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Doing the Most to Provide Housing

Doing the Most to Provide Housing
& Prevent Evictions

Each year, The Salvation Army provides over 10 million nights of lodging to those in need.

To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, most programs and services at The Salvation Army Winnebago County Area Command are closed until further notice. Modified programs and services may still be available. Food pantry is open but items are being pre-packaged. Social services available by appointment at the 416 S. Madison Street location. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 815-962-7195 or find a location near you.

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About 15 percent of the homeless population is comprised of "chronically homeless" individuals.

This means struggling neighbors are sleeping on the streets, in cars, staying with family or friends temporarily, or frequently moving from residence to residence.

Our doors are always open.

The Salvation Army provides 600,000 nights of shelter in Illinois every year and works to keep thousands of families from becoming homeless. Our homelessness prevention programs and shelters provide safe housing, food, and spiritual and practical support to families who have nowhere else to go.

Give the gift of a good night's sleep. You can help.

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The Salvation Army provides housing and shelter to struggling neighbors through:

Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Social Service Center at 815-972-1135, find a location near you, or learn more online

Women's Restorative Justice Program

The Salvation Army offers assistance to homeless women and their families in Winnebago County, Illinois, through the Women's Restorative Justice Program (WRJP). The program provides housing and supportive services for women in recovery from substance abuse who have recent criminal history. Women can participate in the program for two years.

How You and Your Family Can Help the Homeless

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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Kids don't always have a place
to call home.

21% of America's children currently live in poverty. 

A donation to The Salvation Army keeps kids off the streets so they can focus on school.
Help kids stay on track today.


Lack of a home doesn't have to
mean lack of dignity.

The Salvation Army's family shelters keeps families together in their own rooms, private bathrooms, meals and support services.

A donation of $88 can provide a night of shelter for a family.
Provide a safe place for a family tonight.


Sometimes emergencies happen.

A sudden job loss or medical crisis can make paying rent difficult.

The Salvation Army's homelessness prevention programs keep families off the streets and out of shelters. A donation of $1,000 can allow a family to remain in their home.
Keep families in their homes.


Give now. Change lives forever.


The Salvation Army brings hope to the homeless.

Watch how we comfort and support thousands of families facing homelessness every year.

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