Assistance from the Salvation Army in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Salvation Army tries to offer help and hope to families that are faced with a crisis or emergency situation. A number of assistance programs and resources are offered by the centers below in order to assist people through a difficult period. Case managers and social workers administer services including assistance for utility bills, housing, food, and vouchers for items such as clothing and maybe even gasoline.

Many of the resources offered by the Salvation Army in Tennessee are intended to prevent homelessness and also help people gain self-sufficiency. So this assistance is focused around rent, energy assistance, and employment services. To give an example to show the extent and number of people who receive support on an annual basis, just last year the Knoxville center assisted over 15,000 individuals with food, several hundred families received money for paying utilities, and thousands more obtained clothing or furniture.

Many centers in Tennessee offer a resource known as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which addresses housing and shelter needs. Most of the financial aid available from this resource is focused on people who were evicted or that are currently homeless. There may also be information on how to apply for rent help.

The non-profit will network with other agencies, government programs and community services as well. Clients will be offered assistance and advice with setting personal goals, job referrals, help people obtain and pay for housing or back rent, and much more.

Various other social services are offered too. The Salvation Army Center of Hope Staff provides baby supplies, energy assistance, Emergency Food Orders, clothing, and hygiene products. All of this aid is only offered as funds allow. Families who can prove their need and who are low income may qualify. Some help can even be offered for stranded travelers with fuel and discounted bus tickets. If the local Salvation Army center in Tennessee can’t meet your need, they can offer referrals to other agencies for these and other needs.

Holiday assistance is offered from the Angel Tree, Red Kettle and other programs. For example, each Christmas thousands of families and children get presents and gifts through the Angel Tree Program. New children's clothing, coats, Christmas Food Baskets, and new toys are just some examples of support and resources that are available through donations and the Angel Tree Program to area families. Thousands of both seniors and children receive holiday food baskets and Christmas stockings.





Other holiday assistance includes Thanksgiving Day meals, which are served at the Salvation Army's Centers across the state, and volunteers may deliver meals to seniors and the homebound as well. Easter baskets are also offered during the spring.

Many of the Salvation Army centers in Tennessee also operate food pantries. They will be open limited hours (and clients should call in advance), but when they are stocked, groceries, dairy, fruits, and more may be passed out. Many other hunger prevention programs also operate in partnership with the Salvation Army, and find more free food banks in Tennessee.

Assistance may be offered to school aged children. Donations of new school supplies such as books, pencils, and other items are solicited during the summer months. Then distribution of these items will occur to thousands of local children from low-income families. Most aid is provided in the early part of August to help people with their back to school needs.

Locations of Salvation Army centers in Tennessee

The Purdue Center of Hope
Location is 696 Jackson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Main phone number - 901-543-8586

A second Memphis location is at 2649 Kirby Whitten Road
Memphis, TN 38133
Call 901-531-1750 for information on services

Winchester Salvation Army Corps.
Main address is 4741 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Telephone number is 901-365-6128




Ben Lear South Citadel
877 Blythe St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Dial 901-729-8007

The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
696 Jackson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Telephone 901-729-8007
Several other centers operate in the Shelby County region. They may have food, assistance for senior citizens, cooling and air conditioning bill assistance and more, such as referrals. Read Salvation Army Shelby County.

Salvation Army Family Store
1621 W Goodman Road
Horn Lake, MS, but also supports
Telephone 662-363-3633

Donation Center
8110 Dexter Road
Cordova, TN
Tel: 901-737-8232
Distributes food, clothing, meals, and referrals to rent and financial assistance programs.

Columbia and Maury County
Find school supplies, Thanksgiving food boxes, ESL and literacy classes, and financial help. More on Maury County Salvation Army.

Clarksville Church Office
208 Kraft St.
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
(931) 552-5350
The faith based location offers basic needs to qualified low income families along with occasional access to government grants for housing expenses, including cooling bills, security deposits, or rent. To learn more on the Montgomery County Salvation Army resources, click here.

Clarksville Thrift Store
210 Kraft St.
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
(931) 553-8494





The Thompson Center of Hope, Social Services, Shelters
Corps Worship Center
409 N. Broadway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
Phone: (865) 525-9401
Fax: (865) 524-7748

Sevierville, Social Services, Corps Worship Center
806 W. Main St.
Sevierville, TN 37864
Phone: (865) 908-4010
Fax number - (865) 428-8523. For information, locate Sevier County Salvation Army programs.

Social Services, Mercy Chapel
1414 Sevierville Rd.
Maryville, TN 37803
(865) 983-7135

The Salvation Army of Murfreesboro
1137 W. Main Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Phone number 615-895-7071
This location supports the entire region, including Rutherford and Wilson County. Get information on local food pantries, thrift stores, and emergency financial assistance for rent, medications, and energy bills. Continue with Salvation Army programs in Murfreesboro.

Corps center in Nashville
631 Dickerson Rd
Phone number is 615.242.0411

A branch that focuses on Hispanic residents is located here.
3808 Park Ave
Nashville, Tennessee
Call 615.385.5009
Click here for more details on Nashville area programs.

Lebanon Service Center
Address 215 University Ave
Lebanon, Tennessee

Northwest region of Tennessee
The Salvation Army has several centers in the region. They provide services to the regions and counties of Madison, Gibson, Jackson, and nearby towns and cities. More Salvation Army Jackson assistance programs.

Chattanooga Area Command
Address of center - 822 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN
Call 423.756.1023

1019 N Moore Rd
Chattanooga, TN
Main number - 423.499.0216
To get phone numbers and addresses of other locations, read more.

Washington County
This location mostly covers Johnson City residents, but anyone can apply for their social services. Everything from free Christmas gifts from Angel Tree to rent or security deposit help and school uniforms are offered from the Center of Hope. Click more information.

Corps of the Cleveland region
699 17th St NW
Cleveland, Tennessee
Call 423.756.1023 for hours and details on resources. Or find more details on Cleveland TN Salvation Army assistance programs.

Knoxville, TN Area Command
Main address is 409 N Broadway
Knoxville, TN
Phone number - 865.525.9401, or find more on Knox County Salvation Army assistance programs.





Putnam, Overtone and Upper Cumberland Region
Several Salvation Army centers operate in the towns and counties in this region. Read Putnam, Cumberland, Overton Salvation Army.

Sullivan County Social Services
Both the city of Kingsport and Bristol are supported. Learn more.

Maryville Outpost
Address: 1414 Sevierville Rd
Maryville, TN
Tel: 865.983.7135

Harriman Service Unit of Salvation Army
Dial 502-583-5391 for information on their social services and assistance programs.

Lenoir City Service Unit also can cover portions of the Tennessee border around Kentucky.
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Telephone 502-583-5391

By Jon McNamara

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