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Young people meet a need in Owensboro, Kentucky

Young people meet a need in Owensboro, Kentucky

By: David Ibata

When failures in the mains cut off all the tap water in Owensboro, Kentucky, a little over a year ago, The Salvation Army mobilized volunteers to deliver bottled water to people in need. The helpers included about a half-dozen youth.

“As we delivered water, people asked us if we had food, too,” said Corps Sergeant Major Lori Thurman. “One of the teens turned to me and said, well, why don’t we have food?”

The sergeant major reached out to two pizzerias. The next day, the youth handed out water and pizza. City water was restored after several days, and the crisis passed. But the seed of an idea was planted.

Now, every Wednesday evening, eight to 15 young people in the Owensboro Corps CANteen Program get together to prepare and deliver food to more than 100 residents in need.

“The kids saw a need and wanted to help,” Sergeant Major Thurman said. “They really are the heart of this program. They do the hard work: Packing the bags, loading the van, cleaning up afterward. I just drive the van.“

Some of the youth are corps cadets. Others are from Owensboro High School, where Sergeant Major Thurman teaches social studies, or helpers at the summer day camp program.

One recent Wednesday, the Tri-State Food Bank donated pre-cooked pork burgers. A local bakery donated buns. The kids, working in the corps kitchen, heated the meat, put it on buns and packaged hot pork sandwiches with potato chips for that evening’s distribution.

Pizza also has been a popular menu item. Papa John’s and 54 Pizza Express are still donating pizzas certain weeks. Compass Counseling, a local counseling service, wrote a check for $180 to cover the cost of 30 pies another week.

Food goes to three populations: homeless residents; families in transitional housing – “parents and three or four kids in a one-bedroom hotel room”; and Somali, Burmese and Thai refugees who were settled in Owensboro and are struggling to make it in their new homeland, Sergeant Major Thurman said.

“We’re really trying to give them hope that there’s a way out of their situation,” she said. “I would like to see the people we are ministering to help us reach more people. They know where the others are.”

The weekly visits from The Salvation Army have borne fruit: Five children have started attending corps programming including vacation Bible school, Sunday school and, on Monday evenings, Sunbeams, Adventure Corps and Girl Guards. One man volunteered to ring bells at Christmas and has been attending the corps off and on; another applied to work in the thrift store.

Taking things to the next level, the corps is one of five finalists for two $100,000 Impact 100 Owensboro grants. The grant would go toward a kitchen upgrade so the corps can prepare more food and serve more people, as well as gym renovations. Grant recipients will be announced in October.

All this, because some young people wanted to make a difference.

“Kids want to help, they want to be involved,” the sergeant major said. “We’re just giving them the voice and the power to do it. They have great ideas; they just want to be heard.

“I never thought two years ago I’d be doing this, but through this food ministry, we’ve gotten to know a lot of people in the community.”

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Salvation Army Units in Southeast Texas Prepare to Respond to Flooding From Tropical Storm Imelda

Dallas, Texas (September 19, 2019) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster (EDS) teams in Southeast Texas are preparing to respond to heavy rain and flooding associated with Tropical Storm Imelda. Some areas have experienced as much as 30 inches of rain in the space of 24 hours and significant flooding has been reported throughout the region.

“We have six mobile feeding units prepared to respond in Southeast Texas with more units on standby,” said Kathy Clark, Associate Emergency Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We also have a Salvation Army field kitchen that has been supporting the work of volunteers in Orange, Texas for the last few months that is available with the capacity to produce up to 5,000 meals per day. We will be watching this developing situation very closely over the next 24 to 36 hours.”

On Thursday morning, The Salvation Army in Orange received a request to provide snacks and hydration at an Emergency Shelter set up at the North Orange Baptist Church where 62 individuals spent the night on Wednesday. In Galveston County, The Salvation Army shelter is open for anyone needing shelter from the storm and widespread flooding. “We had around 30 additional people stay in the shelter last night,” said Holly McDonald, Community Relations/Development Manager for The Salvation Army in Galveston County. “We will continue have an open door for anyone needing a dry, safe place to stay, including those who may need to evacuate their homes in neighboring communities.”

Many roads across Southeast Texas remain flooded at this time as rain continues to fall in the area. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will know better how and where we can provide service in the coming few days,” said Clark. “The Salvation Army will be ready to mobilize our trained emergency disaster services teams to meet both the practical and emotional needs of those affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.”

Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts in Southeast Texas.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Food outreach in West Virginia seeks to create dependency on Christ

Food outreach in West Virginia seeks to create dependency on Christ

By: David Ibata

Hunger is an issue close to Lieutenant Dennis Smith’s heart: His mother told him of growing up in Korea when it was occupied by the Japanese, separated from her family at age 11, living on the streets and cooking and selling rice so she’d have money to buy her own food.

“It breaks my heart to know there’s a kid not getting a meal,” the lieutenant said. He and his wife, Lieutenant Jane Smith, are corps officers at Mercer County Corps in Princeton, West Virginia. “We hear so many different stories.”

One day this past spring, three members of the local Hiawatha Baptist Church came calling to ask if The Salvation Army would accept and distribute surplus food as it became available. The corps jumped at the chance.

“I call them our three wise men; they showed up bearing gifts,” Lieutenant Dennis said. “It started with a quarter-truck load of ice cream sandwiches.”

Since then, a box truck from time to time comes around to do a community food drop.

“It can bring anything from pizzas to Hot Pockets to packages of sausages to frozen vegetables to hot dogs to luncheon meats,” Lieutenant Dennis said. “We’re now trying to round up more freezers so we can store food and schedule a regular distribution one day a week.”

For now, though, it’s a mad scramble.

“Let’s say it’s a Thursday; they’ll call and say we’ll be there in an hour,” Lieutenant Dennis said. “I call in our volunteers, and they help me unload the truck and put things in the freezers.” When they run out of freezer space, “we’ll set up six tables like a grocery store so people can pick what they want.”

The corps then sends out a blast to the community by email and Facebook. With the food distributions, the corps has gone from fewer than 300 Facebook “likes” to nearly 1,400. The corps typically will serve 150 to 200 families a week.

But doesn’t giving away free food risk creating a dependency?

“That’s already happened,” the lieutenant said. “People call and ask, what time is the food coming? We have to explain that it’s not every week; it’s whenever they have food to give us. … It’s the same dependency we develop with the community when we give clothes out of the thrift store or help people with their utility bills.”

“What we’re doing to control some of that is to lower the amount of food people can take” – limiting a household to 18 items, three from each of the six tables, so a family doesn’t load up on all Hot Pockets or take more than it needs.

A greater principal is at work, Lieutenant Dennis said: “We want to foster a dependency on the love of Christ – a dependency that people know if there’s a need, we will do our best to take care of them.”

He estimated that since beginning the food ministry, the corps has seen an increase of as much as 20 percent in social services, to people who had no prior contact with The Salvation Army. The corps’ mission field is Princeton, Bluefield and a five-county region of rural West Virginia whose economy took a hit when the coal mines closed.

“We regularly invite people to come to church,” Lieutenant Dennis said. “We pray for them, and with them. Our hope is, this can become much, much bigger than just handing out food. Through this, people have started recognizing not just me in the community, but The Salvation Army in the community, and they’re very thankful.”

Source: southernspiritonline.org

New hope graces weary hearts at Southern Territorial Bible Conference

New hope graces weary hearts at Southern Territorial Bible Conference

By: Major Frank Duracher

It was old meets new as the 2019 Southern Territorial Bible Conference marked its 50th appearance at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, with a study of the Book of Ezekiel and the theme “New Hope and New Hearts.”

The week’s three major speakers were Dr. Bill Ury, Diane Ury and Dr. Chris Lohrstorfer. Other instructors included Steve Carter (ARC special guest), Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, and Major Sarah Nelson.

The Sunday night meeting featured The Jesus Theater, a creative arts presentation of the gospel from creation to redemption. Utilizing simple props, such as dozens of colorful kites, four wooden boxes and black garbage bags, the cast of young adults from five divisions gave a moving overview of God’s intention for man’s soul to soar in sweet communion with him. The altar was lined by scores of men and women seeking this new hope. It would not be the last time the Mercy Seat was so crowned this week.

The chief secretary, Colonel Bukiewicz, preached in Monday morning’s first session. Drawing from Hebrews chapter 9, the chief laid the foundation for the rest of the teachers with “Hope for the Heart.”

“It’s all about transformation that only Christ can give,” he said. “A change of our heart-heart perspective is our desperate need. Only the blood of Christ has power tocleanse, forgive, restore and renew. That’s what this week is all about. His blood makes my new heart possible!”

Tuesday evening was Soldiers’ Night, led by newly-installed Territorial Sergeant-Major Jeremy Rowland. Rowland’s installation, along with that of Terri Neville as A/TSM, made it possible to acknowledge the four years of service of TSM John Reeves.

