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We fight poverty with love.

We Fight Poverty With Love.

Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army alleviates the symptoms of poverty, then works to address the root issues that cause it.

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46.7 million Americans live below the poverty line. 60 million more live one crisis away.

Sadly, children raised in poverty are 32% more likely to remain there than their more fortunate peers.

The Salvation Army is active in every zip code in America to feed, shelter, assist and equip the poor.

Poverty is so often the result of - and the catalyst for - chronic struggles with hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, educational voids and various forms of abuse. These interconnected struggles continue year after year, and often span generations. That's why The Salvation Army is working across Indiana to meet the needs of the whole person through short and long-term assistance, first alleviating the symptoms of poverty and then addressing the root issues that cause it.

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


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The Salvation Army helps
overcome poverty through:

Food Pantry

The Salvation Army operates food pantries across Indiana in both the hearts of cities and rural communities. Food boxes may include shelf-stable pantry items, breads, cereals, meat and other household necessities like diapers and bathroom supplies. For more information, contact a community and worship center near you.

Homeless Diversion and Emergency Assistance Programs

When crisis strikes, it may be the result of unexpected medical expenses, job loss, or a fire or flood. The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage, rent, and utility bills, as well as prescription costs and other household expenses in order to keep families in their homes when the threat of homelessness looms. To get connected with services in your county, call 1-800-589-1037.

Pathway of Hope Case Support (Poverty Diversion Program)

This state-wide comprehensive case management system helps families identify barriers to self-sufficiency like unemployment, insecure housing, lack of job skills, and lack of childcare, then finds ways to address these barriers by connecting with community support organizations and more.

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Job Training

The Salvation Army offers job skills training and employment referrals for interested adults. This service is also a key part of the programs at locations like Harbor Light Center, a full-service addiction treatment center in Indianapolis, and the Ruth Lilly Women & Children?s Center, which helps homeless women from across the state get back on their feet.

Ruth Lilly Women and Children's Center

This shelter offers a place of safety refuge for women and their children fleeing domestic violence or facing homelessness. Open 24/7/365, the center helps women rebuild their lives through counseling, training, assistance with employment, and development of the soft skills needed to be self-sufficient.

Low-Income Housing

The Salvation Army operates several low-income housing properties, like the Barton Center and Carpenter Apartments on the Block of Hope in downtown Indianapolis. Housing and supportive services for low-income seniors is available at Booth Manor senior living centers in Columbus and Indianapolis.

Soup Kitchens and Homeless Outreach

The Salvation Army partners with community organizations and agencies across Indiana to assist those who are living on the streets. This includes the operation of soup kitchens, on-site case management, and participation in multi-agency homeless outreach teams. We are ready to assist those interested in finding shelter and help.

How You and Your Family Can Help the Homeless

Homelessness is an issue plaguing cities and neighborhoods across the country. Here's how to talk with your children about homelessness, and how you can help and what you can do to make an impact.

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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. Donate now.


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. Donate now.


Poverty is costly to society.

14.8% of Americans - and 21% of the nation's children - currently live in poverty.

Childhood poverty, alone, costs the United States $500 billion a year. (That's 4% of our nation's GDP.)

A donation to The Salvation Army helps keep families together and off the street. Donate now.


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The Salvation Army exists
to pave a way out of poverty.

Watch how we work to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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