First Friday Five: Salvation Army Knoxville

Leslie Bowden First Friday Five, Giving Back 3 Comments

Officer and kid

The Salvation Army has been meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs without discrimination in the Knoxville area since 1899. Most people know them for the bells and red kettles at Christmas time, but most are unaware of the history or the extent of their programs and services.

The Thompson Center of Hope, The Salvation Army’s home on Broadway, actually houses five shelter programs in addition to the church facilities, community center and administrative offices. There are two residential programs for men, two for women, including the Joy Baker Center for victims of domestic violence, and the Shafer Family Center, Knoxville’s only emergency family shelter. Each of the residential programs requires residents to have jobs, share in chores and work with case managers towards a more permanent housing solution.

The Salvation Army’s emergency assistance program, which aims to prevent homelessness, helps bridge the gap between unexpected expenses and income for nearly 30,000 people a year, providing things like groceries, clothing, fuel and assistance with utilities. The church ministries provide the support of a spiritual community for all ages. Disaster relief programs provide food, spiritual support and practical help for victims of natural disasters.

83 cents of every dollar you donate goes directly to programs and services. Now, more than ever, The Salvation Army needs your help to continue “doing the most good.” Help The Salvation Army this month provide school supplies for children whose families are staying in the shelter or who come for emergency assistance. Give your $5 by going here. Thank you!

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Comments 3

  1. Betty

    The Salvation Army thrift store on Broadway in Knoxville is one of the nastiest and low class businesses in the city. The store is run by totally rude and unprofessional workers. The store is full of homeless who defacate on the floor and try to accost you. Don’t go in there. Go to Goodwill or KARM.

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