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.
Poverty is often the result of, and catalyst for, chronic struggles with hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, unemployment, educational voids, and various forms of abuse. These interconnected issues continue year after year and generation after generation. That's why we work to meet the needs of the whole person through short- and long-term assistance.
Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, we alleviate the symptoms of poverty, then work to address the root issues that cause it. This holistic approach helps create sustainable change in millions of lives, every single day.
We help struggling families avoid falling into the cycle of crisis by helping them to avoid utility crises. Oftentimes, this assistance becomes the difference between shelter and eviction, between food and hunger, and between keeping kids in a secure home and moving them out onto the streets.
Poverty is often defined by painful choices, such as "heating vs. eating." The decision between paying bills and feeding your family is an impossible position for anyone. That's why, each year, The Salvation Army provides food pantry services and serves warm, nutritious meals to people in need.
Housing insecurity is often interconnected with prolonged poverty. We work to provide both short- and long-term housing assistance to families and individuals who've been displaced or are at risk of displacement.
The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army's history of compassionate serving. By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.
One family tells how The Salvation Army helped in their time of need.