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Our Mission Meets Veterans In need

Often the most vulnerable population in our communities are Veterans & their families.
See below to find out how The Salvation Army offers help:

Need Assistance?

The Salvation Army has a long and storied history of serving our Nation’s Military Veterans and their families. Our mission does not take lightly, the service of those who bravely defended our country's valuable freedoms. That is why we work to offer assistance to Veterans and their families who may be facing life challenges such as homelessness, poverty or mental health crises

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Contact Us directly with any questions:

(309) 655-7220
Veteran Services Project Manager: Jennifer.Valade@usc.salvationarmy.org

The main way we are able to meet local veterans in need, is through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This impactful area of our mission is housed in 10 different locations throughout the Heartland Division. The SSVF program is a housing stability-focused program for low income Veteran Families and offers help through two major approaches:

  • Rapid Rehousing: Aims to assist homeless Veterans in getting out of homelessness and into housing as soon as possible using the Housing First Model.
  • Homeless Prevention: Aims to assist veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless by helping to maintain their housing or finding more suitable housing.

(Veteran Services also provides access to GPD Bridge housing and GPD TIP programs for veterans and their families)

In both of these programs our staff are also able to provide case management and referrals to other VA Services such as Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services, and other local resources that help veterans with housing stability. For example: SSVF works regularly with Goodwill Veteran’s Employment Services, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and local Veteran’s Assistance Commissions in order to connect with these resources to those in need. The Salvation Army proudly works closely with other local agencies  to ensure that our Veterans receive the support, connections, and help they need.


Many Veterans who come into the Veterans Outreach Center are seeking not only services, but encouragement and support. Occasionally Veterans gather in our lobby to talk about their time in the military or just to discuss things happening in their lives. Veterans are also able to utilize computers and a phone located in the lobby for job searching, resume building, or other technological needs. Information regarding food pantries, local landlords, and additional support is also readily available

Call our Pre-Screen Line at 217-278-9897 and get started by finding out if you are eligible for The Salvation Army's Veteran Services.

Eligible Veteran Families will receive case management support and may be eligible to receive some financial assistance as applicable. SSVF provides services based on the guidelines set forth from the Veterans Administration and restrictions on eligibility may apply.


Some Documents You May Be Asked to Provide Include:

  • DD-214 Discharge Status
  • VA ID Card
  • Drivers License or State ID*
  • Social Security Card*
  • Verification of Income*
  • Lease or Eviction Notice (If applicable)

*These materials need presented for all adults and/or children in a household


 

Assisting Programs & Locations Served

Grant Per Diem Bridge Housing

Assisting veterans from all areas and those that want to relocate to Illinois. 

Locations in Bloomington, Champaign, Lincoln & Pekin Illinois

Grant Per Diem TIP (Transition In Place)
"Illiana" Program

Serves veterans in Champaign & Danville Illinois 

​​​​​​​Grant Per Diem TIP Iowa Program

Serves veterans in Iowa City Iowa

​​​​​​​SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families)

​​​​​​​Serves veterans across the majority of Central Illinois & parts of Eastern Iowa

Offices located in Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, Decatur, Galesburg, Matoon, Peoria, Springfield, IL & Burlington, IA

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