The Salvation Army Helps Hollister’s Hard-Hit Turkey Creek Area

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Branson, MO (August 9, 2013) Today, local Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers will continue to assist residents, first-responders and clean-up crews in Hollister’s hard-hit Turkey Creek area.

“We arrived on the scene within the hour with water, a few clean-up kits, personnel and snacks, Lt. Shawn DeBaar, Branson Corps Officer and Incident Commander, said.

The Salvation Army will provide immediate assistance to those in need from its Emergency Disaster Services mobile canteen. The EDS canteen will provide meals, snacks, drinks, and disaster clean-up supplies.

“It has been estimated that the number of people being served through this mobile canteen site will be around seventy,” DeBaar said.

The Salvation Army is also the lead agency in charge of serving daily meals at Hollister’s Red Cross shelter. The shelter is located at the New Beginning’s Fellowship Church – 151 Elm St. On Monday, The Salvation Army served seventy-five meals from the shelter.

“We have committed to feed those in the Red Cross shelter as long as the shelter is operating,” DeBaar said.

Currently needed in-kind donations include bottled water, sports drinks (e.g Powerade, Gatorade, etc.), clean-up supplies and first aid kits. All donations may be delivered to The Salvation Army’s Branson Corps – 114 Stanley Blvd.

For more information please contact The Salvation Army’s Branson Corps at (417) 339-4434. How to Help:
Help provide immediate assistance by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by mailing checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1715 Branson MO 65615-1715.

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Responds to flood victims in Nashville

August 08, 2013 – 5:26 PM EDTJason Martin[email protected]
Salvation Army Responds to flood victims in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN (August 8, 2013) – Currently The Salvation Army’s Nashville Area Command and the American Red Cross are working together to relocate more than 300 people from the Parkwood Villa Apartment Complex, located at 3258 Brick Church Pike, to nearby shelters.

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Flooded with nearly four feet of water from the heavy downpour that hit the area this morning, four units were severely damaged. Those buildings are currently without power and will have to be fully restored and deemed livable by the Metro Codes Department before the families can return home.

“We are working with the American Red Cross to provide food at their designated shelters for families displaced by the flood, said Jason Martin, Director of Marketing for The Salvation Army. “It is estimated that the families from Parkwood Villa will need shelter for three to 5 days.”
The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command will be providing meals and supplies to those affected by the flood and at shelters designated by the Red Cross. Doing the most good to the most people in the most need is the lifeline for The Salvation Army. The Nashville Area Command will remain in the area to lend a helping hand for as long as needed.

Additional Photos:  http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHnVN8J

To donate to The Salvation Army of Nashville’s Disaster Relief Efforts, you can text* “MidTN” to 80888 for a $10 donation, call 615-242-0411 or send a check to PO Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207

About Nashville Area Command:
The Salvation Army, a faith-based nonprofit serving Nashville since 1890, extends a resourceful hand of assistance to families in greatest need, so that they may lift themselves from crisis to stability and independence.
About The Salvation Army, International:The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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Study reveals Millennials are Charitable, Influential, & Eager to Connect Over a Cause

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Millennials – all 80 million of us – get a bad rap.

If you’re currently between the ages of 18-34, you’re a part of ‘Generation ME’ and collectively called lazy, narcissistic, and impatient. But other characteristics contradict these accusations to some degree: we’re also said to be open-minded, more supportive of equal rights, confident, upbeat, self-expressive, receptive to new ideas, and best of all – giving.

A study called The Millennial Impact reveals the “Me Generation” is actually extremely philanthropic. And this doesn’t include the “slacktivism” that exists on Facebook. But let’s be honest – it felt darn good to Like that dog photo and donate someone else’s money to rescue efforts.

Rather, we look outward rather than inward, relying on the influence of our peers when it comes to taking action. And once we’re inspired, the study reveals that we’ll go to great lengths to get family, friends and loved ones involved in our causes.
Lazy? Selfish? Hardly!

In fact, millennials are compassionate and eager to commit their time, money and skills toward causes and organizations. The study revealed that 75% of millennials donated to charitable causes last year, while 63% gave time to volunteer. While millennials are more likely to donate in smaller amounts across several organizations, they are also apt to fundraise on behalf of nonprofits by soliciting support from friends and family. And when organizations offer volunteer opportunities with limited barriers to entry (remember, we’re impatient), millennials are most likely to give back through events or by freely offering their knowledge and expertise to their charity of choice.

