Salvation Army Today, February 27

Thursday, February 27, 2014

This week’s Salvation Army Today video – brought to you by The Salvation Army Southern Territory – features the 27th annual Bed & Bread Radiothon in MI, a partnership with Warehouse Stationery…

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Salvation Army Begins Emergency Response After Tornadoes Rip Through Midwest States

Monday, November 18, 2013
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The following was provided by The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website.  After a number of powerful tornadoes caused serious damage in the American states of Illinois, Indiana…

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You can help stock our food pantries!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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It’s no secret that nutrition is a key component to a healthy and happy life. This is true for everyone and is especially crucial for children and their…

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The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy to receive Joint Energy Award

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Salvation Army is proud to honor our local energy partners that make utilities affordable for community members in need. On Tuesday, June 28, we’re recognizing Consumers Energy and Peoplecare at the National Energy & Utility Affordability Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for their outstanding work. Read the press release below (or visit www.sawmni.org) to learn how their collaboration has benefited thousands of households and individuals who need it most:

The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy to receive Joint Energy Award

Awards ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 8:00 a.m. at the National Energy & Utility Affordability Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI June 27, 2011 – After many years of significant collaboration between The Salvation Army and electric and gas utility companies across the nation, The Salvation Army will present an annual recognition award to outstanding examples of such collaborations which jointly manage a utility affordability program, acknowledging the importance of these programs which provide energy assistance to our most vulnerable citizens in times of great need.

The recipients of the inaugural certificates are Consumers Energy and PeopleCare, a joint utility affordability program of the Western Michigan and Northern Indiana and the Eastern Michigan Divisions of The Salvation Army. In 2010, Consumers Energy customers, employees and retirees contributed more than $842,000 to PeopleCare to assist more than 4,800 Michigan households. PeopleCare helps provide emergency aid for items such as groceries, clothing, prescriptions, rent or mortgage payments. In 2011, Consumers Energy plans to contribute $1.5 million in energy bill credits to help cover the cost of electricity and natural gas for those in need.

“Because the number of people needing assistance has grown due to Michigan’s economy, we are providing an additional $1 million in Corporate Giving this year to The Salvation Army,” said John Russell, president and chief executive officer of Consumers Energy. “The Salvation Army, which determines eligibility for bill credits and assistance and distributes the aid, will use the added funds to provide long-term case management assistance to help improve household and financial stability,” Russell added.

“We are delighted to honor the work of both Consumers Energy and the PeopleCare program with this award,” said National Social Services Secretary Major Betty A. Israel. “We are equally pleased that we have a wonderful opportunity to provide programs and services that directly assist our neighbors in need,” Major Israel added.

Representatives of Consumers Energy and PeopleCare will be in attendance to receive the award from the National Social Services Secretary Major Betty A. Israel. The award will be presented at the National Fuel Fund Network Annual Meeting during the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference, Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 28, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.

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How to Be A Do-Gooder

Friday, May 13, 2011

As we celebrate National Salvation Army Week across the country, Detroit has made the annual tradition their own through their unique “Doing the Most Good” Week. Though the campaign is unique to the city, their tips are applicable to any and all social-minded Samaritans.

DMG Week encourages past, present and future do-gooders to do something positive for their community. It’s as simple as opening a door for someone or as involved as hosting a food drive. The bottom line is there’s always an opportunity to help others and serve the disadvantaged.

We’ve listed several ideas offered by The Salvation Army Detroit to help you get started in “Doing the Most Good” wherever you live. And while you’re at it, let us know how you’re having a positive impact! Tell The Salvation Army Michigan on their Facebook wall or @Salmich on Twitter, or share on our national Salvation Army USA Facebook page and @SalvationArmyUS on Twitter.

* When you buy in bulk, share your surplus by dropping off any non-perishable food item to your local Salvation Army.
* Bring flowers to work and share them with your coworkers.
* Volunteer to be a tutor in a Salvation Army after-school program.
* Join The Salvation Army in their visits to sing to seniors and residents of nursing homes.
* Offer a couple of hours of baby-sitting service to friends and family.
* Have a Salvation Army Doing the Most Good Day at work, with employees bringing nonperishable food and toys to donate to the charity.
* Pay a compliment to someone at least once a day.
* “Dial a smile” and call or visit a housebound person or older relative.
* Say something nice to everyone you meet.
* Volunteer at your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center.
* Give the gift of your smile to everyone you meet.
* Do the WRITE thing by sending a few kind words and a cookie or two to our soldiers overseas, especially on May 21, 2011, which is Armed Forces Day.
* Tell your husband/wife or children why you love them.
* Give your stuff a second life by donating old clothes to The Salvation Army Family and Thrift Stores.
* Tell your coworkers that you think they’re doing a good job.
* Give toys to children at a Salvation Army shelter.
* For one week, act on every single thought of generosity that comes in your heart. Notice what happens.
* Get an A for effort by helping The Salvation Army’s after-school programs. By donating as little as $25, you’re helping a child attend an after-school program at one of The Salvation Army’s Corps Community Centers.
* Relinquish a parking spot to someone at the mall.
* Say thank you.
* While in a restaurant, pay for the meals at another table. Instruct the waitress to give you that table’s check, quietly without notice.
* Cut someone’s grass or weed or plant flowers in someone’s garden.
* Drop off a bag of groceries on someone’s doorstep.
* Go to a nursing home and bring an anonymous bouquet of flowers
* Put quarters in expired or about-to-be-expired parking meters.

