• The Salvation Army Women and Children's Shelter The Salvation Army Women and Children's Shelter


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Mission Statement

Motivated by the love of God and believing in the fundamental value of each individual, we are committed to meeting the basic needs of shelter and supportive services to women and families needing these services. Our goal is that each person will experience stabilization, improved quality of life and move towards self sufficiency.


The Salvation Army Shelter for Women and Children provides a safe place for homeless and abused women and children in perhaps their greatest time of need. Established as the first facility in Indianapolis to help homeless and abused women and children, we have offered care, assistance, and guidance to women for more than 50 years. The Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our 126 bed facility features rooms for both single women and women with children.

Upon admission to the Center, the needs of a woman and her children are assessed by a case manager. Immediate medical, nutritional, and shelter needs are met. Safety and security measures allow women to focus on rebuilding their lives free of danger, continued abuse and the uncertainty of the streets. Children learn and play in a warm and nurturing environment.

Available Services:

  • On-site child care
  • Assistance with finding housing
  • Family budget counseling
  • Life skills training
  • Parenting and community resources classes
  • Employment information
  • Literacy
  • Legal assistance
  • Health care
  • Substance abuse classes
  • Domestic abuse support groups
  • Voluntary spiritual counseling and Bible study

Emergency Bedspace Program

The Emergency Bedspace Program, coordinated by the Salvation Army, ensures that a safe place and range of supportive services are always available for women and children escaping domestic abuse.

Staff members monitor available Indianapolis area shelter space and provide daily updates to service providers. If shelters are full, families are sheltered at the Salvation Army until traditional bedspace becomes available.

Continuing Support

The Continuing Support Program is offered to women and their children after they leave the program for independent or transitional housing. Case managers offer support, information, resources, financial assistance, referrals, and guidance towards self-sufficiency, so women may continue to develop positive relationships and healthy lifestyles.

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