All people who come to us for services are offered assistance according to their need and our capacity to help.

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Because LGBTQ Americans living in poverty often experience unacceptable homophobia and transphobia, many become homeless. A majority of homeless LGBTQ people end up on the streets before they turn 18, and one in four is homeless before turning 16.

The Salvation Army is committed to serving the LGBTQ community through:

Emergency Preparedness

As one of the largest disaster relief organizations in the country, The Salvation Army recognizes the need to be prepared. We educate other first responders and the public about how to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and aid in the development of emergency disaster plans.


Harbor House in Boone County assists those in the LGBTQ community who are facing homelessness by providing shelter, meals, life skills classes and case management. Information on Harbor House 

Food Pantries

By offering access to free fresh produce and canned goods, we provide valuable meal supplementation while helping those in the LGBTQ community maintain their independence and dignity. These programs are especially crucial in "food deserts," where entire communities lack access to a grocery store. Information on our Food Pantry

Pathway of Hope 
The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children, including LGBTQ families, who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army's history of compassionate serving. By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.
The Love of God is a Free Gift to ALL

In Boone County and across the country, we're committed to providing spiritual and emotional care to those in need regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. If you need, or want spiritual counseling or just someone to talk to please call, email or come by:


Lt. Carmon Camp or Major Nancy Holloway

The Salvation Army Corps

1108 West Ash Street

Columbia, MO 65203


Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sundays 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Helping those in need is the heart of our mission.

    We're motivated by the love of God to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. We embrace people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Our hiring practices are open tall, and we provide the same benefits to opposite-sex and  same-sex couples.

The Salvation Army Embraces All People

Questions & Answers:
The LGBT Community & The Salvation Army


Does The Salvation Army serve the LGBTQ Community?

Yes. Any person who walks through our doors will receive assistance based on their need and our capacity to help. Our mission is to the preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human need in His name without discrimination. 


Does The Salvation Army provide shelter to transgender people?

Yes. When a transgender person seeks help from us, we serve them in the same manner as any other person seeking assistance. Too often, LGBTQ Americans experience unacceptable homophobia or transphobia when seeking shelter. The Salvation Army seeks to be a welcome, safe place for all men, women, and children.


Does The Salvation Army consider the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant in its hiring practices?

No. We embrace talented people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Our hiring practices are open to all.


Does The Salvation Army provide benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex marriages?

Yes. We provide the same benefits to opposite-sex and same-sex couples.


Does The Salvation Army interpret Biblical scripture to be anti-Homosexuality?

No. The Salvation Army has a theology of service. Our position on homosexuality recognizes that there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Pathway of Hope
Provide Shelter
Diminish Hunger
Overcome Poverty
Help Disaster Survivors
Serve the LGBTQ Community
Share God's Love
Camp Mihaska
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