Center of Hope
In 1890, upon their arrival in Nashville, The Salvation Army’s mid south mission outreach team launched its established ministry of “Soup, Soap and Salvation.” They gathered, fed, bathed and sheltered their first homeless clients, and tucked them in each night with Bible stories.
Today’s editions of “Soup, Soap and Salvation” are our three Transitional Housing programs, our Emergency Services Center, and weekly Soup Wagon feeding outreach ministries. Our Transitional Housing programs, housed at our Center of Hope facilities on Dickerson Road, accommodate 13 families, 8 single women, and 20 single men. All of our clients work, complete school or job training and receive counseling. The program helps individuals move from homelessness and crisis to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
Nearly 40,000 individuals in the Nashville community receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from emergency services, disaster relief for victims, outreach to the elderly and ill, transitional housing for the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, Angel Tree Christmas assistance and much more. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to directly support our programs and services in our community.