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LGBTQIA+ Community Support

Our hearts, services, and facilities are welcome to all.

All are welcome in love's army

The Salvation Army serves everyone. With love. With hope. And without discrimination. 
All people are deserving of Christ’s love, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Helping those in need is the heart of our mission.

Based on the sheer number of people we serve each year, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ Americans living in poverty often experience unacceptable homophobia and transphobia, and we’re committed to helping all in need, without discrimination.

The Salvation Army is Committed to Serving the LGBTQIA+ Community Through:

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.

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, 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.

Job Training

Despite progress toward hiring equality, LGBTQIA+ Americans often lack access to educational resources, counseling services, and vocational training to help them obtain well-paying jobs. The Salvation Army offers job skills training and employment referrals for adults. This program is included in the substance rehabilitation program, and through some Salvation Army community centers.

Adult Rehabilitation Centers

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, LGBTQIA+ adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to abuse substances. Our LGBTQIA+ friendly programs provide housing, food, counseling, community, and employment as we work to treat the symptoms and, ultimately, the root causes of prolonged alcohol and drug use. Contact Midtown Service and Treatment Center.

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.

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