The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army strives to be a premier social service provider with outstanding programs, stellar staff and volunteers, and a community-wide outreach to provide meaningful support to those in need.
The Salvation Army in Peoria provides a multitude of programs designed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our area. These programs and services include child care, feeding programs, shelter services, youth programs and veterans support.
The Salvation Army provides two shelter programs in Peoria. Our Family Shelter houses homeless children, women and intact families. Utilizing our Pathway of Hope social services model, we work to help individuals and families overcome barriers such as unemployment and unstable housing, and help break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability.
Our Safety Net Program addresses these same needs for homeless men—the largest segment of the local homeless population. Clients receive meals, shelter, instruction on budgeting and other life management skills through work with case managers.
The Salvation Army offers free lunches and dinners for area homeless each weekday at the Sylvia Fites Family Service Center. These free meals are designed to help the homeless and economically disadvantaged find a warm, nutritious meal. The evening meal, Dinner with Love, is offered through the generous support of community volunteers, including area individuals, churches and restaurants. We also offer an emergency food pantry, offering those in need a small parcel of food enough to provide three days of food to a family of four.
Our Veterans Outreach Center provides valuable networking services for veterans and through our Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF) Program, we assist with housing costs and other veteran benefits.
Child Care Center
One of the longest continuously-run childcare centers in Peoria, we offer a creative, Christian- based curriculum for children six weeks to five years old. The center is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and we have earned a Gold Circle of Quality with the Illinois Quality Rating Program, ExceleRate Illinois.
Corps Community Center
Our Corps Community Center at 2903 W. Nebraska Avenue is home to a variety of youth programs, including the Performance Arts Academy, where area children get music and arts instruction free of charge. The Corps Community Center offers character-building programs for grade school and high school youth throughout the year.
How to Help
Contact us for volunteer opportunities at (309) 655-7220.
The Salvation Army
401 NE Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61603
Major Kelly Collins, Divisional Commander
Major Jesse Collins, Tri-County Commander
Majors Heath & Anita Sells, Peoria Corps Officers
Thomas Fulop, Tri-County Social Services Director
Rich Draeger, Tri-County Development Director
Frances Green, Child Care Director
Tim Braker, Advisory Board Chairman