Monday, September 19, 2011
We blogged last week about the increased number of Americans living in poverty which has reached a record 46.2 million people – or one in six Americans. According to the same reporting agency, the top five poorest states are Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Louisiana. Failed government policies from years past and a continued decline in GDP have taken a drastic toll on the jobs market and the American way of life. The poverty rate is the “highest of any major industrialized nation”.
This past week, reporters from The Associated Press scavenged the poorest areas of the country in search for a few of the stories behind this record-breaking number. The accounts include very real depictions of the prevalent poverty struggle in America. Most frustratingly, those without jobs often live in the communities with the fewest resources for finding another. Adding to this vicious cycle are the struggles of feeding a growing family or caring for ill loved ones who are unable to contribute. Families find themselves destitute once government assistance ends or help from the community isn’t an option anymore.
Read the stories here.
Among the accounts is that of Monique Brown, a single mom with four children who, up until two weeks ago, was homeless. When the recession hit in 2008, Monique lost both of her jobs in Florida and decided to move her family to Alabama in order to live near her brother. The Salvation Army of Birmingham provided shelter to Monique and her family for several weeks, eventually helping her find a public housing unit. They paid for her furniture, appliances and rent deposits. She now has a home where she can adequately care for her two-year-old son and continue her search for work. With help from The Salvation Army and other donations, her children have beds again.
The Salvation Army provides housing and homeless services nationwide. Along with providing food and lodging for the homeless, The Salvation Army addresses the health and educational needs of residents and seeks to address the issues causing the need. For more information on The Salvation Army Housing and Homeless Services, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
Friday, September 9, 2011
The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency relief services to those struggling with the double blow of Tropical Storm Lee and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Some areas along the Northeast coast were hit with both storms. Continued flooding and a serious lack of resources have made living conditions extremely difficult for those in the impacted areas.
Within the last two weeks, The Salvation Army has served more than 515,000 meals, snacks and drinks to victims and emergency responders along the East Coast, using 76 emergency response vehicles.
“Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene did a one – two punch, severely increasing the need in flood impacted northeastern states. Nevertheless, The Salvation Army is there, serving and providing relief services to all community members in need”, said Major George Hood Community Relations & Development Secretary.
Here are the most recent updates:
The Salvation Army is feeding at ten Red Cross shelters and has deployed six canteens to assist.
The Salvation Army is providing meals in the areas of Rutland and Waterbury.
In New York:
The Salvation Army is still feeding evacuees and emergency responders from mobile canteens in various New York towns such as Schenectady, Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Binghamton, Nichols and Sydney.
Salvation Army personnel are stationed at three Disaster Assistance Centers in Delaware, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. Centers are in operation from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
In Amsterdam, a feeding support is set up at the Montgomery County shelter. In Schenectady, a shelter is provided at the Schenectady High School.
The Salvation Army deployed emergency relief teams to the areas of New Bedford, Attleboro and Metro Boston to provide food, drinks and clean-up kits.
The best way that you can help us provide is to donate monetarily. Donations can be made online by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
You can also text the word ‘STORM’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your cell phone.
Checks should be designated “2011 Hurricane Season” and can be sent to:
Disaster Gift Processing Center
PO B ox 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Tropical Storm Lee has dropped torrential rains on the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi.
The storm made landfall in New Orleans earlier today causing devastating flash flooding. Currently, New Orleans is under flash flood warnings.
The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping those in the states affected by this storm. In Jackson, Mississippi, forty residents have been evacuated by boat to The Salvation Army’s shelter in Pascagoula.
The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of all warnings. With significant rainfall still in the forecast residents are reminded to stay away from moving waters.
Want to help our efforts providing for those in Lee’s path? Check out our website for ways to donate monetarily.
Check back for updates. You can also see our updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The lovely Christine Burton is back and we’re ready to salute her as she takes on the military cat walk in this crisp vest designed with a feminine touch.
The smooth cut of the lines and stiff high collar showcase her sleek figure, adding length to her torso. The accents of beads, ruffles, and designs add feminine elegance to an otherwise serious style. This piece could be worn for any occasion!
Christine bought this brand new vest for $4.99 (with the original tags!) at her local Salvation Army and she can put a little more strut in her step knowing that her purchase helped Adult Rehabilitation Centers. It’s a win win situation! Get your cat walk style by visiting your local Salvation Army Thrift Store today!
And that, fellow thrifty shoppers, is the Vest of the Story.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Who hasn’t wished for Charlie’s infectious excitement when he finds a coveted golden ticket in the film favorite “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”?
Starting this July 2 weekend, 5 lucky people will get to live the dream as The Salvation Army of Augusta Kroc Center is distributing five “Golden Tickets” of their own.nThe prize may not be a chocolate factory tour with singing oompa-loompas, BUT winners will get a behind the scenes tour of the Kroc Center, plus a three month membership!
If you live in the Augusta, Georgia area, look in your July Supersaver coupon package that comes in the mail to see if you’ve won a Golden Ticket. Lucky recipients should call the Augusta Kroc Center at (706) 922-0170 to claim your membership and schedule a tour.
PS: The Augusta Kroc Center is holding their Grand Opening weekend August 6. Get more info about all the opportunities this Center will offer at www.krocaugusta.org, or find them on Facebook (@Kroc Center of Augusta) and Twitter (@RJKroc).
Friday, May 13, 2011
The Telegraph documents the destruction in Lorca, Spain following this week’s earthquake.
