The Dynamic Duo – George & Edith Crittenden

In 1919 Evangeline Booth, daughter of the founders of The Salvation Army said, “There is no reward equal to doing the most good to the most people in the most need.” George and Edith Crittenden, from Fort Worth, have been married 70 years are the epitome of doing the most good.

Their passion is the ministry of Community Care and for 25 years they have been visiting local nursing homes, reaching out to people who sometimes have been forgotten. “A Salvation Army Major asked if we would visit Watson’s Memorial Rest Home. Its’ close to where we live so we were happy to do that,” said Edith. “It didn’t take long for other people to see or hear about us visiting and asked us to visit them. It ended up we were regularly visiting 37 nursing homes. Now we do 24 and just love it.”

“They spend hours talking, listening, visiting, giving, praying and sharing God’s love to not only the residents but also the caregivers” said Sgt. Karen Bilbrey, with The Salvation Army in Fort Worth. “At least 80 percent of the miles on their car is related to volunteering with The Salvation Army!”

People often ask why the couple spends so much time visiting others. The Crittenden’s feel that they have been called by God to share Christ’s love. “We take The Salvation Army literature, bibles and tracks, and Daily Bread devotional books and we like to get them some cheese crackers and snacks,” said George, who recently turned 97. “They soon perk up when we ask if they’d like some crackers.”

During the COVID pandemic the couple have prepared goody bags to drop off with Activity Directors but miss the opportunity to pray with people and see their faces.

“Most of the residents really want you to pray for them. That’s all they have left for their strength is the word of God and someone to show some love, for someone to show that they care,” said Edith. “I just thank God for The Salvation Army, what it stands for and their ministry, and how they reach out to the less fortunate. And my goodness there’s a lot of less fortunate people. I stress to everybody, when you give to The Salvation Army you know it’s going to go to Doing The Most Good.”

Creative Solutions at Camp Hoblitzelle – The Chosen, Homeschool, & Music Conservatory

Summer camp is one of the best-loved and most impactful Salvation Army ministries in Texas. Thousands of children look forward to spending a week at Camp Hoblitzelle each summer but unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused summer camp and year-round group rentals to be cancelled for more than a year. However, some unique and exciting opportunities have come about at Camp Hoblitzelle.

Picture three-thousand men, women and children all coming to hear Jesus preach the Sermon on the Mount, in freezing temperatures on a February day at Camp Hoblitzelle! That’s exactly what happened when The Chosen, the first multi-season app-based television series about the life of Christ, shot this amazing scene on their production facility at Camp Hoblitzelle.

In 2020 the production team were searching for suitable locations to shoot the show in and around the DFW area and made a chance visit to Camp Hoblitzelle. They quickly decided the camp landscape and facilities were perfect for their needs and for several months, The Chosen, created by Dallas Jenkins and distributed by Angel Studios, has been renting a section of the camp property for filming and production. The show is the highest crowd-funded project of all-time and has been translated into more than 50 languages.

“We are all incredibly proud of The Chosen,” said producer, Chad Gundersen. “To be able to bring this story to life in this way has in many ways been miraculous. Support for the show has continued to pour in from all over the world since the season one debut, and we can’t wait to release season two later this year. This Sermon on the Mount, shot at Camp Hoblitzelle, is going to be the highlight of the new season and the most incredible retelling of that event in television history.”

Plans are in place to shoot future seasons of The Chosen at Camp Hoblitzelle.

While the gates of camp temporarily closed to overnight and weekend rental groups, an opportunity presented itself to partner with local homeschool co-ops. Family Education Days (FED), Sunflower Nature Co-op and Ellis County Christian Homeschool Co-op (ECCHO) all currently meet at Camp Hoblitzelle, utilizing classroom space and outdoor activities three days each week. Certified teachers lead K-12 classes in the Mabee Music Conservatory building and students participate in afternoon outdoor education tracks led by Camp Hoblitzelle staff.

The program team developed a creative, 14-week outdoor curriculum including the following tracks: Taking Aim, Project Wild, Adventure Experience, Sports Exploration, Adventure Experience and Artistic Expression. Students experience all the facilities of camp like archery, camping, hiking, ropes course and challenge tower, canoeing, and more. An Equestrian track was offered in the spring semester where Equestrian Professional Missy Halbert taught skills needed to learn wrangling, horse and cattle care, as well as other important equine and riding skills.

