• Programs and Services

The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham
2015 26th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35234
(located off of Finley Blvd.)
9 am-4:30 pm

Emergency Housing

The Salvation Army is the only shelter in the Birmingham area serving men, women, children, families and veterans in one building. We offer emergency services that includes food, shelter, clothing, and counseling. If you’ve lost your housing and need immediate help, please call 205.328.2420 or come to The Salvation Army Social Services Building for assistance:

STEP UP Program

The Step-Up program is a three to nine-month program specifically tailored to the needs of homeless men and women who are ready to step-up to the next level of services. These men and women live in 2-4 person apartments at the Center of Hope and may be enrolled in an educational, vocational or rehabilitation program. The primary objective is to assist participants in obtaining or sustaining employment and move them into long term or permanent housing.

My Place Program

The My Place program is a long-term housing solution for families in 2-4 person apartments, with up to 18 months of residency.  The individuals work towards job stability, financial management and life skills.

My Home Program

The Salvation Army, MY HOME program, was created to assist homeless women, children and families transition out of the shelter system and into permanent housing. In addition to providing assistance in establishing a permanent home address, the program focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness and preventing generational poverty.  MY HOME provides personal investment opportunities by encouraging career development and educational advancement by providing assistance in identifying resources to assist with tuition payments, books, certifications, and job-related tools and transportation.  In order to prevent second generation poverty, the program provides support for personal development of the children in the program by assisting with the costs of childcare, after-school care, Pre-K classes as well as extracurricular activities.

Pathway of Hope

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope is a nationwide initiative providing enhanced services to families with children desiring to take action to break the cycle of crisis and intergenerational poverty.  Families accepted into the program will work with trained social workers on a long-term intensive case management basis. These case workers will provide these families with tools and resources to address their specific barriers to increased stability.  In 2019, we enrolled 7 families in the program.

Community Assistance/Social Services

The Salvation Army provides assistance with rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, clothing and food to those in need in the Greater Birmingham area to help prevent homelessness. This program also provides help to families in need after a fire emergency has left them without a home.

Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army disaster response teams, coordinated and directed by commissioned officers and trained personnel, supported by volunteers, are on-call to serve at all disasters which place a community or its populace at risk or which may disrupt or destroy family security and well-being. We are often the first to arrive and the last to leave a crisis situation. Our mobile kitchen, or canteen, is seen at most disaster sites serving food and drinks to emergency personnel and those affected by the emergency. We also provide donation management and long-term recovery assistance.

Christmas Assistance

We help thousands of children wake up Christmas morning with gifts to open through our Angel Tree program thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations and organizations in our community.  The Red Kettle drive is our largest fundraiser of the year and supports The Salvation Army programming throughout the year.

Hope Clothing

Our clients and the community receive clean clothing items from our Hope Clothing closet to meet their individual needs. Seasonal clothing is offered to those in need of clothing items such as warm winter clothing, professional attire for work, and children’s clothing items.

Adult Rehabilitation Center

The Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is a free alcohol and drug rehabilitation program to any male over the age of 21 dealing with addiction. The Salvation Army ARC ministries in the United States provide an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities.  The ARC in Birmingham is completely funded through sales at The Family Stores. There are two family stores in Birmingham located at 76 Green Springs Hwy in Homewood and 2741 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover.

Veteran’s Bridge Program

The Salvation Army’s Bridge program, which is a partnership between Salvation Army and the Department of Veteran Affairs, provides veterans with the services necessary to transition from homelessness to permanent supportive housing. The services include case management, resource referral, coordination of medical, mental health, and addiction services as well as education services, housing placement and job training.  Up to 10 Veterans normally stay for 90 days in dorms and are provided with 3 meals and finances for laundry.  The program also provides in-house activities including weekly outing events, gym membership, and more.

Education & Workforce Development Center

The Education & Workforce Development Center provides a range of administrative, counseling, and supportive services through its partners and partnering agencies. Not only are we dedicated to developing employees, we are also dedicated to developing individuals who are able to sustain employment not only through job readiness preparedness, but also life skills and educational training.  Course offerings include education and workforce assessments, education and career counseling, basic life skills training, pre-GED and literacy assessments, GED courses with a diploma option, vocational training, certification opportunities, job placement, and associate degree programs.


The Salvation Army Birmingham Area Command has two Corps Community and Worship Centers including the Alabaster Corps and the Birmingham 614 Corps. Each of these locations is pastored by Salvation Army Officers and they lead their members in worship, fellowship, and offer financial, emotional, and spiritual assistance to those in their immediate vicinity that are in a crisis.