Thursday, January 6, 2011
By now you’ve all heard of the homeless man with the golden radio voice, Ted Williams. (To view the YouTube video that started it all, click here.) In just a few days he’s gone from panhandling to becoming an internet sensation with prestigious job offers pouring in.
Ted’s amazing turn of events, not to mention his humble and charismatic personality, has inspired an instant and growing fan base.
Interview with CBS’ The Early Show
Now Ted’s second chance at life is inspiring other gifted homeless people, including Salvation Army clients. In Minneapolis, Stu and Laporsha are both talented and educated individuals who never expected to be homeless, but they have hope that they will be able to once again get back on their feet, just like Ted.
Fox 9 spoke with them about how The Salvation Army is helping them pursue their own second chances:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Nearly 150 homeless individuals are housed in The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Detroit, and about 80 of those are children. Salvation Army Captain Barbara McCauley told The Detroit News that many mothers who come through their doors sought shelter there when they were kids.
Unfortunately, children of homeless adults face the risk of getting caught in the cycle of homelessness. In addition to the effects posed by the emotional stress and instability of their circumstance, moving from place to place and from school to school causes many children to fall behind in their education. These struggles kids face while they are young could pose a notable impact on their development into adults.
Organizations including The Salvation Army recognize the need to confront these issues in order to stop the trend. Through mentorship and tutoring, staff and volunteers are strengthening kids with vital educational and recreational opportunities the children might otherwise miss. This effort is even taking place now at our Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center in Detroit.
In addition, homeless parents are able to focus more effort on finding jobs and housing while their children are being intellectually and emotionally nurtured.
Check out an article featured in the Detroit News that discusses this life-changing endeavor and our efforts at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Detroit: Tutoring Programs Try to Break Cycle for Homeless Children.
For more information about The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center in Detroit, click HERE.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Honor Society, the popular new band that we’ve partnered with the last few months, is wrapping up their national Here Comes Trouble tour with a show tonight in Nashville and a concert tomorrow in Atlanta tomorrow, May 8.
***If you’re in the Nashville area and able to make it out to the concert at Rocketown tonight, please bring nonperishable food items! Alex, Andrew, Michael, and Jason are holding a food drive to benefit the local Salvation Army food pantry, and you can help them in “doing the most good!” ***
Honor Society has done an INCREDIBLE job of supporting Salvation Army programs across the country. They no doubt have a lot of things they are doing as they enjoy their national tour, but we very much appreciate that they’re also making it a priority to give back to communities along the way and encouraging their fans to do the same!
Check out the most recent clips the band recorded of their time in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; and Cleveland, Ohio.
Allentown, PA (April 29): Honor Society served dinner to excited kids at the Community Center, and in a slight role reversal, the band was the audience to some children eager to show off their talents!
Washington, DC (April 26): The guys visited the Washington, DC Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center and had a soulful jam session with the choir.
Cleveland, Ohio (April 21): Andrew, Alex, Michael, and Jason surprised the local Salvation Army Harbor Light Center’s homeless families by serving them dinner.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Last week the popular rock band Honor Society hit the midwest during their national Here Comes Trouble tour, stopping in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Michigan’s Detroit area. As a part of their partnership with The Salvation Army, band members Michael, Jason, Andrew, and Alex have been involved with local Salvation Army programs throughout many of their tour stops.
Check out this great clip of the guys sent us of their time before their concert preparing beds at Salvation Army Minneapolis’ Harbor Light Center for the 400-500 homeless individuals who seek shelter there every night (get more info and photos at our original blog post here):
And here is another video Honor Society filmed of their experience delivering meals on the streets of Detroit as a part of The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Program that serves nearly 5,000 hungry individuals ever day (find more information and photos at our original blog post here):
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The band Honor Society’s latest tour stop was Minneapolis MN, last night, but before they performed for thousands of their eager fans, the guys spent their afternoon preparing rooms for the homeless at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Shelter. Michael, Jason, Andrew, and Alex met The Salvation Army staff and laid out and cleaned mats for the hundreds of men and women who would find shelter at Harbor Light that night.
And offering a creative way for their fans to get involved, Honor Society invited concert goers and the general public to donate pillows at their concert held at the Varsity Theater to help replenish Harbor Light’s low supply.
Check out the photos below provided by The Salvation Army’s Northern Division, serving Minnesota and North Dakota. You can find more information and photos at their Flickr site and Facebook page.