Transitional Living Program Equips Employed, Homeless Men With Tools for Self-Sufficiency


Unveiling the new Men’s Transitional Housing Center in Hickory, NC on July 12, which will serve 11 employed but homeless men in need. Photo:

There can be so many reasons for becoming homeless, especially during these tough economic times. Whether you’ve been evicted, deal with substance abuse, face a domestic break-up or any other type of crisis, The Salvation Army is there to lend a helping hand.

The Salvation Army’s Transitional Housing Program is designed for homeless and low-income families and individuals who need help regaining their independence by the power of healing and learning the life skills they need to be successful.  Housing is provided on a temporary basis for varying amounts of time to help individuals get back on their feet.

In addition to food and shelter, most centers provide a variety of educational, health care, counseling, and vocational services to homeless and destitute individuals and families. All programs vary depending on the needs of the community.

One example of this program is our new transitional housing facility that recently opened in Hickory, N.C. This building will provide shelter and services for 11 men for up to two years, who are employed, yet homeless. This particular program is designed to fight the cycle of homelessness by providing these men with the necessary tools they need in order to become self –sufficient through shelter, education and spiritual healing. Skills classes include topics such as budget counseling, substance abuse education, job training, and GED courses. The ultimate goal is for each man to leave the center with enough money for a deposit a permanent residence or a financial cushion.

Each year, The Salvation Army provides more than 10 million nights of shelter to those in need thanks to our generous supporters. We are always seeking volunteers to share life experience skills and mentor clients. To lend your skills to The Salvation Army, click here or visit for a list of Salvation Army opportunities in your area.

Salvation Army programs vary with local needs. For information on specific programs and locations, contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center by doing a zip code search in our website’s Location field.

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5 Comments on “Transitional Living Program Equips Employed, Homeless Men With Tools for Self-Sufficiency

  1. I. Nice idea. To. Help. Other. People. The. Homeless. People. Ineed. It. Good. To. Help the. Ineedy. To. Get. A. Place. To. Live

  2. I’m very glad to see a transitional house for men. My sister used to work with the homeless in a neighboring county, and told me of how some of the shelters (often for homeless and/or victims of domestic abuse) would turn away men because there were women in the shelter who may have been victims of domestic abuse. It bothered me that these homeless men wouldn’t receive the help they needed or the quality help because of their gender.

    I’m all for gender equality – in all areas – so I’m glad to see that there is at least one place for men. Women definitely need help as well, but I fear that our systems are inclined to neglect that men can be victims too.

  3. It is awesome to have The Salvation Army, a christian organization doing this and be able to witness to the people in need. I have worked for govenment organizations that would not allow employees to witness to people that need help. People need the Lord!

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  5. Im a 39 year old man whom is in the process of relocating to Jacksonville north Carolina, I will have a little bit of money but im exspecting my fiancée to have our son in the mid part of January she is already there living with her brother. Im stepping out on faith coming all the way from saint Louis to be with her and my son all im asking is for some help im healthy and willing and able to work just will have an issue with having somewere to stay momentarily until her and I get situated on our own please feel free to contact me via email and or phone 314 680-5806 Thank You and may these words from my heart move you have a blessed holiday.

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