895 Jefferson St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22803


The Salvation Army’s Community Center of Hope and Emergency Shelter serves families with children as well as single men and women in need of help during a time of crisis. The faith-based program offers a wholistic approach to recovery, renewal and rehousing.

Harrisonburg is one of the the fastest growing cities in Virginia, and among Virginia’s 15 largest. Harrisonburg’s and Rockingham low unemployment rate and quality of life draw people in search of employment. Some job seakers arrive without money or a place to stay. These individuals are referred to The Salvation Army for help.

Many others are local families who experience an expected emergency such as layoffs, illness, and other income disruptions find themselves homeless due to their limited income and lack of resources to carry them through their time of emergency. The Community Center of Hope and Emergency Shelter provides such families shelter and support to help them rebuild their lives.

The 72-bed shelter provides a kitchen-dining area that can seat 50 at a time, three seperate lounges, one for families with children, one for women and one for single men. Each lounge is equiped with a television, read material, and games. The family lounge also has computers for children to do homework and a play area. Laundry rooms are also provided for client use.

Client registration begins daily at 4:30 pm. The evening meal is served in the dining room each day at 5:00 p.m.

Single persons must be 18 years of age. Stay is limited to 6 days if the client is not from Rockingham County. Longer stays are determined on a case by case basis after meeting with the Social Service Director. Couples may share a family room only after providing staff with proof of legal marriage.