Emergency Shelter

501 Broadway

(217) 222-8655
Hours:  24 hours/day, 7 days/week

A Place to Stay

The new shelter area of the building can house up to 16 people with rooms dedicated to single men and women as well as families. The building also houses our Family Services operation & Food Pantry.  This shelter is the only one within a 100 mile radius that serves this population.

During their stay, residents will be required to look for a job, if they are unemployed, save money to move into a place of their own, and meet with a caseworker on a regular basis.  Our goal is to provide a comfortable, safe environment for our residents.  Meals, laundry facilities, phone calls and other needed items are all provided for those staying in the shelter.  A normal stay in the Emergency Shelter is 30 days, but could be longer or shorter depending on the client’s situation.

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter serves the greater Adams County area as well as transients who have come to our community and find themselves in a homeless situation.  It is the goal of our program to equip our residents with the knowledge and life skills training needed to find employment and suitable, affordable housing that they might become self-sufficient individuals.

Shelter Purpose

  • To provide services necessary to help remove existing barriers in the area of housing, employment, health care, and adequate nutrition
  • To make appropriate referrals to community resources/services in order to assist residents in their efforts to become more stable by obtaining housing, employment, training, etc.
  • To provide volunteer opportunities for members of the community
  • To create an environment based on respect for the inherent dignity and value for each person who comes to The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for services
  • To provide assistance to residents in their efforts to identify and achieve personal goals and targets
  • To base all interactions with clients and the community within the moral and ethical framework established by The Salvation Army

Emergency Shelter History

In 1975, the first Emergency Shelter was opened on Broadway.  The shelter had four rooms and twelve bunks.  Clients were allowed to stay up to three days.  Meals were provided by issuing meal vouchers to area restaurants.  Prior to the opening of this facility, emergency housing was no more than a night’s lodging at a local motel.

In July 1994, a strategic plan was established for the emergency shelter program. The plan identified the need for longer term emergency housing and more extensive casework.  Along with these changes came life skills training and a Community Meals Program, serving 3 meals a day, 7 days a week to the public, in addition to the shelter residents.

Construction on the all new John Gardner Stevenson Family Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center began in the summer of 2012 and was completed in early 2013 becoming operational on March 22, 2013. The official dedication is on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The new facility is located diagonally from the Kroc Center (open since September 2011), making it much easier to coordinate programs once held several miles away.

Free Meals

The Community Meals program has been temporarily reduced to lunch only.  The general public can come and enjoy a hot noon meal provided by The Salvation Army and served at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 7th and Hampshire Monday-Friday.  Shelter residents will receive three meals a day while they are staying at the shelter.

Requirements

In order to protect all of our residents, it is required that anyone needing to stay in the shelter must first go to the Quincy Police Station, located at 8th and Maine, where they will have their picture taken and be given a yellow transient card to take to The Salvation Army. Normal intake hours are from 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.

To ensure the safety and well being of our residents, we will not be able to provide shelter at our facility for the following:

  • Those convicted of sexual crimes
  • Those convicted of violent crimes including child abuse, domestic abuse, assault, murder, etc.
  • Individuals who are unwilling to participate in the program

Alcohol, drugs, pornography or weapons of any kind are not allowed in the shelter.

More Information

For  more information contact:

Heidi – Emergency Shelter Director
Shelter Phone: (217) 222-8655
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week