In 2013, The Salvation Army provided emergency financial assistance for rent, mortgages, utility bills and other urgent needs to more than 118,000 families and individuals, often saving them from eviction and homelessness.
The Salvation Army canteen travels around Chicago, making 21 stops each day to serve hot meals to people who are hungry and homeless. But the mobile feeding and outreach program does much more than serve meals. It’s a counseling office on wheels, carrying social workers who conduct assessments right on the spot. It can transport anyone, any time, directly to a shelter or rehabilitation center, rescuing them from life out on the street.
In 2013, The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth Lodge provided more than 2,500 men, women and children with lodging, food, clothing and a path to permanent housing and stability.
The Lodge provides shelter for as many as 60 families each night. The Salvation Army also works behind the scenes to prevent families from becoming homeless. For families on the brink of eviction, The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance and help with rent and mortgage payments, utilities, perscriptions and other household bills to help them remain in their homes.
In 2013, The Salvation Army launched Pathway of Hope, a program aimed at breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and moving families beyond survival to self-sufficiency. Through Pathway of Hope, families receive intensive, one-on-one counseling, life skills training and whatever combination of services matches their unique situation and challenges.
Caseworkers in the Pathway of Hope program are a coach, cheerleader and guidance counselor all in one. They develop a close relationship with families, pinpoint the root causes of their struggle and help them build upon their strengths, skills and assets. Through Pathway of Hope, families discover that they can build a new life, with each step of the process guided by hope.