The Salvation Army Spain is striking back at the earthquake that hit the town of Lorca in Murcia, Spain on May 11. The 5.1-magnitude quake and 4.4-magnitude tremor killed 9 people and damaged 80% of the town’s buildings.
Salvation Army officers traveled to Lorca to assess the area and spoke with the Spanish military and the Red Cross who are coordinating the emergency response.
As is the case with many earthquakes, people are afraid to be indoors should another quake strike. Many are sleeping in tents put up by the Spanish military while others, including families with small children, are spending the night in the open. Some are even sleeping in their cars.
Lorca citizens are in need of food, hot drinks and blankets, but the main need is for shelter. The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters has provided $10,000 to help meet these needs.
If you’d like to support our relief work in southern Spain, you can click here or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. Please designate your contribution for “Spain Earthquake” in the Specific Use field. Any and all support is greatly appreciated!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
The Salvation Army’s Lt. David Costellow of Chattanooga, TN reports the following good news of coordinated relief efforts in the tornado-devastated area:
“Times of disaster tend to bring out the best qualities in individuals with neighbors helping one another, but often in the midst of the crisis, there are many who get overlooked and even others who get flooded with care as a result of our goodwill. In a time when our resources may be limited, this can lead to suspicion on behalf of a donor who may be wondering if their donation is being used in the best possible way. However, when that donor sees agencies working together to meet the needs of their community, it brings about a feeling of peace and confidence that their money is doing the most good to meet the present need.
Last night, at The Salvation Army in Cleveland, TN, all the major relief agencies in Bradley County sat around the same table working on solutions to meet the needs of their community. Representatives from Men and Women of Action, Baptist Association, The Red Cross, The United Way, Lee University, Bradley High School, Living Word Fellowship, and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club were all represented. Their goal was to have a more efficient utilization of their services and volunteers. As a result, The Salvation Army has become the hub for all volunteers, the American Red Cross will be coordinating hot meals, and the Baptist Association will be coordinating the clean up and rebuilding efforts and The Salvation Army will be handing out non-perishable food. The local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has identified The Salvation Army and The Red Cross as the lead agencies in this effort. The spirit of volunteerism is high as these agencies unite together to help their community recover from this disaster.
Although there are hundreds of volunteers working together, the demand for assistance remains high here in Cleveland and around the Chattanooga area, and we need your help! First and foremost, we solicit your prayers for the tornado victims and relief workers. We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which they can donate monetarily to the relief effort.”
Friday, April 15, 2011
As a result of the constitutional crisis in the Ivory Coast, many people are fleeing to neighboring Liberia and Ghana for safety. Since there is no Salvation Army presence in the Ivory Coast, The Salvation Army’s Ghana Territory and Liberia Command are both determining how to best respond.
Our personnel along the border have described the distressing condition of hundreds of escapees who have recently crossed into Ghana, saying, “They have little clothing, shelter or personal resource.”
The Salvation Army of Liberia sent a team of three officers to the border where more than 30,000 refugees had been registered by the United Nations High Council for Refugees (UNHCR). The team reported that conditions for the refugees were very poor and that there is a great need for food, water, bedding, medicine and clothes – particularly with the rainy season ahead.
Leaders from both countries have applied to Salvation Army International Headquarters for funding so they can begin work with the refugees.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thank you to everyone who has supported or is following our ongoing relief efforts in Japan. We’ve received more photos of the response work and have shared them below. Salvation Army International Headquarters also has them posted to their Flickr account here.
A Japanese Salvation Army emergency vehicle en route. Three Salvation Army emergency response teams were sent out from Tokyo to Sendai, Mito and towards the Fukushima area.
One of The Salvation Army Japan’s emergency canteen vehicles, preparing to serve up a fresh batch of hot noodles – very welcome in the cold temperatures.
The Salvation Army’s emergency canteen vehicles have been working hard, serving hot food and drinks to a thousand people at a time.
Poor weather did not deter the crowds, lining up patiently outside The Salvation Army’s corps (church) in Sendai.
The Salvation Army’s corps (church) in Sendai, near the epicentre of the earthquake, is also distributing essential supplies.
Relief supplies, comprising bottled water, biscuits, blankets, towels and diapers were prepared for distribution.
A Salvation Army kitchen in north-east Japan, with officers and members catering for some of the thousands who have been displaced by the earthquake and tsunami.
[Japan – SA Officer Distributing Food]
The Salvation Army’s officers and volunteers in Japan have been distributing packed lunches to evacuees and residents of earthquake-affected areas.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Today is the first day of the Lenten season. If you observe this religious tradition, have you decided what you’ll sacrifice for this time leading up to Easter?
Most people I know stick to one thing to abstain from for these 40 days, like chocolate or playing video games. But Kathleen See in The Salvation Army’s Eastern Territory posted her own idea for Lent. For her, each day is a new opportunity to either give something up or do something good for others.
Below is her calendar for the first week of Lent. Maybe you can use this as a guide for your own plans. View Kathleen’s full list here.
March 9 Give up watching TV
March 10 Give up drinking your favorite hot drink
March 11 Learn a Bible verse
March 12 Give up the trip to the mall
March 13 Invite someone to Sunday dinner
March 14 Go to bed an hour earlier and use the time to pray
March 15 Cut your spending by $10 this week and put it in a box and decide what person in need will receive it at end of Lent season.