“Such a fun and unique way to get my children outside and active,” said a parent with the Family Education Day. “The Camp Hoblitzelle tracks are amazing!”

As the program developed, parents and students requested choir and theater classes. Program Coordinator Katelyn Ljungholm, who has a Musical Theater degree, now teaches three electives – Elementary Musical Theatre (K-5), Theatre (6th-12th grade) and Choir (6th- 12th grade).

The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi dedicates Sara & Dick Rathgeber Center of Hope

Despite the clouds and moments of rain, there was an incredible attendance for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of he Salvation Army Sara & Dick Rathgeber Center of Hope in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Attendees included Mr. & Mrs. Rathgeber, Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo, Victory Building Team, Turner Ramirez Architects, territorial leaders Commissioners Willis and Barbara Howell, divisional leaders Lt. Colonels Ronnie and Sharon Raymer, and numerous donors and supporters from the community.

Mayor Guajardo took a moment to remind everyone the importance of working together.

“This is a historic day,” she said. “We don’t have to say it, we all know it! Sitting here this morning, remembering how it was just an empty field, and now, here we are. As Mayor of Corpus Christi, I am so proud to be a partner in this coming to fruition, because none of this happens without every single one of us coming together – we all bring something to the table. It is our responsibility to help those who need help, and I am 110 percent behind The Salvation Army, working together to help our city move forward with His grace and His will to guide us along the way.”

The Salvation Army is uniquely suited to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of men, women, children, and veterans who seek shelter. The programs help individuals focus on their needs and successfully transition from homelessness into a home of their own. Case managers work with every individual and family to make the necessary changes to get back on their feet.

“We’re going to step off script for one moment,” said Commissioner Willis Howell during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “I learned last night from our friends Captain and Lieutenant Gesner, how they have had the scissors hanging in their office for three years, looking forward to this day and praying over the work taking place here in Corpus Christi. My wife and I are happy to stand up here, beside you, but we aren’t cutting the ribbon – you are!”

From there, it was a beautiful moment as Captain Patrick Gesner and Lieutenant Laura Gesner, who lead The Salvation Army as corps officers in Corpus Christi, took the scissors and invited Mr. Rathgeber to join them in cutting the ribbon and officially opening the building.

“I’m here to thank you, the officers and staff, and all those who helped make this possible” said Mr. Dick Rathgeber, the donor for which the center is named. “I’ve been associated with The Salvation Army for about 40 years, and I’ve gotten to know a lot of officers throughout this time. I quickly learned how this is not just a job to you, it’s a commitment. Now I like to help people in need, and I want to thank you all for hanging in there during the ups and downs of getting the money for this project, but you stuck with it and I thank you.”

The Salvation Army’s ongoing shelter program in Corpus Christi will continue to meet human need in the Center for Hope, but at an even greater capacity. The new shelter is double the size of the existing facility, with 120 beds available for individuals and families, and 12 designated for Veterans. Those coming to the Center of Hope will receive shelter, food, and case management, with the goal of gaining self-sufficiency and long-term, secure housing.

Currently, an average of 12,000 meals, 700 hygiene products, and 200 baby products are provided each month. The Salvation Army anticipates the delivery of additional services, with the aim to positively impact more lives than ever before in Corpus Christi.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services – Hope is on the W

  National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021

Dallas, Texas (May 10, 2021) – A disaster can change someone’s life in a matter of seconds. When tornadoes, floods and other disasters strike, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) provides critical services to make sure survivors have the support needed to rebuild their lives.

The Salvation Army in Texas is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since 1889, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help those in need from our community 365 days a year, providing assistance to individuals and families who find themselves in crisis (such as disasters), shelter to those experiencing homelessness, food and meals to the hungry, and much more.

“Our trained Emergency Disaster Services staff and volunteers are known for being the first to arrive and the last to leave a disaster site. We are committed to helping those affected,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We respond to local disaster events as well as large-scale hurricanes and storms that impact millions of people. Once the dust settles, our EDS staff and volunteers stay for days, weeks, and sometimes months, until we’ve done all we can to help.”

