We operate a 24 hour, 7 day, 365 day program in Ark-La-Tex Shreveport, Since 1904 we have operate these Year-Round Programs
The Salvation Army Family Shelter
Food, shelter, and clothing for men, women, and families with children. Area's only family emergencies and transitional shelter. Offers life-skills and job placement training, literacy training, and AA/NA/GA treatment. 24-hour professional staff ensures a safe, caring environment for families/individuals in crisis.
The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Three meals are prepared and served seven days a week in our industrial kitchen. Hungry people know they will receive a hot, nutritious meal at any time at the East Stoner location. Neighborhood children and senior citizens are fed, as well as the residents from the Shelter, and people passing through our area. We also deliver meals to house-bound ‘forgotten' daily.
The Salvation Army Social Service Department
Thousands of needy individuals seek food, clothing, rent and utilities assistance, as well as help purchasing life-saving/sustaining prescriptions, and bus tickets from the Social Service Department. Two on-site case workers with many years of experience are able to provide real, practical help, counseling in areas of budgeting and banking, and networking with other agencies.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs
There is a Boys & Girls Club in Shreveport and one in Bossier City. Children from dangerous homes and neighborhoods know they can ‘get off the street' year-round by coming into the Clubs. Not only are the children offered basketball and baseball leagues, they are taught alternatives to violence, anti-drug and alcohol programs, computer skills, personal hygiene, and many other classes that increase their self-esteem and their best interests at heart.
The Salvation Army SAINTS ALIVE! Senior Citizens' Program
Our Area's needy senior citizens are, many times, neglected by family, living on Social Security, and often, are raising grandchildren whose parents are incarcerated. We are able to a happy place for them to eat two delicious, nutritious meals five days a week. This program enables them to fellowship with other seniors, play games, study, learn ceramics and fish. We pick them up each day and deliver them back home. They receive bill-paying assistance and are checked on if their physical condition worsens. Many of them have no outlet other than The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner
Hundreds of hungry and homeless know they served a delicious Thanksgiving Meal at The Salvation Army Merkle Center of Hope, 1306 Cornwell. Everyone who comes is fed and leaves feeling encouraged. Meals are delivered to our communities' most depressed areas.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, and Christmas Basket Program
At Christmas 2005, 11,000 needy people received toys, food, and clothing through this program. Over 5,000 little needy children were given gifts provided by The Salvation Army and concerned citizens. Most of these children don't have anything, but we make sure they have a good Christmas. Christmas Food Baskets are given to every person/family who needs food. The baskets include turkey and all the fixings.
The Salvation Army Camp Hidden Lake, Lexington, MS
Every year, needy children and adults are able to spend one week at Camp Hidden Lake. This beautiful camp ground, owned and operated by The Salvation Army, provides a place of safety and rest. Campers fish, swim, play ball, learn crafts, sing, and fellowship.
V.A. Stand Down Overton Brooks V.A. Administration & The Salvation Army
There is an enormous homeless veteran population that has slipped through the cracks. In an effort to provide on-going physical, mental, and emotional care for them, the V.A. Hospital and The Salvation Army one day annually hosts over one hundred service providers in our facility at 200 East Stoner. Our homeless veterans know they will receive a haircut, shave and shower, AIDS/STD testing, sight/hearing, blood pressure, diabetes, and TB testing. We also provide a hot delicious meal, clothes, and sign them up for food stamps and other government benefits, to improve the quality of their lives.
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita provided The Salvation Army in Shreveport-Bossier a unique opportunity to serve evacuees from the gulf coast regions. The former Sam's Club Warehouse on Jewella Avenue became this region's disaster warehouse, serving over 7,000 with food, water, clothing, hygiene items and cleaning supplies.
In partnership with the City Shreveport over 100 evacuees went to work serving fellow evacuees in various programs through The Salvation Army. These ‘evacuee employees' drove the salvage truck and made donation pick-up runs, sorted donated clothing, answered phones, filed paperwork and assisted in the Christmas Outreach to the community, just to name a few.
We continue to assist victims of fire with clothing, furniture and fixtures, and everything needed to start over.