ARC Night (Thursday) is a perennial favorite at SBC. God’s redemptive and regenerating power was told in the testimonies of three ARC alumni: Todd Quick (Tampa ARC), Captain Stephen Correira (San Antonio ARC; now Jacksonville ARC administrator) and Star Sullivan (Memphis ARC.)

Carter preached on “Regeneration” using Matthew 19:27-30 and Titus 3:5.

“The word palingenesia means ‘genesis again,’” Carter said. “It is renewal. It is restoration to what God intends for us. It is a recapturing of that early joy we once felt; or a double portion of God’s power, like Elisha!”

Quoting William Booth, Carter said, “The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender.” He also warned against the danger of a “comfortable snuggery,” as cautioned by Catherine Booth.

“You can ask God for palingenesis in your life – a double portion – a genesis again that can happen tonight—right now!” Carter urged.

Youth Night (Friday) is another highlight at SBC. Under the direction of Captains Ken and Jessie Chapman, in their 22nd year in that role, and their staff, this year’s musical was an incredible production of “Come Alive! A Vast Army!” (directed by Bethany Farrell).

The SBC youth had been studying Ezekiel 37, and their musical message was that God can bring a vast army to life, even to a valley of dry, dead bones.

Major Nelson’s sermon on Saturday morning came from Psalm 103 and Ezekiel 3. Calling every Christian a “watchman,” she stated that “hopelessness invokes fear” and that “the Church must never be second-inline in offering hope to the world!”

“God is sparing nothing in letting us know that we can rely on his power and blessing. He can do it again – and do it again in us!” Major Nelson said.

The climax came in Saturday night’s holiness meeting, led by Commissioner Barbara Howell. The congregation’s singing of “Holy, Holy, Holy” set the tone for Commissioner Willis Howell’s sermon, “The Heart of the Problem.”

“The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart,” the territorial commander summarized. Whether in our physical heart or spiritual heart, we tend to self-diagnose, and that’s usually a misdiagnosis.

“Spiritually speaking,” he continued, “it always comes down to a ‘heart issue.’ You may say, I may be strong-willed … I have an anger problem … I tend to be jealous and envious. But you are misdiagnosing the problem – it’s a heart issue! Yours is a heart that needs to be sanctified!” Commissioner Howell said.

Using a Southern colloquialism, he said, “Whatever’s down in the well is gonna come up in the bucket!”

God tells us to be holy because he is holy. “He can make us new. This is not what God wants from us; but for us!”

Major Frank Duracher, former writer for The War Cry and Southern Spirit, is a retired Salvation Army officer living in North Carolina.

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Southern EDS units mobilized to respond to Hurricane Dorian

Southern EDS units mobilized to respond to Hurricane Dorian

As The Salvation Army in the Caribbean responded to Hurricane Dorian’s onslaught in the Bahamas, where dozens died and tens of thousands were left homeless, Southern Territory Emergency Disaster Services mobilized.

The Atlantic states were spared the worst of the storm. Yet many coastal areas were ordered evacuated as Dorian approached. Thousands fled their homes, and the Army was there to help.

The first week of September, Salvationists in the Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina divisions provided food and hydration to first responders and evacuees at command posts, churches, community centers and shelters and offered emotional and spiritual care when called upon.

As of Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, the three divisions had served 33,843 meals, 44,934 drinks and 25,041 snacks in the Dorian response, and had provided emotional and spiritual care to 3,008 people. Forty-eight cleanup kits and 145 personal hygiene kits were handed out, and employees and volunteers put in more than 3,690 total hours of service.

Tuesday, 49 canteens were assigned; five were in service in eastern North Carolina, where Dorian made landfall with widespread flooding.

Meanwhile, the Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic giving arm of the Atlanta soft drink company, pledged $400,000 to The Salvation Army to provide immediate resources for emergency food and shelter for the Bahamas..

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Down But Not Out – A Hurricane Dorian Story

The Berkley Manor is a beautiful old hotel located on Ocracoke Island, NC. Its original woodwork and intricate details make it a unique place to relax and enjoy the island. In 70 years, the hotel has never flooded. But, when Hurricane Dorian swept over the island on Friday morning, September 6, the tide brought knee-deep water rushing into the hotel.

Salvation Army disaster workers met Berkley Manor co-owner Rob Orr one morning when he walked to The Salvation Army carrying a three-pot coffee brewer. “It was the only thing left on the table so I thought I would bring it over for y’all to use,” he said with a smile. As the group visited, he shared his story of when the tide came in.

