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We fight poverty with love.

Poverty Doesn't Have to Be Permanent

The causes of poverty vary drastically across the Midwest and the world. Through a holistic approach, we work daily to combat cycles of poverty.

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46.7 million people in America live below the poverty line. 60 million more are one crisis away from needing help.

Unfortunately, poverty hits children the hardest, drastically limiting their opportunities to learn and achieve at the same level as their peers. The Salvation Army helps to level the playing field for all.

Poverty has many faces and factors. These factors include economic conditions like short and long-term unemployment, lack of affordable housing, mental illness, food deserts, addiction, educational voids, financial literacy, various forms of abuse, and more.

These interconnected issues continue year-after-year and generation-after-generation - until The Salvation Army enters in. We meet people where they are in life. Through programs that serve the body, mind, and soul, we combat the factors of poverty and help people build a pathway to where they want to be. This holistic approach helps create sustainable change in millions of lives, every single day.

The Salvation Army combats poverty with:

Food Pantries

The Salvation Army has food pantries in more than 25 locations throughout the Missouri and Southern Illinois area. Food boxes may include shelf-stable pantry items, breads, cereals, meat and other household necessities. For more information, contact a community and worship center near you.

Homeless Prevention Emergency Assistance

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, call 211.

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Emergency Social Services

Every community center location throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois offers a variety of basic social services, including food pantry, clothing, and financial, utility and rent assistance. Salvation Army caseworkers provide casework and counseling services, including financial planning assistance, job placement strategies, and emotional support in cases of abuse or crisis. For more information or support, call 314-646-3000 or 211

Pathway of Hope

A comprehensive case management system to help families identify barriers to self-sufficiency (unemployment, insecure housing, lack of job skills, lack of childcare, etc.), Pathway of Hope also provides guidance on how to address these barriers, and connects families with community support organizations, and more.

Rent and Utility Bill Assistance

As rental prices rise, people are forced to pay more than they reasonably should, causing many to live paycheck-to-paycheck. Across the Midwest and America, most new developments are high-end, making modestly-priced units and affordable housing increasingly rare. The Salvation Army is here to help people stay in their homes when they have nowhere else to turn. Our emergency rent and utility bill assistance programs throughout the Midwest keep the lights on and give peace of mind.

Pathway to Health

Pathway to Health is offered by The Salvation Army and Christian Hospital. As partners in health our goal is to provide the link between health and self-sufficience for North St. Louis County residents and others. for more information call 314-439-8306.

Ferguson Community Empowerment Center

The Salvation Army Ferguson Community Empowerment Center is a multi-agency response drop-in center. Contact the Empowerment Center at 314-439-8306. It is intended to provide short term emergency assistance to residents and empoyees in the North St. Louis County. Assistance is offered to prevent loss of shelter and utilities, and access to crisis and mental health services in order to execute the emergency relief grants provided by St. Louis County. Find out more about the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center here

Medical Assistance

Nothing is more stressful during a medical emergency than the piling up of unpaid bills. Check with your local Worship and Service Center to see if funding is currently available for medical assistance. We may be able to help with insurance co-pays and prescription costs.

Seasonal Services

We understand the winter months may be especially difficult as needs arise and finances are stretched. When growing kids require new snow boots, gloves, hats and coats, many Salvation Army locations have coats available for kids. Not to mention Christmas, which can be more stressful than joyful when the budget is tight. We may have a holiday program in your area to meet your family's needs.

Cycles of poverty can end. You can help.


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Turn your passion for helping others overcome poverty into action. Share these facts with your friends and
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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 a crisis.

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 has a hefty price tag.

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.


The Salvation Army exists to show love
and to level the playing field.

Watch how our Pathway of Hope approach works to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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