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$4 million renovation underway at Salvation Army’s Purdue Center of Hope

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News got a look Wednesday at the progress of a $4-million renovation underway at the Salvation Army’s P...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News got a look Wednesday at the progress of a $4-million renovation underway at the Salvation Army’s Purdue Center of Hope.

The center provides a long-term residence for women affected bytrauma. The center offers support 24-7 all year long. The Salvation Army saysthis project will allow them to increase the number of women and children ithelps by at least 33%.

One woman who beat her 31-year addiction says she’s living proofof the center’s important work.

“God just puts these angels in our path and heoffers all these programs and these different outreach ministries that we areexposed to while we’re in this program and it’s amazing how it all works andthe program works!” said Venus Austin.

Over the past 20 years, the Purdue Center of Hope hashelped more than 13,000 women and children seeking shelter.

(NEWS RELEASE) – The Salvation Army Memphis Area Command has beguna $4 million renovation to its Purdue Center of Hope after raising more thanthe additional $250,000 needed to complete the project.

The Purdue Center of Hope provides long-term residentialtrauma-informed care for women aimed at eliminating poverty, homelessness,addiction and violence, while providing programs to help them find educationaland job opportunities.

Over the last 20 years, more than 13,000 people have soughtshelter and help at the Purdue Center of Hope.

Since we offer support 24/7/365, the facility is in urgent need ofrenovations in order to continue and expand programs and services. This projectwill help us upgrade the facility and operationalize underutilized spaces.

Twenty-five percent of single women, 36 percent of children and 34percent of families experiencing homelessness in Shelby and surroundingcounties are served every day at the Purdue Center of Hope, getting assistancefrom one of four specialized programs:

  • AutoZone Single Women’s Residence – Residential assistance program for single women experiencing homelessness because of underemployment, education or general life circumstances
  • Currently houses up to 20 women for up to nine months
  • Renovations will allow addition of 10 beds
  • Purdue Family Residence Floor – Renovations for two programs will expand number of bedrooms from 34 to 41, allowing addition of seven families
  • New Directions Family Residence – Provides individualized services for homeless women and their children, which addresses the root causes of poverty and displacement by helping families overcome unemployment, unstable housing and lack of education to lead families down a path of increased stability and self-sufficiency
  • Currently houses up to 19 families for one year
  • Renewal Place – Two-year residential recovery program for chemically-addicted homeless women and their children, which keeps families together while they work toward sobriety, employment, positive parenting and financial literacy
  • Currently houses up to 14 families for up to two years
  • Intensive Outpatient Program – Encompasses all three programs to allow clients to seek treatment while maintaining work or school demands, as well as providing a tutoring room, business center and flexible meeting spaces for ongoing life skills and job-readiness training

Construction on the Purdue Center of Hope is expected to befinished by the end of 2021.

Once completed, the project will result in a 33-percent overallincrease in the number of women and children we can house and help. We arealways grateful for additional donations, which will help us with operationalcosts.