Have more ideas? Share them with us by leaving a comment.

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Energy Company Joins in Fight to Empower Those in Need

Monday, February 28, 2011

The national average cost of gas is $3.189/ gallon. (Ouch.)
This is expected to increase in the near future. (Double ouch.)
There’s also talk of the cost of food, clothes, and services increasing as a result. (Enough already!)
Finances are tight enough, and now there’s news that they’re going to get even tighter. For the many low income Americans who are already struggling to make ends meet, how do they not get swallowed by financial burdens, especially if they’re already behind?
I was excited to hear about a partnership between Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army’s Western Michigan & Northern Indiana Division that will empower clients to take control of their finances, starting with their energy bills.
Consumers Energy has donated $1 million to start a pilot program with the Army to help low income clients who are behind on their utility accounts. With this funding the Army will hire several case managers to basically create an attack plan against their debt. The case managers will work with people in need by 1.) thoroughly reviewing their household budgets 2.) setting financial goals and 3.) equipping them to better manage their finances overall and in turn effectively maintain their utility accounts.
It’s a great start to helping people escape the cycle of recurring need. Just tackling one small area of debt goes a long way in empowering people to take control in other areas of their finances.
This Salvation Army Division already serves 20,000 clients a year who are unable to pay their utility balance, so we’re grateful for Consumer Energy’s partnership in seeing significant need and helping us do something about it.
To read more about the pilot program, click here.

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Reaching the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What would you do if you needed significant, life-changing help, but you were unable to communicate with those you depended upon for that help?

The Detroit Free Press reports there are about 655,500 deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Michigan, and it’s believed that the prevalence of alcohol abuse within the population is akin to that of the hearing community (They say about 1 in 5 people ages 12 yrs. and up have admitted to binge drinking once within a 30 day span).

Treatment for substance abuse, and even the getting to the point of being ready to seek treatment, is extremely difficult – and that’s an understatement. But those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing may face even more challenges on the road to recovery, especially in Michigan where funding falls short and there’s a lack of therapists and counselors trained in American Sign Language (ASL).

In Monroe, Michigan, The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center is filling this gap through its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Treatment Program. It’s the only day treatment program in the state that serves the needs of deaf or hard of hearing individuals with a substance abuse problem. It staffs certified and accredited interpreters and even offers a housing component for clients.

Richie Najor is one individual who receives assistance from the The Salvation Army’s Program. With one-on-one treatment from his fluent ASL therapist, Najor has been more successful in controlling his cravings and even holds down a good job.

Read more about his experience and The Salvation Army’s work in addressing the deaf community’s needs in the Detroit Free Press’ “Deaf have few options in drug, alcohol fight.”

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Vote Now and Help The Salvation Army ‘Refresh’ Detroit

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The new Pepsi Refresh Project is on the lookout “for people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact. Look around your community and think about how you want to change it.”

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has stepped up to the challenge, and they are now in the running this month for a $250,000 grant for their great idea! If awarded the $250,000, they will to use the funds to provide an additional 155,000 meals and 1,000 more nights of shelter for Detroit’s residents in need. You can find all the details of their proposal at http://www.refresheverything.com/salmich.

Now The Salvation Army of Detroit needs the support of online voters to help their idea come to fruition. The Pepsi Refresh Project awards the grant to the proposal that has the most votes, with people being allowed to cast one vote per project each day during the month of July. If you’d like to support The Salvation Army Detroit’s grant proposal, just follow these easy steps:

1. Visit their proposal page under the ‘Food and Shelter’ category at http://www.refresheverything.com/salmich.
2. Click ‘Vote for This Idea’
3. Follow the prompts

Don’t forget, you can vote once a day during the entire month of July! It’s an easy way that you can help make a difference for those in need.

Each month, the Pepsi Refresh Project awards up to $1.3 million in grants to proposals that receive the most online votes.

For more information about how The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is “doing the most good,” visit their website at www.salmich.org or find them on Facebook and Twitter @salmich.

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Kids Gone Fishin’ at Kroc Center

Thursday, May 27, 2010

With nets in-hand, more than a dozen students from Grand Rapids, Michigan schools will assist in the transfer of approximately 4,250 live fish from a portable semi-trailer tank to a “Fishin’ Hole” located in the center of Grand Rapids’ soon-to-be-open Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center’s campus. The release will include 200 Bluegills, 50 Perch and 4,000 minnows. When open, the “Fishin’ Hole” will provide those young and young-at-heart an opportunity to try their luck at catching the “big one” right in the heart of the city.

What a great way to get people in the mood for summer and encourage kids to get excited about fishing, especially if they’ve never had an opportunity to try it before!

In addition to fishing, families and individuals will have plenty to keep themselves entertained and active when the Kroc Center opens in October. Covering more than 20 acres, the center will provide programming and opportunities in the areas of Arts and Music, Education, Health and Wellness, Recreation and Worship. For more information about the Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, visit www.grkroccenter.org.

Additional information about The Salvation Army’s many Kroc Centers can be found here or on our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Honor Society Helps Provide Beds and Bread Across Detroit and Minneapolis

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):

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