There are many ways that The Salvation Army of the Shoals reaches out to help our community. These include:
Community Care Ministries: A word of encouragement, a moment of prayer, a small gift, and a smile. All of these are important to those who are shut in a nursing home, private home, hospital room, or a jail cell. The Salvation Army gives hope to many through this program.
Emergency Assistance: The homeless, people on a fixed income, and others, many times find themselves in emergency situations. The Salvation Army programs meet the basic needs of daily life for those without the resources to do so for themselves. Our programs provide food, shelter, financial assistance to pay utilities, rent and other necessities based on need.
Soup & Shelter: Homelessness is still a problem! A warm bed, a shower, clean clothes, a hot meal, a safe place to rest – many times these things are taken for granted. Our “Soup & Shelter” program provides a large number of residents and transient men and women temporary shelter from the elements in any given year. Many times when employment is secured, these men and women may have nowhere to go until their first paycheck is received. This program gives them a safe, clean place to sleep and shower until the next step can be made.
Transitional Housing: The Martha Morgan Hensley Family & Women’s Facility is a four-unit housing facility located on the grounds of The Salvation Army in Florence. The facility contains three apartments, a women’s dormitory and a laundry area. Since its opening in June 1997, this program has provided shelter to many displaced/homeless women and families. This facility is an asset to the Shoals area’s service to the homeless.
Construction on the Center of Hope is currently underway to build a new men’s shelter. The current shelter will undergo a complete renovation to become the women’s shelter. This construction will increase our homeless capacity from 36 to 60 people.
Counseling: Sometimes a friendly ear is needed to help a person move along the road to recovery. Counseling is offered along with all the programs that are a part of The Salvation Army.
Holiday Assistance: Turkey and dressing, sweet treats, and toys under the Christmas tree are enjoyed by many, but often the less fortunate struggle to provide these during the holiday season. We strive to be sure that seniors, children, and families are provided with the necessary things that make the holidays special.
Disaster Services: The Salvation Army has an established right to provide disaster relief services. That right is recognized by public law and through signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and agreements with government agencies and other volunteer organizations. The Salvation Army’s disaster relief services are supported solely by donations. We are not first responders, rather, we support first responders. We are a mass-care support agency.
When The Salvation Army initiates a disaster relief operation, the first aim is to meet the basic human needs of those who have been affected, both survivors and first responders (such as fire fighters). Even at this level, The Salvation Army’s workers are ministering in that they serve as a means of expressing God’s love. The Salvation Army’s goals are to offer: material, physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort.