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Through The Salvation Army of Kankakee, since the transition away from on-site sheltering, these people were provided emergency shelter, lodging, and rental assistance. The last winter with an on-site shelter saw a combined total of 72 people (men, women, and children) served. Last year was our first winter without a physical on-site shelter. From November 1,2017 - May 31, 2018 we served 150 people (men, women, and children).
Not only is The Salvation Army serving more people in need of shelter, but we are continually finding better ways of doing so. This last year since transitioning away from on-site shelter we helped transition 80 individuals and families who were homeless into more permanent housing.
We want to offer more than one bed, one night at a time. We want to offer the kind of shelter where an individual, a family, and especially a child does not have to worry about where they can stay next week, next month, or next year. Here are some of the ways that we have been able to help 48% more people be sheltered in the winter months since the transition away from on-site housing.
Coordinated Point of Entry
We volunteered to serve as the Coordinated Point of Entry for the individuals and families who are literally homeless of Kankakee County. This means that the most vulnerable households in Kankakee County are having their names placed onto the list to receive permanent housing. That is a first step toward a light at the end of the tunnel.
Immediate Access to Options
After being placed on the list, we give immediate access to sheltering options, income, permanent housing, and other necessary supports. We look at the bigger picture and provide sheltering services in coordination with other providers in Kankakee County and surrounding areas until a permanent housing solution is available.
Pathway of Hope Program
This is The Salvation Army's brand of case management which ensures the resources we have are used to do the most good. It is a strengths-based, holistic approach to case management that supports and enables individuals and families to take action and improve their future. We help set goals, mentor, advocate, and shepherd pastorally in effort to end the cycle of poverty and stopping it from being passed onto future generations.