EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER:
In cooperation with the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and the City of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, The Salvation Army operates a year-round homeless shelter for both single men and families. The shelter can accommodate up to 34 individuals at a time. This includes four family rooms and 18 dorm style men's beds. This program is structured to provide food and shelter to single men and families from Rutherford County who become homeless, while guiding them to reestablish themselves within the community. By networking with other agencies and community services, residents are offered assistance with setting personal goals, obtaining housing, pastoral counseling and job referrals. Our shelter program rebuilds lives!
The Center of Hope staff also provides emergency food orders, clothing, hygiene products, baby supplies, and utility assistance, as funds allow, to area families in need. Referrals are also made to other agencies for these and other emergency needs, such as assisting stranded travelers with fuel and discount bus tickets.
Hours for these services are:
Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Friday from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Over 5,000 area residents are assisted during the Holiday season each year. Every year, a community Thanksgiving Day meal is served at the Salvation Army's Center of Hope. Volunteers also assist with delivery of meals to home-bound individuals.
Christmas food baskets, new children's clothing and new toys are provided through our Angel Tree program to area families, and special gifts are also delivered to shut-ins in area rest homes and hospitals. Christmas stockings are also provided to community groups, who fill them with special gifts which are then distributed to seniors and veterans.
BACK TO SCHOOL:
Donations of new school supplies are asked for during the summer months. Distribution to approximately 400 children from low-income families is made in the early part of August to help with their back to school needs.
Each Summer, the Murfreesboro Salvation Army sponsors children who are provided a week of camping at The Salvation Army's Camp Paradise Valley in Burkesville, Kentucky. Their week includes 24 hour a day supervision by trained staff and counselors, along with fun activities such as swimming, recreation, crafts, Bible class, three meals per day and special children's programming.
Emergency Disaster Services:
Victims of disaster, both natural and man-made, and emergency service response personnel are provided with emergency shelter, food, clean-up kits, clothing, furniture and counseling.
Through our Kentucky-Tennessee Divisional Headquarters office, mobile feeding units and additional personnel can be brought to the scene of any large-scale local disaster to provide direct, on-scene services to victims and relief workers. Volunteer opportunities are also available to individuals to assist in the provision of these services.