See Love At Work!

By  Lt. Col. William Mockabee, National Secretary for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO).
mockabee-smaller-150x150The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) releases its annual report for 2013 today, with the theme of “Love Works”. Read the report to witness first-hand The Salvation Army’s work in local communities around the world. You will see how SAWSO programs encourage the growth of small income-generating activities for villagers in India’s Central Territory, and provide business skills, literacy training, a school and a safe places to stay to women in Mumbai’s red light district and their children. Discover how another program fights polio in Angola through education and supporting national immunization days. Watch traveling youth drama groups perform skits in villages while local pastors engaged the crowd, encouraging them to go for voluntary HIV screening and testing in Zambia. Celebrate the lives of fishermen in Japan as they are rebuilt with equipment and vehicles to replace those washed away by a tsunami.

You are invited to download and view the entire report here.

sawso annual reportDear Friends,
Love works!

At The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), we believe this is true for three reasons.

Love is effective. I have personally witnessed the transformation that love can bring about in the lives of individuals and communities while travelling to several countries to support international work, and while serving for three years in Sri Lanka. From my perspective as leader of SAWSO, I’m given the daily gift of glimpsing the breadth and scope of the work The Salvation Army does on a global scale. There is no greater blessing than knowing that a loving God is using us as a tool, and that He gave us the power of love to transform lives of people living in poverty, women and children living in powerlessness, or people brought low by an unforeseen disaster.

Work done with love reflects God. We are acutely aware of how God has uplifted us, and given us hope and purpose. At SAWSO, we proactively seek out opportunities to help others experience these same blessings. We aspire to always be active catalysts for lasting change.

The fullest fruits of love, inspired by God, can only be brought about through maximum effort. From our most closely held internal processes to field work in the most distant and remote villages, SAWSO team members work diligently with, and in service to, all of our stakeholders, donors, partners and beneficiaries.

We thank all of your for joining us in our commitment to achieving sustainable results, maximizing resources, and multiplying our effectiveness through collaboration.
Love, then work. That is the way to do the most good.

May you recognize God’s love in your lives and may you enjoy discovering ways to share it.

Volunteer Gets ‘Paid’ at Disasters

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I have been a volunteer with Salvation Army Disaster Services for several years. I went to a flood site as a ham radio operator and somehow ended up as a volunteer radio operator, mobile kitchen driver, and food server.

In my experiences, I have seen sadness, human suffering, tragedy, and incredible damage in which survivors have lost everything. As a major in the U.S. Army once said, “If you can go to a Hurricane Katrina and not be affected, I worry about your heart.”

When you hold a person who is sobbing nonstop, when a person is grateful for a hot dog and coffee, when a small child smiles when they have a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie, you realize why you are there. You also realize you are helping when you are listening and talking with them, hearing their stories and giving them a chance to vent.

When people ask if I’m a disaster volunteer, I tell them, “Yes, and I get paid.” Their look is incredulous and they ask, “You get paid?” I always reply, “Yes, with a handshake, a ‘God bless you,’ a hug, a thank you, and the smile on a small child who has a hot dinner. Yes, I get paid – and money can’t buy that feeling.”

There is also camaraderie with other volunteers, survivors and relief workers. We are in it together, so let us work together.

Being a disaster volunteer is extremely rewarding, and an opportunity to pay it forward to those people who have helped you in your life. You are helping survivors and you are supporting the police, the fire department, and others who protect your community. All it takes is a little of your free time.

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Blog by Frank Powers, Salvation Army Disaster Services volunteer

Mobile Kitchen donated by FedEx helps Salvation Army comfort responders to San Francisco blaze

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One of the mobile kitchens donated by FedEx at the dedication event in San Francisco.

