FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - When people are down on their luck, the Salvation Army of the Shoals is part of the community to pick them back up.
Now, the Salvation Army plans to build a Center of Hope to help even more women, children, and families.
The proposed shelter will cost nearly $1.5 million and shelter leaders are asking for a financial boost from the community they serve.
“We're excited because we have an increased demand of our services and we anticipate with things going on in the community, things you see happening in the future, we're going to have an even increased population, more need in the community,” said Major Jean Wilson with the Salvation Army.
If the capital campaign is a success, the shelter will expand to house 12 more beds for men, and double the capacity for women and children. An additional family unit will also be part of the plan.
“We've served many individuals over the years and I know this community, many of the people here have benefited from the services of the Salvation Army,” said Wilson. “So we feel that we can ask that the community step forward and help us raise this money.”
As the only full-functioning center of its kind in the Shoals, Major Wilson says ensuring the center of hope becomes a reality is vital to the area..
If you would like to donate to the fund, you can drop off donations at the facility, which is located at 1601 Huntsville Road in Florence. Or, call the shelter at (256) 764-4432 for more details.