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Salvation Army finds a new way to serve the homeless

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From the streets to the classroom and even the computer lab, the Salvation Army is changing the way they serve the homeless in Wilmington. From the streets to the classroom and even the computer lab, the Salvation Army is changing the way they serve the homeless in Wilmington.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- From the streets to the classroom and even the computer lab, the Salvation Army is changing the way they serve the homeless in Wilmington.

They just started a partnership with Cape Fear Community College.

Here's how it all works-- an instructor comes to the shelter three times a week and teaches residents in a small class setting, in the dining room. However, residents aren't necessarily limited to that space only. Sometimes the class will go to a computer lab on campus.

Right now, the program at the Salvation Army is six months out of the year taught in eight-week intervals. This way, if someone comes to the shelter in the middle of a course period, they can pick up what they didn't learn during the next lesson round.

Right now, a "life skills" course is being taught and it's all about learning how to write resumes, fill out applications, take notes, dress for success and interview for a job.

Major Richard Watts, the Commanding Chief of the Salvation Army Cape Fear Chapter, said, however, those involved in this partnership want to be able to offer different topics for the class. For example they're looking at possibly teaching a customer service course. This could happen as early as July 17, 2013.

Watts added that another big goal is to get enough scholarship opportunities to promote residents from homeless to students enrolled in college.

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