Always a helping hand in times of need, The Salvation Army offers a variety of residential programs, including emergency homeless shelters, family shelters, transitional housing, supportive housing for the elderly and developmentally disabled, and independent living facilities.
These facilities offer spiritual and physical care, food, and shelter to people in need. They attend to the total needs of the individual and are meant to be a kind resting place to help individuals and families get back on their feet.
Salvation Army emergency shelters welcome all homeless who come to their door. Comprehensive services are available to single-parent families, single women, single men, married couples, and dual-parent families 365 days of the year. Shelter staffs seek to treat all people with a spirit of fairness, kindness and tolerance in a respectful, non-judgmental manner, in an attempt to help them to solve their problems and to meet their needs. Salvation Army emergency shelters not only provide safe, sanitary housing, but also seek to put smiles on the faces of families in crisis through arts and crafts, field trips, movie nights, and birthday parties. Shelters also provide a variety of services, such as medical and legal services, counseling sessions, and job placement through partnering organizations.
Specialized family shelters offer strategic programming specifically geared to meet the many combined circumstances that perpetuate homelessness and strife in families. All family configurations, including families with teenaged children and single men with children, are accepted. While living in the shelter parents are provided with assistance in individual case work and education to address substance abuse issues, life and career skills enhancement, parenting skills education, healthy food choices, and money savings and management. Children also have the ability to flourish through after-school and summer educational enrichment programs, age-appropriate play spaces and trips to museums and sporting events.
The Salvation Army also operates senior housing facilities exclusively for low income senior citizens age 62 years or older. While these residences are independent living facilities – providing individual apartments to individuals or couples – some supportive services are provided. On site staff facilitate activities and work to create a welcoming community, with gardening, exercise classes, and game nights.
Another supportive housing program operated by The Salvation Army is the Developmental Disabilities Program, enabling people with disabilities to live as citizens in their communities in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Residential supports are personalized to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and are geared to promote happiness, independence, and enhance life skills. Salvation Army staff assist individuals with activities of daily living, such as personal care, cooking, and housekeeping, and community-based activities including shopping, banking, and coordination of medical care. As people develop the skills, relationships and confidence to live more independently, Salvation Army staff help them with the transition and continue to provide support as needed to make these new living situations successful.
The Salvation Army independent living facilities provide permanent housing to formerly homeless men and women who have struggled with mental illness or substance abuse. Each resident has a single room and shares kitchen and bathroom facilities. And, as befits independent living, each resident signs a lease, but no resident pays more than 30 percent of their monthly income for rent. Case managers, as well as drug and alcohol counselors, provide on-site social services and meet with residents monthly to review progress, discuss challenges, and link them with external service providers.
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