Meet Max Dunn, Mentor of Men

Friday, October 19, 2012
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A resident of The Salvation Army Lytton Springs Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Healdsburg, Calif., enters a small office and closes the door. Behind the desk a sturdy, white-haired man stands and greets him with a firm handshake and a smile, “Hey, Jesse, how’re you doing?” For the next 40 minutes, the resident, a recovering addict, will have the undivided attention of this counselor, mentor and prayer partner—someone deeply invested in his successful recovery.

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“Band Aid” Mike Repairs Donations, Salvation Army Repairs Lives

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Photo Credit: John Docter, The Salvation Army Western Territory

On any given day of the week, employees working in the back of a Salvation Army Family Store will sort through hundreds of donated items. And occasionally, items need to be scrubbed, repaired or lifted in some way in order to be resold at the front of the store.

At the Orange County, California Salvation Army Family Store, this is where “Band Aid” Mike comes in.

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From Our Kitchen To Yours: Cooking Tips with The Salvation Army

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Salvation Army meets the needs of senior citizens in a variety of ways. Educational classes, day care, hot-lunch programs and long-term residential services are just a few examples.

In Redondo Beach, CA, The Salvation Army is meeting both the physical and emotional needs of seniors through their incredible Meals on Wheels program, which delivers a good, healthy meal to homebound seniors once per day.

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Salvation Army Responding to Ponderosa Fire

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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The Ponderosa Fire, which began Saturday as a result of lightning, has chased thousands of Northern California residents from their homes. Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams…

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Salvation Army Stories: Part 3

Thursday, August 2, 2012

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This verse from Philippians is one Angelica Rodriguez keeps close to her heart. It was the first Bible…

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Christine’s Closet, Part 9: An Extraordinary Find!

Thursday, March 29, 2012
courtesy of http www.salvationarmyexpectchange.org

Remember Christine Burton, the thrify fashionista regularly featured on the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog?

She’s back for the first time in 2012 with another great piece she found at her Salvation Army Family Store! And this time, she proves that you might find something at The Salvation Army not found at regular ol’ department stores.

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Christine’s Closet, Part 6: DIY Fashion

Monday, July 25, 2011

Who says shopping has to hurt your wallet?

Christine Burton, our resident savvy shopper, is back in a new installment of the Western Territory Expect Change blog’s “Christine’s Closet” series.

This time Christine adds a do-it-yourself twist. After finding a beautifully decorated skirt for only $3.99 (before her discount!) at a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, she’s inspired to create a custom top to match. With the help of her digital camera, a printer, and an iron-on transfer sheet, Christine’s sporting a style that’s truly all her own.

Click here to read the original post and see more photos at the Expect Change blog, along with previous posts in their Christine’s Closet series. They may provide you with some great ideas next time you visit our Family Thrift Stores!

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We’ve Got Your Summer Reading Covered

Thursday, June 30, 2011

For your summer reading list, we have a recommendation for you: Caring magazine. Have you checked out this edgy, dynamic Salvation Army publication?

The magazine discusses fascinating stories from throughout the United States, and often the world, and highlights the Army’s ministries of evangelistic and social outreach. Articles focus on themes of social significance and examine critical issues relevant to our organization’s work.

For example, did you know The Salvation Army struck up a direct trade coffee partnership with farmers in Vietnam? The project is helping the farmers receive fair profits and escape poverty – and you can read all about it in Caring’s Spring 2011 edition. Summer 2011’s edition tackles the difficult issue of unemployment and how we’re getting involved in creating solutions for our affected community members. Plus, there are several other articles within the 48 pages of this publication that you’ll want to devour.

Grab a copy for yourself by signing up for a subscription at caringmagazine.storenvy.com. We also recommend finding them on Facebook (@Caring Magazine)and following them on Twitter (@CaringMagazine) to get a daily dose of interesting news and stories.

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More Outfits from Christine, Plus Thrifting Words of Wisdom

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sneaked a peek into Christine Burton’s closet.

For those of you who missed our first two posts of the series, Christine works for The Salvation Army’s Western Territory, and she’s also a thrifty fashionista. Much of her runway-ready wardrobe comes from our Salvation Army Thrift Stores at an extremely affordable price.

Christine is sharing her shopping tips and photos with us through The Western Territory’s Expect Change blog. Her latest outfits come with two valuable lessons:

1. If you like it, grab it before it’s gone.

2. Spend a moment taking one last look before you go.

See the outfits that inspired these words of wisdom, including:

A funky kimono-style jacket that creates Christine’s look #3 here.

A saucy lace skirt that pulls together look # 4 here.

P.S. Each item showcased in these outfits cost less than $5!

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Get Creative with Japan Relief Fundraising

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Since Japan was struck by disaster just over a week ago, the immediate reaction of so many Americans was, “What can I do to help?” I’ve been wonderfully overwhelmed by responses from blog readers like you, leaving comments and asking questions about how you can show your support.

When people work hard to use their talents and good ideas for the purpose of disaster fundraising, amazing things result. On The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog, they’ve shared some creative efforts going on right now in the San Francisco Bay Area of California!

One involves an 11 year-old piano and singing prodigy Shane Tuner. Another is a local radio station’s “Bid on Britney for Japan Relief” auction – and yes, they do mean Britney Spears.

Read the full story here how some compassionate, creative people are using every opportunity to support Japan.

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