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What is this program?
It is a way for families & individuals to receive emergency assistance and homeless prevention supportive services. The Salvation Army provides this by helping to pay natural gas utility bills, as well as providing for other basic needs that local community members may be in need of. It is all made possible by our partners at Nicor Gas, who have provided $5 million to our mission for the sole purpose of serving those hit hardest by the impacts of the pandemic. This gift will fund the support of over 37 counties within Nicor's service area. Click Here to find your closest Salvation Army location now.
How does it work?
The partnership between Nicor & The Salvation Army is estimated to reach over 25,000 families as the Shield of Caring program build from the existing Sharing Program. Nicor residential customers who have an income that falls below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible to receive a grant worth $250, once every two years. This grant is applied to their account balances which are past due and a portion of these funds are also given to support The Salvation Army's programs which aim to meet basic needs such as emergency housing, support for food insecurity, case management, rental assistance, family services and much more!
Are you in need of assistance through the Shield of Caring Program?
We believe the most important action we can take to assist vulnerable individuals is to help keep them in their homes, especially as one in three households in Illinois is at risk of eviction. That’s why we are grateful to partner with Nicor Gas to provide much-needed emergency assistance for help paying utilities and other basic needs.