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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.

How are we able to offer assistance?

Food & Meal Support

Across the Heartland Division there are countless food pantries, dinner programs and other ways that local hunger is met affordably. Our services reach those in need of both one-time assistance and long term advocacy. Those facing difficult financial choices are able to begin leaving the cycle of poverty behind with our help in meeting costs of living such as food needs.

Emergency Rent/Bill Assistance

We work to not only bring those in need out of poverty, but also to prevent others from falling into this cycle as well. Many people across our communities are just one paycheck away from facing increasingly difficult situations such as homelessness. The Salvation Army knows that this often leaves people with nowhere left to turn and that is why we offer rent & utility assistance.

Resource Connections

One of the greatest solutions to poverty The Salvation Army has been able to utilize is simply connecting those in need with more of the local community resources already available to them. Everyone that comes to us in need of assistance has their needs met: no matter if that is by us or another local, partnering organization.

Special Cases & Additional Services

Much like our emergency rental and utility bill assistance, The Salvation Army offers a variety of other preventative services that help ensure individuals do not fall victim to the cycle of poverty. These include programs such as employment guidance, case management, medical emergency funding & even transportation support. Your local Salvation Army knows every situation is different and so they work to meet any needs that fall beyond the normal programs.

Pathway of Hope

Pathway of Hope is a holistic Salvation Army approach to create a path out of poverty. We provide targeted services to families with children under the age of 18, both traditional and non-traditional family structures, that desire to break the cycle of crisis. Through case management, we focus on a family's capabilities and raise hope by empowering them to overcome barriers on the path to self-sufficiency. Families set their own goals, and we partner with them to provide the resources needed to accomplish each one. With our help, these families learn to budget, find employment, plan for the unknown & ultimately build a stable life that is sustainable for generations to come. Hope can be found in the darkest of times and The Salvation Army is here to help create the path.

Poverty doesn't have to be permanent. You can help.


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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.

A donation to The Salvation Army provides safe, free shelter to someone living on the streets. Make an Impact.


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.

A donation to The Salvation Army feeds children in your community. Make an Impact.


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
to pave a way out of poverty.

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