Champaign Salvation Army assistance programs.

A number of assistance programs are available from the Salvation Army in Champaign County. Low income and working poor families may be able to qualify for aid. This can include, but is not limited to, rent, food, employment assistance, and holiday support from the Salvation Army. All of the social services and guidance they provide is done with support and confidentiality.

A few thrift stores are available in the County. These are open to the general public and there are no income restrictions in place. They will sell clothing, school supplies, baby items, and gently used furniture, among other items. If you can donate to a store additional items for resale are always needed. Your contributions will be tax deductible. Phone (217) 373-7832.

Employment development and other support is offered. Staff will provide employment plans, career counseling and goal setting programs as part of the Stepping Stone Shelter and other programs. Services are also offered to Department of Correction clients. Sign up for job search services and interviewing techniques/workshops. The agency will also work closely with businesses and employers in the region in an effort to place clients into part or full time positions.

A number of emergency assistance programs are offered for seniors, the low income and homeless in  Champaign-Urbana.

One service available is a mobile canteen. Volunteers and staff go into the community to seek out those who need help and the Salvation Army may provide them food, hot meals, clothing, or refer an individual to a housing program.

Christmas assistance is provided to the less fortunate at no cost to them. The holiday season is when many people feel lonely and their expenses tend to increase due to extra bills. Christmas is a time of the year when the need for assistance is at its greatest. The Salvation Army of Champaign Illinois and generous members and parntners from the community endeavors to meet the needs of individuals, children and families during that special time of the year.




Some of the resources offered include free Christmas food baskets, Adopt-a-Family program, Holiday parties for youth and older adults, Children's Angel Tree program, Toy Shop, Coats for Kids program, free community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and a toy program. Seniors and people in a nursing home may also receive home delivered meals and support.

Several volunteer programs also operate in the region during the holidays. People from the community are needed to provide office help for the Christmas Center, Basket Distribution, distribution in the Toy Shop, and the serving of holiday meals.

Many of their assistance programs are offered from the Champaign Family Services Centers. These will offer help to those in need in the region. There are several programs, resources and services offered to the needy.

Information is usually offered on area shelters. Many locations can provide temporary housing for singles individuals, women, children, and even intact families. The housing specialist and Salvation Army case workers work together with clients to help them break the cycle of poverty and dependency by helping people find safe and affordable permanent housing. Examples of this include nutrition, credit counseling, budgeting, and other self-help programs. All of this is offered and more.

Other services provided by the Family Services Center, as resources and funding allows, include emergency rent assistance, food pantry, information and referral services, seasonal assistance, job training opportunities, school supplies and more.

Pantries, soup kitchens and free noon meals may be offered for individuals in need of a healthy, hot nutritious lunch. Hundreds of lunches will be served daily to those who need help.

Main Salvation Army centers in Champaign County

109 W John St, Champaign, Illinois, dial (217) 351-0952

2212 N Market St, Champaign, call (217) 373-7825

502 N Prospect Ave, Champaign, (217) 373-7832



By Jon McNamara

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