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Rutherford, Bedford, and Wilson County Salvation Army assistance programs.

When faced with a difficult situation, the Salvation Army in the Murfreesboro and Rutherford County region may be able to assist. The agency administers numerous assistance programs for the poor, low income, unemployed, and seniors. Some of the aid is for a crisis and other resources focus on providing self-sufficiency type case management.

Holiday assistance is provided to thousands of area residents each year. They are assisted during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, or maybe even the Easter holiday season. Some of the specific services available include a free, annual community Thanksgiving Day meal. This can include a turkey and all the toppings. The meal is served at the Salvation Army's Center of Hope. In addition to attending the center, volunteers from the Salvation Army will also assist with delivery of meals to home-bound individuals in Rutherford County and other areas such as Bedford.

Other resources include Christmas food baskets, new children's toys and clothing, coats, shoes, and more. Most of this is provided through the Angel Tree program and is available to low income families in the area. In addition, special gifts and holiday cheer will be delivered to shut-ins in area rest homes and nearby hospitals. Still more support is offered in the form of Christmas stockings which are provided to community groups. They will proceed with filling them with special gifts which are then distributed to veterans, seniors, and maybe even families of prisoners.

Shelter, housing, and emergency food is provided in cooperation with the City of Murfreesboro, Tennessee as well as the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. The Salvation Army oversees the operation of a year-round homeless shelter that is open for both families and single men.

This shelter program can provide people a place to stay, food, meals, and more to mostly residents from Rutherford County Tennessee who become homeless. Social workers from the Salvation Army will also support and guide clients and help them reestablish themselves within the community. The non-profit will also network with other churches, non-profit agencies and community services. Residents of the housing units are offered assistance with obtaining permanent homes, setting personal goals, enrolling into pastoral counseling and they can also receive job referrals. The main location is at 1137 W Main St, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129. Cal (615) 895-7071.




The Salvation Army Center of Hope also distributes hygiene products, fulfills emergency food orders, free clothing, baby supplies, and utility bill assistance. Some emergency rent help may also be paid out. All of this depends on funds. Case workers make referrals to other non-profit agencies for these and other emergency needs. Examples include helping stranded travelers with fuel, providing job seekers with discount bus tickets, and maybe gasoline vouchers.

The Back to School program operates during the summer and fall. It will distribute new school supplies such as backpacks and clothing. Donations are asked for from the Rutherford and Wilson County community during the summer months. Hundreds of students and children from low-income and poor families can get help with satisfying their back to school needs.

Other social services include a summer camp for students and children from low income families, counseling, summer meals, snacks, and more.

The Salvation Army also is heavily involved in offer Emergency Disaster Services in Tennessee and Rutherford County. Victims of disaster, regardless of income and whether it is natural or man-made, can get support. Emergency service response personnel and volunteers from the Salvation will provide people with food, emergency shelter, clean-up kits, counseling, free clothing, and furniture vouchers. Other resources include mobile feeding units, emergency rental payment assistance, on-scene services to victims and relief workers.




The Community Care Ministry is a group of volunteers and staff that travels monthly to nursing homes in Murfreesboro and Rutherford. They can also stop by private residences to provide meal preparation assistance, praise meetings, companionship, or to just hello to the lonely and people that need support. They can bring people a smile, hope and comfort in times of illness. The ministry will focus on the elderly or shut-in members of the region.


By Jon McNamara

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