Take The Salvation Army Twin Cities MOST Amazing Race for example, a fundraiser based off of the popular CBS show “Amazing Race,” where teams of two people run around the city making pit stops to complete various challenges. The goal of the race is to raise awareness and funds for The Salvation Army, and commitment and fundraising are prerequisites for competing.

In the end, 30 teams raised $72,921 for food and shelter programs of The Salvation Army through activities such as planking, Bollywood dancing, and plunging off a 25-foot-high platform. And you can be darn sure these events were well documented on participants’ Facebook and Instagram pages.

You often hear that good deeds are rooted in selfishness, and there may be a bit of truth to that, but that’s because giving back feels really, really good. And if you can brag about your good work on Instagram, filter and all, and maybe even inspire your friends to do the same, then what’s the problem?

Florida Team Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

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At approximately 11:30pm on Monday, July 29, a massive explosion occurred at the Blue Rhino Propane Plant in Tavares Florida about 20 minutes northeast of Leesburg Florida. Twenty-four employees were working at the plant when the blast occurred.  Eight individuals were injured during the blast and transported to local hospitals in the area for treatment.

The Salvation Army, Leesburg Corps, responded to the scene that evening with an Emergency Disaster Services truck loaded with drinks, snacks and whatever else they could think to bring stated Lt. Matt Hedgren, recently appointed corps officer for Leesburg, Florida.

 
“I heard what appeared to sound like thunder or even music from my living room last night, but knew it was something bad when I stepped into the street and saw the orange glow”.  Lt Hedgren said he jumped in his car and drove to a nearby lake and said he could see the fire from there, which was about twenty minutes away.

As a result of the explosion, 150 people were evacuated to a local emergency shelter at the First United Methodist Church in Tavares.  Lt. Hedgren met with families of the plant workers and provided Emotional and Spiritual Care.  In coordination with the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Leesburg Corps served 300 drinks and snacks.

The Salvation Army Leesburg Emergency Disaster Services team will continue to monitor the situation and provide services where necessary.

For the latest emergency disaster services news follow EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

July 31, 2013 – 9:40 AM EDT Kevin Smith[email protected] (813) 267-8867

Transitional Living Program Equips Employed, Homeless Men With Tools for Self-Sufficiency

Unveiling the new Men’s Transitional Housing Center in Hickory, NC on July 12, which will serve 11 employed but homeless men in need. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Salvation-Army-of-Hickory/193314167414214

There can be so many reasons for becoming homeless, especially during these tough economic times. Whether you’ve been evicted, deal with substance abuse, face a domestic break-up or any other type of crisis, The Salvation Army is there to lend a helping hand.

The Salvation Army’s Transitional Housing Program is designed for homeless and low-income families and individuals who need help regaining their independence by the power of healing and learning the life skills they need to be successful.  Housing is provided on a temporary basis for varying amounts of time to help individuals get back on their feet.

In addition to food and shelter, most centers provide a variety of educational, health care, counseling, and vocational services to homeless and destitute individuals and families. All programs vary depending on the needs of the community.

One example of this program is our new transitional housing facility that recently opened in Hickory, N.C. This building will provide shelter and services for 11 men for up to two years, who are employed, yet homeless. This particular program is designed to fight the cycle of homelessness by providing these men with the necessary tools they need in order to become self –sufficient through shelter, education and spiritual healing. Skills classes include topics such as budget counseling, substance abuse education, job training, and GED courses. The ultimate goal is for each man to leave the center with enough money for a deposit a permanent residence or a financial cushion.

Each year, The Salvation Army provides more than 10 million nights of shelter to those in need thanks to our generous supporters. We are always seeking volunteers to share life experience skills and mentor clients. To lend your skills to The Salvation Army, click here or visit www.volunteermatch.org for a list of Salvation Army opportunities in your area.

Salvation Army programs vary with local needs. For information on specific programs and locations, contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center by doing a zip code search in our website’s Location field.

“Daddy’s Home” comic strip raises awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief

Check out the comics section in today’s paper and you might see the latest from the acclaimed comic strip, “Daddy’s Home,” which highlights the still very present need in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The comic portrays the iconic Star Jet roller coaster sitting in the ocean in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, perhaps one of the most famous and enduring images from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating sweep along the East Coast last November.

“I want people to be aware that there’s still work to do,” said Tony Rubino, creative director of the syndicated comic alongside illustrator, Gary Markstein, who directs readers to The Salvation Army’s website (www.SalvationArmyUSA.org).

