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LGBTQIA+ Community Support

Our hearts, facilities, and services are welcome to all.

All Are Welcome in Love's Army

The Salvation Army serves everyone. With love. With hope. And without discrimination. 

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Helping those in need is the heart of our mission.

We’re motivated by the love of God to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. 

We embrace people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

Our hiring practices are open to all, and we provide the same benefits to opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

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

 Pathway of Hope

When individuals and families struggle to overcome challenges like unemployment, lack of education and unstable housing, the Pathway of Hope program can help them take action to meet their needs and achieve their full potential. The corps community centers throughout Michigan are prepared to set everyone who comes through our doors on a route toward stability and self-sufficiency.

Homeless Shelters

For those looking to escape extreme cold, intense heat, torrential rain, or just wanting a safe, quiet place to spend the night, we provide a free meal, a warm bed and a clean shower. Anyone in need can find shelter from us across Michigan.

Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs

The Salvation Army Great Lakes Division provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, 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.

The Bed & Bread Club®

Our Bed & Bread Club provides a warm, nutritious meal 365 days a year and a safe place to stay to individuals and families across Michigan. In addition, in the City of Detroit our Bed & Bread trucks make nearly 60 stops where individuals can receive a nutritious meal, coats, gloves and blankets.

Food Insecurity

More than a quarter of LGBTQIA+ Americans are food insecure and rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 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.

Job Training

Despite progress toward hiring equality, LGBTQIA+ 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, and through some Salvation Army corps community centers.

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 LGBTQIA+ Community & The Salvation Army

Yes. The Salvation Army’s mission statement is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Our services are equally available to anyone, and our commitment to provide service without discrimination is an extension of the love of God, who tells us in John 15:12, “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.”

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 to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Our 7,600 service centers across the country are uniquely positioned to meet need, and they do so without discrimination or asking questions about a person’s orientation or beliefs. If we have the capacity to help, we will help. No exceptions.

The Salvation Army is one of the largest – if not the largest – non-governmental providers of services to the LGBTQ+ community. We know that discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals can make them particularly vulnerable, and we have many programs and resources across the country that aim to serve the unique needs of LGBTQ+ people:

  • In Las Vegas, we have a dorm that is exclusively for transgender individuals.
  • In Minneapolis, the Harbor Light Center shelters approximately 550 individuals every night, and it’s estimated that 20% of those people are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • In Houston, our Young Adult Resource Center provides day shelter to young adults who are homeless, many of whom identify as LGBTQ+.
  • In Baltimore, we work with the city to meet a growing need among transgender individuals who are trafficked.

The Salvation Army supports the Christian conviction that all people are made in the image of God and are equal in value. We believe the world is enriched by a diversity of cultures and ethnicities.

We take allegations of discrimination very seriously. If you are aware of a specific situation where a person has been the target of discrimination, please contact your Salvation Army leadership, because this is contrary to our mission to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

The Salvation Army is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we provide the same benefits to all of our employees. We welcome and encourage a diverse workforce because it helps us to better serve a diverse community.

The Salvation Army provides the same benefits to all of its employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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Turn your passion into action. Share these facts with your friends and
followers to educate and inspire change.

Four out of ten homeless youth identify as LGBTQIA+.

The Salvation Army USA serves more than 25 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.


LGBTQIA+ Americans are more likely to be poor.

Many face disproportionate job and housing insecurity due to discrimination.

Your donation could mean that they won't face evictions or have their utilities shut off.Donate now.