Montgomery Homeless find shelter at the Salvation Army
On a cool breeze, late Saturday afternoon, in Montgomery, Alabama. While most people may be enjoying the first day of October, some are patiently waiting on 4:00 p.m. to enter the Salvation Army. Once the doors are open, they will receive a hot meal, hot shower and a place to lay their head for the night. Mr. Griffin, who has been working with the salvation army for a year, opens the door, to allow those who may be hungry and needing a place to stay for the night. Upon entering the double doors, each person has to check in, present a form of identification and breath through a breathalyzer.
“Check in time is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The men, are separated from the women and the kids. We have 5 rooms, that are set aside for mothers who have kids. We provide a playground area for the kids and an entertainment room to keep everyone entertained with local television programs,” said Mr.Griffin.
Space is limited, but rooms are made available for all those who make the check in time before 5:00 p.m. New people who come to the center to seek shelter, must complete an identification form, so the center can keep up with who is in the center.
“The families that we have here at the center, must check in every evening, if they don’t check in they will lose their beds, and a family that is in need of a place to stay will take their space,” said Mr. Griffin.
Latonya, a mother of 3 little boys, who has been at the Salvation Army for 5 weeks, stated, “This is a place we call home for now, it’s not the best, but if provides me and my boys shelter.”
“We try to give everyone that walks through these doors hope. We try to work with the ones who work late and can’t make the check in time” Mr.Griffin.
The Salvation Army, is more than a shelter for those who walk through the doors. This is a place they call home, until they are able to get back on their feet and get a shelter of their own. Before night falls, everyone who has checked into the shelter, are secured and has a place to lay their heads at night. When morning comes, the Salvation Army requires everyone to leave the shelter by 7:30 a.m. to be able to finds jobs and take the necessary steps to help better themselves. When 4:00 p.m. approaches some return back to the shelter, a place they call home for now.