The Salvation Army of Augusta Has Released Its 2020 Service Statistics and an Outlook on the Services Needed in 2021
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
In light of the recent events highlighting homelessness in Augusta and the increasing need for low-income services during the economic downturn, The Salvation Army has released its 2020 service statistics and an outlook on the services needed in 2021. The statistics focus on the assistance received by the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness.
The Center of Hope is Augusta's largest Shelter and Soup Kitchen and in 2020, The Salvation Army Center of Hope:
Provided over 25,000 bed/night stays at their emergency shelter.
Served over 75,000 meals.
Caseworkers transitioned 48 families from homelessness to stable housing.
"We are so excited that the conversation about homelessness in Augusta is beginning to focus on both the immediate needs and long-term solutions," said Major Douglas McClure, Area Commander and Senior Kroc Officer of the Greater Augusta Area. "The Center of Hope has a low barrier emergency shelter, and its Soup Kitchen serves two free community meals every day. We also house the area's only family shelter, and all the services we provide are free. Those are the services that help the homeless get through the day."
The Salvation Army of Augusta is celebrating its 130th Anniversary in 2021. Despite changing times and circumstances, they have been helping the least among us each year of their existence. Major McClure believes that this could be their most important year of service yet.
"Our clients are provided with a caseworker and the support that they need to make positive changes in their lives. We only see this growing throughout 2021," said McClure. "We are always working to be more effective in what we do and are finalizing plans on building a new Center of Hope to help us with that."
The Salvation Army of Augusta is a member of the Continuum of Care Coalition and encourages the public to get involved in this open forum to work towards solutions for the homeless in Augusta. The Center of Hope is open seven days a week and provides meals and shelter for anyone in need. For more information, please visit salvationarmyaugusta.org.