On September 8, 1900, a hurricane devastated Galveston, leaving more than 5,000 people dead. The city, sustaining extensive property damage, was virtually destroyed. While survivors were still reeling from this onslaught of nature, Frederick Booth-Tucker, National Commander, ordered Salvation Army officers from across America to proceed to the disaster site to provide spiritual assistance. The Salvation Army’s first national disaster appeal for funds was generously supported by caring Americans. From these beginnings, The Salvation Army has developed local, regional and national disaster services programs.

The Salvation Army in Texas operates a fleet of 32 mobile kitchens, each with the capacity to provide 2,500 meals per day. They can be stocked and ready for deployment at a moment’s notice in times of disaster and travel the streets to provide hot meals to survivors and relief workers. Five Rapid Response Units, modified pickup trucks that can deliver snacks, drinks and food into affected areas, are also strategically assigned to locations in Texas. Rounding out the fleet, the organization has two large Field Kitchens, each with the capacity to produce between 15,000-20,000 meals a day, two mobile shower units, a laundry unit, and a mobile command post.

“Partnerships are key to any successful disaster response and The Salvation Army works closely with other disaster relief organizations and government agencies to maximize our impact and avoid duplicating services,” said Migues. “In addition to utilizing the army of trained Salvation Army disaster volunteers, these partnerships make it possible to provide food, water, shelter, clean up kits and other essential services to communities impacted by a disaster.”

One area in which The Salvation Army is different from many other relief organizations is the provision of emotional and spiritual care. “When you feel hurt, upset or overwhelmed, our Salvation Army staff and trained volunteers are there to provide support,” said Migues. “In addition to handing a hot meal or bottle of water to a survivor, our staff will listen and pray with a person in his or her time of need. This spiritual support is an integral part of The Salvation Army disaster response.”

“Each disaster is unique,” said Migues. “We determine what the biggest needs are and seek individuals and organizations who can provide these items to survivors.  However, monetary donations are often the most effective and quickest way to support the emergency relief work and ensure that The Salvation Army is there, with the supplies and resources needed to make a difference in the midst of crisis.”

For more information about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, or to make a donation, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

 

The Salvation Army – Fighting Hunger, One Food Box at a Time

   National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021

Dallas, Texas (May 10, 2021) – The last year has presented extreme challenges for many in the community as the financial strain of lost income or medical expenses has impacted family budgets. The Salvation Army has seen a significant increase in the requests received for assistance, with many families seeking help with the most basic services, including food. Thanks to the generous support of the community and local businesses, The Salvation Army food pantry has served more people than ever before and continues to deliver food boxes each week to those in need.

The Salvation Army is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since 1889, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help those in need in Texas, 365 days a year, providing assistance to individuals and families who find themselves in crisis, shelter to those experiencing homelessness, food and meals to the hungry, and much more.

The Salvation Army combats hunger daily by providing nutritious meals to anyone in need. This includes people of all ages, those experiencing homelessness, as well as individuals and families who may be struggling to make ends meet and in need of extra assistance. In addition to addressing the immediate symptoms of food insecurity, programs are designed to help identify and treat its root cause. Over time, this holistic approach to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of each person helps move many from “hungry” to “fully healed.”

“We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people coming to us for help,” said Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Texas. “Early in the pandemic we pivoted our food pantry program to be in line with social distancing protocols and many locations shifted to weekly drive-thru food box distributions. The demand has been incredible, and we have seen many seek assistance for the very first time. It has been a privilege for The Salvation Army to serve in this way, and we are so grateful for those who have supported our ministry, and for our staff and committed volunteers who help make these programs possible.”

The Gonzalez family has received regular food assistance at The Salvation Army. “It has been a huge blessing. I lost my job because of the virus and I’ve already gone through my savings and have been pretty much wiped out. But being able to come to The Salvation Army and get groceries is a huge relief, particularly if you have no income. Everyone is so friendly and so helpful. I didn’t think anything like this even existed.”