This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army Western Territory’s blog, Expect Change and was contributed by Kathy Lovin of The Salvation Army Western Territory.
Earlier this week there was a massive structure fire in the Mission Bay District of San Francisco.
Two teams of Salvation Army Emergency Disaster pros and volunteers were deployed immediately in mobile kitchens – about the size of a standard parcel delivery truck – to serve food, beverages and moral support to the 400 firefighters on hand and those evacuated from their apartments.
The director of our Emergency and Disaster Services department in San Francisco is John McKnight. After the fire was out and the mobile kitchens were called back to home base, he penned a thank you letter to our friends at FedEx for their generous donation.
You see, there’s a reason our mobile kitchens are about the size of a standard parcel delivery truck: FedEx, one of America’s favorite parcel delivery companies, has donated 15 brand-new trucks to The Salvation Army in the last several years.
And boy, are we grateful!
Here’s John McKnight’s personal thank you note to the good people at FedEx.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can give of your time or resources to help The Salvation Army in San Francisco, please click here.
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Thank you!

Posted by Jackie on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 ·

Boys and Girls Club to give award, feature reality stars

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club dinner will recognize an influential community member and feature two television personalities.

Jet and Cord McCoy, contestants on CBS’ The Amazing Race, will guest speak at the April 15 event honoring Sue Nelson as recipient of the Don Bodard Friend of Youth Award. Sarah Weeks, member of the Boys and Girls Club Advisory Committee, said the award is bestowed to an advocate for youth.

“The Friend of Youth Award is given out to someone in the community who works very hard to support youth activities,” Weeks said.

Nelson, of Vision Bank, was nominated by previous award winners and exceeds the criteria.

“She’s been very active in the community for a long time,” Weeks said. “She’s a Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary member and helps with many youth activities and events.”

The event starts at 6 p.m. with a tour of The Boys and Girls Club. The club received an Avedis Foundation grant for renovations, which are scheduled for completion by the event date. The evening will then feature a silent and live auction.

The McCoy brothers, Oklahoma natives, will speak. The duo competed in seasons 16 and 18 of The Amazing Race and is currently participating in All-Star season 24.

Tickets are available for $25 and all proceeds from the dinner will support the Shawnee Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. To purchase tickets, call the club at 405-273-1470.

By Lindsey Allen
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Lubbock Salvation Army to offer warm place to stay as temperatures drop

Volunteers to provide warm meals, clothing to people on streets

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The Lubbock Salvation Army is offering its shelter as a warming station and emergency shelter start until Friday.

Volunteers will be out from 6 p.m. today, Jan. 23, to provide warm meals and clothing to people on the streets through its Survive the Night Program, according to a news release.

Temperatures were expected to drop to 19 degrees Wednesday night, and tonight to be even colder at 11 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Emergency cots will be available at the shelter.

The Homeless Consortium will also be coordinating with the Survive the Night volunteers to get a census of the homeless population in the city.

source: http://lubbockonline.com/

Haiti Four Years Later: Encouraged by Progress and Hopeful for the Future

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“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jer. 29:11 NIV)

As we look back on the four years since the earthquake, we are keenly aware of and thankful for the Jeremiah 29:11 plans God has for The Salvation Army and the people it serves.

There are no doubts that the quake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010 was devastating; the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, more than one million people forced into shelters made of whatever could be salvaged, businesses and livelihoods lost and a nation trying to make sense of it. The Salvation Army was there; in the trenches, on the frontlines and not left untouched by the disaster. 8 million meals were served. 30,000 clinic visits were provided. Shelters were opened. Beds, cleaning kits, tarps, lights, and tents were distributed.

Following the devastation however, came a great opportunity to change the course of history for the Army and the country; to rebuild a stronger infrastructure with programs and institutions that address issues in an even more meaningful and sustainable way; to broaden its ministry.

haiti salvationarmyBecause of its longstanding presence in the country, the Army was well-positioned to help, along with its partners, in some of the neediest areas in and around the capitol providing some 20,000 displaced people with food, pastoral care and some medical care in addition to networking with other international organizations to provide basic needs for families and individuals who settled on the soccer field just next door to the Army’s Delmas 2 compound.

In  these four years, The Salvation Army in Haiti, joined by Salvation Army partners from around the world and other international donors, have made great strides not simply to help return communities to their pre-quake standard of living, but to create a new normal. The Army has worked to rebuild communities physically, emotionally and spiritually; transforming lives for lasting change.

