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Programs and Services

The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves the greater metro area with six basic services: housing, basic needs provision, counseling, rehabilitation, youth enrichment and disaster relief. More than 288,000 people are helped each year through our 28 centers of operation. Caring for those in crisis with compassion and without discrimination is the Christian mission of The Salvation Army.


Sometimes housing help comes through our social service offices with rent assistance, but for more than 970 people a day, it is a bed at one of our emergency, transitional or permanent housing programs.

Emergency housing is exactly that, a temporary one-night-at-a-time place to get safe.  From there we are able to connect and find a starting point to begin a process of stability and healing for those who are ready for change. Harbor Light Center offers the emergency housing for single adults and Booth Brown House is for young adults 16-25 years old.

Transitional housing gives previously homeless people an opportunity to get stable housing and crisis support for up to two years.  The goal is to transition to market-rate housing or housing supported by government or nonprofit agencies. Harbor Light has units for single men and women, including two buildings specifically for vets. The Foyer program at Booth Brown House has 10 efficiency apartments for young people age 16-25. While we specialize broadly in single adult care, there are 16 family units in the north metro area for Sherburne and Wright Counties.

We have seen that many people need more than low-cost housing, they need consistent support and guidance from trained case workers.  That is what our permanent supportive housing does.  While our guests can stay with us forever, our goal is to get them to a place of self-reliance.  Harvest Hills is a community of eight townhouses for families struggling with housing and other physical challenges.  HOPE Harbor is a 96-unit efficiency apartment building in Minneapolis for single adults.  Booth Manor is a 10-story apartment building for low-income seniors. On the other end of the age-spectrum are our 25 Foyer efficiency apartments for young adults 16-25 years old.

Basic Needs

Social service offices give help during a crisis, both in everyday living needs but also seasonal help like school supplies, winter wear (Coats for Kids) and toys at Christmas. There are eight food shelves in the Twin Cities that focus on emergency meal provisions and hygiene items.


Community Cares is a Twin Cities outreach to nursing homes and hospitals and at each Salvation Army Worship and Service Center there are programs for seniors including an Adult Day Center in Maplewood.


For men in the grip of drug and alcohol addiction two programs focus on transformation and rejuvenation – Harbor Light Beacon is a clinical treatment program and the Adult Rehabilitation Center is a Christian focused 90-day work therapy program.

Youth Enrichment

All eight Twin Cities Salvation Army Worship and Service Centers have after-school programs, evening church programs and summer day camps. We also offer quality child care at two locations – 401 W. 7th St. in St. Paul (King Family Child Development Center) and 2080 Woodlynn Ave. in Maplewood. For older youth, the annual Linden Scholarship provides financial support to remove barriers to continued education.

Disaster Relief

During natural disasters, police actions and three alarm fires, our staff and volunteers are called on by local officials to give help to emergency responders and survivors. We specialize in mass meal provision, but are ready to help as various needs arise. We need compassionate people, like you, to join our disaster volunteer team.