Programs

  • Thanks to generous community support, The Salvation Army Central Virginia Area Command is always available to serve those in need. The Army believes in treating each person who comes to us as an individual, not a statistic. And each person or family that The Army touches represents a miracle, whether it’s in the form of shelter, a hot meal, a listening ear or any of our other services.

    We thank you, the contributors, the volunteers and the community for supporting us and encouraging us each year. Without your assistance, The Salvation Army would be unable to meet the growing needs in Central Virginia. It is truly because of you that we are transforming hope into reality everyday.

    Among our greatest challenges is to continue to fund and develop relevant programs and services that address the emerging spiritual, social and economic needs of our community. This is what The Salvation Army strives to do 365 days of the year.

    Programs and Services

    Youth

    YouthThe Challenge
    In the east district, within The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club’s service area, up to 26.8% of Church Hill’s residents live below the poverty level and the teenage drop out rate has been as high as 50%.

    The Salvation Army Solution
    In those same neighborhoods, 100 youths each day are participating in our Boys and Girls Club and 79% of them report doing well or great in educational commitment, actions with others and activities they are involved in. See more here.

    How to Help
    Volunteers with a variety of skill-sets from athletics to education are welcome at the Boys & Girls Club.

    Family Services

    Family ServicesThe Challenge
    Right here in our local neighborhoods, more than 31,000 children, 151,000 adults and 27,000 seniors are experiencing challenges in having their most basic food-related needs met.

    The Salvation Army Solution
    Our Family Services office gives hope directly to families in need. Whether it’s in the form of warm meals through our daily Community Meals program, food supplements or through utility and rent/mortgage assistance, our case managers are here to help. See more here.

    How to Help
    Adopting a day to serve or prepare either breakfast or dinner makes for a great team-bonding project for groups.

    Homeless Prevention

    Homeless PreventionThe Challenge
    The number of people in homeless families living in suburban and rural areas rose nearly 60 percent during the depths of the Great Recession. In 2012, schools in Central VA reported 2,265 homeless students.

    The Salvation Army Solution
    Our men’s and women’s shelters provide residents with empowering case management, comfortable accommodations & referrals to additional community resources that help get them back on their feet and into society. See more here.

    How to Help
    Gifts of new shirts, socks, underwear, sheets, towels, etc. make a big difference to residents in our shelters getting back into society.

    Community Education

    Community EducationThe Challenge
    In Petersburg, up to 43% of individuals older than 16 read at the lowest literacy level, placing the city among areas in the nation with the greatest adult literacy crisis.

    The Salvation Army Solution
    The Community Education Center offers courses in three distinct tracts: Academic Skills, Business Skills and Life Skills. Each course is designed to provide students with current information and practical advice from instructors who are experienced and knowledgeable. See more here.

    How to Help
    Your experience can make a big difference as an instructor to individuals looking to improve their education and skills.

    Addiction

    The Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Richmond is a special program for men addressing issues related to addiction. The ARC offers the men a second chance, by providing training in job skills, individual and group counseling, as well as other tools for rebuilding positive lifestyles.