Christian County and Hopkinsville Salvation Army assistance programs.

Using money raised from the thrift store and donations to Angel Tree as well as other programs, the Hopkinsville Salvation Army helps the needy in the community. The Christian County Kentucky, church focused charity has a few main specialties. They include housing, food, disaster relief, as well as free holiday support, namely for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Maybe the most critical resource is the thrift store, which is located at 701 S Clay St., Hopkinsville, KY. This is because that the money spent there goes to provide for the operations of the food assistance programs as well as housing/shelter resources.

In addition to selling items, the Christian County Salvation Army center provides thousands of free items each year to those people that need stuff. The applicants will have to meet strict requirements, and only the neediest people receive free goods. Others can shop for gently used stuff as noted below. Or locate other assistance, and find free stuff.

The thrift store sells donated items. There may be kitchen supplies, clothing, bedding, furniture, housewares, mattresses, and much more. Those funds are then used to help pay bills of the Salvation Army as well as their clients. The hours of the thrift store are Monday to Sunday until 4pm EST.

The Hopkinsville Salvation Army Emergency Shelter provides lodging for members of the community that are homeless and/or struggling financially. The site is housed at 301 East Seventh Street and not only operates as a shelter, but also can give the guests intake to the other human service. Those who use the shelter can benefit from the following.

  • Referrals to community clinics for free medical or dental care.
  • A hot breakfast and dinner.
  • Hygiene items.
  • Use of computer and a library for educational and employment skill development.
  • The shelter can house people impacted by a disaster by giving them a roof over their head, vouchers, food, and maybe even financial help.
  • Information on permanent housing in Christian County, including financial support for as for first months rent or security deposits.





Hot meals, cold drinks, and refuge is provided by the Soup Kitchen at 313 East Seventh Street. This Salvation Army program in Christian County serves a lunch at 11:30 am, and there are also bag lunches passed out to those that can't make it. This is also part of the Senior Citizen brown bag program. This is the site that the shelter guests use for a meal, but the soup kitchen can also benefit other members of the community that need a free meal. Call (270) 885-6006.

The soup kitchen is also a key participant in the holiday programs. This is where the Thanksgiving meals are served from, and there are also Christmas food baskets. Many members of the community are served at the Hopkinsville Salvation Army center. Senior citizens get a Thanksgiving meal, children and single moms get help at Christmas (including presents), and other low income families use the service.

Angel Tree is part of the holiday programs too, but this will focus on Christmas. As many as 500 families from across Christian County Kentucky are assisted each year. There are free toys, clothing items, shoes, winter coats, and other items given out. Donations from the community allow this Salvation Army human service to be effective.

While there are shelters and soup kitchens, the main Christian County Salvation Army center is at 304 E 7th St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240. Call (270) 885-9633 for information on their human services or others in the community.




By Jon McNamara

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