Adult Services

It can be easy for adults who live in vulnerable communities to feel trapped in constant anxiety about the next day — stuck in a rut with no hope or fulfillment.

People from all walks of life come to The Salvation Army with their wounds and their wishes. No matter where they have been or what they are searching for, The Salvation Army opens its doors and welcomes them home.

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Adult Education

If you’re looking for English-as-a-Second-Language programs, GED and continuing education classes or computer classes, we’re here to help.

A good education is the first step to self-sufficiency, but for many New Yorkers, an education is not easily attainable. It may be the cost that’s holding you back, or maybe it’s a matter of scheduling or family considerations. Whatever the reason, The Salvation Army recognizes these concerns and works tirelessly to provide everyone an education, regardless of their circumstances.

Because New York City is home to a substantial immigrant population, English-as-a-Second-Language classes are an important Salvation Army service in our area. Men and women from all over the world take advantage of the ESL programs that meet at our community centers, many hoping to someday leverage their fluency for wider civic participation and to get a higher-paying job.

Most centers also offer general continuing education classes and high school diploma equivalency classes (GEDs). For those seeking to obtain their GED, or for those unable to enter or complete college courses, these programs are invaluable pathways to successful and financially stable lives.


Moving into advanced age can mean so many great things. But aging also comes with its share of difficulties. Retirement means living on a fixed income — often about $8,000 a year. Add to that inevitable health problems, an increased sense of dependency and the loneliness of living without a companion, as many seniors do.

That’s why The Salvation Army offers programs for seniors to help alleviate the stressful parts of aging, from free breakfasts to Social Security advice and medical consultations, as well as recreational activities and social gatherings. Our programs offer men and women the opportunity to enter their golden years with a renewed sense of life, comfort and dignity, and the knowledge that wherever life takes them next, happiness is sure to follow.

HIV/AIDS Services

The Salvation Army knows coping with HIV can be an overwhelming process. Our HIV Health Home Center doors are open to all who struggle with this difficult illness.

Even if you can afford the costly treatments and have loved ones to lean on, every day is a struggle to take the right medications at the right time, make countless doctor’s appointments and remind yourself there is so much more to you than HIV. The Salvation Army’s HIV/AIDS Services are meant for individuals whose socioeconomic and mental health backgrounds make living with HIV particularly difficult. With one HIV Health Home Center in the Bronx and one in Manhattan, The Salvation Army’s HIV Services serves nearly 500 clients and their families affected by the disease. Caseworkers monitor treatment adherence, offer advice and listen, while group activities such as budget classes help teach important life skills and provide a sense of community and understanding.

Developmental Disabilities Services

People with disabilities need affection and companionship just like everyone else — they also need a little extra help.

The support that individuals with developmental disabilities require isn’t always available in the homes they are born into. At times, even the most devoted parents aren’t able to provide sufficient care, especially when they reach old age. In such cases, parents must turn to outside organizations for help. For the 69 individuals in the seven Salvation Army houses for adults with developmental disabilities in the Greater New York Division, The Salvation Army is a surrogate family. Funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, each house is supervised by professionals 24 hours a day. In addition to helping with day-to-day tasks, staff members also meet individually with residents, coaching them to further self-sufficiency, arranging special excursions like vacations to upstate New York and making sure each resident receives the love they deserve.