Shoals “Center of Hope” Becomes a Reality

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It was the first capital campaign of its kind for the Salvation Army of the Shoals in more than 50 years.

And after one year of accepting donations and pledges, they will soon be constructing new shelter space for the needy.

Currently the Salvation Army of the Shoals can provide beds for 32 individuals during an emergency, and it’s the only shelter of this kind in the 3-counties making up northwest Alabama.

“We have seen more individuals coming to us looking for hosing in recent months than we have been. We actually at one time had a waiting list for our family units,” explained Major Jean Wilson.

In 2013 at the Empty Bowl Luncheon, the Salvation Army announced plans to build the Center of Hope.

It’s a $1.5-million project, adding 20 additional beds to the shelter facility and expanding their overall outreach mission.

Major Wilson said they have received pledges to date that will cover the construction costs.

“There is a lot of support in the Shoals. This is a very giving community, individuals who appreciate what the Salvation Army does and wanted to see this project happen,” stated Wilson.

And happen it will says Wilson, adding their mission is to get people back on their feet, bridging the gap between hope and home.

“I hope in July to see some ground messed up, some machines out there, some floorings being poured. I’m not a construction person, but I hope to see it happening in July,” said Wilson.

The overall construction process could take up to a year to complete.

The Salvation Army of the Shoals is still accepting donations for the construction project as well as donations for the continued support of the emergency housing after it is built.

Donors can contact their administrative offices in Florence to make a contribution.