Barbecue Cook Off Benefits Culinary Arts Program

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Training people in the kitchen for a culinary career in Corpus Christi.
Seven teams participated in the first Salvation Army Longhorn Barbecue Cook Off in Corpus Christi on Saturday, July 25. Officially sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society, all proceeds of the event benefited the Culinary Arts Program at The Salvation Army.

Marc Puente, Culinary Instructor, leads the Culinary Arts Program (CAP), an eight-week course covering food safety and sanitation, preparation and technique, knife handling, culinary vocabulary, execution and meal planning, presentation, and event planning. The program began in 2009 as an outreach to the community and provides hands-on culinary training preparing individuals for the job market. “Students come to us from The Salvation Army shelter and others in the city, and from the community,” said Puente. “There have been more than 50 graduates since 2009 and the program is tuition free.”

Bryan Rodriguez, a recent graduate of the program is now a full-time manager in the kitchen of the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi. Bryan came to The Salvation Army looking for assistance and was invited to join the CAP by Kitchen Supervisor and instructor, Sam Silva. “Bryan had a broken leg at the time and was generally down on his luck. He joined the program and it completely changed his life,” said Silva. “Bryan got his life together, retrained in the kitchen and is now employed as a sous chef and working on a culinary arts degree.”

Silva found The Salvation Army at a low point in his life. “I’d been laid off as an Executive Chef and saw the Kitchen Supervisor position posted at The Salvation Army. I didn’t know a lot about The Salvation Army back then but I can honestly say that this is the best job I’ve ever had,” he said. “Not only do I get to cook and be creative, but I also have the opportunity to teach and build relationships with the program participants and the people we serve.”

Residents at The Salvation Army Shelter are treated to the tasty results of the program. “As a chef you’re always looking for feedback on your food. Believe me, we get lots of feedback from the residents here!” said Silva. “Our kitchen is not a soup kitchen. People are treated with respect and we provide the best quality food possible.”

“The CAP is a true culinary course providing real marketable skills for real people to get real jobs,” explained Major Terry Ray of The Salvation Army in Corpus Christi. “Our last graduating class had 90 percent job placement within two weeks! This translates to individuals who are taking steps towards a career in food service that will empower them to never seek assistance again. Practical programs for people in need.”

The Salvation Army in Central Texas Responding to Memorial Weekend Floods

5/25/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 25, 2015) – Following intense Memorial weekend storms record flooding has devastated areas of Central Texas. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams are working closely with local partners to provide assistance to individuals who have been displaced from their homes.

An estimated 1,000 homes have been flooded in Hays County, Texas, where the Blanco River at San Marcos crested at just over 43 feet, rising an incredible 31 feet in the space of 24 hours. The mobile kitchen from The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, in coordination with the San Marcos Service Center, provided meals at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins Street, on Monday. More than 1,000 meals have been served over the last two days. Four pallets of water will be delivered by The Salvation Army at the request of the City of Blanco.

Emergency shelters previously activated to accommodate flood evacuees have now closed in Corpus Christi and Wichita Falls as flood levels recede. The Salvation Army mobile kitchens from San Angelo, DFW Area Command, Big Spring, and Midland provided 852 meals, 1969 beverages and 96 snacks on Sunday in Wichita Falls.

In Houston, The Salvation Army continues to assist at the American Red Cross Shelter (Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356) serving 146 meals, 301 beverages and 98 snacks on Sunday.

As statewide response continues The Salvation Army is appealing for financial donations to help support relief efforts. To make a donation please go to htttp://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

 

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

February 5, 2010

 

 

 

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Texas Floods – The Salvation Army Providing Shelter, Meals and Emotional & Spiritual Care

5/24/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 24, 2015) – The Salvation Army is providing shelter, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by severe flooding in several Texas cities. Sunday saw increased response following more overnight rain.

Ongoing Salvation Army response efforts include:

  • Wichita Falls – Mobile kitchens and staff from Wichita Falls, San Angelo, DFW Area Command, and Midland provided 1,089 meals, 2,137 drinks, and 148 snacks on 5/23/15.
  • Wichita Falls – The Salvation Army Shelter (403 7th St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301) provided overnight accommodation to 39 people on 5/22/15 and 41 people on 5/23/15.
  • Corpus Christi – The mobile kitchen is located at Banquete Jr. High School – 4339 S. 4th Street, Robstown, TX 78339.
  • Montgomery County – The Houston Area Command mobile kitchen is assisting at the American Red Cross Shelter (Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356) by providing meals beginning 5/24/15. Salvation Army mobile kitchens from the Pasadena and Northwest Corps remain on standby.
  • San Marcos – The Austin Area Command mobile kitchen working with the San Marcos Service Center will be providing meals in San Marcos (San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.) beginning 5/24/15.
  • Van Zandt and Smith Counties – The Tyler Corps is continuing to support survivors following severe weather events.

