On a Mission to Serve

courtesy of Bob Donaldson of the Post Gazette: www.post-gazette.com

From a homeless shelter in Pittsburgh to the safe houses of Abu Dhabi, new National Advisory Board member Pamela Abdalla has been changing lives in the name of The Salvation Army for many years.

Pamela founded and maintained a coalition committed to bimonthly cultural, educational, and social programs at the Salvation Army’s Pittsburgh Family Caring Center (FCC). To support her work with the FCC, Pamela founded one of the nation’s most unique fundraiser, the “Annual Garbage Bag Gala.”

At The Gala, ladies wear fabulous couture gowns designed from trash bags and donate the money they would have normally spent on a designer dress.  Pamela’s work with the FCC and the Garbage Bag Gala has earned several awards, including a 2004 Pennsylvania State Legislature Certificate of Achievement;  the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 2005 “Make the Connection” Award;  and in 2006, the Salvation Army’s Catherine Booth Award.

"Trashionistas" of the Annual Garbage Bag Gala donate what they would have spent on a gown to The Salvation Army!

Pamela previously worked in the demanding and hectic Allegheny County’s family court system, while juggling the responsibilities of wife, mother and volunteer.  When her husband’s law firm took them to Abu Dhabi, she worked in the Islamic court system before deciding to focus on volunteering.

Her efforts have been extensive including community service in the safe houses for women in the Philippine and Indonesian embassies. She also developed support programs for migrant workers. And, she has formed and chaired The Salvation Army’s Middle East Advisory Board, the first Salvation Army outpost in the United Arab Emirates. While there, her goal was to unite the entire community of Abu Dhabi (expats, the locals, the NGOs, corporate sector, etc) through her work with The Salvation Army.

Recently returned to her Pittsburgh home, Pamela has regained her Salvation Army Greater Pittsburgh Advisory Board post and was recently inducted as a member of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board.

*We thank Pamela for her amazing service with The Salvation Army!*