Recovery & Development

haiti salvation armyFor 60 years, The Salvation Army has been a mainstay in the city of Port-au-Prince with the Delmas 2 compound, the headquarters and facilities site that was mostly destroyed in the quake. A new structure is in development which will include kindergarten, primary and secondary school buildings for College Verena, which is responsible for the education of more than 1,500 area children. A new corps building will soon seat 3,000, a social services building to house direct service programs and a new primary healthcare center to provide an updated facility for the self-supporting Delmas 2 clinic.

School infrastructure support includes the renovation and construction of some 25 schools damaged by the earthquake providing solid construction and reinforcement, adequate classroom space, latrines and water filtration systems at each location. To date, three new schools have been constructed, with four others in the works, four reservoirs constructed to capture water for filtration and the team is on track to finish the remaining school repairs in 2014.

Social and Emotional Supporthaiti the salvation armyMore than 1,000 children and adolescents in eight earthquake-affected communities were counseled and offered life-skills through social, cultural and sport activities in three weekly meetings. The Army is now working to include sexual education in its school curriculum at three pilot sights as well as introducing parenting school at that location with the hopes of expanding them throughout the division.

 

Community Development

Integrated family support focuses on permanent housing, vocational training, livelihood support and agriculture with the goal of giving the most vulnerable populations the training and tools to build a better future. This project is well underway with nearly 900 individuals and families benefiting. Some 112 students have graduated with vocational training in plumbing, tiling, electricity, building construction and auto mechanics with more than 380 additional enrolled. Some have been placed in internships and found paying jobs.

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A great deal has been accomplished with the help of so many. We’re excited to see what has yet to come as the remaining schools and water systems on the infrastructure list are finished, more Community Action Teams undertake small projects, homes are rebuilt, livelihoods are increased, training is received and God uses the Army to change lives.
To support service efforts in Haiti, please consider donating to The Salvation Army World Service Office at  https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/SAWSO. To learn more, visit http://salvationarmyhaiti.org/.
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Information contained in this article was provided by Kara Langford, Communications Officer at The Salvation Army Haiti Recovery & Development Office. 

“I could never, ever imagine The Salvation Army turning away anyone…”

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This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army Western Territory’s blog, Expect Change and was contributed by Kathy Lovin of The Salvation Army Western Territory.

Ricky grew up in a family where there was love, but as a young gay man in the 80s he struggled with his identity. So he stole his parents’ credit cards to buy things he thought he needed to feel good.

When his parents reported the cards stolen, the police investigated the crime and arrested Ricky. His parents tried to drop the charges once they knew he was the guilty party but it was too late. He went to prison anyway.

While he was in prison his mom died. After he got out and began to reorder his life, his dad died. Then his boyfriend decided he couldn’t handle all the upset in Ricky’s life and the emotional baggage it created, so he left too.

Ricky’s answer to all of the despair in his life was to use the knot-tying skills he learned as a Boy Scout to hang himself. Thankfully, the knot broke and a well-timed “welfare check” by his parole officer moments later kept him from trying again.

His parole officer found drugs in the house, so he was off to prison again.

Find out the rest of Ricky’s amazing story about the healing power of Christ’s love and the outstretched hand of The Salvation Army. Click the white arrow to watch Ricky’s testimony video:

As you give this Christmas, you can be assured that The Salvation Army offers its love and service to anyone in need as long as we have the capacity to help.
Now Ricky is on the giving end of God’s love: he is the Assistant Resident Manager at our Adult Rehabilitation Center in Denver, Colorado.

He’s helping men who’ve struggled to get clean of drugs – and the criminal activity that often comes with it – to heal their bodies and minds, learn good work habits, and prepare themselves for what God has planned for the rest of their lives.

Remember that everything you give to or buy from a Salvation Army Family Store helps us care for people who need comprehensive, no-fee, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Click on satruck.com for a Family Store location, Adult Rehabilitation Center or donation drop-off site.
Thank you!

Gold coin found in Salvation Army kettle

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Volunteers manning Salvation Army kettles in Naperville found a valuable gold coin amid the pocket change.