 

“With heavy rain expected today and tomorrow, we are ready to support emergency relief efforts any way we can,” said Major Chris Flanagan, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Houston. “The Salvation Army is here to help those most in need in our community.”

All Salvation Army units in the Texas Division are on standby at this time while Service Extension Regions 1-4 (East Texas/ North East Texas/ Central West Texas rural communities) are continuing to assess the potential needs in their areas. The Salvation Army is monitoring developments in the State Operations Center and is coordinating with other nonprofit organizations and state agencies.

The Salvation Army response is expected to continue for the foreseeable future as flood levels rise swelled by persistent rain in Texas. To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

 

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

February 5, 2010

 

 

 

Statewide Flooding Prompts Increased Salvation Army Response in Texas

5/23/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 23, 2015) – Record flooding in several Texas locations has seen increased statewide response from The Salvation Army.

In Wichita Falls the flood level crested at 21.3 feet on Saturday and with more rain anticipated water levels may reach as high as 27 feet. On Friday The Salvation Army provided 189 meals and shelter to 39 individuals who have been evacuated from their homes. Manpower and equipment have been deployed from Salvation Army locations in San Angelo, DFW Area Command, Big Spring and Midland.

“The Salvation Army will have five mobile kitchens in the city feeding our neighbors by the end of the day,” said Captain David Swyers, Wichita Falls Commanding Officer. “The two canteens already responding with meals, snacks, and emotional and spiritual care are being met with great gratitude. As the waters rise The Salvation Army will be here to serve the needs of the community.”

In Central and South Texas disaster response units from the Austin Area Command and New Braunfels are providing additional support to area shelters, as are the Laredo team in Crystal City and Cotulla along the border. The mobile kitchen from Corpus Christi has been operational since Wednesday, May 13, after widespread flooding and continues to serve the affected communities of Banquette, Agua Dulce, and San Diego.

Meanwhile, support following recent tornadoes continues with the Tyler Corps serving in Van Zandt and Smith counties. Volunteers and staff from Texas Service Extension Region’s 2 and 3 are working with survivors providing Case Work and Emergency Assistance in Van Zandt, Eastland and Johnson Counties.

Salvation Army response is expected to continue for the foreseeable future as flood levels rise swelled by persistent rain in Texas. To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

February 5, 2010

 

“By The Grace of God We Are Still Standing” North Texas Storms Continue

5/22/2015

For Immediate Release

                              Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Christina Lopez and her family were at home on Tuesday evening, close to Bridgeport, Texas, when they received an emergency warning about a rapidly approaching tornado. The family left their mobile home and huddled together in a truck under a large tree as moments later the tornado tore through their small community.

“We were bouncing all over the place in the truck,” said Mrs. Lopez. “I was helpless as I watched the tornado rip my house apart. There was nothing I could do about it.” The Salvation Army mobile kitchen from Dallas Fort Worth Area Command provided lunch, snacks and drinks to Mrs. Lopez and her family on Thursday as they worked tirelessly to sort through the wreckage of five homes that were destroyed. When asked if the family would like some bibles in addition to the food she responded, “Absolutely! We’ll take them. It’s only by the grace of God that we are still standing.”

Dangerous storms continue to move through the North Texas area and are forecast to remain through the weekend. Flooding is a major concern throughout the state and all Salvation Army Disaster Response Units are on standby preparing to assist local areas, and beyond if necessary.

Wichita Falls and Gainsville are major areas of concern this evening with record flooding expected. A mandatory evacuation was put in place for approximately 150 homes in Wichita Falls as area power was switched off on Thursday morning. The Salvation Army has been activated as an emergency shelter and will also be feeding those affected in the community at the Point of Distribution Center with the assistance of the mobile kitchen from San Angelo. The Salvation Army of Sherman is on standby for deployment to Gainsville.

Wednesday and Thursday also saw continued Salvation Army meal service in Van, Mineral Wells, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, and Corpus Christi.

To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

 

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

February 5, 2010

 

Corpus Christi Stolen Salvation Army Kettle Found

CORPUS CHRISTI – A Salvation Army kettle that had been stolen from a local shopping center a few days ago has been recovered.

It was found in the middle of the street at Erwin and Mueller by a woman and her daughter as they were driving to school.

