Center of Hope
The Center of Hope complex will be a one-stop location providing comprehensive social services for families and individuals.
Our Campaign goal of $14,635,000 will provide Oklahoma City with a beautiful 26 acre campus housing upgraded Salvation Army programs, new community services, and provide for future expansion and growth.
Major Building Components:
Central Oklahoma Area Command
The administration wing of the new Salvation Army Center of Hope will house the Central Oklahoma Area Command. From the command center, oversight and support services will be provided for corps centers for worship and service, senior centers, boys and girls clubs, family social service programs, shelters, disaster relief, and other assistance and outreach programs for Oklahoma, Cleveland, and Canadian counties.
Family Service Center
For the out-of-work and for the thousands of working poor, who are employed but still living in poverty, The Salvation Army reaches out to help in crises situations. At the new Center of Hope, families will receive food assistance in the form of food bags from the food pantry or grocery vouchers, help securing prescription medications, and financial assistance to pay rent and utility bills. Our Back to School Program will provide new undergarments for children, kindergarten through high school. Professional caseworkers and volunteer advisors will implement a homeless prevention and transitional development program that will help those on the verge of losing everything to stay in their homes and to improve the way they handle their finances.
Red Shield Kitchen & Dining Room
The Salvation Army Center of Hope Red Shield Kitchen will be equipped to serve up to 1,000 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) 365 days a year. Volunteers will assist trained food service staff with preparing and serving these meals daily. The kitchen will not only serve Center of Hope shelter clients, but other people in the community who cannot afford, or have no way of preparing, nutritional meals for themselves.
The Emergency Shelter will be available to anyone seeking refuge from the streets and will be the first step for many individuals in seeking additional services and resources. The Emergency Shelters will have space for 100 people: 65 men, 20 women, and 15 beds for families. Clients will stay in clean, spacious dormitories where they will also receive meals, hygiene supplies, and other necessities. Other services that will be available will include individual and family counseling, tenant education, household management, “survival skills” education, legal advocacy, parenting education, health/nutrition counseling, child abuse and neglect intervention/prevention, career counseling, substance abuse prevention and referrals, housing placement assistance, Twelve Step programs, Veterans services and referrals, and HIV/AIDS testing and preventative services.
Emergency Family Residence (Transitional Housing)
Families seek emergency shelter for a variety of reasons, including domestic violence, eviction, loss of employment, fire, or other urgent situations. The Emergency Family Residence program at the Center of Hope will provide housing, three meals a day, and case management for homeless families. The shelter will have the capacity to house twenty-five parents and their children each night. Stays in the residence will be from 90 to 120 days. During their stay, clients will be provided with intensive case management and given the opportunity to set realistic goals and work toward them. Those completing the transition program will ultimately be able to live independently in permanent and affordable housing. Case Managers will follow-up every 30 days for three months after clients leave the residence as part of a post-shelter program.