Most of us across the Birmingham metro area, the state and the country have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s a shelter in place order, social distancing, a psychological or economic impact – we are all in this together.
Now imagine, you currently reside at the Center of Hope and your shelter in place order means you must stay at the shelter most of the time. This is a challenge for our men, women and children that call the Center of Hope home.
In order to make things more enjoyable for our families, we are offering snacks throughout the day in addition to three meals and we are providing activities for families to do together. During spring break week, Major Paula Powell, hosted a daily activity and treat for the children and their parents to make the week more fun. The children played games, made crafts, danced and enjoyed a special snack each day.
“Our hope is to show our families the love of Jesus and that’s what we are trying to do every day,” said Major Paula Powell, Area Commander. “Showing our families we care about them and we love them makes all the difference.”
The school-aged children have been out of school since mid-March due to city and county closures, which is a challenge for the students living at the Center of Hope, as they will now complete the school year electronically through e-learning.
To meet this need, our Education and Workforce Development Center will host the children and their parents in our computer lab daily to allow them to use the computers in our computer lab and complete their online coursework for the remainder of the school year.
If you would like to support families currently living at The Salvation Army, please donate online at BirminghamSalvationArmy.org, or mail donations to The Salvation Army, 2015 26th Ave. N, Birmingham, AL 35234, or call 205.328.2420 to donate by phone.