The little girl saw the kettle and said, “Look Mom, it’s the stolen kettle we saw on the news!”

Police arrived and confirmed it was the stolen kettle.

A representative from the Salvation Army arrived to claim the recovered kettle.

Story at kztv10.com.

Salvation Army Donation Kettle Stolen in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI – Police are looking for a suspect who stole a Salvation Army donation pail outside of a local department store.

Salvation Army bell ringers. Every year, their jangling attracts generous donations for the homeless. But it seems as though the ringing of the bells, also attract less than generous souls.

Valentin Garcia with the Salvation Army said, “One of our kettles got stolen from the stand.”

According to the Salvation Army, during the Black Friday madness one of the bell ringers outside a local department store, left her stand for a bathroom break.

While she was gone, someone managed to yank on the chain hard enough to actually rip it from it’s stand, making off with close to $300 worth of donations.

“I guess it just comes with the area. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. Some people are just vindictive and demonic that they got to feed their bad nature. So they pick on the people that are doing good, trying to make the most out of themselves,” said Wayne Haggerton.

Haggerton has been manning a Salvation Army station a few times now, and is shocked to hear that someone would steal from those who already have so little.

“Actually, we never really had a problem like that. But when we do have it, it just comes with the holiday season,” Wayne said.

And though thefts are more common during the holidays, officials with the Salvation Army says it’s saddening to know that the kids will have less this year.

“And that’s at least a good dozen kids that we could have bought gifts for. The only thing now, is we’re pleading for them to please return the kettle. I know we’re not getting our money back and we can’t replace it. But we would like our kettle back because that is an expensive item,” said Garcia.

Story from kristv.com.

Reliant Energy Supports the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Program

HOUSTON ─ Reliant Energy is donating $5,000 to the Salvation Army of Corpus Christi for its emergency disaster services program. The funds will help the Salvation Army in its outreach to residents of the Las Colonias neighborhood who are recovering from a devastating flood that affected nearly 180 homes.

The Salvation Army’s effort in Las Colonias began immediately after the flood in late September and continues today.  The group is serving meals and drinks to volunteers and affected residents from its mobile feeding unit (canteen) and providing other types of assistance—cleaning kits, blankets, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance—as necessary.

“In times of crisis, the Salvation Army is always one of the first organizations on the scene to help,” said Ruben De Los Santos, Regional Director, Reliant Energy. “We are proud to support their effort to help the Las Colonias residents and the vital work the Salvation Army does all year round.”

“We appreciate the support from Reliant and their recognition of the services that we provide to Corpus Christi residents throughout the year,” said Major Daniel New, The Salvation Army. “We know that when there is a need, Reliant Energy will step up to help.”

Reliant delivered the check on Oct.12 at the Salvation Army Shelter.

For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army’s emergency relief efforts please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps.  For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

ONE WEEK AFTER THE FLOOD, SALVATION ARMY EMERGENCY DISASTER SERVICES CONTINUE IN CORPUS CHRISTI

A week after heavy rains caused flooding in areas of Corpus Christi, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel report they are continuing to serve meals and drinks to displaced and affected residents from the mobile feeding unit (canteen) and to provide other types of assistance—cleaning kits, blankets, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance—as necessary.

In fact, says Major Daniel New, administrator of the Salvation Army in Corpus Christi, the number of meals served has increased slightly each day of service. “On Monday the 20th, we served lunch to 75 at the Ben Garza temporary shelter. The following day we provided lunch at the shelter to 50. On Wednesday we served dinner to 200. Thursday and Friday, we served dinner from the canteen, providing some 700 meals on those days. Over the weekend, we used our Shelter’s kitchen to make boxed lunches that were then distributed by The American Red Cross. We served dinner from our own canteen in the field to approximately 500 individuals.”

The Corpus Christi community has responded quickly and with compassion toward those affected by these floods, providing The Salvation Army with donations of a 48-foot cooler/freezer trailer, two trailers of donated items from the local food bank, and numerous other gifts of food and clothing from individuals. “We are proud of the way our neighbors have responded during this time of crisis,” says Major New. “We know that when we tell the community there is a need, Corpus Christi will help us meet that need.”

Major New and his EDS personnel will meet with representatives from the City of Corpus Christi today, the 27th, to determine how much longer Salvation Army assistance will be needed. “We are scheduled to continue EDS operations through Wednesday, the 29th,” Major New says, “but that date may change after we meet with the City. However, we are prepared and committed to serve our Corpus Christi neighbors for as long as they have a need.”

For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army’s emergency relief efforts please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps.  For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.