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Christmas 2009
Christmas 2009

How your donation helps

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Read stories about how your support is making a difference in people's lives, in our On the Scene newsletter.

The Salvation Army helps more than one million disadvantaged Australians each year without discrimination, including people who are hungry, homeless, abandoned or abused. That's one person every 30 seconds!

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.

People helped each week

In a typical week, across Australia, The Salvation Army provides*:

  • 100,000 meals for the hungry
  • 2,000 beds for the homeless
  • 5,000 to 8,000 food vouchers
  • 1,000 people with assistance in finding employment
  • Refuge to 500 victims of abuse
  • Assistance to 500 people addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling
  • Several thousand people with counselling
  • 3,000 elderly people with aged care services
  • Family tracing services which locate 40 missing family members
  • 1,000 people in the court system with chaplaincy services

*approximate figures

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
  • Counselling
  • Family Tracing
  • Bereaved by Suicide support
  • Aged care
  • Intellectual disability programs
  • Employment services and training programs
  • Rural and outback chaplains
  • Court & prison chaplains
  • Chaplains to emergency service personnel


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.

Early intervention

The Salvation Army provides more than just material supportWhere 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

We also believe in enabling independence rather than facilitating dependence:

  • Moneycare financial counselling service aims to address the factors contributing to financial hardship and to prevent dependence upon welfare assistance.
  • Crisis and supported accommodation programs for men, women and youth provide case management to help clients address the causes of their homelessness and move towards independence.