salvation Army by doing right ... doing the best that I can."
He is, too. He is doing right. Jesse's working hard and changing his life. He just completed a six-month job internship in building maintenance. He worked jobs in carpentry and maintenance before coming to The Salvation Army. And now he's looking forward to a full-time job in building maintenance. And most important, he has been clean and sober for two years.
Jesse gives all the credit to The Salvation Army. "Everybody at The Salvation Army embraced me," he said. "They let me know that I didn't have to live like that anymore. They always encouraged me. They made me feel like I had a home here. I have nothing but love and respect for The Salvation Army."
Over 39,000 individuals received financial assistance and 300,000 meals were served last year.
Immediate assistance programs help the working poor with emergency food, housing, utility assistance, and other temporary needs. The Salvation Army's programs vary based on individual needs. This approach of meeting need wherever it is found allows The Salvation Army to help in a way that reduces the likelihood of future crisis, and, in many cases, prevents homelessness.
Rick is a hard worker and has always been able to provide for his wife Jody and their three young children. But when his company went through layoffs, and he lost his job, a wave of panic set in as Rick wondered how he would feed and shelter his family.
As Rick raced to find work, the savings quickly dwindled until there was nothing left. Finally, feeling defeated and frightened, he and Jody came to The Salvation Army at the urging of a friend.
Thanks to the support of caring people like you, we were able to quickly intervene with rent assistance to prevent an eviction. We also helped with their utility bills and provided groceries to help keep their children fed.
It wasn't long before Rick found a new job, and the family was able to bounce back strong. Deeply grateful for all The Salvation Army had done for them, Jody wanted to do something to show her appreciation, and to help other families who might be struggling. So, when Christmas rolled around, she was first in line to volunteer as a bell ringer.
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Each year, individuals and families turn to The Salvation Army for help during the holidays, whether they need food for a Thanksgiving dinner or want to see their children's eyes light up when they see presents under the tree Christmas morning.
The Angel Tree program gives donors the opportunity to personally provide for a needy child in the community. Adopt-a-family is a sponsorship opportunity where donors are able to provide for an entire family in need. Each family signed up through one of the Christmas programs in guaranteed enough food for their holiday meal, plus additional staples to help keep food on the table during the winter school holidays.
Nine-year-old Jacob was praying for a bicycle for Christmas. Literally. All of his friends had bikes, and Jacob desperately wanted to be one of the pack. So after drawing a picture of the bike of his dreams, he taped it on the wall next to his bed, certain that if he prayed every day he would receive it on Christmas Day.
But Jacob's parents were struggling just to keep food in his stomach, clothes on his back, and a roof over his head.
A Bike Was Out of the Question, Until . . .
As Christmas approached, they knew there was no way they could afford a bike.
One day, shortly before the holiday, Jacob's mom stopped by The Salvation Army to see if we might have a small gift to surprise Jacob with on Christmas morning. Imagine her shock when she learned that a generous donor had come in a few days before and donated some brand new bikes, and that she could have her pick.
Jacob will never forget receiving his bike that Christmas morning. And his parents will never forget the compassion of people like you who help the prayers of little boys come true.
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
The Salvation Army provided services for more than 20,000 youth in 2016.
The Salvation Army corps community centers offer character-building programs that can include afterschool tutoring, homework help, youth troops, music classes, athletics and sporting events, arts and crafts, life skills, and more.
Our High Peak Camp facility hosts camp sessions for children ages 7-12. On average, 800 children attend camp each year. Many inner-city youths who participate in such programs would not otherwise have these opportunities. Such experiences allow these at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures.
"I didn't grow up going to a community center, but I'm glad my kids are. When we come to the Red Shield it feels like family, and I know my kids are safe and cared for. I've even been able to make new friends too! Our families met here and it has been great for all of us" - Kesha
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
The Salvation Army Silvercrest Residences are independent living facilities that offer housing to adults ages 62 and older. These facilities provide a safe and affordable living for low-income seniors on a fixed budget. Silvercrest residents participate in activities and programs, such as grocery shopping, field trips, and exercise groups.
The Salvation Army volunteer visitation program provides companionship and comfort to those who are elderly, invalid or otherwise shut-in.
Each year The Salvation Army provides 71,900 nights of lodging for low-income seniors.