“Mary” had been struggling with homelessness for a year by the time she approached The Salvation Army’s Bellflower Access Center. After being asked about her situation, the Access Center staff was able to provide some case management for her. In addition, Mary was able to enjoy small luxuries like a hot shower, a hygiene kit, hot food, and some clothing items during her stay at the Access Center. She was then referred to The Salvation Army’s local partner agency (PATH) who linked her with some housing options and to DHS to take care of some health problems that she was having at the time.
As the weeks went on, Mary continued to visit the Access Center where she would receive hot meals, bus passes and more referrals to The Salvation Army’s partner agencies. Recently, Mary was referred to CBEST Lutheran Social Services ICMS, who was able to successfully assist her in finding permanent housing.
The Salvation Army’s Access Centers aim to shine hope on their clients’ experience with homelessness through personalized case management. In many cases, like with Mary, this sets off a chain of assistance that ends with a successful link to housing.
The Salvation Army is always open to accepting new clients, so get your clients connected with your local access center today by accessing the LAHSA Access Center Directory.