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The Salvation Army of Kankakee offer emergency shelter off-site through our hotel voucher program. But we don't stop there. We want to help individuals experiencing homelessness find their long-term solution. Through needs based case management, mentorship, goal setting, pastoral care, and resource connection, we are here to help get motivated individuals and families back on their feet and in self-sustaining situations.
Not only is The Salvation Army serving more people in need of shelter, but we are continually finding better ways of doing so. Since transitioning away from an on-site shelter, we are able to help transition more individuals and families who are 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.