Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas.
The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.
Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, Angel Tree was launched in Music during the 1982 Christmas season. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol’ Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S. Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wild fire.
Be a Part of The Salvation Army Angel Tree
1. Adopt an angel off the tree at any of the locations listed below:
– Kroc Center Augusta: 1833 Broad Street Augusta, GA 30904
– Augusta Mall: 3450 Wrightsboro Rd, Augusta, GA 30909
2. Return your new, unwrapped gifts along with their Angel Tag or Angel Code to the Kroc Center
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While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster. For information on upcoming training sessions and more, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 706.434.3185.
Some of the basic services that The Salvation Army can offer in times of disaster include:
- Food Services
- Emergency Assistance
- Donations Management
- Emotional and Spiritual Care
- Emergency Communications
- Disaster Case Management
- Clean-Up and Reconstruction
In a disaster, no single organization can do it all. The Salvation Army is proud to partner with local and state emergency management agencies, and, at the national level, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Salvation Army also stands beside a number of other volunteer and charitable disaster responders, partnering with originations like Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in areas such as mass feeding and pastoral care, and participating as an active member in National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
Job Skills Training
The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Men’s Job Skills Training Program is designed to teach program participants the skills necessary to build self-confidence while becoming more employable and moving towards re-entry into society. Participants will discover the skills to obtain and maintain employment and learn necessary life skills. The JST Program is a three month program that will assist participants in becoming productive members of society.
– Gain valuable job skills including good work ethics, communication, problem solving, and team-building
– Acquire life skills including food, nutrition and personal hygiene
– Improve money management
– Train with computers
– Earn certifications (OSHA 10, Forklift, CPR/First Aid, Safe-Serv)
– Network with Members
Along with the educational portion of the program, The Salvation Army Center of Hope will provide a comfortable place to sleep, daily meals, recreational activities, clothing vouchers, transportation to-and-from class and additional support to assist participants in becoming productive.
Potential candidates should:
– Be homeless or at risk of being homeless (several spots are reserved for men who do not fit this category)
– Must be male and between the age of 21-60
– Possess a basic knowledge of reading, writing and math
– Complete an application and an in-person interview for consideration
– Must pass a drug test
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Job Skills Training Program, or just want more information, call the Men’s Job Skills Training Coordinator, Dr. Gregory D. Rhodes at 706-364-4051.
A PRE-ENROLLMENT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM.
Completed forms are accepted in person, via email or by fax to The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, 1384 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901. Fax: 706-826-1801.
The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Women’s Job Skills Training Program (WJSTP) is designed to help women discover their full potential. Participants identify goals and develop the skills needed for effective career planning and life enrichment, in order to promote self-sufficiency. The WJSTP is a three (3) month, tuition-free program that provides women of low income the opportunity to gain the practical skills necessary to support achievement in personal growth and employment success. The program offers a variety of seminar and lab experiences to support skill development. A sample of the topics covered include: financial literacy, resume development, successful job-search, mock interviews, stress management, nutrition & healthy living and computer basics. OSHA-10, ServSafe, First Aid/CPR/AED, and Customer Service certifications are offered to support career goals. Through community donations to the Suit Yourself for Success Closet, participants are eligible to receive free interview and workplace attire upon goal achievement.
The WJSTP empowers women on the journey as they develop greater self-confidence and acquire the skills necessary to reach the goal of self-sufficiency. As a group, participants learn the importance of teamwork and effective communication facilitated through a close-knit, supportive learning environment that brings together women of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Classes meet Monday-Thursday from 9am-12pm for three (3) months. All applicants must pass a drug test before entering the program and pass random drug screens throughout the program.
Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants must complete an in-person interview and provide a picture ID, Social Security card and birth certificates for all dependents. Income eligibility and verification is required.
A PRE-ENROLLMENT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM.
Completed forms are accepted in person via email, or by fax to The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, 1384 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901. Fax: 706-826-1801.
For more information, call 706-364-4088.
Each week, we come together and worship using a blend of contemporary music, classic hymns, stories of encouragement, and sermons based on Biblical truth. From lifelong Christians to first-time church goers, we welcome everyone to Kroc Church.
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center is pleased to provide a scholarship program to help provide access to The Kroc Center. It was Joan Kroc’s vision and expectation that all individuals have equal opportunities to grow their natural gifts and talents. Scholarships are available for both Gold and Silver memberships. Learn more about the different membership types.
The Salvation Army is widely known for its outreach during the Christmas season. Since 1891, our iconic red kettles have been a familiar Salvation Army tradition. Money raised through these kettles provides much needed funding for The Salvation Army’s free programs throughout the year, and we depend on local volunteers to ring bells at various kettle locations to encourage these donations.
This free, nine-month, residential program is for adult males struggling with addiction and includes recovery classes, individualized support, work therapy and spiritual guidance. To be considered for this program, interested candidates must submit a pre-enrollment application. Applications can be faxed to 706.826.1801. For more information, call CSRC Managers at 706.434.3191 or 706.434.3194. Click here to download the pre-enrollment application.
The Salvation Army offers shelter, food, spiritual and physical care for people in need. Our shelters are designed to attend to the total needs of the individual and are meant to be a safe resting place to help residents get back on their feet. To be housed the first night, each prospective resident at The Center of Hope must have a picture ID. After the first night, individuals who want to stay additional nights will need to get a shelter clearance from the Richmond County Sheriff’s office located at 400 Walton Way. Although clients are allowed eight free nights of stay, case management is available for extended stays based on progress to stability. The goal of case management is to go from being homeless to being stably housed.
Emergency Overnight Shelter:
- Each client receives 8 free nights every month. These do not have to be consecutive nights.
- Any additional nights are $7 per night. No cash; money orders only. Refunds will not be issued for unused nights. May pay for 1 week at the time
- Single Women and Women w/ children’s Emergency Shelter: Line begins at 4pm, check-in begins at 4:30pm until 9pm. Dinner at 5pm. Check-out at 8am
- Men’s Emergency Shelter: Line starts at 4:30pm, bed tickets distributed at 5:00pm. Check-in with bed ticket 6pm to 9pm. Dinner at 5:30pm. Check-out 8am
- Family Shelter: Line begins at 430pm, check in at 5pm. Dinner at 5:30pm Check-out 8am
For more information, or to set up an appointment with a case worker to find out more about our 369 program, please call 706.826.7933.
Social Service Assistance
The Salvation Army of Augusta provides basic social services for walk-ins at the First Stop Center located at 1765 Broad Street. Services provided include food, clothing and miscellaneous assistance Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. Assistance for utilities and rent are provided at The Center of Hope office located at 1384 Greene Street, but is by appointment only (see below.)
A hot evening meal is available 365 days a year to anyone in the community. Dinner is served at The Center of Hope (1384 Greene St. Augusta, GA 30901) from 5:30 to 6:00pm Monday-Sunday.