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Adams County Illinois area Salvation Army assistance programs.

Assistance programs are administered by the Salvation Army Family Services Office. The non-profit has offices around the western portion of the state, including the counties of Adams, Hancock, Pike, and Morgan. Some resources are offered directly by the Salvation Army and others are available in partnership with regional non-profits, churches, and charity organizations.

The main Family Services office is located at 501 Broadway, Quincy, IL 62301. The programs are committed to bring about positive change in the low income, unemployed, and poor. Several basic needs may be offered, as funding allows. Clients are also given the opportunity to participate in volunteer and even church services.

Homeless and housing assistance is available in stages. They include shelter, transitional housing, case management, and then assistance in finding a permanent home and apartment to live in. Those who go through this process will also receive other support such as a meal and clothing. Any family or individual in need of basic necessities or housing may apply for assistance. For example, residents of Adams County and the surrounding area, as well as transient persons, may be eligible for these services.

Emergency financial aid to prevent an eviction or utility disconnection is available in the Adams County region. The Salvation Army may have very limited amounts of cash assistance to help with these needs, with a priority of households with children and the elderly.

General, ongoing support services and case management can be provided by highly trained staff. The non-profit works to help low income clients meet their goals, including employment. Job training, career counseling, and more is available. Also they may have leads on who is hiring in the Adams and Hancock County region.

Case management can including clients receiving free information on longer term government and public aid in Illinois, such as food stamps or LIHEAP. Social workers may also help people apply for these resources as well. In addition, other non-profit agencies and charities in the region, including Morgan County, are involved, through referrals, to assist in meeting the overall needs of the client. Clients of the Salvation Army will be provided guidance and support. This is done to get them on the path to a self-sufficient life.





Other types of Family Service are offered. Any emergency assistance and social services will be based on availability of government grants and funds. The program is partly funded in part by United Way of Adams County as well, which is a partner.

  • Personal supplies, including hygiene items, diapers, baby supplies, and more.
  • Emergency Medical and Rx Assistance, including vouchers for local pharmacies or retailers.
  • Deposit assistance, including for utilities and security deposits or first months rent.
  • Work Related Support and Supplies, including uniforms, boots, and similar goods.
  • Vouchers may be provided by the Salvation Army for clothing, school items and household supplies.

The Salvation Army Community Meals program is very limited and has been stopped in the past. However, when it operates, soup kitchens and food pantries may serve lunches or other meals to the homeless and low income, including children and seniors. Also, the general public can come and enjoy a hot noon meal that is served at served at St. John’s Episcopal Church and is prepared and provided by The Salvation Army. As indicated above, shelter residents will receive three free meals a day while they are staying at the shelter or transitional housing units.

Shelters are offered for many, including families, single men and women. The Salvation Army program and the main building also house the Food Pantry and primary Family service Unit. When people stay at the shelter, they will be required to actively look for a job if they are unemployed. Or if they are currently working clients will be required to save money to move into a place of their own. They will also need to meet with a Adams County Salvation Army caseworker on a regular basis. The goal of the housing program is to provide the knowledge and life skills training needed to get people on the track to a balanced and stabilized life.





Referrals and other support is offered. The non-profit can provide the services necessary to help remove barriers in the area of nutrition, housing, employment, and affordable health care. Work with a social worker to identify and achieve personal goals and targets.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in eastern Illinois also offers free or gently used household furnishings, clothing, school supplies and a variety of other items at affordable prices. Also, all of the money raised through the sale of items helps provide funding for the emergency assistance programs. Some vouchers may be provided to those individuals and families who are unable to afford to purchase items on their own. The vouchers are also available to help less fortunate children in local high school and elementary schools buy the good that need they at no cost to them.

The two main centers for family services and emergency assistance are.

  • Address: 812 Maine St, Quincy, Illinois 62301, Phone:(217) 224-5998
  • 331 W Douglas Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650, dial (217) 245-7124




By Jon McNamara

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