Our members volunteer their time to many worthy programs and projects in our Hood County community.
GISD Clothes Closet
We started a Clothes Closet program through Granbury Independent School District Clothes Closet and we stocked with new shoes, underwear, coats, toiletries, hygiene kits to children recommended thru the school counselors. Just this last spring we gave out over 250 pairs of shoes to needy children.
Operation School Supplies
We also have been participating in Operation School Supplies for the last three years. In August 2019, we handed out 5 pair of socks to over 1200 children.
Christmas for Children
At Christmas time, we work with Christmas for Children by providing beds for children requesting them through their program. We also contribute pajamas for children sizes 9 months- 6X
Visit Nursing Home Residents
We also don’t forget our nursing home residents. We deliver a gift box containing fun things like socks and hand lotion to many right here in Granbury. We try to make monthly visits to those residents who have no family in the area.
Rapid Response Unit
Our Service Unit is there to help Hood County residents with emergency assistance. Our Rapid Response Vehicle is also on call to help those citizens affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center, located in Midlothian, TX, is part of The Salvation Army’s worldwide Christian evangelical ministry. Our goal is to share God’s love with others by encouraging them to explore, discover and appreciate nature; provide quality service and clean facilities in a peaceful setting; and furnish opportunities for fun, adventure and fellowship through social and recreational activities. We encourage and sponsor children in Hood County to attend Camp Hoblitzelle during the summer.
The SAWSL has two programs, Pre-GAP and GAP, designed to provide scholarships and mentors to Hood County foster teens. The Pre-Gap program serves teens in grades 6-12. Foster teens can be provided scholarships in the amount of $500.00 for extracurricular activities, tutoring, or driver’s education classes. The purpose of the pre-GAP scholarship is to help foster teens feel “normalized” by participating in the same activities as their peers. Additionally, the foster teens are partnered with two mentors to provide them guidance and support throughout the time they remain in foster care. These mentors are also building relationships with foster parents and foster placing agencies within Hood County.
The GAP program serves those foster teens that are age 18 and aging out of foster care. The GAP program provides a scholarship of $6,000. to be used for temporary/permanent housing, transportation, food, clothing and medical/dental assistance. These teens are also partnered with two mentors to provide guidance and support.
Volunteers are needed. Approximately ten hours of training is required before mentors are assigned a child. Transportation is often required of the mentors because many of Hood County foster teens are placed in surrounding counties.
If you are reading this as a member of our Service League and want to get involved in one of our many projects, contact Shelley Deal, our Projects Vice President.