The 13th annual Salvation Army Senior Fiesta will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wed., April 23 at 2710 W. Ashby Place. This event is by invitation only, and serves as a Fiesta Celebration for Senior Citizens. The fun-filled event will feature a parade, games, food, music and more. There will be contests for the Best Persona, Cane, Walker and Wheelchair. For more information, call Irma Mellon at 210-733-8210, ext. 4
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s 35th Annual Recycled Style Show and Luncheon will take place March 22 at Oak Hills Country Club. The event, which begins at 10 a.m., is organized by the Women’s Auxiliary and proceeds benefit our programs for men, women and children in our community. This fun-filled event, one of the main sources of funds for the Auxiliary, is open to the public, and will feature a clothing and jewelry boutique, a silent auction, a professional fashion show and luncheon. For more information, call 210-352-2000.
On behalf of my fellow officers, our committed staff and our wonderful volunteers, Tracey and I would like to say “thank you” to our community for helping make our 2013 Christmas season a huge success. Thanks to your unwavering generosity through your donations and the volunteer hours of caring individuals and local corporations, our Angel Tree Program was able to make Christmas special for more than 6,000 San Antonio children who otherwise likely would not have had a gift under their tree this past year. We were also extremely blessed that we had team of bell ringers who stood outside for long hours – often in frigid temperatures – to ensure that our annual Red Kettle Program was a huge success. Monies raised through the red kettles go directly to needy families right here in San Antonio. As little as $5 can make sure that a child gets three warm meals and has a place to sleep at night. Without the help from this community, our year-round service to others would not be possible. We look forward to working with you all again this year. God Bless!
Yours in service,
Maj. Russell Czajkowski
It has been an unseasonably cold winter for South Texas, and when the temperatures dip below freezing, many less fortunate individuals and families are often left without a warm place to stay for the night. The San Antonio Area Command typically experiences an increase in shelter traffic on frigid nights at its Family Emergency Shelter, as well as the Dave Coy Men’s Shelter.
“Our shelter usually accommodates about 150 individuals, but on nights that the temperatures drop below freezing, that number sometimes exceeds 200,” Family Emergency Shelter Program Manager Roxanne Coronado said.
San Antonio Area Command opens the lobbies of the Emergency Family Shelter and the Dave Coy Center for the public to use as warming stations. If there are no more beds to go around, shelter staff pass out pillows, blankets and mats to ensure that no one is turned away.
On more than one occasion, staff has positioned our canteen truck (mobile feeding unit) at various downtown intersections to provide cold weather relief to displaced individuals. Warm beverages, blankets are distributed and transportation is even offered to one of our shelter locations.
New and gently used blankets, towels and pillows that are donated to our shelter are utilized during our cold weather relief efforts.
Feb. 14, 2014 – Social Services Food Distribution, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Social Services Bldg., 910 N. Flores
Feb. 14, 2014 – “Senior Serenade” presented by Dist. 1 San Antonio City Councilman Diego Bernal. Performance by Mariachis Los Soberanos, 10 a.m., Senior Services Center, 910 N. Flores
Feb. 28, 2014 – Social Services Food Distribution, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Social Services Bldg., 910 N. Flores
Mar. 14, 2014 – Social Services Food Distribution, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Social Services Bldg., 910 N. Flores
Mar. 19, 2014 – Open House celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Catherine Booth Garden Apartments, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 2802 W. Ashby
Mar. 22, 2014 – Women’s Auxiliary’s 35th Annual Recycled Style Show and Luncheon, Oak Hills Country Club, 5403 Fredericksburg Road
Apr. 4, 2014 – Social Services Food Distribution, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Social Services Bldg., 910 N. Flores
Apr. 18, 2014 – Social Services Food Distribution, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Social Services Bldg., 910 N. Flores
Apr. 23, 2014 – 13th annual Senior Fiesta, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 2710 W. Ashby Place. Parade starts at 10:30 a.m.
May 2, 2014 – Social Services Food Distribution, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Social Services Bldg., 910 N. Flores
May 13, 2014 – Salvation Army Annual Banquet with special guest Jenna Bush Hager, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., San Antonio Country Club, 4100 N. New Braunfels
May 16, 2014 – Social Services Food Distribution, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Social Services Bldg., 910 N. Flores
Volunteers to provide warm meals, clothing to people on streets
Salvation Army offers warm place
The Lubbock Salvation Army is offering its shelter as a warming station and emergency shelter start until Friday.
Volunteers will be out from 6 p.m. today, Jan. 23, to provide warm meals and clothing to people on the streets through its Survive the Night Program, according to a news release.
Temperatures were expected to drop to 19 degrees Wednesday night, and tonight to be even colder at 11 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Emergency cots will be available at the shelter.
The Homeless Consortium will also be coordinating with the Survive the Night volunteers to get a census of the homeless population in the city.
Bitter Cold Record Breaking Temperatures
A Family Store Fire
On Friday January 3, The Jackson MS Salvation Army along with representatives from the Emergency Disaster Services section, and partners from The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief participated in a full-scale exercise along with multiple police and sheriffs agencies, The Clinton MS Public Schools, city government, Hinds County, and the FBI.
The scenario was that an active shooter had entered a public school in Clinton, MS, and had taken multiple victims, and was designed to test the city's capability to manage such an incident including the law enforcement aspects, evacuation of the school, parent / student reunification procedures, etc.
The Salvation Army’s role was to support the responders as they went about their work. The Salvation Army units were stationed at one location but delivered water, snacks and coffee to 4 different locations. In addition The Salvation Army delivered over 200 meals to the exercise participants. Another role The Salvation Army played, and one where The Salvation Army continues to grow is their Emotional and Spiritual Care. Occurrences such as the Newtown, CT shootings last year showed the importance of this type of response at an event like this. Victims have questions, and want to talk to someone they trust and is trained to respond.
While not traditionally involved in this type of active shooter exercise event, over the past few years agencies have begun to see that the abilities of The Salvation Army extend well beyond running a thrift store or passing out water after a disaster. According to ALM Divisional EDS Director, Thad Hicks, “Agencies cannot believe all we can do, and when I told them all they need to do is request our help, they were floored.” The Salvation Army in the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division alone has 32 mobile feeding units, plus a mobile field kitchen. Hicks added, “If a need presents itself, all of these assets are available to agencies within our division.”