2 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23220
835 Commerce Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
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); and
- 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.
Salvation Army Staffer Thankful for Community Support in Petersburg
"When I moved down here to manage the shelter from Upstate New York, I was amazed at the level of community investment in this ministry. Every dinner served here at the shelter is provided for by local churches or community groups. That means, they buy the food, prepare it, deliver it for the evening meal and in most of the cases, stay to serve it to the men. Such involvement by the people of God was simply not seen where I came from. In addition, many of the churches go beyond with additional donations of supplies, toiletries, and special events held either here or at the church to which all the men are invited and transported.
I do not know how we could operate without this level of service to us and the man who stay here. We have not the staff one staff on duty during the evening shift), the facilities or the funds to provide these meals ourselves. In addition, this communicates volumes to the men here of their worth and value as they see how many people in the community invest in their lives in this way.
We do not try to coordinate what the individual groups serve for their meals, but still they seem to be able to come up with a variety of types of meals, although I must admit, fried chicken is a routine favorite). Most of the groups serve hot meat with all that goes with it for a well rounded meal, including the drinks and desserts. (And when our ice maker was broken, they even brought in the ice.) Many times the meals will be seasonally appropriate, with a cold dinner and watermelon on a particularly hot day, or a barbecue or some such thing. Some groups have their specialties, such as one church that always has a number of home grown vegetables, (beans, corn, greens, cabbage).
In a number of places, both old and new Testament, the Bible communicates the indication of a vital spiritual life seen in the way God's people treat those around them. Feeding the hungry is one of these indicators of true faith in action. I am glad to say this area, though poor in many material ways, is rich in its spiritual outpouring of concern for those in need. This ministry would be hard pressed without them."
- Keith Weygand, Petersburg Emergency and Transitional Shelter Resident Manager
For more information on how you and/or your civic group, church,
organization, business, etc. can get involved, please call (804) 225-740
for Richmond or (804) 861-0561 for Petersburg.