“It was around 6 AM and we were moving the boats to a safer location. Then the wind shifted which caused the water to begin running back into the canals. So we turned around to head back to the Manor. Once inside, I saw the tide coming. It moved so rapidly, it blew the front door open! Within 15 minutes, we had water up to our knees! The Manor is old, it’s not connected to its foundation, so there was a big risk of the entire manor lifting up and floating away!”

Rob continued his story. “The current began flowing through the house, picking up all the furniture and slamming it against one wall. So we jumped into the water, which was over our heads, and we swam toward the barn to wait it out. For two hours as the waters receded, we were praying, hoping. You know your things are gone… you just want to make it through safely. All we could do was sit back and hope for the best.

After Rob shared his story, pastors from The Salvation Army prayed with Rob and Berkley Manor co-owner David Barns, offering words of hope and encouragement. David and Rob walked The Salvation Army pastors through the Manor, pointing out the beauty that still remained and lamenting what was lost. They know long months of work and restoration lay ahead for them. But, they were also left with the hope that Berkley Manor may be down, but it’s not out.

Stories like Rob and David’s are the reason The Salvation Army provides emotional and spiritual care to survivors after the storm. The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the Gospel and to meet human needs in Christ’s name. After a disaster, we provide food and water to nourish the body; we provide a listening ear and shoulder to lean on to nourish the soul.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

If you would like to donate to Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or you can donate online at helpsalvationarmy.org

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Carolinas Continues Serving Outer Banks after Dorian

Washington, N.C. (September 12, 2019) — The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Dorian continues in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Today, four Salvation Army mobile feeding units and crews of trained Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers are serving meals, drinks, and providing spiritual care on Ocracoke Island, in Hatteras Village, and Dare County.

Power in the Outer Banks is restored for most of the area. The Salvation Army is feeding residents as they clean-up from the historic storm surge and disaster clean-up crews as they continue working along the coast. 

Emotional and spiritual care is also a focus for the Salvation Army teams serving along the Outer Banks. Trained ESC (emotional and spiritual care) caregivers are on the ground in door-to-door ministry on Ocracoke to provide a cold drink and encouraging words to residents as they restore their lives.

During disaster, pre-existing partnerships and relationships are essential to meeting the needs of people who are in the most need. The Salvation Army is working along the Outer Banks in collaboration with the North Carolina Baptist on Mission and the American Red Cross.

Salvation Army officers and staff work long before disaster strikes to begin and maintain these relationships. The Salvation Army will continue to partner with local and state government and agencies as communities continue to assess impacts from the storm.

In response to Hurricane Dorian, The Salvation Army in the Carolinas has provided:

  • 26,289 Meals
  • 32,986 Drinks
  • 10,488 Snacks
  • Emotional and Spiritual Care to 1,251 people
  • 9,448 hours of employee and volunteer service
    **Stats as of 9:00 a.m. 9.12.19

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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When the Storm Came – A Hurricane Dorian Rescue

Ocracoke, N.C. (September 10, 2019)–Residents are returning to the small island of Ocracoke after Hurricane Dorian swept over the island, causing flash flooding from storm surge. The 1,200 residents of the island have experienced hurricanes before, but the flooding from Dorian was historic.

During door-to-door ministry, Salvation Army emotional and spiritual caregivers met Lynnette Waller on her porch as she was taking a break from cleaning up the mess the storm surge Dorian left behind. As they visited, Lynette shared her story.

“At first, it wasn’t that bad. In fact, I thought it was over,” she recalled. “Then, in the middle of the night, I woke up and noticed the floor was wet. I walked into the living room and looked outside to discover floodwater up to the porch. I struggled to open the door because it was held shut by water. So I turned around and by the time I walked back to my chair, the water was up to my knees! At that point, I knew I could not stay any longer in the house so I walked outside to the porch. My neighbor waved to me and we tried to figure out how to get me out of the house. Thankfully, they called the fire department where a boat was brought out. The boat came right up to the porch where I was able to get off the house. The entire time, I kept thinking, ‘When am I going to wake up? Is this really happening?’”

After the fire department rescued Lynnette from her home, the Coast Guard flew Lynnette off of the island to a shelter in Elizabeth City. Her brother Gene picked her up the next day.

“I believe my sister’s house may be a total loss, but we are holding out hope,” he said. “My father built that house for us in 1958. The bones are good. I believe we will be able to reclaim it.”

Lynnette added, “I am really thankful for all The Salvation Army is doing here, we could not recover without your help.”

