Connecticut and Rhode Island comprise The Salvation Army’s Southern New England Division. There are various ways we provide services to those in need within these two states, including through Corps Community Centers (Corps), Service Units, Family Stores - formerly known as Thrift Stores, Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs), Marshall House, Family and Resource Center, and Camp CONNRI. For a listing of services by state, click a state to the right or here for Connecticut and here for Rhode Island.
Corps Community Centers
Corps Community Centers are physical locations that The Salvation Army conducts our worship and social services from. Each Corps is led by one or more Salvation Army officers who are dedicated to understanding local community's needs and seeing to the physical and spiritual well-being of all those within their reach. Each Corps is a place for worship, for help for those in need, and for enrichment of the community/communities designated for it to serve. Multiple towns can be served by a single Corps.
How do we help all of the other cities and towns not covered by our Corps? Well, volunteer-driven Service Units are located in all of these other communities. These units are an extension of the Army in places where a Corps is not located, with the exception of Winsted, part of Northwest Hills, where a Service Center provides a food pantry, afterschool services, and other programs. Service Unit volunteers can provide assistance to help people with utility and rental assistance, car repairs, medical needs, and other unique services. Working in cooperation with local agencies, a Service Unit serves to keep people in need from "falling between the cracks." For more information of Service Units and a list of locations, click here.
For bargain shoppers, Family Stores are where you can find great deals and bargain prices on clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics, and much more. Plus, your purchase directly funds The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers. That means that the bargains you find also help others by reclaiming lives and healing families.
Adult Rehabilitation Centers
The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. A seven-phase program provides residents with the opportunity to regain self-respect and acquire the moral and spiritual principles of conduct and the responsible work habits that will enable them to re-enter society as productive members.
Located in Hartford, Marshall House provides temporary sheltering and counseling for families and single women, helping them to transition into permanent housing. Also housed in the shelter are the Homeless Prevention, Beyond CT Shelter, Supportive Housing, and Overflow Shelter Programs. Click here for more information.
Hartford Family Center
The Hartford Family Center offers a preschool program for children between the ages of three to five, The Right Place, as well as an afterschool program. Click here for more information.
Camp CONNRI and CONNRI Lodge and Conference Center
Finally, Camp CONNRI and the CONNRI Lodge and Conference Center are situated on 272 acres of rolling hills, overlooking a pristine 50 acre lake in Ashford, Connecticut. It offers an overnight Youth Camp (click here), Senior Retreats (click here), and its Lodge Facility is available for outside group use (click here).