Lindsey came to this area thinking she had found love again. She was a young widow who had lost her husband the previous year and had met someone new on the Internet. She quit her job in central Tennessee, left her cat with her mother temporarily, broke her lease on her apartment and came to Alabama. Once here, she found her friend lived in Income-Based housing, therefore she couldn’t stay with him for more than a couple of days. So with no job, and no place to live she came to The Salvation Army On-Site Housing. This girl was a go-getter. Within the first week she had gotten a job. Within three weeks she had a studio apartment for herself and her cat. She has visited and thanked us many times for a safe haven for her at night and a supportive staff to help her through her transition.
A military veteran down on his luck came to our lodge in December. He had served our country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He was here from Texas and had been working construction at a job near Courtland. He had only the clothes on his back since the construction company did not pay the motel bill at the motel in Moulton where the workers had been staying and the motel refused to give him his belongings until they were paid. One of the workers who happened to be from the Shoals area had given him a ride to Florence saying that there was a place where he could stay until he could get on his feet again. That place was our lodge here at The Salvation Army. At his first interview with me, I gave him a clothing voucher to our Thrift Store so that he could get him some clothing to wear. During his stay with us, he followed all of the rules as established in the lodge policies. He never missed an appointment with me and provided evidence each week that he was looking for work as required. He would spend time at the library using their computers to conduct work searches with companies such as Auto-Zone, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Car Quest who require you to apply via the Internet. He also applied for jobs with McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and a local upholstery shop. He left us on Christmas Day to go stay with a friend in Tennessee. I recently received an email from him thanking us for the help and support while staying here. He said that everything we did kept his spirits up and hopes in sight. He has now enrolled at Kaplan University to obtain an Associates Degree in Computer Science and hopes to continue on with a Bachelors Degree on down the road. He is now living on his own in Lawrenceburg, TN.
A divorce had left a mother and teenage son homeless and in need of shelter. When they first arrived at The Salvation Army Lodge, we did not have space available in our Family Housing Units to place them but our Women’s Dorm was empty at the time so we closed it and placed them there. Mom had been working but she needed a port in the storm to rest and time to save for them to get a place of their own. She was determined for her son to have a stable home life again and worked hard over the next few weeks to make that a reality. In less than six weeks, she found a home and was making arrangements to move. A local church paid her utility deposit and gave her some money for moving expenses. Soon she and her son were back on their feet in a home of their own.
Today in the Shoals
- Over 6,080 men, women & children are homeless or live in substandard conditions — and each year that number increases by 8%.
- 24.9% of the area’s population lives below the poverty line and regularly seeks help for food, clothing and crisis expenses.
- The waiting list for The Salvation Army’s Shelter for Women and Children stands at 5 — tonight they must sleep on the street.
- Due to strained resources this year, we have had to limit our assistance to more than 1000 families in need of financial assistance and food.
As it has done since 1927, The Salvation Army of the Shoals is taking action in the name of Jesus Christ. In order to meet today’s level of need, however, we must do more — give more food, provide more shelter, be the bridge from help to home.