You are here: Home › Archive › How Your Donation Helps How your donation helps The Salvation Army helps disadvantaged Australians without discrimination, including people who are hungry, homeless, abandoned or abused. The need is growing all the time. We have many heart-warming stories that owe their success to caring individuals like you. In fact, there are people out there right now whose lives could be changed because of you. Please keep up the great work and help us to continue supporting people in need all year round. Donate now The Salvation Army runs a number of residential facilities to respond to issues of homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, and youth issues. Humanitarian services we provide Family welfare assistance Refuge for women & children in crisis Homeless shelters Youth drop-in centres and support programs Emergency and disaster relief Drug and alcohol rehabilitation Aged care Intellectual disability programs Employment services and training programs Rural, court and emergeny service chaplains Prevention While our ministry is often about ‘putting lives back together’, The Salvation Army believes strongly in taking a preventative approach wherever possible, particularly with children and youth. This is seen in programs such as holiday camps for disadvantaged children youth recreation centres and quality child care centres in high-need areas counselling and support for children with special needs. These services aim to build positive interaction with young people before problems occur. Programs like Moneycare equip and empower people to take charge of their circumstances and break generational and systemic issues of poverty and welfare dependence. Early intervention The Salvation Army provides more than just material support. Where problems have started to develop, we believe early intervention is the next best strategy to prevention. For example Reconnect Programs work with the families of youth at risk of leaving home to improve relationships before they choose life on the streets. Street outreach programs aim to connect with new runaways before they become entrenched in chronic homelessness. Alternative education programs assist those at risk of leaving school early, or those who have left school early, to get their education back on track. Enabling independence Community re-engagement We believe that healthy support networks are important for all people to continue to grow and develop to face life's challenges. Often the lure of independence results in isolation and a reluctance to ask for help. Key to The Salvation Army's ethos is providing an opportunity to create solid and healthy ongoing relationships to ensure people are supported and minimising the risk of any relapse into previous circumstances.