Eight months later, there is indeed a lot to be done for impacted residents. The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term assistance and disaster case management to help survivors find resources for rebuilding their damaged homes, while also providing financial assistance and referral services to residents in the hardest hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Long Island.

If you would like to make a donation or commitment to volunteer with The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyNY.org.
A huge thank you to Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein for supporting our Emergency Disaster Services!

Salvation Army’s Long Island Recovery Center Offers Long-Term Assistance to Sandy Survivors

Long Island residents still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy now have one more place to find help.

On Thursday, July 11, The Salvation Army Greater New York Division held an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of its Long Island Sandy Recovery Center which will offer long-term assistance to survivors of the fall 2012 storm. Unique to the area, the new recovery center will provide disaster case management to help eligible survivors find resources for rebuilding their damaged homes.

“We wrapped up our short-term relief efforts in 2012, then entered a recovery phase, and now have officially switched our operations to long-term recovery, as we, together with our partners, work to get people back into their homes or into a new permanent home,” said Major Steven Stoops, Associate Social Ministries Secretary for The Salvation Army Greater New York Division.

Over the past eight months, The Salvation Army has provided financial assistance, referral services to the hardest hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Long Island, while also playing an active role in bringing funding and services to those affected through partnerships with other non-profit agencies.

As the state continues recovery operations, homeowners like Ellen Levitsky are grateful for the support of The Salvation Army, which helped clean up her storm-ravaged home.

“I never thought anyone would come to help,” Levitsky said. “I feel like I should be pinched. I’m so thankful for the help that The Salvation Army has provided, and how quickly.”

Two more Salvation Army Sandy Recovery Centers are in the works for Staten Island and Far Rockaway, which will replicate the case-management model of the Long Island site. Both centers are in need of staff.
To support The Salvation Army’s continued Sandy recovery work, please visit www.SalvationArmyNY.org. For information on eligibility and available assistance, call the center’s main number at (516) 478-4166.

For the latest updates, find The Salvation Army Greater New York Division at https://www.facebook.com/salvationarmyny or http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/gnyd. 

Good news out of Camden! New Kroc Center

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Photo Credit: Kroc Center – Camden

The Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center of Camden, NJ is set to open October 2014 in the most dangerous, poorest neighborhood in America, a place where 35% of families live below the poverty line.

This center (affordably priced at $200 annually for a family of 4) will provide a place to exercise (fight obesity), learn (after schools programs in arts & music education, hallmarks of The Salvation Army), and serve as a safe gathering place in the community, for the community.
The Camden Kroc will do more than create 160 jobs in a city defined by decay and brokenness.  It will create countless opportunities for healing, growth, and education.

Major Paul Cain took me around the 24 acres yesterday – acres anchored in hope for a neighborhood with the highest murder rate in the country. A place where “hatchet job” is not a metaphorical phrase.

On the ride from Philly to Camden and across town I didn’t see one gym. Instead, I saw lots of boarded up homes, lots of people sitting on the streets with nothing to do. Lots of hopelessness.
But where I see hopelessness, Major Cain sees hope.

As we drove around the former landfill, I saw dirt. Major Cain sees potential. I saw a dead end. Major Cain sees promise. I saw steel beams; Major Cain sees the baseball, basketball and soccer fields, swimming pool, client choice food pantry, day care center, pond, and solar panel field soon to come.

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Major Cain says “it’s hard to find good news in Camden.” This Kroc Center is indeed good news. Good news built with bricks and concrete – but also with love.

Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, political leaders  like Mayor Dana Redd, who have championed this project, and countless individuals devoted to seeing this thing happen – such as founder and donor, Joan Kroc of McDonald’s – is now birthing the 27th Kroc Center in the United States.

As it opens, we’re reminded that we didn’t build it. Collective generosity did. Wells Fargo, Campbell’s, the city of Camden, individuals who care – helped make this center a reality. It’s not ours. It’s God’s. The community’s. It’s not just for programs, it’s for people.

What happens within the 120,000 square feet of the Camden Kroc remains to be seen. But it’s built with love and the Salvation Army staff & officers vision as they live out a love that “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
There is good news in Camden, good news founded on truly Good News. Something the Cain’s and Rivera’s can tell you about.

