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The Salvation Army in Baldwin County.

The Salvation Army began serving the Coastal Alabama area in 1887.  Since that time our programs and services have developed and changed to better meet the needs of the area. IMG_3673

The Salvation Army is expanding its presence in Baldwin County.  We already offer disaster services, have a thrift store, and offer social service worker offering assistance out of a local food pantry in Spanish Fort.  After an in-depth strategic planning process and evaluation of the needs present in Baldwin County in 2014, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama determined that in order to better serve our neighbors of a new physical office would be necessary.

After much prayer we believed that God has given us a clear vision for this service center.  More than a place to receive assistance and encouragement, a cold cup of water, or a sandwich, this service center will be a place where people of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances will be able to experience the Outpouring of God’s love.

 

Programs

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home, is a program designed to encourage and empower families to achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency.  Working with partner agencies to identify families, The Salvation Army will provide six months of intensive case management,HSH_Logo3.1, and the emotional and spiritual support needed to break the cycles of generational poverty.  The Salvation Army has experienced success in other locations with this program and we anticipate a successful implementation here.

The Baldwin County School of Music

Historically The Salvation Army has used music as a means of molding and mentoring young people.  We will continue that tradition here in Baldwin County by teaching young people how to play brass instruments.  In its first year, the program consisted of students from Foley Elementary School who are from broken and/or financially disadvantaged families.

The music program is slated to begin on September 8th and runs through November.  The program will be open to students and costs $30 for 8 weeks.

Services

Food Pantry

A “market style” or ‘client choice’ pantry will be available to those needing nutritional assistance.  Our neighbors will be guidedIMG_3530 through the ‘market’ and given the opportunity to fill their bag/box with their preferred items.

Homeless Day Services

Two rooms sharing the same water source will be transformed into a shower room and a laundry room.  In addition, a computer lab is now operational.  These services will be used to aid our homeless neighbors gain the needed components for obtaining employment: online job searches/applications, resumes and have clean clothes.

 

Life Tree Café

The Life Tree Café is a weekly hour-long discussion on faith-based topics for anyone in the community.  The meetings, LifetreeCafe_logo_brown_NEWscheduled for noon to one o’clock on Tuesdays, are based on the “Life Tree Café” curriculum from Colorado-based Group Publishing.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by The Salvation Army.  Attendees may also watch a short film and answer questions intended to stimulate conversation.

 

 

Baldwin County Lieutenant

Lt. Jeremy Lind is serving the Baldwin County area on behalf of the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama.  To contact him send IMG_4138an email or call.

Jeremy.Lind@USS.SalvationArmy.org  |  251-459-8123