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 in Peoria provides a multitude of programs designed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our area.
Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following the recommended social distancing guidelines which impacts how we are able to provide some services. Our current services are listed on page 105.
The Salvation Army provides two shelter programs in Peoria. Our Family Shelter houses single 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 poverty.
Our Safety Net Program serves homeless men—the largest segment of the local homeless population. Clients receive shelter, meals and access to laundry services. Clients have the opportunity to work one-on-one with case managers to develop their life skills, and seek assistance with jobs and housing.
The Salvation Army offers free lunches through our Lunch with Love program for the 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 our 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. 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 child care 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
The success of our programs is made possible by the generous support of our donors and volunteers. To make a financial donation, visit sapeoria.org. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call (309) 655-1349.
The Salvation Army
401 NE Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61603
Major Kelly Collins, Divisional Commander
Major Jesse Collins, Tri-County Commander
Majors Heath and Anita Sells – Peoria Corps Officers
Rachael Cansino, Tri-County Social Services Director
Kathy Anderson, Senior Corporate Engagement and Development Coordinator
Susan Moore, Interim Child Care Center Director
Matt Glatz, Advisory Board Chairman