This morning, in response to an active shooter incident in Santa Fe, TX, The Salvation Army Galveston County immediately deployed a mobile kitchen to Santa Fe High School. The Salvation Army is on-site providing water, food, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders. “Our hearts go out to all those who are suffering through this tragedy and we are here to help in any way we can,” said Captain Patrick Jones, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army Galveston County.
Galveston County will continue serving dinner this evening at Santa Fe High School, and a second mobile kitchen from Freeport has been deployed to provide dinner at the Family Reception Center that has been established. Six emotional and spiritual care (ESC) personnel have also been deployed from Freeport and the Greater Houston Area Command to aid the hurting community, provide comfort and if needed, prayer. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team in San Antonio is on standby and prepared to respond as needed.
Why do you give to The Salvation Army? Is it because you know that .82 cents of every dollar is used to Do the Most Good in your local community? Is it because you want to provide a hot meal for the hungry, or a safe place to sleep for someone on the street? Smiles on Christmas morning? Perhaps you received help yourself following a storm or other disaster. Reasons are as numerous as those who give, but whatever your reason and however much you give, lives are changed and hope is restored because you care.
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GALVESTON (November 10, 2016) – The “Undisputable Cuz,” as it’s called, is a 76-foot smoker that can cook up to four tons of meat at one time. And it will be cooking up turkeys on Thanksgiving day at The Salvation Army at 601 51st Street in Galveston in conjunction with The Salvation Army’s first annual Thanksgiving Celebration. Thank you to Ken’s Towing & Collision Center & Dunn Heat Exchangers for their support in making this happen.
The Salvation Army is hosting its 1st annual Thanksgiving Celebration from 11am-2pm on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Ken’s Towing & Collision Center has helped rally volunteers (including fire, police, and EMS) and helped make it possible to get the Undisputable Cuz to Galveston for the event. The celebration aims to provide Thanksgiving meals to approximately 1,000 individuals and will include deliveries to shut-ins on both the island and the mainland. The event is free and open to the public.
In Galveston County, The Salvation Army houses a 124 bed emergency and transitional shelter for men, women, and families – helping the homeless get back on their feet and reintegrate into society. As residents prepare for a transition back into stable housing, they learn about job searching, financial responsibility and more.
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Captains Patrick & Jennifer Jones have a unique and rich history with The Salvation Army. Jennifer is a fifth generation Salvationist with many officers in her family, while Patrick is a first generation Salvationist, joining the Army while in college in North Carolina. Both share a passion for the mission and work of The Salvation Army. Jennifer served as an officer in Titusville, FL prior to their marriage and, after Patrick’s two years of officer training in Atlanta, GA, the couple was sent to serve the Army as corps officers of the Dallas Temple Corps. They spent two years in Dallas, preaching the gospel and meeting human needs in the Love Field community. Their work included apartment ministries, feeding programs, youth character building, and a variety of other activities. In June of 2012, The Salvation Army transferred the Jones’ to Arlington, TX where they helped complete a $2.6 million renovation to the 20 year old facility. This facility now houses a 16 room transitional family shelter and extensive youth programs.
Both are musicians and enjoy sharing their God-given talents with others. Patrick holds a degree in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a Master of Organizational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. As they bring their varied skills and passions to Galveston County, they continue to look for new ways to care for the poor, feed the hungry, love the unlovable, and befriend those who have no friends. Motivated by the love of God and the directed by the word of God, they are continue to carry the Blood & Fire banner of The Salvation Army, bringing love and hope to those who need it most.