“National Salvation Army Week is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the service that we have provided to throughout the state over the last year. Who could ever imagine the challenges 2020 and the COVID pandemic would bring?” said Raymer. “Thanks to the generous support of donors, businesses, and supporters, The Salvation Army has been there with a meal or food box for families struggling to put food on the table. Each box typically contains rice, pasta, soup, beans, canned vegetables and fruit, cereal, and other non-perishable food. Our shelters have continued to prepare and serve hot, nutritious meals, and provided a warm, safe place to get people off the streets. We are committed to serving Texans in need.”

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit us online at www.salvationarmytexas.org

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club – A Positive Place for Kids

  National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021

Dallas, Texas (May 10, 2021) – A significant challenge and concern for many working parents is what to do with their children after school until they get off work. The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs offer a great and affordable solution, providing a positive environment where children can learn and grow while mom and dad are still at work – all while having fun.

The Salvation Army is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since 1889, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help Texans in need from our community 365 days a year, providing assistance to individuals and families who find themselves in crisis, shelter to those experiencing homelessness, food and meals to the hungry, and much more.

Through a partnership with the National Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Salvation Army operates 17 clubs and community centers in Texas. These programs are powerful and help give young people the skills they need to thrive as adults. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national programs have taken members from the clubhouse to the White House; from the games room to the corporate boardroom; from the high school orchestra to Carnegie Hall. Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a lineup of tested and proven nationally recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life. More than 30 national programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics.

“Our programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence,” said Alesia Lane, Divisional Director of Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs. “We provide one-on-one assistance with homework and school assignments, as well as the teaching and advancement of literacy and study skills. Our curriculum also includes spiritual development, character and leadership, health and life skills, the arts, sports and recreation, and education and career development. The club is a safe place where children can make friends and broaden their interests, abilities and aspirations.”

Jennifer is a single mom and money is often tight. Not only is The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club more affordable and open longer hours than other after-school programs, but her kids love going. “My kids love it there, they have a lot of fun. Its peace of mind for me and I know that they’re safe there and are always engaging in activities that are safe and make our family stronger,” said Jennifer. She has tried other programs in the past but has found The Salvation Army’s to be the best fit for their family. The kids never complain about going and come home tired, but happy. “It helps me a lot. I would not be able to work full time without the program and therefore would not be able to provide for my family. Their homework is always done, I never have to help them at home. That’s really nice.”

“National Salvation Army Week is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the service that we have provided to our community over the last year. Who could ever imagine the challenges 2020 and the COVID pandemic would bring?” said Lane. “Although we were forced to close the Boys & Girls Clubs for several months, we have continued to stay in touch with the children and families. Club staff distributed activates and resources to the children and we have been able to provide practical assistance in the form of food boxes to the families. We are excited to have the children back at our clubs and look forward to the continued growth of our programs and students.”

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit us online at www.salvationarmytexas.org

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

 

The Salvation Army Pathway of Hope – Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

 National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021

Dallas, Texas (May 10, 2021) – Every day, people with a range of needs come to The Salvation Army seeking assistance. Some have been forced to do this on a routine basis, so The Salvation Army has a program to help them become self-sustaining. The Pathway of Hope program at The Salvation Army provides goals and solutions to break the cycle of poverty experienced by many individuals and families in our community.

The Salvation Army in Texas is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since 1889, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help Texans in need, 365 days a year, providing assistance to individuals and families who find themselves in crisis, shelter to those experiencing homelessness, food and meals to the hungry, and much more.

It is not unusual for The Salvation Army to see the same individuals return, requesting the same assistance, year after year. The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope is a nationwide initiative provides enhanced services to families with children desiring to take action to break the cycle of crisis that repeats generation after generation.

Through involvement with Pathway of Hope, families will be introduced to both Salvation Army and other services that are available within their community that offer a network of support, a sense of community, holistic programs, and spiritual guidance. Pathway of Hope is also a service connector to job training, health services, childcare and education, housing options, legal services, and much more.

“Families are assigned a Salvation Army case worker who develops a personalized action plan and then charts the families progress through regular meetings,” said Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Texas.“The program focuses on possibilities rather than problems and strives to identify strengths to assist clients reach their goals and dreams while connecting them with both Salvation Army and community resources.”