A 1-ounce South African Krugerrand worth about $1,300 was dropped into a kettle at Casey’s Foods on Dec. 6, according to the group. Casey’s was the site of a Krugerrand donation last year and also had a donor match contributions.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of our wonderful donors,” Salvation Army Aurora Corps Capt. Antonio Romero said in a news release. “The money raised from these red kettles goes directly to help fund the programs and services right here in our communities, so this coin will go a long way toward helping our friends and neighbors in need.”

Over the course of more than 25 years, the Salvation Army has received more than 400 gold coins, according to the group. Money donated in the kettles stay assists people in need with food, shelter, after-school programs and disaster relief.

So far this season, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign has brought in more than $3.3 million, down about 8 percent compared to this time last year, which officials are attributing to the shorter holiday season. The group’s goal is to raise $13 million and it will have kettles on the streets until Dec. 24. Donations can also be made online through Jan. 31 at http://www.salarmychicago.org.

By Melissa Jenco, Chicago Tribune reporter

Salvation Army Publishes Corruption Statement on International Anti-Corruption Day 2013

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LONDON, 9 December 2013, 12:00 pm GMT/IHQ/ – SINCE 2003, 9 December has been designated by the United Nations as International Anti-Corruption Day, aiming to raise public awareness of corruption and what people can do to fight it.

It is significant that on the 10th anniversary of the first International Anti-Corruption Day The Salvation Army is launching its International Positional Statement on Corruption. Colonel Geanette Seymour (Director, International Social Justice Commission, International Headquarters) says: ‘Making public the position taken by The Salvation Army on this issue of corruption is an acknowledgement that together we need to work towards the eradication of corruption whether individual, organisational or institutional.’

Corruption is an issue that affects all countries around the world. It can refer to the destruction of one’s honesty or loyalty through undermining moral integrity or acting in a way that shows a lack of integrity or honesty. It also refers to those who use a position of power or trust for dishonest gain. Corruption undermines democracy, creates unstable governments and sets countries back economically. Corruption comes in various forms such as bribery, law-breaking without dealing with the consequences in a fair manner, unfairly amending election processes and results, and covering mistakes or silencing whistle-blowers (those who expose corruption in hope that justice would be served).

The new International Positional Statement starts with the following summary:

INTERNATIONAL POSITIONAL STATEMENT

CORRUPTION

The Salvation Army strongly condemns corruption in its entirety.
The Salvation Army is aware of and abhors the suffering that individuals, groups and nations endure because of corrupt behaviour by people in positions of power and those entrusted with the management of public and private resources. It accepts responsibility to work towards the eradication of corruption whether individual, organisational or institutional, resulting in a more equitable environment for all concerned.
The Salvation Army is committed in addition to prevent, identify and eliminate internal corruption.

Approved by the General – November 2013

Click here to read the International Positional Statement on Corruption in full.

The General of The Salvation Army Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Salvation Army General André Cox pays tribute to Nelson Mandela in a letter to the family of the former South African President. He explained that his years spent in Africa had given him ‘a sense of the measure of Madiba’s life and influence’.

So many have already spoken eloquently or written lucidly,’ wrote the General. ‘I would simply wish to salute a great man – one whose character was nourished by hope, expressed through forgiveness, and testified to through reconciliation.’

He concluded: ‘I pray that you would each know the Father of compassion and God of all comfort drawing so very near to you. During this Advent season, may you each experience fully the peace of the Christ child.’

The General and Commissioner Silvia Cox spent four years as leaders of The Salvation Army’s Southern Africa Territory. As The Salvation Army’s first Africa-born world leader it is appropriate that he should pay tribute to the man who has been called the greatest-ever African.

Commissioner William Langa (Territorial Commander, Southern Africa Territory) said in a statement: ‘Mr Mandela’s immeasurable contribution to South Africa cannot be overstated. His commitment to helping the poor and vulnerable, and his pursuit of reconciliation in our divided society was a shining example to those of us who serve the Lord Jesus Christ through The Salvation Army. Salvationists throughout the world have recognised his statesmanship and moral leadership. May his soul rest in peace in the everlasting arms of Christ.’

The General’s letter can be seen in full at flic.kr/p/i7Qmzd