Harbor works with clients to identify barriers and move toward self
sufficiency. Safe Harbor provides a safe warm environment to sleep, storage of
some personal belongings, breakfast and dinner (some people have meals that are
not residents), shower and laundry facilities and case management services,
including access and referral to local resources. Safe Harbor also provides
clients with clothes and personal hygiene products when available.
Harbor residents choose between three programs that accommodate their personal
situation. Factors in program selection include: employment, decision to use
case management and income. Length of client stay is determined by their
program selection, as well as participation in case management services and
compliance with Safe Harbor policies.
The Salvation Army of McLean
Assistance & Food Pantry :This is a supportive program designed to provide the minimum necessities of
life or other expenses on a limited short term basis to individuals and
families during a period of sudden and unexpected dislocation, emergency or
tragedy. Unless otherwise noted, our hours of operation are Monday through
Thursday 9am-12 noon and 1pm to 4 pm. All non food-related issues, referrals,
financial assistance appointments are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 12 noon.
following are the components of the program, and are handled at our Safe Harbor facility, 601 W. Washington in Bloomington:
Household, Personal grooming or
Baby items Referrals-
This program is based upon the availability of these items. One must have a
Photo ID and Paper referral from a caseworker from one of the following
agencies: Department of Human Services, PATH, McLean County Health Department,
or Social Security Administrative Office.
How you can help make a
difference: Hold a drive at your local office, club, neighborhood, school, or
make a contribution.
Salvation Army is always in need of the following items: Toilet paper, Diapers (any size), Dish
detergent, Cleaning products, Toothpaste, Washing detergent, Body soap, Lotion,
Deodorant, and Feminine products.
Furniture Assistance Referrals-
RFF (Recycling Furniture for Families) Once in a lifetime program to help clients or
families fleeing domestic violence, have been homeless or the household income
falls below the 2014 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
call for an appointment.
Financial Assistance- Utility
Bills, Rent, Mortgage, Medical or Funeral Transportation, and Prescriptions (must be life sustaining).
first Monday of each month at 9am we provide open orientation for those within
the McLean County area needing financial assistance. You must be present to
apply. Service is provided on 24 month basis for each Household.
Rent/Mortgage Assistance is a voluntary service that The
Salvation Army provides based on a client emergency need as well as having a 30
day Gross income to cover at least 1 month’s Rental/ Mortgage payment. We
empathize with the decrease of income however, our program is solely based on
seeing that each household is able to maintain their monthly payments.
Ameren IP/ Cornbelt- The Salvation Army assists
McLean County residents facing Final Notice or Disconnection of Power services
to those over the Income Guidelines set forth by LIHEAP.
Water Utility- The Salvation Army dispenses a
one-time fee of $50.00 towards Water Final Notice or Disconnection of services with proof the balance has
Nicor Gas Assistance- The Nicor Gas Sharing Program
is administered by The Salvation Army and funded through direct contributions
from Nicor Gas' customers and employees. Nicor Gas matches dollar for dollar
the contributions customers make up to $175,000 annually.
qualify for a Sharing Grant, you must:
residential heating customer of Nicor Gas with a payment due.
ineligible for state or federal energy assistance programs with Mid Central
annual income above 150 percent but not exceeding 200 percent of the federally
established poverty level.
household may apply each year if qualified.
apply: Depending on the severity of the client’s independent situation at the
time of request please call (309) 829-9476 ext. 218 to speak with the
POH (Pathway of Hope)- This program is solely
constructed upon households with children 18 years or younger whom are ready to
take action out of the cycle of crisis and vulnerability towards becoming
Food Pantry 1pm-4pm Monday-Thurs. Every thirty (30) days McLean
County Residents may access The Food Pantry, you need a photo I.D. and a
current piece of mail 30-60 days posted. Income guidelines are set by The State
of Illinois EFP (Emergency Food Program) which is based on 185% of the Federal
pantry is stocked primarily by donations of food from individuals and families,
through food drives and through the USDA (United States Department of
Agriculture) commodities program.
can help make a difference: Hold a Food drive at your local office, club,
neighborhood, school, or make a contribution specifying The Food Pantry. We are
always in need of the following items:
foods, dry pasta, boxed meals, canned meals, canned meats, cereal hot or cold,
water, canned goods of all sorts.
information about any of these programs, contact Earnestine Thomas at (309)
829-9476 ext. 218.