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The Charlottesville Corps of The Salvation Army was established in 1912 as a place where the needy in the city could go to get a hot meal and free lodging for the night. In the ninety years that it has been located in downtown Charlottesville, it has provided thousands upon thousands of hot meals and nights of safe lodging. This in keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, which is “to meet human needs without discrimination.”

The Emergency Shelter, sometimes referred to as “The Lodge,” is a 58-bed shelter available for overnight stay or for stays of several weeks or months at a time. There is no charge for the service. Residents are given linens, three free meals a day, and childcare. We assist the residents in finding employment, saving their money, and locating suitable housing.

Look at the “face of homelessness” here.    

The Center of Hope Transitional Housing Program opened in 1994 for families and eligible singles, who may reside there for up to two years. There are nine one- and two-bedroom apartments in a two-story building located at 207 Ridge Street. The residents pay a small monthly program fee for the furnished apartment, childcare, food service, and counseling that they receive.

The Salvation Army also helps those in the surrounding community who are in need of emergency social services. The Emergency Social Services Program is located at 207 Ridge Street and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a food closet which provides groceries to families in immediate need.

The Homeless Intervention Program (HIP) provides rent or mortgage assistance to people who have been unable to pay due to emergency circumstances (medical emergencies, loss of employment, etc.).

The Medical Assistance Program (MAP) assists the community through the University of Virginia Medical Center Indigent Care Program. We offer assistance with financial screening, prescription copayments, doctors appointments, referrals, Social Security Disability and much, much more. All services are always free of charge.

Our Salvation Army Family Store, located at 604 Cherry Avenue, offers used furniture, adult and children’s clothing and shoes, appliances and electronic equipment, books, videos, tapes, kitchen utensils, lamps, and other items at very reasonable prices. Donated vehicles are sold at auction. Hours of business for both stores are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Please call (434) 979-5230 to arrange for pick-up. All proceeds of the Family Store go to support a major portion of the overall operating budget of the Charlottesville Corps of The Salvation Army.

The Emergency Disaster Unit, sometimes known as the “Canteen” or the “Soup Kitchen on Wheels,” is available to community emergency disaster response organizations to provide support to emergency personnel in the field for an extended period of time. The community never knows when disaster will strike (missing person search, fire, hurricanes, hazardous material spills, etc), but it can count on the Emergency Disaster Unit of The Salvation Army for its support at a moment’s notice.


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