• Programs and Services

The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham- Center of Hope

2015 26th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35234
(located off of Finley Blvd.)
9:00 am-4:30 pm

Emergency Housing

The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham is the only shelter in Central Alabama, serving men, women, children, families, and veterans at one location, The Center of Hope. We offer emergency services that includes food, shelter, clothing, and counseling. If you are experiencing homelessness, and need immediate help, please call 205.328.2420 or come to The Salvation Army Social Services Building, located at 2015 26th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35234, for assistance.

My Home Program

The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham’s My Home Program provides support to families, Veterans, and Human Trafficking survivors experiencing homelessness.  The case-intensive program works to transition participants out of the Shelter program, and into permanent housing of their own. The My Home Program is designed to prevent generational poverty, and encourages career and educational advancement amongst program participants.

The My Home Program also combats generational poverty by investing in supportive resources that develop children in the program. The program also assists with childcare, afterschool, extracurricular, and Pre-K expenses.

For more information, please call 205-328-2420.

Pathway of Hope

Pathway of Hope provides client-centered services to families, designed to break generational poverty and create a path towards success. The program centers on case management and identifying an individual client’s needs, skills, and strengths.  Pathway of Hope was developed to impact the multigenerational effects of poverty. The lives of parents, children, and families are positively impacted at The Center of Hope by providing stable and safe housing, and providing educational, career, and life skills programs that support self-sufficiency.  My Home participants will transition out of the shelter system and into permanent housing upon successful completion of the program.

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative marks a pivotal shift to focusing on the core causes of poverty rather than treating the symptoms. Lack of job opportunities, unstable housing, and an underserved educational environment can all be major challenges for someone looking to lead a self-sustainable life.
For more information, please call 205-328-2420.

Social Services

Veteran’s Bridge Program
The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham’s Veteran’s Bridge program is a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Department of Veteran Affairs.  The Bridge Program provides Veterans with the services necessary to transition from experiencing homelessness to permanent supportive housing. Veteran’s services include case management and the coordination of medical, mental health, substance abuse recovery, education and workforce development, housing placement, and other resources.
The 90 days program serves up to 10 Veterans, and provides meals and living essentials.  Veterans also participate in social and leisure activities, workout in their own fitness center, watch movies and play games in the Veteran’s Lounge, and enjoy weekly outings.
For more information, please call 205-328-2420.

Education and Workforce Development

The Birmingham Salvation Army’s Education & Workforce Development Center provides a variety of administrative, counseling, and supportive services through collaborative partnerships.Workforce Development is vital to the success and growth of career and life management skills. The Education and Workforce Development Center is at the heart of The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham’s Center of Hope. Students engage in a variety of educational, career, and lifestyle courses, designed to cultivate career-ready employees, equipped with the knowledge, training, and skills need to achieve self-sufficiency, improve their well-being, and quality of life.
There are a numerous training programs available, including education and workforce assessments, education and career counseling, basic life skills training, pre-GED, GED courses with a Diploma option, literacy assessments, career and technical training and certifications, job placement and Associate Degree programs offered through a partnership with Jefferson State Community College.

For more information, please call 205-328-2420.

Emergency Disaster Services

When disaster strike, Hope is on the Way.  The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham’s disaster response teams deploy to any disaster that places a community or its people at risk, or that may disrupt or destroy family security or well-being. We are often the first to arrive and the last to leave a crisis situation-serving tirelessly alongside first responders, agencies, and members of the community.

The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham’s EDS Fleet consists of The Canteen, The Rapid Response Unit (RRU), The EDS 4×4 F250, and a portable meal trailer.   The EDS teams consist of Salvation Army Officers, employees, and volunteers.

For more information, please call 205-328-2420.

The WBRC Fox 6 Gifts for Kids Salvation Army Angel Tree

The WBRC Fox 6 Gifts for Kids Birmingham Salvation Army Angel Tree program was established in 2007, and provides Christmas gifts to children and families in Central Alabama.  Each year, thousands of children will have their Christmas wish-lists come true, thanks to the generosity of individual, corporate, and business donors in our community.

For more information, please call 205-328-2420.

Red Kettles

The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles are the largest fundraiser of the year.  Red Kettles support programs Red Kettle drive is our largest fundraiser of the year and supports The Salvation Army programming throughout the year.  Every dollar collected in the Red Kettles supports the wide range of services and programs provided throughout the year, right here in Central Alabama – emergency shelter, hot lunches, food pantry (food boxes and food bags), Pathway of Hope , My Home, Veteran’s programs, Emergency Disaster Services, Angel Tree, and much more.

For more information, please call 205-328-2420.

Hope Clothing

The Center of Hope operates “Hope Clothing” closet, open to guests and members of the community.  Seasonal or special clothing items, such as warm winter clothing, professional work attire, and childrens clothing are also available.  For more information, please call 205-328-2420.

Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC)

The Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) offers a free, Christ-centered, substance abuse recovery program to men over the age of 18, struggling with addiction.  The Salvation Army ARC Ministries provide an on-campus, recovery program that provides spiritual and physical therapy to more than 200,000 people each year.  Birmingham’s ARC is funded through sales at The Salvation Army Family Stores, located at 76 Green Springs Highway in Homewood, AL and 2741 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover, AL.

For more information, please call 205-252-8151.


The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham Area Command has two Community Corps Worship Centers:  Birmingham 614 Corps and The Alabaster Community Corps.  Majors Bret and Susan McElroy lead the Birmingham 614 Corps, while Area Commanders, Majors Robert and Karen Lyle,  lead the Alabaster Community Corps.  Both locations offer worship services, spiritual guidance, financial, and community support to individuals and families in need or experiencing crisis.

For more information about The Birmingham 614 Corps, please call 205-328-2420.

For more information about The Alabaster Community Corps, please call 205-663-7105.