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LGBTQ+ Support

We serve the most vulnerable regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Our hearts, services, and facilities are open to all.

All Are Welcome in Love's Army.

The Salvation Army serves everyone. With love. With hope. And without discrimination.


Helping those in need is the heart of our mission.

 

We’re motivated by the love of God to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. 

We embrace people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

Our hiring practices are open to all, and we provide the same benefits to opposite-sex and same-sex couples.


The Salvation Army is committed to serving the LGBTQ+ community through: 

Homeless Shelters

Each of our homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, permanent supportive housing services, and re-entry resources are available to anyone in need, according to their need and our capacity to help regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Period. And because a majority of homeless LGBTQ+ people are under 18, we take special care of that vulnerable community.

Read how The Salvation Army’s Young Adult Resource Center (YARC) in Houston collaborates (and shares a roof) with Tony’s Place, a center for LGBTQ+ youth who do not have stable housing.

In addition, almost one-third of transgender people have been rejected from an emergency shelter. This is why The Salvation Army in Southern Nevada created a safe dorm in Las Vegas to offer safety and shelter to this group, which is statistically more vulnerable to assault.

 Help with Substance Abuse

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, LGBTQ+ adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to abuse substances. The Salvation Army recognizes the need for all people, regardless of income, to have access to rehabilitation programs. Our LGBTQ+-friendly programs provide housing, food, counseling, community, and employment as we work to treat the symptoms and, ultimately, the root causes of prolonged alcohol and drug dependence.

Hear Richard’s story of recovery through the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Denver that demonstrated he was worthy of Christ’s love.

 Food Insecurity

More than a quarter of LGBTQ+ Americans are food insecure and rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As one of the nation's largest providers of social services, we understand the importance of helping people maintain their dignity when looking for nutritious food by providing options.

That’s why we opened DMG (Do More Good) Foods, our grocery store in Baltimore that is the first in the nation to combine social service with a traditional grocery-shopping experience.

 Teenage Suicide

LGBTQ+ youth contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. With a presence in every ZIP code in the nation, we’re committed to providing spiritual and emotional care to those in need regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Job Training

Despite progress toward hiring equality, LGBTQ+ Americans often lack access to educational resources, counseling services, and vocational training to help them obtain well-paying jobs. Our unique programs help LGBTQ+ individuals cultivate vital life skills needed for successful and stable careers.


Hear Our Truth

Questions & Answers:
The LGBTQ+ Community & The Salvation Army

 

Does The Salvation Army serve anyone in need?

Yes. The Salvation Army’s mission statement is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Our services are equally available to anyone, and our commitment to provide service without discrimination is an extension of the love of God, who tells us in John 15:12, “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.”
 

Does The Salvation Army serve the LGBTQ+ community?

Yes. Any person who walks through our doors will receive assistance based on their need and our capacity to help. Our mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
 

What can a person who identifies as LGBTQ+ expect from The Salvation Army?

Our 7,600 service centers across the country are uniquely positioned to meet need, and they do so without discrimination or asking questions about a person’s orientation or beliefs. If we have the capacity to help, we will help. No exceptions.
 

How has The Salvation Army demonstrated its commitment to members of the LGBTQ+ community?

The Salvation Army is one of the largest – if not the largest – non-governmental providers of services to the LGBTQ+ community. We know that discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals can make them particularly vulnerable, and we have many programs and resources across the country that aim to serve the unique needs of LGBTQ+ people:

  • In Las Vegas, we have a dorm that is exclusively for transgender individuals.
  • In Minneapolis, the Harbor Light Center shelters approximately 550 individuals every night, and it’s estimated that 20% of those people are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • In Houston, our Young Adult Resource Center provides day shelter to young adults who are homeless, many of whom identify as LGBTQ+.
  • In Baltimore, we work with the city to meet a growing need among transgender individuals who are trafficked.

What is The Salvation Army’s position on diversity?

The Salvation Army supports the Christian conviction that all people are made in the image of God and are equal in value. We believe the world is enriched by a diversity of cultures and ethnicities.
 

How does The Salvation Army respond to allegations of discrimination?

We take allegations of discrimination very seriously. If you are aware of a specific situation where a person has been the target of discrimination, please contact your Salvation Army leadership, because this is contrary to our mission to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

How has The Salvation Army committed itself to diversity in its hiring and promotion practices?

The Salvation Army is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we provide the same benefits to all of our employees. We welcome and encourage a diverse workforce because it helps us to better serve a diverse community.


What is The Salvation Army’s position on same-sex benefits?

The Salvation Army provides the same benefits to all of its employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
 


Equal Opportunity Employment


The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing a respectful environment for all applicants and employees that is free from 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 protected by law. Such equal opportunity for employment will apply to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, salaries and other compensation, transfers and layoffs or termination.

 


Non-Discrimination in Programs and Services


In providing its 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.

You can help The Salvation Army serve our LGBTQ+ neighbors

Your donation will allow us to continue to provide crucial services to the LGBTQ+ community.

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News about The Salvation Army and the LGBTQ+ Community

Four out of ten homeless youth
identify as LGBTQ+.

The Salvation Army USA serves more than 23 million Americans every year. In every ZIP code of America, services are offered “without discrimination.”

To find help in your area, use the “Locations” search feature at salvationarmyusa.org.

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Almost one-third of homeless transgender people have been rejected from an emergency shelter.

When a transgender person seeks help from us, we serve them in the same manner as any other person seeking assistance.

A donation to The Salvation Army can provide three nights of shelter.Donate now.

 

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LGBTQ Americans are
more likely to be poor.

Many face disproportionate job and housing insecurity due to discrimination.

Your donation could mean rental and utilities assistance.Donate now.

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