Programs That Help
The Salvation Army is the single largest provider of social services of its kind in the United States. We feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and bring hope to the dispirited. You don't have to look far to find someone who's life has been touched by The Salvation Army. The family who received help with their utilities. The firefighter who enjoyed a hot meal while on duty at a disaster. The child who woke up on Christmas morning to find presents under the tree. A homeless neighbor who was given a meal and a warm place to sleep. All of these and more are examples of how The Salvation Army is at work in our community.
Sheltering & Feeding Services
The Salvation Army operates the largest 24-hour emergency shelter in El Paso County: The Salvation Army Shelter & Services at RJ Montgomery.
The Salvation Army Shelter & Services at RJ Montgomery is the city's only shelter that accommodates families and shelters up to 200 homeless every night. The shelter is a clean and sober environment providing men, women and children with 24-hour shelter, case management, a nutritious dinner, and a safe place to rebuild their lives. Each year, the shelter provides over 65,000 beds of shelter to those in need. Last year, more than 1,000 clients effectively moved from The Salvation Army shelter to long-term housing solutions. Our shelter is located at 709 S. Sierra Madre in Colorado Springs and can be reached at (719) 578-9190.
Inside The Salvation Army shelter at 709 S. Sierra Madre is a Children's Discovery Center that accommodates families with young children. The center offers a place for children to play, and facilities for the family to cook and eat meals together to provide sense of normalcy while the family is in crisis.
The Salvation Army Soup Run Feeding Service provides a warm dinner to those in need Monday through Friday in "America the Beautiful Park." Each night, The Salvation Army's mobile kitchen is loaded with food and volunteers to provide a meal to hundreds of struggling men, women and children. The program often provides warm clothing and toiletries from the truck as well.
Social Services & Food Pantry
The Salvation Army’s Social/Family Service programs are designed to meet the needs of daily life for those experiencing hardships. Both Colorado Springs and Fountain Valley corps provide emergency services to help those in need of food, utilities assistance and other emergency support as we are able. A caseworker meets with each client to determine services that are available and can refer individuals to a variety of Salvation Army and outside services. The Salvation Army's Social/Family Services program also provides holiday meals, gifts and other Christmas assistance for children and families.
Colorado Springs Assistance
The Salvation Army of Colorado Springs provides services for the greater Colorado Springs area.
Fountain Valley Assistance
The Salvation Army of Fountain Valley provides services for Fountain Valley, Security, Widefield, and Ft. Carson.
Utility Assistance: Please contact the Colorado Springs office to discuss your qualifications and the documents necessary for assisatnce (719)636-3891 or email email@example.com
(Note: you must have a bill from Colorado Springs Utilities)
Utility Assistance: Please complete a Utility Assistance Pre-Screening Application (Click here), Once pre-screening is complete, the Fountain Valley office will contact you to set up an appointment to complete the required paperwork and receive assistance.
Bring the following items with you to your appointment: 1. Disconnect Notice from Utility Company, 2. Colorado Driver's License or ID, 3. Proof of ALL household income, 4. Proof of rent (lease) or mortgage payment (coupon book), 5. Most recent phone bill (land line and/or cell), 5. Most recent cable bill, 6. Copy of other household bills.
Food Pantry: To receive assistance from the Colorado Springs corp, you must bring a valid identification and proof of residency, to our offices at 908 Yuma during Food Pantry Hours: Tues, Weds, Thurs & Fri. 9:00am-3:00pm (Closed noon -1:00pm daily and on Mondays (Note: an Emergency Food Bag can be obtained a maximum of 3 times per calendar year). Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Box Program: To receive assistance from Fountain Valley, please complete a Food Box Application Form (Click here). Once your application is received you will be contacted for services. We can assist with a food box once a month – up to Food Box may include (but not limited to): cereal, pasta, hamburger/tuna helper, canned fish, soups, fruit, vegetables, beans, rice, peanut butter, and additional items when available.
|Senior Commodity Program (CSFP): Seniors 60 years and up can receive a food box containing 9-10 staple USDA food items on a monthly basis at no cost. Income must be verified and cannot exceed the maximum income limits established by CSFP. Contact our office at (719) 636-3891 for screening, application deadlines, and distribution dates. Email email@example.com||
Senior Commodity Program (CSFP): This program is not available through The Fountain Valley office. Please contact the Colorado Springs office at (719) 636-3891 to discuss your eligibility or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth & Teen Programs
The Salvation Army believes in the value of building a solid life foundation through Christian fellowship and educational programs for youth and teens.
