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Doing The Most to Fight Poverty

The Salvation Army's holistic programs help alleviate the symptoms of poverty
and address the root issues that cause it.

To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with local and state guidelines, programs and services at The Salvation Army Crystal Lake Corps Community Center are modified until further notice. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 815-455-2769.  

Click here to learn more about local and national Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts.

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, compared to their more fortunate peers.

"Without Salvation Army, I don't know where we'd be. They helped me find a job, clothing, food and somewhere to live."

The Salvation Army is committed to addressing the causes of poverty and helping families address the barriers to success.

The Salvation Army provides resources and support to overcome poverty in our community through:

Pathway of Hope
Pathway of Hope is a comprehensive case management system that helps families identify barriers to self-sufficiency. Such as unemployment, insecure housing, lack of job skills, lack of childcare, etc. Pathway of Hope also helps address these barriers and connects families with community support organizations, and more.

Job Training
The Salvation Army offers job skills training and employment referrals for adults. 

Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center at 815-455-2769, find a location near you, or learn more online.   

Food Pantry
Our daily food pantry has bread and pastries available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Our emergency food pantry is open the 1st & 3rd Friday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Meals at Shelters, Facilities & Other Programs
The Salvation Army provides nutritious meals each day for families staying at our shelters, in residential programs, and children enrolled in the Head Start/Early Head Start and camp programs. Most after-school programs also provide a healthy snack.

How You and Your Family Can Help
Homelessness is an issue plaguing cities and neighborhoods across the country. Here are some ideas for how to talk with your children about homelessness, how you can help fight poverty, and what you can do to make an impact in your community.

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


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