The story of our local Salvation Army is so sweet. I highly recommend reading the whole article. The following August 15, 2012 article is from http://www.thevalleychronicle.com/local-news/community/item/2244-hemets-salvation-armys-new-leaders-seek-the-communitys-help:
“The Salvation Army also has an extensive and successful adult drug rehabilitation network across the country where people can go free of charge to end the fight with addictions from drugs and alcohol, the couple said. The closest one to Hemet is a facility in Perris for men and San Diego for women, they said. The Salvation Army’s thrift store on Florida Avenue helps fund these programs, which is separate and not operated by the Palm location….
The Salvation Army Hemet Corps is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m….
Riverside County’s Department of Social Services approved the local Salvation Army’s request for three volunteers from the Welfare to Work program (GAIN), Tammy Poe said.
“We can train people to do skills here so it will help them with jobs,” she said. “It helps us both. The Salvation Army doesn’t give handouts, it gives a hand up. It tries to better the individuals.”
The Salvation Army’s Hemet location is unable to assist with electric or rent funding requests from the community at this time, but they offer free bread every Friday morning as well as food donations including baby foods and diapers.
“All we can do here now is give out food. I would love to be able to do more in the future,” Tammy Poe said. “We want to find out what the need is to help assist other agencies in Hemet. We want to find the needs in Hemet and fill it.”
Tony Poe’s dream is having the space used by all members of the community from small toddlers to seniors. He plans to begin a gathering for seniors during the day to meet for coffee and play games and cards, he said. The couple also hopes to hold weddings and special family events at the center (a low cost rental fee).
“We want the community to know we’re here to use our building,” he said. “It’s called a community center for a reason.”
For more information call 791-9497. The Hemet office is located on 340 S. Palm in Hemet.”