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To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, most programs at The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps Community Center are modified or closed until further notice.
For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at (219) 398-2939. 

Click here to learn more about local and national Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts.

The Salvation Army Meets the Greatest Need in Our Community by Providing Hope & Help During the Holiday Season.

The Salvation Army's mission shines brightest at Christmastime. And this holiday season, the need is greater than ever. 2020 has been hard for families across the country. For those struggling to pay rent or put food on the table after a job loss, Christmas may seem out of reach. You can help us Rescue Christmas by spreading hope, love and joy to the less fortunate members of society.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Response
In these times of uncertainty, we stand strong, providing hope and help to those who need it. From emergency assistance to free food and home goods pantries, to providing shelter and meals, to lending an ear through our emotional and spiritual support hotline, to supporting local government and first responders, we remain here to serve. We continue to protect our volunteers, donors, clients, staff and other supporters by following CDC and local government requirements. Learn more about our "new normal".

Red Kettles
Iconic red kettles usually signal the start of the holiday season. Donations collected in these buckets support the services in your neighborhood. Bell ringers are both seasonal employees and volunteers. Learn more about Bell Ringing or Register to Ring now. Kettle Pay means contactless giving is available, but the pandemic means there are fewer red kettles and fewer shoppers. Now until January 31, you can help online by becoming a fundraiser or donating through our Virtual Red Kettle.

Angel Trees
When a family is struggling financially, holiday gifts are often not feasible. Our Angel Tree program allows generous friends like you to purchase gifts and necessities for neighbors in need, making their holidays brighter. You can shop online or in-person. Be an angel for a family in need this Christmas.

Holiday Meals
The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families unable to create a special meal themselves. Several community centers will have to-go holiday meals this year to provide Christmas spirit in a safe manner.

Food Pantry
The Salvation Army East Chicago Food Pantry is open Monday - Thursday, 9 - 11 a.m. Food boxes may include shelf-stable pantry items, breads, cereals, meat and other household necessities. We are preparing take-home meals from the mobile canteen for our weekday lunch program instead of serving the meal communally Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at (219) 398-2939. 

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 families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center at 219-398-2939, find a location near you, or learn more online.

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. 

Talking About Poverty
Homelessness and poverty are plaguing cities and neighborhoods across the country more than ever.  Here are some ideas for how to talk with your children about homelessness, how you can help fight poverty, and what you can do to make an impact in your community.


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