Partner Spotlight: The Salvation Army
Since 1865, The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky has made it its mission to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” As a partner in ending homelessness we are proud to spotlight their efforts to “do the most good.”
The Mission of The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international religious and charitable movement. As part of the universal Christian Church, it is organized and operated in military fashion with its message based on the Bible. Concerned with the needs of all humanity, and helping all people in need-regardless of race, color, creed, sex or age. The Salvation Army in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offers emergency disaster relief, emergency assistance, emergency shelter, housing, outreach programs, visitation programs, child care services, youth programs, a program to combat human trafficking, an adult rehabilitation center, and holiday assistance for needy individuals and families.
Assisting the homeless. Solving Homelessness.
Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been offering assistance to individuals and families through financial assistance, food, clothing and shelter. Financial services include housing assistance, which our partners at St. Vincent de Paul have found to be 90% effective at keeping people in financially dire straits from becoming homeless.
When someone becomes homeless, our Central Access Point Helpline can place them in emergency shelter. Including that of The Salvation Army. Their emergency shelter accepts women and children under 18 years old. There they provides a safe, stable and clean environment for people to rebuild their lives. Residents gain access to supportive services like GED prep and educational aids, employment resources, resume development, and job training.
Accordingly, to re-house families and individuals who have become homeless, The Salvation Army uses the Housing First model.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “[the] Housing First model prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life.” As part of this approach, Strategies to End Homelessness places people in Rapid Re-Housing through the Salvation Army.
Rapid Re-Housing is an intervention housing model by which households experiencing homelessness move to permanent housing quickly. A fundamental goal of rapid re-housing is to reduce the amount of time a person is homeless. In Greater Cincinnati, Rapid Re-Housing has been shown to be an effective, essential tool in ending homelessness.
How You Can Help
The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati has many volunteer opportunities throughout the year. If you love volunteering, please consider The Salvation Army.