Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army alleviates the symptoms of poverty, then works to address the root issues that cause it.Donate Now
46.7 million Americans live below the poverty line. 60 million more live one crisis away.
Sadly, children raised in poverty are 32% more likely to remain there than their more fortunate peers.
Because housing insecurity is strongly linked to prolonged poverty, The Salvation Army works to provide short- and long-term housing assistance to displaced families and individuals. In efforts to help maintain each person’s health, dignity, and stability, we provide 10.8 million nights of safe, climate-controlled shelter every year.
One of the hallmarks of poverty is the painful choice between “heating and eating.” That is, families must decide whether they’ll pay their bills or pay for food. They do not have sufficient funds to do both. To help combat this impossible position, each year, The Salvation Army serves over 60 million warm, nutritious meals to those in need.
We help struggling families avoid falling into the cycle of crisis by supplementing their income with utility, rent, and other vital payments. Oftentimes, this assistance becomes the difference between shelter and eviction, between maintaining honest work and selling drugs or services for money, and between keeping kids in one place and moving them out of their home and onto the streets.
As part of our comprehensive approach to helping families climb out of poverty, we equip moms and dads with educational resources, career coaching, and job placement opportunities. By qualifying and directing individuals to achieve stable and gainful employment, we help reduce the need for bill-pay, feeding, and shelter assistance.
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