The Salvation Army Red Shield After School Program is a supervised, safe, affordable and licensed tutoring and character building program for up to 44 school-age children. Transportation is provided from many D11 schools to The Salvation Army where children receive a snack; then with the assistance and supervision of our qualified staff and trained volunteers, students complete homework and engage in meaningful recreational activities reinforcing social, developmental and life skills. Once a week, children may stay late for character and spiritual building programs. The after school program is designed to reduce behavioral problems and bring at risk youth to grade level standards. Last year, more than 40% of the 156 areas graded areas for these students were below grade level when entering the program. By the end of the year, more than 75% of the youth were meeting grade level requirements. For more information call719-884-1044 or email email@example.com
The Red Shield Summer Day Camp features field trips, educational activities,nature trips, swimming and Vacation Bible School. Additionally, The Salvation Army also provides week-long camps at The Salvation Army’s High Peak Camp in Estes Park. For more information call719-884-1044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are no income requirements for our youth programs; Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) is accepted, and financial aid is available for qualifying families for the After School Program and Summer camps.
The Salvation Army Youth (SAY) Programs offer a variety of character building programs for boys and girls of all ages.The curriculums are high-energy and fast-moving with large-group activities surrounding a short, interactive Bible story presentation.Wednesday nights we offer a Salvation Army Youth (SAY) program from 4:30pm - 7:30pm. This program gives youth the opportunity to earn emblems for completing tasks in areas that encourage spiritual, mental, physical and social growth. The character building program is similar to other boys and girls troops and includes levels for girls: Sunbeams, Moon Beams and Girl Guards, and boys Adventure Corps, Explorers and Rangers. Contact the Colorado Springs office at (719) 636-3891 or the Fountain Valley office at (719) 382-1182 to find a program for your youth.
The Salvation Army Senior Center in Colorado Springs currently offers free Bingo Monday, Wednesday and Friday with lunch. Each month the center hosts a themed meal with entertainment, prizes and fellowship. We are working to provide additional services to the growing senior citizen population in our area and welcome volunteers who would like to help sponsor a craft, activity or other service during the lunch hours. We are also seeking volunteers willing to donate decorations and/or decorate the Senior Center each month.
Senior Commodity Program (CSFP) is also available through our Family/Social Services office in Colorado Springs. Income qualifying seniors 60 years and up can receive a monthly food box at no cost. Contact our office for more information including application requirements and distribution dates.
The Salvation Army Silvercrest Senior Residences provide low-income, subsidized housing for seniors 62 years and older, and people with disabilities. The residences provide one-bedroom and studio apartments to individuals who qualify through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8-202 programs. The Silvercrest buildings are located at 904 Yuma Street, next to The Salvation Army Corps.
To find out more about Silvercrest please contact (719) 475 -2045.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)
"First In, Last Out" is the motto of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS). Salvation Army volunteers have been a beacon of aid, recovery and hope in El Paso since 1900. In recent years, our local EDS has served more people than ever before, providing assistance for the Planned Parenthood Shooting, the Drake Power Plant, Pueblo Scrapyard, Black Forest and Waldo Canyon fires, and the Manitou Flooding. Many of our EDS volunteers also support local emergency training exercises and disasters throughout the state and country. Nationally, The Salvation Army serves nearly 1.5 million victims of local, regional and major disasters each year.
During a disaster, The Salvation Army relies upon trained disaster workers to coordinate emergency relief operations and deliver fast, efficient service to disaster responders and survivors. The Salvation Army's national disaster training program includes courses developed by The Salvation Army and training certified by other partner organizations. If you are interested in becoming a trained EDS volunteer, please call (719) 636-5266 for details on the next training and certification opportunity.