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Community Relations Director
The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination
Office: (417) 862-5509
Cell: (417) 763-1357
"DOING THE MOST
GOOD" THROUGH EXPANSION &
Meeting the need...providing for the
Springfield, MO (July 9,
2011) - Since 1890, The Salvation Army has provided help &
hope to countless Ozarks residents. Today, more than 120 years later, The
Salvation Army remains committed to doing the most good for the most people in
His name without discrimination.
Tonight, in just the Springfield-area alone, nearly
700 people -including children - will be homeless.
"With that in mind it should be no surprise that
the face of homelessness is changing," Major Norman Grainger, Ozarks Area
Coordinator, said. "An increasing number of families, veterans and senior
citizens are also in need of emergency shelter or supportive housing."
With the community's support, The Salvation Army
plans to provide for these individuals by expanding our services, providing
additional transitional housing and building a safe emergency shelter.
"It's easy to forget that when we're talking about
the homeless or as some say ‘those people' that we're talking about
mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and grandparents," Grainger said. "So when
we're talking about expanding our services or building new facilities we hope
the community remembers that these are the people whom we're doing that
The Salvation Army's proposed project will consist
of three main components.
New Start Housing: Families in this
transitional housing program are often just one step away from complete
self-sufficiency & independent living. Formerly homeless families are
selected for the New Start Housing program through recommendation by social
service providers and typically remain in the program for 18 to 24 months. This
allows them sufficient time to take the final steps necessary to secure their
own permanent housing. Social service case managers work directly with these
families to help them obtain vocational & educational training, life-skills
classes and any other social services they may need. The New Start Housing
program currently operates at an off-site apartment complex and will be
relocated to a newly constructed residential-style facility built here on The
Salvation Army's main campus. Once complete, at least seven formerly homeless
families will be able to call the New Start Housing facility their home.
Adult Housing Center: The Adult Housing Center will be an
apartment-style living facility with 20 transitional housing units and 20
permanent supportive housing units for single adults - including homeless
veterans. All residents will receive thorough social service case management,
life-skills training, and assistance obtaining permanent housing. Social
service case managers will also work directly with residents to help them
obtain vocational and continuing education training, employment assistance, and
any other social services they may need to help them regain
Emergency Shelter Services Center: The Salvation Army plans to respond directly to the need identified by the
Homeless Task Force by providing a year-round emergency shelter that will
accommodate 28 men, 10 women, and 15 families. Salvation Army staff will work
hand-in-hand with other service providers to ensure that each client is
provided with the services & support necessary for them to regain stability
"The Salvation Army wants to
reassure our neighbors and the community that we consider safety a top priority
and there are thorough guidelines, policies and procedures in place for all of
our programs," Grainger said.
All clients must pass a sex offender registry
check, a warrant check, and are prohibited from using alcohol or illegal
More information can be found by visiting
www.usc.salvationarmy.org/springfield-mo or by calling (417) 862-5509.
On Sunday July 10 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Salvation Army
staff will be available to speak directly with anyone who would like to know
more about the project or answer any questions.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal
Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in
need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States.
Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each
year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing
food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled,
outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and
opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The
Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities
nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.