Watch Tonight – New National Leaders’ Installation

Friday, November 12, 2010

Don’t have plans tonight? Now you do! This evening is the installation service for The Salvation Army’s new national leaders Commissioner William and Nancy Roberts. You’re officially invited to watch the ceremony LIVE online!

What: Installation Service for The Salvation Army’s new National Commander and National President of Women’s Ministries

Who: You + Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts

When: 8:30pmEST/7:30pmCST, Friday, November 12

Where: Here at our blog (look down), or streaming LIVE through from Chicago, IL

Our Red Kettles are even on CNN

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Salvation Army’s Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary, appeared live on CNN yesterday with host Ali Velshi to discuss our 2010 Red Kettle Campaign.

As our iconic red kettles are already appearing on streets and by store fronts, Major Hood talked about how the money raised from this holiday tradition is critical in supporting local Army programs and services year round.

In case you missed the interview, we’ve got the video for you right here:

To Our Veterans, Thank You

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On Veterans Day we want to express our deepest gratitude to all the men and women who have served our great nation – may God bless you for the sacrifices you have made in order to protect our freedoms.

While we believe it is important to support our veterans with our words of thanks and encouragement, we also strive to support them with our actions.

The Salvation Army has a long history of caring for our service members, going all the way back to the days of WWI with our famous doughnut lassies. Today we offer a range of veterans programs and services across the country that are unique to each local community they’re found in.

Today I want to specifically highlight one found in Ann Arbor, Michigan called The Salvation Army Veterans Haven of Hope House, or Hope House for short.

Since it opened in 2004, Hope House has helped more than 70 homeless veterans find permanent housing, get a job, or enroll in school.

Director Jennifer Brown describes her responsibility as helping veterans create and meet short and long term goals for themselves. Some requirements such as contributing to work around the house helps nurture productivity and confidence in the residents. Additional support, such as mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and various groups are available to those who need them.

For those who honorably served, this program is just one of many ways The Salvation Army hopes to serve them.

Happy Veterans Day.

New National Leaders to be Installed

Thursday, November 11, 2010

As of November 1, The Salvation Army is under the new national leadership of Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts, and their official installment service is taking place Friday, November 12 in Chicago, IL at 8:30pm EST/7:30pm CST.

For anyone interested in watching the ceremony, it will be broadcast LIVE online at

Here at National Headquarters we’ve already had the opportunity to welcome Commissioners Roberts with a special chapel and welcome lunch. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to meet them yet, we can tell you they’re an extremely friendly and personable couple that we’re excited to have join us!

As officers of The Salvation Army they’ve served all over the world – most recently in Kenya and before that London, England and South America, in addition to some cities in the United States. We’ve already heard a few fascinating anecdotes about their work within communities across the globe and they’ve assured us we’ll hear more.

Good…we always love a good story.

We’re confident that Commissioners Roberts will be excellent leaders, not just because of their broad perspective and experience, but also because of their evident love for people. If you’re available Friday evening we definitely recommend tuning in to their installation service.

You can also find the biographies of our fearless leaders here.