Give monthly.Help families keep a roof overhead.

To millions of families facing the threat of pandemic poverty and on the brink of eviction, as little as $25/month can be the difference between home and homeless

Each recurring monthly donation helps sustain feeding, utility, and housing assistance programs. These programs help those with “almost enough” make ends meet so they do not fall behind on bills or rent. These programs also help vulnerable families avoid the impossible choice between missing payments and missing meals.

By supplementing the monthly costs of groceries, utilities, and housing, you give hardworking families a chance to keep moving forward, rather than risking a dangerous step backward.

 

 
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Learn more about the people we serve - and how you can help them win their daily battles.

"The Line"

For those hit hardest by the pandemic, $25/month can be the difference between getting by and getting evicted. Your recurring donation helps vulnerable families hold onto their homes via feeding, utility, and rent assistance.

The Line

For those hit hardest by the pandemic,

The line between having somewhere to live and finding somewhere to crash

The line between living on the poverty line and standing in the shelter line

The line between almost enough and nothing at all

– can disappear overnight.

But when you give, you support those working tirelessly to keep a roof overhead.

$25 a month can be the difference between homeless and home.
 

"Alter"

When you give $25/month, you can alter a family’s future — because $25/month helps those living in poverty continue living with a roof overhead. That means kids have a bed to sleep in, and parents can continue working toward greater stability.

Alter

To redirect the course of a family’s future

Or alter the direction of a childhood-

To change the way a mother feeds her children

And if she tucks them into bed at night.

It doesn’t take much. In fact, for families hit hardest by the pandemic,

All it takes is a little help.

When you give, you support those working tirelessly to keep a roof overhead.

$25 a month can be the difference between homeless and home.

"The Fight For Childhood: Rosa’s Family"

Once kids live through the realities of homelessness, everything changes. They can continue to fear for their safety and stability, even after their families find secure housing. This anxiety robs them of a peaceful, "normal" childhood.

ROSA

0:08 - We ended up staying in our car for six days…Nobody had a room for a family with six. We weren’t willing to split up. We weren’t willing to go, “Dad goes in one shelter with a boy, and then I go with the girls. We wanted to stay together. We made a decision to tough it out as a whole. There were a couple of days when we couldn’t shower them or, you know, we didn’t have somewhere to wash clothes so I would just try to baby-wipe them up.

0:34 - I’m thankful we’re not living in the car. Gabby slept in the trunk, Araya slept under the seat, and Emma slept in the other one, and Mom and Dad slept in the front.

0:46 - I didn’t really like waking up in the middle of the night, because whenever I wake up, I stay up. Sometimes I got out of the car just to sit down outside.

0:54 - I don’t think I was really that scared, because I was under the seat and it was covering me. So people couldn’t see me.

1:00 - I had two in counseling, because it’s traumatizing. I had one that had nightmares. They went through the whole getting-bullied phase. They asked, “Why are we homeless?” Having to explain to them why we’re sleeping in the van.

1:14 - They want to take care of me; they want to make sure that I’m okay. “Mom, are you alright? Are we okay? Are we going to have to leave here?” You learn to live differently when you’re homeless. They don’t take things for granted anymore. They just want to make sure that we’re safe.

"Working Hard For Happiness"

Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for families living in poverty. As parents attempt to stretch their (already) limited funds to handle additional holiday expenses, children find themselves wishing they could help.

We Never Give Up

0:12 - I want to make sure that they have food and have the things that they want and need. Christmas was really hard, because we was in the budget suites. I had the couch, and I let my boys have the bedroom, and I was trying to stretch money for the whole month; it’s kind of really hard. The Salvation Army called me and said, “Well, you got approved for the apartment.” I just started crying I was so happy, because it’s been a long time.

0:52 - For Christmas, everything that I always wanted was a house that me and my brothers will grow up in. Just have fun and play. I’m proud of my mom cause she works, like, every day; she is always doing something for me and my brothers. She never gets to sleep in; she’s there to support us and make us better.

1:23 - I wish I was old enough to get a job so that I could give her some money, she could get, like, gas and stuff, to take us to school. We work hard for what we want, and we don’t give up. And we try and try until we succeed.
 

"A Home For Christmas"

For children living at the poverty line, Christmas wish lists aren’t necessarily filled with toys or gadgets. Instead, many kids simply long for a home with a yard, a bed with pillows, and a room with a nightstand and dresser.

Christmas Wishes

0:17 - For Christmas, everything that I always wanted was a house that me and my brothers would grow up in.

0:25 - Probably a new house or apartment.

0:28 - Yeah, I want a big house to, umm, live with my family.

0:33 - Where we can have that backyard.

0:35 - We would have nice green grass.

0:37 - I just want a regular tree that I can climb.

0:40 - That we would have nice neighbors.

0:42 - I want a dresser, so that way I can put my stuff in there.

0:45 - Probably like a little desk to do my homework on.

0:48 - You know the little mat thing you put inside the tub so it won’t be slippery?

0:53 - A nice bed with Star Wars pillows.

0:54 - Big fluffy, fluffy pillows.

0:58 - A nightstand next to my bed with a lamp on it.

1:03 - Christmas, you know, the giving, he’s got that innocent thing where he’s just grateful for whatever he gets. I got my kid, and my kids got me.

1:11 - We have our clothes and each other.

1:15 - We didn’t have much for Christmas, but we were just happy to be together.

1:20 - Really having our own place, that’s good. The best Christmas ever to me.

"The Difference"


Every day, nearly 40 million hardworking Americans live on the brink of survival, striving to keep their children fed, rent paid, and families safe. The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping these folks rise above the poverty line.

The Difference

What’s the difference between going to bed hungry – and going to bed happy?

What’s the difference between the wrong crowd – and the right path?

Between moving out and making rent?

Between helpless and hirable?

What’s the difference between a sister – and a babysitter?

Empty and full?

Scared and safe?

Oftentimes, the difference is simply…you.

Every day, there are nearly 40 million hardworking Americans facing the battles of poverty.

But for just $25 a month, you can double The Salvation Army’s ability to come alongside our neighbors most in need – and help them win.