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Life Skills to Break the Poverty Cycle

Programs that serve the body, mind, and soul of victims of poverty

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In our own country, 43.1 million are living in poverty. Another 60 million are just one crisis away from it.

Children raised in poverty are 32% more likely to stay in the cycle of poverty than their peers who are better off.

Poverty Doesn't Have to Be Permanent. You Can Help.

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The Salvation Army helps
overcome poverty through:


Housing insecurity is often interconnected with prolonged poverty. We work to provide both short- and long-term housing assistance to families and individuals who've been displaced. Each year, The Salvation Army provides 10.8 million nights of safe, climate-controlled shelter, helping to restore the health, dignity, and stability of each person we serve.

Meal Assistance

Poverty is often defined by painful choices, such as "heating vs. eating." The decision between paying bills and feeding your family is an impossible position to be in. That's why, each year, The Salvation Army provides over 60 million nutritious, warm meals to people in need.

Pathway of Hope 

The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army's history of compassionate serving. By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.

Employment Assistance

We believe in a comprehensive approach to helping families pull themselves above the poverty line. This includes equipping parents with educational resources, career coaching, and opportunities for job placement. When people are better prepared for stable and gainful employment, we can reduce the need for bill, food, and shelter assistance.

 Serving All Without Discrimination

In providing its poverty relief programs and services, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.

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Poverty impacts the most vulnerable.

20% (14.5 million) of children under age 18 live in poverty.

8% (4.2 million) of seniors over age 65 live in poverty.

29% (4 million) of those living with a disability live in poverty.

6% (1.2 million) of veterans live in poverty.

Your $25 gift to The Salvation Army gives one night of shelter to a person on the streets. Donate now.


Childhood poverty is an epidemic.

Among the 35 wealthiest countries in the world, the United States has the second-highest child poverty rate - one of out of every five children lives below the poverty line.

Your $50 gift to The Salvation Army provides a kid with three nutritious meals for one full week. Donate now.


Poverty is costly to society.

14.8% of Americans - and 21% of the nation's children - currently live in poverty.

Childhood poverty alone costs the United States $500 billion a year. (That's 4% of our nation's GDP.)

A $100 gift to The Salvation Army keeps one family off the streets, reducing the chance of them using government assistance. Donate now.


We serve the homeless, hungry, and poor of every ZIP code across America.

To end poverty is to help end a host of related struggles: hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, unemployment, educational voids, and various forms of abuse. Generation after generation, these interrelated issues persist. Through short- and long-term support, we strive to meet the needs of the whole person. We combat the symptoms of poverty with programs serving the body, mind, and soul, then look for the root issues causing them. It's a holistic approach that creates a lasting chance for millions of people each day.

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The Salvation Army Exists
to Pave a Way Out of Poverty

Watch how we work to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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