Safe 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.

Safe 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 County provides:

Comprehensive Emergency 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.Food Pantry hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 1pm to 4 pm. All non food-related issues, referrals, financial assistance appointments are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 12 noon.

The following are the components of the program, and are handled at our Safe Harbor facility, 208 N Oak  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.

The 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.

Please call for an appointment.

Financial Assistance- Utility Bills, Rent, Mortgage, Medical or Funeral Transportation, and Prescriptions (must be life sustaining).

The 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 been paid.

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.

To qualify for a Sharing Grant, you must: be a residential heating customer of Nicor Gas with a payment due.Be ineligible for state or federal energy assistance programs with Mid Central Community Action.     

Have an annual income above 150 percent but not exceeding 200 percent of the federally established poverty level. Each household may apply each year if qualified.

*How to 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 Caseworker.

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 self-sufficient.

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 Poverty Guideline.

The food 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.

How you 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:

Non-Perishable foods, dry pasta, boxed meals, canned meals, canned meats, cereal hot or cold, water, canned goods of all sorts.

For more information about any of these programs, contact Gaby Bontea at (309) 829-9476.