Oklahoma Salvation Army Enters Long-Term Tornado & Flood Recovery Work

July 08, 2013 – 1:04 PM EDTCynthia (Cindy) Fuller[email protected]
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Oklahoma City, OK (July 8, 2013) The Salvation Army is transitioning from response to long-term recovery following the May tornadoes and flooding in Oklahoma.  The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) located at Westmoore High School closed July 3rd. However, the closure does not mean The Salvation Army, along with other agencies, are ending their assistance.
The transition occurs as many have received the emergency assistance needed and are now preparing for the next steps of recovery and rebuilding their lives.  The Salvation Army has been in Central Oklahoma for over 100 years and will continue to support the community in the future.

The Salvation Army participated in multiple MARCs:  Carney, Little Axe, Shawnee, El Reno and Moore; all have now closed in preparation to transition to long-term recovery.  Along with other partner agencies, The Salvation Army is working on a plan for a long-term recovery center.  In preparation, a call center, led by the American Red Cross has been set up to do intake for case work.  Call center staff will do intake and casework teams are available to respond and/or collect information for follow up on an as needed basis.  The number to the call center is 866-477-7276. 

The Salvation Army provided the following during its emergency disaster response phase:
89,477 meals
129,181 drinks
170,379 snacks
Emotional and spiritual care to 14,728 individuals
51,988 comfort kits
10,249 Clean Up Kits
28,891 hours of employee and volunteer service
6,381 cases opened and services provided to 31,208 with assistance through distribution of cards, vouchers, and referrals
The Salvation Army also provided blankets, Bibles, brooms, rakes, shoves, wheel barrows, totes, food boxes, infant supplies and cases of water.

The Salvation Army is working together with partner agencies on how it will continue to support Oklahoma communities affected by the May tornadoes and flooding.  This will occur through long-term recovery case management process.   While needs may change, The Salvation Army is committed to being involved for the long haul.

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About The Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

A Woman of Substance

Posted by Megan on Monday, July 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment 


Chemka (left) running her new small business in Kenya. Photo Credit: Captain Beatrice Ayabagabo, Empowerment Coordinator, The Salvation Army, Kenya West Territorial Headquarters.

Hope is a powerful virtue.  Opportunity to engender hope in the lives of others is transformational.  A Kenyan woman named Chemka, from the village of Sabatia Gurugwa, is the definition of hope.  I recently read her story in a field update from a women’s empowerment project that The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) has been supporting in Kenya to teach literacy and record-keeping skills to underprivileged women.  Chemka joined other women in the program to make effective use of these skills by forming a savings and lending group to give members the opportunity to start small income-generating businesses.

A single mother, 46-years-old and struggling, Chemka happily recounted that after joining her local empowerment group and buying shares, she was able to secure a small loan to start a business selling fruit, onions and tomatoes.  She proudly reports that her enterprise is doing well, and from it, she is able to save money and provide food for her child. She is also now feeling a powerful confidence in her ability to one day expand her business, and open a shop.

What jumped out at me most of Chemka’s account is her new view of herself:  “Surely now, I can be called a woman of substance.”

And I was reminded that with just a mustard seed of encouragement and training, we can change lives, we can engender hope…not only in a financial sense, but in a sense of personal accomplishment.  And once that journey has begun, for many we help, there is momentum – the impetus to continue reaching beyond perceived limitations.

We know of many, like Chemka, who rejoice in their newfound ability to provide healthier meals to their children, to finally send children to school, and to share in the financial responsibility for their families.  These fundamental abilities are often taken for granted in America, but not for women like Chemka.

We have heard from women, like Everlyne Gibendi, who said, “I had nothing to do, but wait for my husband to buy and cater for the family.  I thought I was not important in the family.” Everlyne has since parlayed a small business selling vegetables and fish into enough money to buy a motorcycle that she and her husband rent for additional income.

Stories of empowerment like these are told in SAWSO’s Annual Report, available at http://sawso.org/SAWSO2012AnnualReport.pdf. The report celebrates people everywhere who are taking the opportunities that God presents to lift up their spirits and change their lives.  One of the gifts of serving God in SAWSO is helping a woman like Chemka come to realize that God always intended for her to be and see, that she is truly a woman of substance.
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Lt-Colonel-Joan-Canning-215x3001[1]Lieutenant Colonel Joan Canning is the Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). SAWSO’s vision is to “create a world where people live in safe and sustainable communities in which differences are respected, basic needs are met, and all enjoy opportunities to learn, work, and worship in freedom.” Learn more at www.SAWSO.org.