The Salvation Army is to receive $2 Million in ARPA funding for Emergency Shelter Spaces
(St. Louis - April 3rd) - The Salvation Army Midland Division is pleased to announce it will receive approximately $2,031,743 in funding support from the Missouri Department of Economic Development through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This funding will be awarded in support of two of the organization's programs - the St. Louis County Family Haven, and the Jefferson City Center of Hope.
The St. Louis County Family Haven will receive $561,060, while the Jefferson City Center of Hope will receive $1,470,683. These funds will be used to provide vital emergency shelter spaces for unhoused families, and single people in their respective communities.
The funds will ensure the continued provision of essential shelter opportunities for those who need it most. The Jefferson City Center of Hope is the only long-term shelter in Jefferson City and Cole County.
As Major Justin Windell, Pastor/Corps Officer for The Salvation Army in Jefferson City shared, "These funds allow us a great opportunity to better utilize the existing space that we have to meet the needs of our community. We have seen an increase in families seeking shelter. These important funds will help us to provide families with their own space to heal and grow on their way back to self-sufficiency."
Gary Busiek, Executive Divisional Social Services Director for The Salvation Army Midland Division, expressed his gratitude for the support, saying, "The Community Revitalization Grant Program awards recognize the crucial work of The Salvation Army to provide greatly needed, superior quality emergency shelter spaces for unhoused families and single persons in Jefferson City and St. Louis County. These grants will uplift our spaces, enabling them to better serve persons who are unhoused in a manner that improves the safety and well-being of the residents while they are served by these spaces."
Lt. Col. Robert Webster, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Midland Division also expressed his gratitude for the funding, saying, "The grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development makes it possible for The Salvation Army to continue to do the good work of helping others in need. This gift is a true blessing for the people of Missouri when they seek out our help."
The Salvation Army has long been a leader in homeless services in St. Louis, Jefferson City, and in many other communities across Missouri and Illinois. The organization provides essential services throughout our communities and will continue to serve those in need without discrimination.