The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command will launch its new Anti-Human Trafficking Shelter on July 11. The 24-hour shelter will combat the issue and give rapid response services that are critical to trafficking survivors throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

The program will use a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to support survivors. The shelter will provide immediate care through a 24-hour hotline and intake process, emergency shelter, comprehensive case management, emergency medical, mental, and health care, and confidential crisis response. The Salvation Army will also provide long-term services including trauma therapy, transitional housing, education, and employment training. Due to the nature of the shelter, The Salvation Army will not disclose its location. Survivors are promised protection and confidentiality.

In addition to monetary donations, the shelter needs the community’s support through the following in-kind donations:

• Prepared meals
• Nonperishable food
• Gift cards
• Toilet paper
• Paper Towels
• Feminine hygiene products
• Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
• Backpacks to fill with donations

Read the full list of in-kind donations needed here. Items can be dropped off at The Salvation Army’s Arlington Corps on 518 South Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22204 during business hours.

The Anti-Human Trafficking shelter will raise awareness about human trafficking and educate the public about the signs to look for when identifying human trafficking. Sporting events and airports are just two places in the Greater DC area that are susceptible to trafficking. See the full list of signs to look for on our website.

The Salvation Army assisted more than 66,890 people throughout the last year by providing a diverse range of services. Employees and volunteers provide compassionate care to everyone in need of help without discrimination. We offer meals and services to the homeless and emergency assistance to individuals and families (rent, utilities, and food). Additionally, we provide transitional and supportive living assistance for mothers and their children and comprehensive addiction treatment for adults. The Salvation Army responds to natural and other disasters by providing emergency relief to first responders and all those in need of support during times of crisis. Learn more or donate today by visiting us at SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Connect with us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube using keyword SalArmyNCA.