The Turner family was homeless. Bryan was living in a car with the three boys while Hannah was staying elsewhere as there  wasn’t space for them all to be together. Dealing with ongoing serious health issues, Bryan was unable to work consistently meaning that Hannah needed to be available to look after him and the children. They were without hope and couldn’t see a way out of their situation.

A friend suggested that they contact The Salvation Army for assistance. “Everyone knows about The Salvation Army and how they help people,” said Hannah. “Through the Pathway of Hope program, they were able to help with some referrals and got us into a hotel for a short time. It’s been really helpful to have people to talk to about what is going on in life. I’m not used to that kind of support network,” said Hannah. “I was dropped off at a Salvation Army shelter at the age of 18 and I’ve pretty much had to figure life out on my own until now.”

Salvation Army staff helped Bryan successfully apply for disability benefits and continue to meet with the family twice each month. Hannah is working as a bus driver for a school district earning a steady income and health benefits for the first time.

“I feel like there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m learning to deal with stress and pressure in a completely new way, thanks to the guidance and support of The Salvation Army,” said Hannah. “We’re living paycheck to paycheck, but that’s ok. I’m hoping we will soon have a little money left in our account at the end of each month. I want to eventually take the kids on vacation and do stuff other people do. For now, we’re paying the bills and have a roof over our heads.”

“The Salvation Army has been there to encourage us and give us the positive reassurance that we can do it. They have helped pick us up and kept us working toward our goals.”

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative marks a pivotal shift to focusing on the core causes of poverty rather than treating the symptoms. Lack of job opportunities, unstable housing, and an underserved educational environment can all be major challenges for someone looking to lead a self-sustainable life. “With our help, people living in poverty can break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability and lead families down a path toward increased stability for years to come,” said Raymer. “It’s a pathway of hope for current and future generations.”

For more information or to make a donation, please visit us online at www.salvationarmytexas.org

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

The Salvation Army Volunteers – The Army Behind the Army

   National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021

Dallas, Texas (May 10, 2021) – It has been said that “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” This statement perfectly describes the 3.3. million people who give of their time, talents, and resources to annually support the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since 1889, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help Texans in need, 365 day a year.

While there have been fewer in-person volunteer opportunities due to COVID-19, there is still a number of ways that you can safely help The Salvation Army serve those in need. “We always need volunteers to help sort and organize donations in our Family Stores and have opportunities to serve in community kitchens,” said Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Texas. “During the COVID pandemic we have seen a significant increase in the number of people seeking Food Pantry assistance, and this is an area where volunteers can be of great service, both collecting items, putting together food boxes, and helping with regular distributions. There is always something going on at The Salvation Army and we’d love you to get involved.”

Despite the ongoing pandemic, The Salvation Army enjoyed a successful 2020 Christmas effort that, as always, relied on enthusiastic local volunteer participation. Texas volunteers came through once again to support the Army’s largest annual fundraiser, the Red Kettle Campaign, and the Angel Tree program. Ringing a bell at the kettle is a fun, rewarding way to give back. It is not unusual to see parents with small children, school groups, Sunday school classes, employees from local businesses, and individuals of all ages donning the red apron at the kettle.

Mother of three, Emma, is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. She lost her job of more than 20 years in September 2020 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and was actively pursuing job opportunities, interviewing primarily from home. At the same time her daughter Emily needed to complete community volunteer hours as part of the requirements for her upcoming Confirmation, so Emma signed them both up to help with the Angel Tree toy distribution.

Upon arrival, the ladies were put right to work and found themselves in great demand since they are bi-lingual. The next day, Emma brought her other children, Eric and Ariana to help. For Emma, the opportunity to volunteer was a special blessing. She grew up in a family of 10 and that her father was the sole bread winner while her mother stayed home with the kids.  Christmas was not about toys and opening presents for them. It was more about spending time with family. Emma vividly remembers one year when things were particularly difficult financially.

“Somehow, my Mom heard about The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. She applied and our family was adopted,” said Emma. “That was the one year I remember receiving Christmas presents as a child.” She says, “When presented the opportunity to volunteer at The Angel Tree, I was more than happy to participate This was a wonderful way to give other children the joy I felt that memorable Christmas many years ago.”

