Talented AND Trendy? You’re Hired!

Monday, October 3, 2011

If interviewing for a job isn’t stressful enough by itself, there’s nothing worse than the distraction of insecurity about how you appear. I’ve been there, sitting across from three interviewers looking “sharp” until I realize half-way through the “what are your weaknesses?” question that I have a gigantic gaping hole in my pantyhose. So big that I can only assume I was inconspicuously attacked by a small cougar on my way into the meeting. The remaining half-hour was spent with me attempting to pull my skirt down far enough to cover the hole. It wasn’t doing the trick and needless to say, the interview was all downhill from there.

Confidence is definitely a necessary attribute for landing the job you want. And The Salvation Army of Massillon, OH is dishing it out with their new Working Clothing Closet program. Area residents who are eligible for participation in the program can receive three professional outfits, shoes and accessories.

After realizing the need for the program amid the recession and noticing a perfectly good, unused storage room at their new building, Salvation Army employees put their plan into action. With help from local non-profit Quota Club, the storage facility was redesigned in boutique-fashion complete with comfortable changing rooms and decor. Salvation Army employees sorted through hoards of clothes to find the business-appropriate selections that would be of interest to the female participants.

We’re always amazed at the ingenuity behind programs like this and the love that is outpoured from the community involved – evident at Salvation Army locations nationwide. What a neat way to fill the need!

There are two amazing results of your donation at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store: First, you fill a local need and make programs possible like the Working Clothing Closet mentioned above. Secondly, the profit made from re-selling your donated clothes directly funds our Adult Rehabilitation Clinics. Click Here to Learn More.

Furniture for Flood Victims

Friday, September 30, 2011

Flood survivors in the Northeast are still struggling to get their lives back on track after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee passed through the region. But thanks to one…

Salvation Army Promotes Ways to Work Program

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Salvation Army of Chicago, IL partnered with Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois on Monday to launch Ways to Work, a program that offers low-interest loans to low-income working parents with bad credit. The program, which is funded primarily by federal, state and local government and loaned more than $58 million to more than 27,000 families since its beginning, enabling parents to buy or repair used cars.

The goal of the program is to help improve borrowers’ credit scores as well as to encourage self-sufficiency and meaningful employment. The primary recipients of the program are single mothers who struggle to meet the demands of both work and family life.

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The program also includes financial education designed to encourage better borrowing habits and gives recipients the right understanding of credit moving forward. The Salvation Army has partnered with Ways to Work to help administer the program.

“With as many as one in six Americans living in poverty, we need to do everything we can to help parents hold down their jobs and provide a stable home for their families, and that often starts with reliable transportation,” said Lt. Col. Ralph Bukiewicz, Commander of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “This program also offers an alternative to predatory lenders who charge exorbitantly high interest rates that only push families further into debt.”

As the recession continues to impact families across the nation, The Salvation Army has launched several programs to teach individuals how to manage personal and family finances. By offering classes on financial literacy, the credit system and money management – The Salvation Army’s “Teach a Man to Fish” initiative has helped many people reduce their dependency on social service programs. Click Here to Learn More.

To learn more about Ways to Work or how to apply, please call The Salvation Army at 1 877-601-ARMY or Lutheran Child and Family Services at 1-800-363-LCFS.

A New Beginning

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We wanted to highlight and congratulate the first-year class of the Female Lone Parent Breakthrough Program of Kelowna, British Columbia! Ten single-mothers, many of whom missed their own high school graduation years earlier, walked the graduation carpet at the Kelowna Salvation Army Corps location in early September.

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The brand new Breakthrough program is a year-long mentorship curriculum and support system that counsels and teaches struggling single mothers. Along with strongly encouraged times of reflection, the classroom education covers topics such as communication, boundaries, dating, and conflict management. Perhaps more importantly, Christian principles are intertwined in the lessons and conversations with emphasis on self-worth.

The ultimate goal is to help change the hearts of participants; encouraging them to understand themselves better, to hone their strengths, work on their weaknesses and to develop self-esteem. Upon graduating, two of the mothers reached new employment goals while three participants were fulfilling their dreams of furthering their education.

We’re so happy to see this neat program succeed!

For more information on other Salvation Army programs, Click Here.