The Salvation Army’s operations in Maryville have been helping to meet the needs of the community in Blount County for over five years.
At The Salvation Army Maryville Corps we believe that our love must be active and unrestrained, based upon the example set by Christ. This belief has propelled us to find gaps that we can fill to bring necessary aid to our community.
One of the ways that we help is through our Gas-for-Go-Getters program. This program provides gasoline vouchers to job seekers enabling them to get to where they need to be in order to find employment (career centers, job fairs, interviews, etc). Through this program and the accompanying interview preparation class we have seen many instances of clients feeling more confident about the interview process, becoming more in control of their situation, and, ultimately, finding employment.
Another need we have identified in the community is the need for a midday meal. We do what we can to address this need by offering a free lunch every Friday in partnership with two local churches. As this ministry grows we hope to expand to alternate locations on additional days of the week.
At the Maryville Salvation Army we also strive to meet the spiritual needs of our community. Every Tuesday evening our youth night provides fun and engaging activities as well as a meal to local young people. Thursday night Bible study offers a mid-week opportunity to discuss and dive into the Word of God. Every Sunday, following a free breakfast which is open to the community, we have Sunday school and a Worship service.
Through a variety of avenues we are seeking to connect with our community where they need us most. Whether that is physically, emotionally or spiritually we want to be there with open hands and open hearts.