Families that need emergency assistance in Illinois may be able to receive help from the Salvation Army. The non-profit organization provides resources to help meet the needs of low income and working poor families across Illinois. A summary of the programs administered are listed below, and they include rent and utility bill assistance, food programs, holiday assistance, and employment services. Call your local Salvation Army center to apply for financial help or to receive referrals.
In addition to offering their own services, the Salvation Army will usually partner with churches, government offices, and non-profit agencies to bring the maximum amount of assistance to help meet the needs of families and individuals across the state of Illinois.
In addition, it is very important for people to gain self-sufficiency over the long term. Any type of financial assistance provided must go beyond just paying bills or rent for a week or month. Services need to help meet the immediate, tangible need of the low income and address their larger issues and challenges. This often involves the Salvation Army offering long-term solutions to Illinois families, such as credit counseling, education, debt reduction, information on job training, and more. They create innovative programs and services for individuals, children, seniors and families.
While funding is always limited, some cash for providing rent assistance may be offered. This resource may be offered from some of the Illinois Salvation Army centers. The only way to determine if your local Salvation Army office is able to provide emergency mortgage or rent assistance is to call your local office (that is listed below) directly for information.
Food assistance – Free food, groceries, and hot meals are offered. In addition, the low income can get information on and help applying for government food support benefits at many Salvation Army social service offices. For example many offices provide eligibility pre-screening and assistance in filling out application for government food stamp benefits. Feeding programs are offered as well, which include hot meals that are distributed year-round for anyone in need of help, including seniors and children. This can also include lunches and meals during the evening too. Also most of the centers have an onsite food pantry in which people can stop by and bring home free or low cost groceries or surplus food. An appointment may be needed to use the services of a food pantry.
If you need help paying heating or utility bills, some emergency programs are offered by the Illinois Salvation Army. They include options like HeatShare. This can offer financial assistance with paying for utility bills for households that have received a shut-off notice and most of the aid is paid out during the cold Illinois winter months. Most of the locations can also help people navigate many of the other federal government and Illinois assistance programs, such as LIHEAP or weatherization.
Thrift stores are also open at many sites. These stores sell household items and clothing at a low price. In some cases free items (like clothing) may be offered for income qualified people or those faced with an emergency. Vouchers are usually offered when someone qualifies for free items.
Medical and prescription drug assistance is available on a very limited basis, as funding allows. This is mainly in the form of emergency financial assistance with paying for insurance co-pays or prescription medications. If you need assistance with paying for your medical bills, call the social service office in Illinois near you.
If you need help getting to a job or medical appoint, then the Salvation Army of Illinois may be able to offer you transportation assistance in the form of free gasoline vouchers or bass passes/tokens. An appointment is needed in order to apply or receive this help.
Career counseling and employment assistance may be offered at some centers. Case managers can refer you to local employment centers, or provide individuals with feedback and workshops. The goal is to help people find a job, develop some skills, or increase their income so that they can become self-sufficient over the long term.
Holiday assistance and seasonal services are provided by the Illinois Salvation Army according to specific needs. This can include Easter food baskets. As the season gets closer to the fall and winter, you may be able to get holiday gifts for children through Toy Shop and winter wear for children and teens through Coats for Kids. Food and meals can be offered for Thanksgiving and Christmas too.
Temporary, Permanent or transitional housing - Transitional housing provides short term shelter for people who need time to find permanent living arrangements and stabilize their lives. At various sites across Illinois the housing assistance programs provide temporary housing and support services. In addition, case managers will work with the client to find longer term solutions, including exploring emergency rent programs. Assistance is given in cases of eviction, domestic break-up, addiction crisis, or other types of housing crisis.
525 Alby Street
Alton, Illinois 62002-0524
Dial 618-465-7764 for assistance, and this non-profit Salvation Army center covers Madison County. Read more.
20 Glory Pl.
Belleville, Illinois 62226-5806
Safe Harbor location
212 N. Roosevelt, Bloomington, Illinois 61701
Phone number of Salvation Army - (309) 829-7399
Champaign, Illinois - 61820
Several resources are offered from the Champaign area centers. Read more.
Stepping Stone Shelter
119-123 E. University, Champaign
Telephone number of Salvation Army center is (217) 373-7830
Salvation Army branch address - 138 S. Walnut St.
Centralia, Illinois 62801-3423
Call - 618-532-5942
Chicago and Cook County
There are several centers in the county and the greater Chicago region. Dozens of social services and emergency financial assistance is paid out from the location. Find more Cook County Salvation Army assistance programs.
Address - 229 W. Main, Decatur, Illinois 62523
Overnight shelter and transition housing may be offered.
East St. Louis Salvation Army location
616 N. 16th St.
East St. Louis, IL 62205-2512
Provides services to the Illinois side of St. Louis.
3007 E. 23rd St.
Granite City, IL 62040-5911
Location 31 W. Douglas Ave.
Jacksonville, IL 62650-2013
Emergency Family Service Center
148 N. Harrison, Kankakee, IL-60901
(815) 932-3919 (women’s) (815) 933-1603 (men’s)
A number of resources are offered as part of Family Services. This can include emergency final assistance for heating bills or rent, vouchers for medications or gasoline, and case management/employment resources.
Moline, IL 61265
Quad Cities Family Service Center
2200 5th Ave. (563) 324-4808
1300 Richmond Ave.
Mattoon, Illinois 61938-3037
Telephone number for assistance is 217-234-3915
Assistance for paying heating bills and free food is always in high demand at this location. They also offer the Angel Tree Christmas assistance programs, which may have free gifts for children and seniors.
Harold Rust Transitional Center
Office address is 243 Derby Street, Pekin Illinois 61554
Family Shelter (309) 655-7272
417 N.E. Adams/ Sylvia Fites Family Services Center
414 NE Jefferson St., Peoria, Illinois 61603
Quincy Center of Salvation Army
Address: 323 N. 5th St.
Quincy, IL 62301-2727
Phone 217-222-2087 for information. The location also supports western Illinois and all of Adams County.
Carpenter's Shop Shelter
530 N. 6th St., Springfield, IL-62702
Dial - (217) 391-0421
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