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We fight poverty with love.

We Don't Just Treat Poverty, We End It.

With programs that serve the body, mind and soul, we are able to fight the symptoms of poverty, then work to cure the root causes.

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Over 8 million people live below the poverty line here in the Midwest alone.

Families facing this struggle are more likely to remain in poverty the longer each generation continues to live unassisted - This is the cycle of poverty .

The Salvation Army is here to do anything and everything to work against the cycle of poverty in Central Illinois & Eastern Iowa.

Poverty is often the result of, and catalyst for, chronic struggles with hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, unemployment, educational voids, and various forms of abuse. These interconnected issues continue year after year and generation after generation. That?s why we work to meet the needs of the whole person through short- and long-term assistance. This holistic approach allows us to create sustainable change for those in need around our communities.

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The Salvation Army meets the needs
of those in poverty through:

Shelter & Housing

The Salvation Army knows that housing insecurity is a large factor in prolonged poverty, which is why we provide a variety of short- and long-term housing assistance options for those in need. These programs help maintain each person's health, dignity, and stability on their way to self-sufficiency. Here in the Heartland Division these programs reach out to our veterans, homeless, families, and individuals to offer many different ways to meet their unique needs

Meal Assistance

Poverty brings many tough decisions that families and individuals have to face, such as choosing between eating and paying rent. To help combat these difficult situations, we are proud to host a variety of food driven programs. The Heartland Division offers many ways for those in need to receive, not only a warm nutritious meal but also genuine connection and care from our volunteers and staff. This simple gesture is very powerful and can often be the support someone needs on their way out of poverty.

Pathway Of Hope

To really target the cycle of poverty, The Salvation Army offers the Pathway of Hope program, which is dedicated to working with families to ensure their future generations will be secure and stable. The program connects families with a passionate case work who plans goals alongside them. The process of attaining these goals and learning the tools associated is exactly how Pathway of Hope creates a sustainable impact in the lives of those enrolled in the program. Many of our other services are encompassed within Pathway of Hope and they come together to support all who come, no matter what needs and challenges they present. The long-term results show that Pathway of Hope is a clearly a strong way to break the cycle of poverty for families in our communities.

Employment & Bill Assistance

To better equip parents for self-sufficiency, we support them with educational resources, career coaching, and job placement opportunities. The Salvation Army offers many support systems for parents moving towards a job such as day care and after school programs. This allows individuals to more readily achieve stable and gainful employment which reduces the need for our assistance services over time. Until this independence is reached, however, we offer financial support for living costs through bill assistance. Together, these two services show how The Salvation Army works to prevent poverty by meeting the needs of those in danger of falling into the cycle due to unemployment, eviction, hunger, or other factors.

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Poverty impacts the most vulnerable.

21% (15.5 million) of children under age 18 live in poverty.

10% (4.6 million) of seniors over age 65 live in poverty.

29% (4 million) of those living with a disability live in poverty.

6% (1.2 million) of veterans live in poverty.

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Childhood poverty is an epidemic.

Among the 35 wealthiest countries in the world, the United States has the 2nd-highest child poverty rate ? One out of every five children lives below the poverty line.

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Poverty is present in every community.

Every single person who lives below the poverty has a unique set of needs and requires attention and support that fits their needs.

Volunteering with The Salvation Army can give you the chance to be the difference to those in need around you. Make an Impact.

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The Salvation Army exists
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