Serving People In Need

One of the questions we get asked a lot is what does The Salvation Army do?  The short answer is very simple.  We serve individuals who are in need in the mid-Missouri area.  The long answer is more complex but holds the same meaning.  For the past 100 years, The Salvation Army of Jefferson City has worked to meet human needs in His (Jesus Christ) name without discrimination.  So the next questions comes about in how do you meet these needs.
There are several different programs that we have available to those in our community.  First and foremost, we are a church.  We preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We have church services every Sunday morning.  We have an adult Bible Study group, women’s and men’s ministries, as well as project Wild for youth.  The church is responsible for our Angel Tree program at Christmastime which helps children get gifts under their Christmas tree.  They also host the biggest Salvation Army fundraiser of the year which is our Red Kettle Program.  
The thrift store is a program that not only is a source of income for The Army, but also helps provide a valuable service.  We give clothing vouchers out to residents of the shelter, community members, as well as other United Way agencies.  They can then go take these vouchers and find clothing that will help them be successful in whatever venture they were needing the clothing for.  Whatever profit is made from the store goes back into the community by helping The Salvation Army to run its various programs.
Our Center of Hope homeless shelter is probably what we are most known for here in Jefferson City. The center houses 31 residents.  Our shelter is the only shelter in Mid-Missouri that houses men, women, as well as families.  When someone comes to stay at the Center of Hope, they receive not only a bed and 3 meals a day, but also case management. We also provide education through our life-skills classes.  We have various organizations and businesses come in and teach different topics.  Some of these topics are budgeting, employment obstacles, cooking, housing/rental issues and job training. Through our case management, we are able to assess the need for other services the United Way helps to fund.  Through all of us working together, we hope to make the individual successful.  Our case managers also help our clients overcome different challenges they face such as physical and mental health, employment assistance, signing up for government assistance and rental applications.  Last year alone the Center of Hope provided over 8,000 bed nights.  The Center of Hope has provided over 270,000