Pastors from The Salvation Army prayed with Lynnette and Gene and offered words of hope and encouragement, reassuring them that would come back to check on them in the following days.

The physical support of food and water that The Salvation Army provides is necessary; the emotional and spiritual support is life-giving. Specially trained Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care providers are working along the Outer Banks in the aftermath of Dorian, praying, sharing resources, and giving hope to people who are working to recover from the storm.

The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is uniquely positioned to support people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our network of trained disaster staff and volunteers are deployed to several locations across all potentially affected areas, in preparation to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors.  We are grateful to NC Baptist on Mission and the American Red Cross for the partnership in providing meals to Salvation Army canteens for lunch and dinner.

If you would like to donate towards Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or you can donate online at helpsalvationarmy.org

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors after Hurricane Dorian

Ocracoke, N.C. (September 9, 2019)–A light blue SUV drove into the parking lot of the Ocracoke Fire Station where The Salvation Army was serving meals for residents impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Couches, clothes, mountains of mattresses, and other debris littered the street leading to the fire station, evidence of the storm that blew through the Outer Banks of North Carolina just two days before. Ocracoke resident Carol Paul got out of the van, first stopping to pick up clean-up supplies from the community center and then hot meals from The Salvation Army to deliver to her neighbors.

“Thank you for the hot meals you are providing our community,” she said with a smile. “When I came back to the Island, there was destruction everywhere! No power, people’s belongings were all over. I was lucky. My cars were not swept away by the storm. But some of my neighbors….they weren’t as lucky.”

Pastors from The Salvation Army prayed with Carol and she turned to begin her deliveries of hot food and supplies to her neighbors.

As she walked away, the breeze was blowing gently and waves were lapping the shore. Nature had seemingly returned to normal, yet normal will take weeks for the residents here as they recover from Dorian. In the meantime, small things are of the utmost importance. A hot meal. Cleaning supplies. An air-conditioned community center. Charging stations for mobile devices.

The Salvation Army is on Ocracoke Island and other places along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, serving residents who are restoring their lives after Hurricane Dorian. We are there to provide a meal and a cold drink and hope dring a difficult time. We are The SALVATION Army, here to meet human need in the name of Jesus Christ without discrimination.

The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is uniquely positioned to support people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our network of trained disaster staff and volunteers are deployed to several locations across all potentially affected areas, in preparation to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors.

If you would like to donate towards Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or you can donate online at helpsalvationarmy.org

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Source: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org 

Salvation Army Family Store opens in Tampa’s Town ‘n Country

Salvation Army Family Store opens in Tampa‘s Town ’n Country

By: S. Richard Hodder

The new Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center opened Aug. 3 at 8519 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

During the store’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Majors John and Katherine Reed, Tampa ARC administrators, emphasized the good that the six Family Stores are doing in the communities of Brandon, Lakeland, South Tampa, Tampa, Town ‘n Country and Wesley Chapel. Majors Gary and Elizabeth Wilson, who lead all 23 adult rehabilitation centers throughout the USA Southern Territory, also welcomed the store’s first customers.

Named for its location, the Town ‘n Country Family Store promotes the Tampa Bay Area’s sustainability efforts to care for the environment by recycling items people no longer want. What once was taking up valuable storage space in homes and businesses can now be donated to the store to be recycled and in turn keep more gently used items from being transported to waste collection sites.

The store also enables people on tight budgets to purchase necessary items they normally could not afford. For example, many clothing items, some manufactured by name brands, cost only a few dollars. In addition, when people shop on any Wednesday, they can buy clothes, shoes, belts, ties and linens for 50 percent off their normal prices during the weekly Family Day Sale.

Besides serving donors and shoppers patronizing the store, the revenue generated helps those who have lost the ability to care for themselves. Ravaged by substance afflictions, people can rebuild their lives at The Salvation Army Tampa Adult Rehabilitation

Center without having any out-of-pocket costs. The store’s funds help cover all their expenses at the ARC for up to one full year, where they participate in a long-term, faith-based, 12-step, residential rehabilitation program to receive the aid and education needed to transform into productive members of society.

At the Tampa ARC, hurting people find a safe place to heal their broken lives. Over 40 percent of the residents stay at least six months to graduate from the basic rehabilitation program. Living in a clean, wholesome setting with compassionate staff and sponsors to lean on, 195 women and men get a second chance to become healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Richard Hodder is the community relations and development coordinator for the Tampa ARC.

Source: southernspiritonline.org