The mission for The Salvation Army’s Local Service Units program and Service Center program is to provide Emergency Assistance for persons in a crisis situation by ministering to their physical needs in the area of:
food, clothing, lodging, transportation, supplies for infants, prescription vouchers, rent and utility assistance, counseling, and referrals to other more comprehensive Salvation Army crisis centers.
A Network of Volunteers…
Local Service Units rely on volunteers to help provide emergency service to those experiencing temporary financial needs. Volunteers play a key role as they help secure the funds needed and they work within The Salvation Army’s guidelines providing direct service to clients. Service Centers also use volunteers who support Salvation Army staff by helping to raise funds, secure donations of goods for their local Salvation Army Thrift Store and by serving on the local advisory board. Without the help of volunteers we could not provide the depth of service available in local communities.
A Network System…
If The Salvation Army Service Unit Center in your community does not provide the services you are looking for, the following is a list of services and programs that The Salvation Army has throughout Georgia.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Hard times imact people when they least expect it causing many do exhaust their financial resources. When this happens, The Salvation Army offers limited emergency financial assistance in the forms of rental and utilities assistance, help paying for prescriptions, providing food and clothing, and giving replacement furniture as needed.
Homeless Shelters and Feeding Programs
The Salvation Army has a long history of providing temporary housing to individuals and families who have become homeless as a result of joblessness, drastic changes in family life, and natural disaster. Our shelters offer professional counselors, job placement and life skills programs, as well as temporary housing. Shelters also provide nutritious meals, clothing and toiletries, and tutoring for all children. Each shelter ensures a safe and drug-free environment.
Drug and Rehabilitation Centers
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs like the Harbor Light program welcome clients who have been carefully assessed and admitted to the program for a twelve-step intervention to assist them in freeing themselves from substance abuse and dependency. In addition to guiding clients toward physical healing, rehabilitation programs also facilitate their spiritual growth through regular attendance at Bible study classes and counseling.
Mobile Kitchens and Other Services for Disaster Victims
During times of unforseen man-made disaster or natural disaster, The Salvation Army deploys mobile feeding units known as mobile kitchens or canteens to prepare and distribute food to emergency management workers and affected citizens. They are the primary way in which The Salvation Army ministers and begins the healing process for those who have experienced a life-altering moment that leaves them without the immediate ability to feed themselves or their families. They are indeed a welcome image to people who are just beginning to put the pieces of their lives back together.
Services to Prison Inmates and their Families
An impactful ministry of The Salvation Army is its visitaiton and counseling services to prison inmates and their families. Army chaplains make regular visits to give spiritual and emotional support to incarcerated men and women and to help them accept God’s unconditional love, become more accountable for their lives, and lead them toward positive and permanent change.
Services to Elderly and Hospital Patients
Salvation Army corps officers and members take special concern for the elderly and the convalescent. Visitation and care packages are delivered to patients and senior citizens admitted to hospitals or nursing homes. An uplifting part of many visitations are the spiritual and recreational activities conducted by Salvation Army officers and lay ministers.
Camping Program for Underprivileged Youths
Youth camps for underprivileged children and teens is a staple of The Salvation Army’s youth development programs. Lasting from one week to six weeks during the summer, children and teenagers from lower socio-economic backgrounds or rural and inner city environments take advantage of fun and educational programs that build character and athletic ability, improve decision-making and interpersonal skills, and foster an appreciation for diversity and friendship.