Thursday, July 19, 2012
Chanya and Mercedes were on the hunt for matching shoes Tuesday morning. After a long search, the twosome, both 10, found the perfect pair of black tennis shoes, one with pink accents and one with purple. They giggled with excitement.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Last September, we blogged about the record 46.2 million Americans living in poverty, a statistic of the U.S. Census Bureau. Since that time, the number has risen to 49.1 million. How does the Census Bureau measure poverty? See here.
Shedding some light on this issue, The Salvation Army released its newest report today titled, “Perceptions of Poverty: The Salvation Army’s Report to America,” a summary of our latest findings examining Americans’ attitudes toward those struggling to get by.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Last week, Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released its Map the Meal Gap 2012 – a report on the estimates of food insecurity in the…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Salvation Army of Portland has empowered visitors to their food pantry. Thanks to a generous $9,800 grant from LIFE Center Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, clients who would normally stop by the pantry for a box of food can now shop and select what foods they most need in their household.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Commissioner William Roberts, National Commander of The Salvation Army, was a recent contributor to the Huffington Post’s Impact Blog. We are so appreciative of this opportunity to share about our recent report titled “Growing Up in a Downturn” – an internal study that we conducted to better understand how our youth programs have been affected by the economic recession.
Monday, March 12, 2012
The great Dr. Seuss once said, “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” and to The Salvation Army, a child’s needs are just as important as anyone’s….
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
That’s how much The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit raised during its 25th annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon this past weekend. Every penny will go towards fighting hunger and homelessness in the most depressed areas of Detroit.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Did you know that coffee is the second-most traded commodity on earth? Most of our favorite pick-me-up is produced in impoverished countries of the “bean belt” – the area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Back in May, The Salvation Army’s Western Territory shared with us their amazing efforts to support poor coffee producers in Vietnam through their Brewing Hope Initiative.
Supporting this program and going a few steps farther, The Salvation Army of Southeast Portland has really raised the bar – the barista bar that is! Just like your local coffee haunt, they’ve recently built the very first Salvation Army in-store café at their location, serving Salvation Army’s own Brewing Hope coffee! So, after long hours of shopping for all the goods one can expect to find at a Salvation Army thrift store, shoppers can also take a load off, have a latte and take advantage of the free café wifi. What an innovative way to make shopping that much more enjoyable for customers!
Also, money raised at the café will support social programs in Vietnam. Could it get any better?
Check out the pictures from our friends in the Western Territory at their Expect Change Blog Here!
There’s more to the Brewing Hope Coffee than the taste. Want to learn more or order your own? Visit www.dbsthriftconnection.com/brewing-hope.php.
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.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Our neighbor to the north, The Salvation Army Canada, has just launched a campaign called The Dignity Project that’s generating some buzz over the border. The initiative is designed to educate the public about the realities of poverty and underscore the point that everyone deserves fundamental human dignity.
In pursuing this project, The Salvation Army Canada felt it important to ask the public, “How do average Canadians feel about the poor living among them today?” And while respondents ranked poverty as the third most critical issue facing their country, their feedback revealed a lot of people still hold misperceptions about the poor and the challenges they face.
Though the report and findings are tailored to Canada, this is important for Americans to reflect on too. You may not encounter poverty in your everyday life, but as many as 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty today. So ask yourself, have you ever thought, consciously or subconsciously, the following about the poor?
* If poor people really want to work, they can always find a job.
* A good work ethic is all you need to escape poverty.
* I think that if we gave poor people more assistance, they would just take advantage of it and do nothing.
* Poor people usually have lower moral values.
* People are poor because they are lazy.
If so, you should take a look at the full report here.
More information about The Dignity Project, including a blog and a video series, is available at http://dignity.salvationarmy.ca/.
The Salvation Army’s faith motivates its mission to serve and treat everyone with dignity and respect. To learn more about the work we do serving more than 30 million people in need every year in the United States, visit us at www.salvationarmyusa.org.