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We Serve Those Who Have Served Our Country

The Salvation Army serves our veterans with gratitude, providing comfort, support, shelter, and more.

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Veterans make up 8% of the homeless population in the U.S.

Homelessness, PTSD, self-medication, and addiction have caused those who gave everything to lose everything.

We have made it our mission to serve veterans who've served us.

It all began with donuts and coffee for soldiers during World War I, and it only grew from there. Today, The Salvation Army offers a range of services, providing comfort, support, counseling, and shelter to thousands of veterans in need each year. We express gratitude for our country’s bravest men and women by offering a hand and our hearts to those struggling to find their way after coming back home.

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The Salvation Army Serves Thousands of Veterans 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.

Senior Apartments

Booth Manor Senior Residences, in Chicago's West Loop, provides attractive, low-income apartments and supportive services for seniors on fixed incomes.

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

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

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

Studies have shown that veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also struggle with addictions. More than 30% of vets seeking treatment for substance use disorder also battle PTSD.

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, while participating in a full range of treatment programs.

Partner Abuse Intervention

The Salvation Army offers a Partner Abuse Intervention Program for adults who have perpetrated physical, verbal or social abuse on their partners. The program helps men identify their abusive patterns, become accountable for the behavior, and learn how to interact with their partners in non-abusive ways. The program is open to those who must receive court-mandated treatment, as well as those looking to stop the behaviors before the police and court system get involved. Call 773.960.3292 for more information.

Social Events and Groups

Men and women who served in the military, and their families, have unique and personal experiences. Several Salvation Army community centers host regular social groups and outings specifically for veterans. Find your local center.

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Our veterans are still fighting battles.

At least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD and/or depression.

A $25 donation helps provide one veteran a week of counseling at The Salvation Army. Donate now.

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PTSD can lead to addiction.

More than 20% of veterans with PTSD also suffer from an addiction or dependence on drugs or alcohol.

When you donate your used goods to The Salvation Army, you help fund rehabilitation programs that heal addiction. Donate now.

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Coming home to homelessness.

Veterans of our armed forces represent 8% of the U.S. homeless population.

A $88 donation can provide a night of shelter for a veteran's family. Donate now.

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