"DOING THE MOST GOOD" THROUGH EXPANSION & DEVELOPMENT
Meeting the need...providing for the communtiy
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 its 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 for."
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 self-sufficiency.
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 & self-sufficiency.
"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 drugs.
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.