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We fight poverty with love

By providing programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army helps alleviate the symptoms of poverty - and works to address the root issues that cause it.

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Over 20,000 nights of lodging are provided to the homeless in McLean County  each year. 

Success Through Support

Sara came to Safe Harbor shelter after relocating to the area to complete substance abuse treatment. Sara was enrolled in The Salvation Army Employment Service Program shortly after checking in. She has a very expansive work history and was very ready to find work. She attended Job Leads and utilized job coaching with Employment Specialists. She was quickly able to find a possible position with a trucking company.

How we help overcome poverty


Food Pantry
611 W. Washington St. - Family Services Building  
*Entrance is on north side of building.

Indoor shopping is now available on Mondays & Wednesdays from 9 AM – 3 PM .
Visitors must wear mask and show a valid ID. Only one (1) person per household in the building to shop.

Food Pantry FAQ

Who can come to the food pantry? Anyone living in McLean County

How often can I come to the food pantry? Once a month per household

When is the food pantry open? Mondays and Wednesdays 9am–3pm (excluding holidays)

What information do I need to bring to the food pantry?

Every time you need to show an i.d. with your name, address and date of birth. 

Once a year you need to provide the names and birth dates of everyone in your household. (We must send this information to Eastern Illinois Foodbank in order to receive enough food for all our clients)

Can I pick up food for someone else? Yes, this is called a proxy. We will give you a proxy form for the client to fill out saying it’s okay for you to be their proxy.


Salvation Army Personal/Household Items Referral Program
611 W. Washington St. Bloomington IL
*Family Services Building enter from north side of building*

An i.d. and a referral from a partnering agency is required. Some partnering agencies are DHS (Dept. of Human Resources, Public Aid, Family Community Resource Center or a referral can also be obtained from a Salvation Army case manager at the Salvation Amy Safe Harbor Building Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm

Households are eligible to fill a referral for Personal Items once every 90 days. Personal/Household Items Distribution is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. This program will be run in conjunction with the Food Pantry Program. If a household is needing both services, they can complete both visits at the same time.

Items distributed could include: toilet paper, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, razors, deodorant, baby care items, feminine hygiene products, detergent, dish soap, and other personal hygiene items. We rely on donations for most of these items so we may be out of items at times.

Pathway of Hope 
The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army's history of compassionate serving. By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency. 

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Comprehensive Emergency Assistance 
This program helps individuals and families in need of one-time financial support. Beginning Oct 1, 2018, The Salvation Army will no longer be accepting Comprehensive Emergency Assistance applications directly from clients. The Salvation Army will continue to take referrals from social service agencies in McLean County. Applicants who do not have a case manager should contact PATH at 309-827-4005 for information on obtaining a case manager. 
Case Managers must fill out a referral form and submit to Salvation Army. Contact Lucy for more information - (309) 829-9476


COVID-19 Rent/Utility Emergency Assistance 
 The Salvation Army recognizes the unprecedented impact COVID-19 may have to our community and we are here to help. We have partnered with other local social service organizations to help meet the needs of the community. If you find yourself in need of rent/mortgage/utility assistance which is related to COVID-19, please complete the application AND cover page. These items are also available in French and Spanish by request. Supplemental items required may include (if applicable):

a) Copy of Driver's License or State ID for anyone age 18 or older in the household

b) Copy of Social Security Cards for all household members

c) Documents supporting a loss of income or other COVID-19 related crisis that caused need for assistance

d) Documentation of all household income for the prior 30 days

e) Copy of Mortgage, lease, or letter with terms of rental agreement from landlord

d) Late payment or eviction notice

e) Utility late payment or disconnect notice

f) Bank Statement for the past 3 months

g) Veteran ID Card or DD Form 214

Please return all of the required documentation (Cover Page, Application and any applicable supplemental items) via one of the following options:

1) Fax: 309-829-3680

2) Email: HRTGetHelpMcLean@usc.salvationarmy.org

3) Drop Off: Front Desk of Safe Harbor Shelter (208 N Oak St, Bloomington, IL 61701) 

4) Mail: 611 W. Washington St. Bloomington, IL 61701 Attn: Rental Assistance

Please note that your application may not be processed if items are missing. Additionally, your application may be forwarded to one of our partner agencies if we are unable to meet your need. If you are having difficulty accessing this application or have any questions or concerns- please contact email HRTgethelpmclean@usc.salvationarmy.org or call 309-829-9476.

FOR OTHER MORTGAGE/RENT/UTILITY ASSISTANCE INQUIRIES (that are not related to COVID-19), Please call 309-829-9476 ext. 318 for guidance on how to apply. The process/application for these needs differ from the COVID-19 response

Supportive Services for Veteran Families  (SSVF) 

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program is designed to assist low-income veterans and their families in obtaining and maintaining permanent stable housing. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families team strives to assist Veterans and their families through strengths-based goal planning to address current gaps in the Veteran’s ability to secure or maintain stable and sustainable permanent housing.

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