Development in progress at Salvation Army’s Center of Hope
In April 2021, Salvation Army broke ground on the Center of Hope in Gulfport. Now a year later the facility is almost ready to help those in the community get back on their feet.
Workers are in their final steps of renovating the Salvation Army Outreach Center and the new addition of the community Center of Hope. The Center of Hope will have eight two-bedroom furnished apartments that will house homeless families. Major Jerry Friday said, “We are going to be trying to help those families to get back into the community.”
While being housed at the center, families are asked to participate in a six-month Pathway of Hope program to ensure success once they leave the center. “They will undergo financial counseling, parenting skills. The children will be able to participate in character building programs, music lessons. You name it, we want to be able to provide it.”
Major Friday says the center is not a shelter, but a safe haven between homelessness and being back in a home of their own. “The goal is to get the families on their feet. Hopefully a three-month period, 90 days in the transitional housing and then into their own homes.”
The outreach center is also being renovated and will include a community pantry, a cold weather shelter for men and women, and an expanded dining area. “We are going to have all new freezers and refrigerators and then this room will be set up very similar to a grocery store with rows of shelves and food.”
“There will be brand new restrooms and brand-new laundry facility.”
The building dedication and grand opening is expected to take place in July.