- The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command
The Salvation ArmyNashville Area Command is a non-profitagency located in Nashville Tennesseecoordinates several programs to help those less fortunate in the middle Tennesseearea. The Salvation Armyoffers Emergency Assistance, Transitional Housing, a Men's Lodge, Disaster Relief, a Life Skills Learning Center and Holiday Assistance by way of The Angel Tree Program, Adopt a Family and the Red Kettle Campaign to those seeking help. [http://www.salarmy-nashville.org]
During Angel Tree, 2006, WSMV, Channel 4 News reported that, "Five-thousand of Nashville's less fortunate families were able to enjoy a bountiful
Christmasdinner thanks to the Salvation Armyand Kroger's Food Angel Tree program.The charitable effort at 62 area Kroger stores brought in more than $138,000 in donations.Red kettle bell ringers at Kroger stores raised an additional $76,000." [http://www.wsmv.com/community/10725909/detail.html]
Salvation Armybegan its work in Nashvilleon June 20, 1890, when five Salvation Armyofficers, two women and three men, established the first “Corps” or Salvation Army churches. These were located on Woodland Street and Jefferson Street. Within the next few years, The Salvation Army began several social service programs including women’s shelters, a Workingman’s Home, an Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center, and community and recreational centers.
World War I, Nashville Salvation Armypersonnel found themselves serving American troops overseas. Though they had very little equipment, three Salvation Armywomen came up with the idea of using their supplies of flour, sugar and shortening to make donuts and greet the troops returning from battle with hot coffee and donuts. The “Donut Girls” were a big success, and coffee and donuts have been identified with Salvation Army ever since.
As the Army’s ministries grew in
Nashville, community leaders came to appreciate the importance of its services. In 1919 a group of business and professional leaders began a campaign to raise $79,000 to build a headquarters for Salvation Armyoperations. Salvation Army“Donut Girls” helped raise $10,000 for the new building by selling their now famous donuts on Nashvillestreet corners. The community wholeheartedly supported the campaign, and the average donation given for a donut was reported to be $5.00. One generous donor bought a donut for $100! The new building at 140 Fourth Avenue was home to the Army until 1961, when its operations moved to a larger facility on Demonbreun Street.
The Salvation Armyopened the new Red Shield Community Center on Stockell Street in northeast Nashville. A center with limited facilities had operated her for some time, but a bequest from the late Col. William Magness made it possible to build a large well-equipped center. Here the Army provided youth and adult recreation and fellowship programs. A generous gift from the Justin and Valerie Potter Foundation helped enlarge the center, which became known as the Magness-Potter Community Center. In 1952, Milt Servais became the Executive Director of Magness-Potter, and for 33 years mentored and guided thousands of youth through its programs. The Magness-Potter gymnasium is named in his honor.
During the period between
World War IIand 2000, The Salvation Armyalso expanded and firmly established its Worship and Assistance Centers or “Corps” to meet the spiritual needs of the community. These centers, led by Salvation Armyofficers who are ordained ministers, designed their programs to meet the needs of those they served. Currently there are three Worship and Assistance Centers. A Laotian Corps, led by Thai-speaking officers serves recent immigrants from Southeast Asia. With the increase in immigration from Central America, The Salvation Armyestablished a Hispanic Corps in Nashvillein 1999. Citadel Corps serves the Madison area.
In the 1980’s, the Army purchased the former Labor Temple and relocated its administrative headquarters from Demonbreun Street to 631 Dickerson Road. The Area Social Services Command, as the new facility is known, currently houses the Residential Life Skills Learning Center, a transitional housing program for homeless families and single women and men, Disaster Services and administrative offices.
In 1998, services were again expanded when Magness-Potter Community Center on Stockell Street was renovated to accommodate the new Red Shield Family Initiative (RSFI). This “ social services mall” was an innovative collaboration of over twenty public and private social service providers that made many crucial services easily accessible in one convenient location. RSFI’s mission was to “assist at-risk families in lifting themselves from crisis to stability and sustainable independence.”
The Salvation Armywas designated as a United Way lead agency and the Red Shield Family Initiative became The Salvation ArmyNortheast Family Resource Center. Its services and network of strategic partnerships continue to expand to better serve families in northeast Nashville. In the role of Family Resource Center, The Salvation Armyplayed a pivotal part in helping relocate and stabilize the 480+ families in Nashville’s Sam Levy Homes when that 1950’s housing development was demolished and redeveloped through a Federal HOPE VI grant in 2004.
Salvation Armywould not be able to do what it does without the power of its "Army" of volunteers that reach out to assist the needy in Nashville. The Salvation Armyhas thousands of volunteers dedicate their time and talents every year to one or more than one program within The Salvation Armyand because of this lives are impacted and change occurs. The Salvation Armyoffers several programs in which volunteers can help out on an individual basis or as a group from their church, civic or corporation. The Breakfast Brigade, Soup Wagon, Angel Tree Program and Red Kettle Campaign are programs that rely on several hours of volunteer time in order to reach those who are lost or who are in need of assistance.
Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christand to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. [http://www.salarmy-nashville.org]
* [http://www.salarmy-nashville.org] Official Website
* [http://www.wsmv.com/community/10725909/detail.html] WSMV
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