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Paving a Way out of Poverty

We give individuals and families the support, encouragement
and resources they need to rise out of poverty.

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Need Is Everywhere

Approximately 16 percent of Aberdeen residents fall below the federal poverty level. 

The good news is poverty doesn’t have to be permanent. We offer both short- and long-term solutions to help individuals and families break out of poverty. 


Creating Community While Meeting Human Need

“The Salvation Army is a great place to go for great meals at the Meal Share Program, for good church services on Sunday mornings and for great friendships.” - Stephenie, a single mom in Aberdeen


How We Help Overcome Poverty

Food Programs
Hunger is a very real problem for hundreds of individuals and families right here in Aberdeen. We strive to ensure that no man, woman or child goes hungry by offering a food pantry, a summer lunch program for kids and a noontime lunch for anyone in our community who needs it. Learn more.

Pathway of Hope
The goal of Pathway of Hope is to guide families living in Aberdeen and Brown counties with children 18 years and younger through crisis and instability to a place of security in order to ultimately break the generational cycle of poverty. We offer strengths-based casework, providing services such as:

  • financial counseling and planning
  • goal setting with manageable action steps
  • job training, referrals and employment assistance
  • assistance with securing housing and child care
  • emotional and spiritual support 

Pathway of Hope works with people where they are, offering practical guidance to help families overcome obstacles and achieve their big-picture goals, one step at a time.

Back-to-School Assistance
Outfitting kids with clothes, shoes, backpacks and supplies before the start of the school year can put a financial strain on low-income families. That's why each summer we make sure kids in preschool through eighth grade start their school year off on the right foot by offering back-to-school assistance for more than 100 local families in need.

Christmas Assistance
Because the holidays can be more stressful than joyful when the budget is tight, we invite those in need in our community to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with us. In addition, hundreds of donations from "angels" in Aberdeen and beyond ensure there are gifts for everyone under the tree. 

Other Ways We Meet Needs