Helping Hands Initiative: Salvation Army

Published: Jan. 16, 2019 at 10:05 AM CST
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If you're interested in volunteering with the Salvation Army, you can find more information online


“I am a product of the Salvation Army. My grandmother would bring us to the Salvation Army and I thought we were volunteering. We were serving in the soup kitchen and sometimes they would put a broom or a mop in my hand and I would sweep up the reception area, but while I was doing that my grandmother was receiving assistance. So I got to feel the joy of giving back to the community.”

Lieutenant Juan Gomez of Salvation Army of Odessa says that volunteers who sacrifice their free time at the office, shelter or thrift shop feel joy each week.

“The truth is that there are so many people around us that need our hands and our feet. There are some many people around us who need a little bit of attention and a little bit of help," said Gomez.

Gomez says that you can impact guests' lives directly by volunteering at their shelter that houses men, women and families.

Volunteers help prepare meals but are especially needed as shelter monitors overnight.

The Salvation Army also has needs at the desk in the shelter and their administration office with answering phones and working with files.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Salvation Army can send them a message

or make a call to their office at (432) 332-0738.