In an effort to better coordinate services for our community, the Salvation Army and East Sunshine Church of Christ have been in discussion regarding how best to coordinate cold weather assistance programs for the homeless in Springfield. We are pleased to announce that through these discussions, the East Sunshine Church of Christ will be taking over the nights the Salvation Army would normally activate their Emergency Cold Weather Shelter. East Sunshine Church of Christ activates their Cold Weather Shelter once the temperature reaches 32 degrees Fahrenheit as predicted by the National Weather Service.
The Salvation Army will continue to provide our two housing programs for the homeless, The Family Enrichment Center and the Harbor House, where we provide shelter to families and single men as well as intensive services to address the conditions our homeless are facing on an individual basis. Both Salvation Army programs are operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year and remain full consistently throughout the year. The Salvation Army assists in restoring dignity and independence through its wrap around services provided by our staff, volunteers and community partners. The Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness (Continuum of Care) will release a full community wide plan for crisis cold weather sheltering by the end of October, 2018.