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Rise and Shine

Thousands of men, women and children here in Nashville are sleeping on the street, cold and tired.  Many are resting their heads on the couches and floors of friends and family who hardly have room for their own.  Some are residing in overcrowded shelters or have huddled together in their vehicle parked in vacant lots or parks in hopes they won’t be discovered and relocated.

At The Salvation Army Center of Hope, lives are being renewed through the many programs and resources we offer.  Families remain together via our Transitional Housing program, child care is provided for their children as well as opportunities to find employment.  Families are offered free classes thru our Life Skills Learning program such as GED, financial peace, budgeting, help with resumes and health/wellness.  Our Emergency Services Center provides assistance with food boxes, and rent/utility assistance. We also serve our street family a freshly prepared meal every Tuesday morning with our Breakfast Brigade and on Friday nights with our Soup Wagon.

“Thanks to The Bed & Bread Club®friends like you, year-round we offer meals and groceries to almost 25,000 people and shelter 20,100 individuals.  When a homeless person comes in for food or shelter, we make sure they understand that we are prepared to help them make the changes that will remedy their problems. We offer them a hand-up, not just
a hand-out. We provide support and encouragement by preaching the word of Jesus Christ.

By becoming a The Bed & Bread Club®member and sending as little as $10 each month to The Salvation Army, you can be assured that your gift is being used right here in our community to help someone who wants to change their life for the better.  When you join, we have a little gift for you that we hope you will keep in a visible place in your home. It’s a coaster that has the The Bed & Bread Club® logo on it and its purpose is to remind you that you are making a difference in the life of someone in need. Every time you set a cup or glass on it, we hope you’ll think of Christ’s words when He said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

Right now, we have many generous people who live in our community . . . and their compassion makes this program work. It’s based on a simple premise:

You pledge to give $10 or more each month — or $120 per year — to help provide food, shelter and  their necessities so struggling people can get back on their feet.

  • $10 pays part of the cost of providing one person with a meal and a clean bed to sleep in for two nights
  •  $15 pays part of the cost for three nights and so on.

We realize we’re asking you to make a special commitment to this particular program, but The Salvation Army earmarks this money just for men, women and children right here in Middle Tennessee. And we can only give from what we receive.  Please prayerfully consider becoming a Bed & Bread Club member by making a monthly pledge of at least $10, or — if you prefer — by making a one-time gift of $120 or more.”

Just as we wait patiently for the bread to rise so it can be prepared and served to our families, so we ask the community to rise to the occasion and meet the needs of those who are hungry, those without shelter, those who are lost; “Rise up, this matter is in your hands.  We will support you, so take courage and do it.” Ezra 10:4

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Jennifer Eldridge at 615-242-0411 or email jennifer_eldridge@uss.salvationarmy.org

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