The Salvation Army - King County Programs
To prevent homelessness among low-income populations, The Salvation Army offers financial assistance to those who are facing eviction because of past due rent or unpaid utility bills. Our emergency shelters provide safety, warmth, and connections to community resources. Clients who are on their way to leaving homelessness may stay in our transitional housing programs from two weeks to two years until they are able to secure permanent housing. Last year, The Salvation Army provided nearly 77,000 bed nights at our facilities and helped 1,300 families stay in their homes through rent and utility assistance.
The Salvation Army serves over 200,000 congregate meals annually to all members of the community who are in need, including working poor families, low-income seniors, and the homeless. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributes nearly 32,000 bags of groceries through its largest food bank in Renton, smaller food banks at the White Center and Pike Street locations in Seattle, and a food pantry at the Eastside Corps in Bellevue.
At Catherine Booth House in Seattle, The Salvation Army provides a refuge for victims of domestic violence and their children. At this confidential emergency shelter, victims of domestic violence have a safe place to stay and can meet with advocates who will help them create a plan to stay safe and teach them how to access community services. At Hickman House, domestic violence victims and their children can stay in a transitional housing program for up to two years while they adjust to their new lives and find permanent housing. In 2014, TSA served 929 clients through our domestic violence programs.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Cathy has struggled with addiction for much of her life, often neglecting her responsibilities as a mother and role model. A year ago, she came to The Salvation Army for assistance. Through our various programs, we supported her on the path to sobriety and self-sufficiency. This December, we were also able to provide her beautiful daughters with Christmas gifts. Thanks to our donors’ generosity, Cathy celebrated Christmas with her daughters this year – sober and full of joy.
To help children struggling with hunger and food insecurity, The Salvation Army Renton Corps offers food assistance through its Backpack Program. The program provides kid-friendly meals and snacks to children in Renton who are eligible for free/reduced lunch so that they do not go hungry on the weekends when they do not have access to school meals or snacks at after-school programs. In 2014, the Backpacks Program gave 444 children access to healthy meals on weekends, when they may have otherwise had to do without.
The Salvation Army is always grateful for donations of goods, time, and money. Specifically, our King County locations have a great need for food and hygiene products. Monetary donations provide clients with emergency financial assistance to prevent eviction and help those coming out of homelessness to secure permanent housing. Volunteers are particularly needed at food banks, for youth development programs, and to help staff special events.