Up, Up, and Away!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Southwest Airlines announced they’re buying Airtran, a merge is pending between Continental and United, and Delta’s staying put but faces increased competition from these other guys.

A lot’s going on between these airlines, but most of us don’t get too involved in the nitty gritty details of their business beyond wondering about the future of our fare prices.

But, before you turn your attention to the next news headline, one more thing worth considering is the fate of your frequent flier miles. I know, you’re probably thinking, “C’mon Salvation Army, where are you going with this?”

As airlines make changes within their companies, some are also changing the stipulations around their frequent flier miles such as implementing expiration dates. Rather than just letting the miles you’ve accumulated here and there expire, consider donating them to The Salvation Army.

Just as we accept monetary donations and gifts-in-kind to help people in need, we also accept your donated airline miles. They are used to quickly transport Salvation Army emergency personnel and volunteers during times of national disaster, including Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. They also provide travel to individuals and families who are in need of emergency medical attention and social services outside of their area.

Recently The Salvation Army helped a sexual trafficking victim return home to South America, and an American soldier was also able to attend his father’s funeral across country days before he shipped out to Afghanistan – all thanks to your generously donated airline miles.

Visit our website HERE to see how your United and Delta miles can help ‘do the most good’ for people in need.

Safe from the Streets

Monday, September 27, 2010

After decades of being trapped in prostitution, two women from Omaha finally escaped the streets with the help of The Salvation Army.

Today we’re sharing a little bit of their stories, as published by Omaha’s local news channel KETV ABC 7, of how they turned their lives around.

For general information on The Salvation Army’s work to fight abuse and exploitation, click here. For specific information on The Salvation Army of Omaha and its Wellspring Program, visit their website www.givesalvationarmy.org.

Former Prostitutes Tout Program As Lifesaver
Wellspring Program Helps Get Women Off Streets

KETV 7

September 27, 2010

OMAHA, Neb. — Two women, who have been working the streets of Omaha as prostitutes for more than 10 years, said they found a way out through a program sponsored by The Salvation Army.

The women said they realized their lives were going nowhere and were just getting worse. They said they got help from the Wellspring program.

With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, they wanted to get their stories out.

Delores (not her real name) is about 45 years old. The high school graduate and one-time college student worked the streets for more than a decade.

“While enrolled in college, I just got mixed up with the wrong people and from there it went downhill,” she said.

Delores said she turned to drugs and then to prostitution. She said she couldn’t stop.

“It was a very dangerous life I was living,” she said.

Cece (also a pseudonym) has a similar story.

“It was like an adventure. It was fun. I was like getting this money. It was fast and I really didn’t have to do nothing to get it,” she said.

Cece was a prostitute for nearly 20 years. She said what started out as being fun, eventually proved otherwise.

“Throughout those 20 years, I’ve been stabbed, I’ve been raped, I’ve been shot at,” she said. “By the grace of God, I’m sitting here telling my story today.”

If it weren’t for the Salvation Army’s Wellspring program, both women said there is no telling where they’d be.

“Prostitution isn’t a choice,” said Mary Raynovich, the director of Wellspring. “We find that it’s really about a lack of choices.”

Raynovich said she works with as many as 100 women every month. About 73 percent of them have been sexually abused and roughly 90 percent of them are chemically addicted, she said.

But, no matter how troubled some of the women are, Raynovich said they are not a lost cause.

“No matter how long you’ve been on the street, there’s hope. You can get off the street,” said Raynovich.

“I believe that if I reach out and let them (other prostitutes) know that there is hope, they will have something to cling to,” said Cece.

“If it wasn’t for our case manager in the program, I know I would still be lost,” Delores said. “I would still be out there, or dead.”

The stories from women like Cece and Delores have helped the Salvation Army secure a $25,000 grant for the Wellspring program. The check will be presented at the end of October.

News by the Numbers

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Friday! Since it’s the end of the week, we’re keeping it simple with an easy-to-read list of news by the numbers. These curt quantities represent a mix…

874 Vs. Unemployment

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Look at the pants you’re wearing today. Did they ever do anything to fight unemployment?

If you’re wearing a pair of Dickies’ limited-edition “Detroit 874,” your response will be, “YES!” If not, you can keep your answer to yourself and continue reading…

Dickies just launched the exclusive Detroit 874 style this week. For every pair sold, the company will donate a pair of their Original 874 Work Pants to The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit to benefit the unemployed and workers in need. These pants will serve as the crucial work apparel they need to find and retain jobs.

Dickies has already donated $25,000 and 5,000 pairs of original 874s to The Salvation Army. If all 5,000 limited edition Detroit 874s are sold, the company hopes to double that donation!

You can help today by purchasing a pair of stylish Detroit 874s available exclusively online at www.dickies.com. And don’t worry if your work dress code calls for something different than blue pants – Dickies are great for both work and play!

Thank you, Dickies, for your great idea to help those in need!