Homeless Prevention

  • Shelter Locations
    2 West Grace Street
    Richmond, VA 23220
    (804) 225-7470
    835 Commerce Street
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 861-0561

    What We Do

    The goal of Emergency Shelter Services at The Salvation Army is to help all residents break the cycle of homelessness and alleviate ongoing crisis by:

    • Collaborating with agencies to assist residents in obtaining steady jobs that provide steady incomes
    • Assisting residents through direct financial assistance, when available, and/or referrals to other agencies to help them obtain permanent housing
    • Assist residents with substance-abuse problems in obtaining the appropriate treatment (may include referral to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center);
    • Assist residents with mental health issues in receiving treatment needed for stability.

    In addition to providing a bed, a place to shower and at least two hot meals each day, our shelter case management staff concentrate on helping residents identify problems that may have contributed to their homelessness. Some of these issues include substance abuse, employment and/or educational deficiencies, financial mismanagement and mental health.

    Staff assist each new resident in developing realistic goals to overcome their situations. The service plan may include referral to a transitional shelter which provides shelter for a longer duration of time.

    Substance abuse, motivational, and ‘Life Skills Enrichment’ meetings are conducted three nights per week for shelter residents.

    The on-site Children’s Development Center provides the children of residents with age-appropriate (newborn-16 years) activities that include tutoring, homework assistance, games, arts and crafts, rap sessions, developmental support groups and field trips.

    The Children’s Development Center at the Emergency Shelter provides children with activities designed to:

    • Provide children with alternative methods for learning, playing and communicating
    • Reinforce positive communication between parent and child
    • Provide children with the opportunity to practice proper manners needed for getting along well with others in school
    • Encourage children to use their energy and imagination in play
    • Provide an opportunity for children to feel a sense of pride for projects made for themselves and for others