Salvation Army opens Andalusia office

Published 12:02 am Saturday, June 11, 2011

Andalusia is now home to a new Salvation Army service center.

Brenda Furqueron, SA area director, said the new service center was brought to Covington County because of the “overwhelming resp-onse” at last year’s Red Kettle drive. Local volunteers stood outside Walmart and raised nearly $30,000 between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, she said.

Now, locals can apply for those funds at the new office, which is located off U.S. Hwy. 29 North in the Northside Office Park next to Maddox Insurance, she said.

The Salvation Army, the evangelical organization dedicated to bringing people into a meaningful relationship with God while providing for the community’s needs, will offer financial assistance for utility and rent/mortgage costs.

“We are so happy to be able to provide these services for the people of Covington County,” Furgqueron said. “Before, people had to drive to Ozark to get services.”

She said on the local front, those needing assistance must make an appointment. No walk-ins will be seen. She said the small office and the appointment-only basis gives clients a sense of privacy when applying for services.

“The social service worker will see clients on an appointment basis, so those needing assistance should call and describe their particular situation and how they need assistance,” she said.

Additionally, she said the Salvation Army will not duplicate services provided by other assistance agencies.

“For example, if someone received utility assistance from, say OCAP, we don’t want to give that person assistance as well,” she said. “That way, there’s more money to go around and more people it can benefit.”

Furquereon commended local attorney Sonny James and his army of volunteers for making the local drive, and now the office front, a success.

To schedule an appointment, call 334-222-0112.