Cortney – A Savannah Women’s Shelter Story

SAVANNAH, GA (June 17, 2020) – It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant rise in fear and uncertainty. For our neighbors in need, this added stressor only increased their already-existing struggles, causing even more panic and worry.

Cortney is one of those individuals. Cortney found herself at The Salvation Army of Savannah’s women and children’s shelter late this past February feeling lost and experiencing familial challenges. With the added fear of the upcoming pandemic, she did not know what the future held and decided it was time to ask for help.

“I was going through a rough time with my kids,” she said.

The choice to turn to The Salvation Army for help was a logical one for Cortney, as she had a longstanding relationship with them from both a donor and client standpoint. During her childhood, she and her parents often filled bags with clothes that they had outgrown and donated them to their local Salvation Army. As an adult, she participated in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, which helped low- to moderate-income families – such as hers – ensure a disappointment-free Christmas morning with presents under the tree.

“The Salvation Army has always blessed my kids with a Christmas that I couldn’t afford,” said Cortney.

With such pleasant memories of The Salvation Army, she felt like reaching out again was the right call.

After arriving at the shelter, things began to fall in place. Feeling safe and secure, she blossomed within the shelter’s programs, which had a focus on learning crucial life skills and exploring her budding passions. She now feels like she has the tools and motivation to get herself and her children back on their feet and achieve their goals.

“The Salvation Army has been helping me focus better, work harder and save money, so when I get back out there on my own, I can maintain,” said Cortney. “I want to go to school. I want to go to Savannah Tech and get my commercial driver’s license and eventually open up my own business: a truck business.”

A few months ago, she did not think these aspirations could ever become a reality, but now she realizes that with a stable environment, the right aid, and hard work, anything is possible. Because of her ongoing success, she is encouraging others to speak out if they feel stuck.

“Don’t be afraid to take a helping hand. It’s not the end of the world,” she said. “If you need [The Salvation Army], come. They can help you.”

Stewart Huston Charitable Fund Donates $20,000 to Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Savannah (TSA) has received a generous donation of $20,000 from the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust to contribute to the urgently needed renovation of the roof of TSA’s Community Center on Savannah’s Bee Road.  

The roof of this 27-year-old building is in a serious condition of decay and is impacting on its future as a safe gathering place. During the pandemic, the community center was used as an additional shelter for homeless families and as an additional feeding center for children. The Community Center also serves as recreational space for TSA shelter residents and those in The Salvation Army’s free rehabilitation program which helps those facing the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse rise above their circumstances. The Community Center plays a vital role in…

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The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for…

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As people over the age of 65 are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, The Salvation Army identified the urgent need to provide food for senior citizens who are…”

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Salvation Army continues to help those impacted by COVID-19

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KFC to Provide Free Lunch Program Through The Salvation Army of Savannah

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“The Salvation Army is so blessed to be a conduit of the kindness of this community and the families and individuals that need it most. We are so excited to see faces light up when we serve KFC’s delicious chicken,” said Salvation Army Major Paul Egan.

KFC has assisted The Salvation Army nationwide since 1964, dating back…

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Social distancing, enhanced cleaning allowing Salvation Army to continue to help community

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The closure of thrift shops was a major loss of much needed income for The Salvation Army Savannah, with the organization typically generating…

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It’s happening Friday, May 15th at 10 a.m.

In a news release sent to WJCL Thursday, representatives noted family thrift stores were closed in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Georgia’s public health recommendations.

Salvation Army of Savannah also says the closure of the thrift shops was a major loss of much-needed income for the group.

The group says it typically…

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