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Salvation Army seeks part-time office space here

The Salvation Army has experienced a growing demand for services from Grady County residents and wishes to establish a physical presence in the community.
Lt. Matt Cunningham of the Salvation Army in Thomasville appeared before the Cairo mayor and council Monday night seeking part-time office space in Grady County to better aid citizens here.
“Last year, in Cairo and Grady County we assisted 530 individuals with either rent or utilities assistance or clothing vouchers. We could provide a better service if we have a presence here,” Lt. Cunningham told city officials Monday night.
The Salvation Army officer said what the organization would need is office space with Internet and telephone service that could be used by a caseworker three to to four days a month.
“I’m not sure if we have any space available, but we are certainly interested in offering more opportunities for our citizens and will work with you in any way we can,” Mayor Richard VanLandingham said.
He added, “there may even be someone in the community who could help out.”
In 2009 , the Salvation Army appropriated over $9,000 in rental assistance alone for local residents.
“What we offer is a hand up for people of this community, not a hand out. We work to make people less reliant on social services and to become productive citizens,” Lt. Cunningham said.
In addition to providing financial assistance for rent and utilities, the Salvation Army offers vouchers for clothing at its Thomasville store, provides free classes for citizens to learn how to shop smarter, and to budget and parent better.
“We see that people really need this help in this community,” the Salvation Army officer said.
If you are interested in assisting the Salvation Army in its effort to establish a part-time office in Grady County contact Lt. Cunningham at 229-226-3772.

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