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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 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 a valid ID with your name, photo, birthdate and current address OR an ID with your name, photo, birthdate and proof of residency in McLean County (lease, current utility bill etc.)

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 ID and a referral from a partnering agency is required. One partnering agencies is 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

The Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program helps individuals and families in need of one-time financial support. In order to be considered for funding from The Salvation Army’s emergency financial assistance program you must:

  • Be a resident of McLean County
  • Have an income that is greater than your expenses
  • Have a documentable crisis beyond your control that at caused your current financial crisis.

Steps to apply: Submit the ‘Request for Comprehensive Emergency Assistance’ application, completed cover page, and supplemental documentation. Please return all of the required documentation together as one submission. Items that will be required include:

  • ID Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Documents supporting a loss of income related to unexpected crisis
  • Proof of income
  • Mortgage, lease or utility bill
  • Late payment of eviction notice

All application materials must be received in order to determine eligibility for assistance. Your application may not be processed if items are missing.  Submission is available via the following options:

1) Email: HRTGetHelpMcLean@usc.salvationarmy.org

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

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

Because of the high volume of requests, a response to your submitted application may take up to 7 business days. Please understand that funding is limited and not all who request assistance will receive assistance.

For questions surrounding the process of this program, please email HRTGetHelpMcLean@usc.salvationarmy.org or call 309-829-9476 ext. 279.

To learn about out assistance options available in the community, please contact PATH at 211.

CEA Application

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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