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The Salvation Army serves everyone. With love. With hope. And without discrimination. All people are deserving of Christ’s love, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Helping those in need is the heart of our mission.

Based on the sheer number of people we serve each year, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ Americans living in poverty often experience unacceptable homophobia and transphobia, and we’re committed to helping all in need, without discrimination.

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Our LGBTQ+ Brothers and Sisters

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The Salvation Army is Committed to
Serving the LGBTQ+ Community Through:

Shield of Hope

The nation's first Emergency Homeless Assessment and Response Center to address the needs of families in crisis, the Shield of Hope can provide shelter for up to 75 people. The Salvation Army staff help families identify more stable living situations within 14 days. Upon their move, families are connected with community support services to better navigate their futures.

Evangeline Booth Lodge

The Evangeline Booth Lodge is an emergency shelter for families with children who suddenly become homeless due to eviction, disasters, domestic violence, stranded while traveling, or other crises. Booth Lodge can accommodate as many as 60 families each night.

Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep individuals and families in their homes. For more information or support, find a location near you, or learn more online.

Mobile Feeding & Homeless Outreach

The Salvation Army makes more than 25 stops every day to provide hot meals, case management, and mental health and substance abuse services to the homeless with our Mobile Outreach program. We are ready to assist those interested in leaving the streets. Download the Mobile Outreach schedule.

Food Pantries

More than a quarter of LGBTQ+ Americans are food insecure and rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Salvation Army has food pantries in more than 25 locations throughout the Chicagoland area. Food boxes may include shelf-stable pantry items, breads, cereals, meat and other household necessities. For more information, contact a Corps Community and Worship Center near you.

Pathway of Hope

A comprehensive case management system to help families identify barriers to self-sufficiency (unemployment, insecure housing, lack of job skills, lack of childcare, etc), Pathway of Hope also provides guidance on how to address these barriers, and connects families with community support organizations, and more.

Job Training

Despite progress toward hiring equality, LGBTQ+ Americans often lack access to educational resources, counseling services, and vocational training to help them obtain well-paying jobs. The Salvation Army offers job skills training and employment referrals for adults. This program is included in the substance rehabilitation program, the Fatherhood in Action program, and through some Salvation Army community centers.

Substance Use Disorder Rehabilitation

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, LGBTQ+ adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to abuse substances. Our LGBTQ+-friendly programs provide housing, food, counseling, community, and employment as we work to treat the symptoms and, ultimately, the root causes of prolonged alcohol and drug use.

Harbor Light

The Harbor Light is an intense, inpatient substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation program. One of the most respected programs in the country, Harbor Light provides transitional services and employment training to help clients overcome their addiction and successfully transition back into their communities.

Adult Rehabilitation Centers

The Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide intense work-based substance abuse therapy for a minimum of six months. Clients live onsite and work in Salvation Army thrift stores, and participate in a full range of treatment programs.

Questions & Answers:
The LGBTQ+ Community & The Salvation Army

Yes. Any person who walks through our doors will receive assistance based on their need and our capacity to help. Our mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human need in His name without discrimination.

Yes. When a transgendered person and their family seek help from us, we serve them in the same manner as any other family seeking assistance. Too often, LGBTQ+ Americans experience unacceptable homophobia and transphobia when seeking shelter. The Salvation Army seeks to be a welcoming, safe place for all men, women, and children.

No. We embrace talented people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Our hiring practices are open to all.

Equal Opportunity Employment
The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing a respectful environment for all applicants and employees that is free from unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by law. Such equal opportunity for employment will apply to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, salaries and other compensation, transfers and layoffs or termination.

Non-Discrimination in Programs and Services
In providing its programs and services, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.

With the generous support of the public, The Salvation Army serves nearly 23 million people each year in the United States. Due to the seer number of people we serve, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population.

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Four out of ten homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.

The Salvation Army USA serves more than 23 million Americans every year. In every ZIP code of America, services are offered “without discrimination.”

To find help in your area, use the “Locations” search feature and zip code tool.
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Almost one-third of homeless transgender people have been rejected from an emergency shelter.

When a transgender person seeks help from us, we serve them in the same manner as any other person seeking assistance.

A donation to The Salvation Army can provide three nights of shelter.Donate now.

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LGBTQ Americans are more likely to be poor.

Many face disproportionate job and housing insecurity due to discrimination.

Your donation could mean rental and utilities assistance. Donate now.

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