Transitional Living Program Equips Employed, Homeless Men With Tools for Self-Sufficiency

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  There can be so many reasons for becoming homeless, especially during these tough economic times. Whether you’ve been evicted, deal with substance abuse, face a domestic break-up…

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Major Rick Raymer Reports from North Carolina Beach

Friday, August 26, 2011

Awaiting Hurricane Irene, Major Rick Raymer from the Salvation Army Carolinas Division reports from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

In the Carolinas, 30 mobile canteens are set up and an Incident Command Team, established in Charlotte, is ready to deploy once the storm passes. Mobile feeding units throughout the country stand by, ready to provide hundreds of thousands of meals per day if called upon.

Monetary donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMYor by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.*

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop.Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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1 Day + 1 Room = 1 Unbelievable Shelter Makeover

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits, Fayetteville Observer

Who among us has not watched a home decorating or makeover TV show, whether it be Trading Spaces, Design on a Dime, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, or something of the like?

It’s just plain fun to vicariously play the part of a designer and flex your creativity and problem-solving skills along with the cast. Perhaps the best part is when us viewers experience the joy of the lucky home owner when they see the big reveal.

Try to contain your excitement if you can because in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The Salvation Army is turning this television event into real life, and you can be a part of it.

They’re looking for amateur decorators, crafters and home improvement gurus to take part in The Salvation Army Shelter Design Challenge! Volunteer teams will have the opportunity to each redecorate 1 room of their Homeless Shelter.

If you have an eye for design, a heart that wants to help, and know how to stretch a budget, learn more about participating at www.salvationarmyfayetteville.org or visit their event page on Facebook. The public will be invited to walk through and vote for their favorite design on September 10.

And of course, the best part of it all will be saved for the 60+ homeless shelter residents who return that evening to a redesigned and redecorated space just for them!

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Breaking Down the Racial Divide

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In Charlotte, North Carolina, The Salvation Army set out to serve a large, underserved Hispanic community that had been the target of much tension and violence.

A single, two-bedroom unit in the community’s apartment complex looked like any other unit from the outside, but inside it became known as a safe place that offered afterschool tutoring, games, counseling, and much more for struggling Latino families.

The Salvation Army’s Hispanic Ministry has only been running for about a year, but there’s already a noticeable sense of stability and safety that’s resulted. However, there’s one effect of the outreach that neither the neighborhood nor The Salvation Army expected – a significant decline in racial tension.

The once troubled relationship between the African-American and Hispanic apartment residents has been transformed. Where suspicion and division once dominated, there’s now friendship and a sense of community.

It’s felt by the neighbors, their little children and their teenagers, and yes, even the complex’s landlord. They explain why in this inspiring story from the Charlotte Observer: Outreach Brings Latino and Black Youths Together

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Salvation Army Services Continue as Hurricane Earl Passes

Friday, September 3, 2010

The following reported was submitted by our Salvation Army Carolinas Division:

Along the North Carolina coast, residents, sun-seeking vacationers and first responders sought refuge from Hurricane Earl and were fed by The Salvation Army at emergency shelters in Beaufort, Carteret and Pamlico Counties. The Salvation Army has been on-site for meal service at these North Carolina coastal evacuation shelters since Thursday following requests of North Carolina Emergency Management officials and has served more than 250 individuals. It is expected that Salvation Army meal service to shelter evacuees has concluded with breakfast on Friday and that shelter closings will eliminate the need for additional feeding. In addition to fixed feeding at occupied shelters, the Salvation Army is prepared to respond locally to remote and roving feeding needs and requests across eastern and coastal North Carolina.

In support of meal services being delivered by units based in Morehead City, New Bern and Washington, Salvation Army service centers equipped with mobile kitchen unit canteens in Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Greenville, Jacksonville, Kinston and Rocky Mount are on alert, monitoring the situation, coordinating with local officials and prepared to deploy as required or requested. Additional Salvation Army centers with 21 mobile kitchen unit canteens across the North and South Carolina Division are prepared and available for support, each with an initial capacity to serve approximately 1,500 meals over a 3 day period without re supply.

“Even as we were ready, on-site and alert for service, The Salvation Army is relieved and blessed that Hurricane Earl did not have a direct impact on North Carolina or the east coast and that there have been no reports of injuries. Still, we remain focused on response and service to evacuees and first responders. Our focus now is Salvation Army response to local needs in each community”, said Major Andrew Wiley, Area Commander for The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Earl.

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Anonymous Donation Gives Homeless Children a Special Summer Break

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Teonnia, Shon, Gladys, Annette, Andrew, Diamond, Jynxy and about a dozen other children traveled from Charlotte, NC to our nation’s capitol this July for a summer vacation. Amid the crowds of Washington, DC tourists the group of 18 kids blended in among the masses of other visitors, probably looking like the many school groups that make annual summer treks to the city. However, the story behind the young travelers’ trips was certainly unique.

The kids are residents of The Salvation Army Center of Hope in Charlotte, NC, a homeless shelter for women and children that currently houses more than 300 people. Normally these kids would not have the opportunity to take a vacation as their parents strive just to find housing and provide food for their families, but the generosity of an anonymous donor made it possible for the children to escape from life’s challenges for a short while and just have fun being kids.

The children enjoyed simple pleasures, like staying in a hotel and eating out at restaurants, as well as experienced the unique history and character of Washington, DC. They toured the national monuments, viewed exhibits at some of DC’s most popular museums and even took a boat ride (a first for at least one child) down the Potomac.

To top off their adventure, the group even met with their U.S. Representatives for a personal and candid discussion!

The Charlotte Observer ran an interesting story about the trip with several quotes from the kids in an article called, “Away from the shelter to a Washington vacation,” which you can read by clicking here.

The contributions of the kind anonymous donor made it possible for The Salvation Army to provide these kids not only with shelter and food they receive at home in Charlotte, but also encouragement, inspiration, and a unique educational opportunity through this invaluable experience. In fact, all donations, regardless of size or amount, from generous Salvation Army supporters across the country help us serve those in need every day, and this story is just one of countless others in which lives have been affected for the better. For more information about contributing monetary support or gifts-in-kind to The Salvation Army, visit our website at www.salvationarmyusa.org and www.satruck.org.

You can also learn about the many services offered by The Salvation Army of Charlotte at their website www.salvationarmycharlotte.org/.

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