Volunteers play a crucial role in disaster response efforts by offering basic needs to those who may have lost everything. Countless volunteers came to the aid of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) response and relief efforts in 2020 after Hurricanes Hanna, Laura, and Delta affected communities on the Southeast coastline. The Salvation Army operates an extensive and robust disaster volunteer program and trained volunteers are always the first to be deployed. Training events are hosted year-round throughout the state covering incident management, mobile kitchen operations, food service, emotional and spiritual care as well as basic first aid and CPR training. For more information or to become a disaster volunteer with The Salvation Army go to disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

“Salvation Army volunteers have been called ‘the Army behind the Army’,” said Raymer. “What better time than National Salvation Army Week to connect to a cause that you are passionate about and know that an hour or two of your time can make an incredible difference in someone else’s life at The Salvation Army. It just might make an even bigger difference in yours.”

For more information about volunteering, or to make a donation, please visit us online at www.salvationarmytexas.org

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

 

The Salvation Army Shelter – Offering Refuge and Hope

  National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021

Dallas, Texas (May 10, 2021) – Uncontrollable and unpredictable circumstances in life can result in homelessness. The loss of hours at work or unemployment, bills spiraling out of control, eviction, or a broken relationship. However, there is always a helping hand and hope for the future. As long as there’s The Salvation Army, there’s no such thing as no place to go.

The Salvation Army is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since 1889, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help Texans in need, 365 days a year, providing assistance to individuals and families who find themselves in crisis, shelter to those experiencing homelessness, food and meals to the hungry, and much more.

Each year, The Salvation Army provides more than 10 million nights of lodging to those in need. Our group homes, emergency shelters, and transitional living centers provide housing, food, and overnight lodging for varying amounts of time to destitute families, the homeless, the displaced, and to youth where family care is undesirable or unavailable. Through our holistic approach to serving the whole person, we supplement every shelter service with emotional and spiritual support.

Across the state, The Salvation Army provides shelter to men, women, and families. In addition to a safe, warm bed, those staying at the shelter also receive hot meals each day. Additional emergency space is made available in times of extreme cold, intense heat, or severe weather, to keep people safe and off the streets.

“The Salvation Army shelter programs are designed to provide food and emergency or transitional housing to men, women, or families in need. Underlying this program is a motivation to identify the causes of homelessness and work to alleviate or eliminate homelessness at its source,” said Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Texas. “Along with meeting immediate physical needs, The Salvation Army provides educational, counseling and vocational services to help develop vital life skills and independence for re-entry into society. Our case managers meet regularly with clients individually to set realistic goals and discuss barriers to permanent housing solutions and self-sufficiency.”

“All my concerns about my immediate needs were melted away after just a few minutes inside the door. Just deciding to walk through that door and ask was something I’d really never done before. It changed everything right there,” said Larry, who came to The Salvation Army seeking help. “I was given a place to sleep, it was safe, and it was warm, and it was comfortable. The ability to shower, have clean sheets and everything. Man, you don’t know! It was exactly what I needed.” Larry worked with a Salvation Army case manager, got back on his feet, and eventually transitioned into his own apartment. “It couldn’t have gone much better really. From homeless, no food, no nothing, to my own place, my pension back, to knowing good people all across town. Truth is, I’m blessed. I don’t know how else to say it. But it started right here at The Salvation Army.”

“National Salvation Army Week is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate service in communities throughout the state during the past year. We provide service in every zip code, including shelter to thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness. Working closely with community partners we have successfully transitioned many individuals and families into long-term housing,” said Raymer. “Thanks to the generous support of donors, businesses, and supporters, The Salvation Army will continue to be a place of refuge and hope, and provide a hand up, not simply a handout, to those in need in Texas.”

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit us online at www.salvationarmytexas.org

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance – Making Christmas Wishes Come True!

 

  National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021

Dallas, Texas (May 10, 2021) – What would Christmas be without The Salvation Army? Smiling bell ringers greet busy shoppers outside of area stores, Angel Tree gifts are bought, sorted, and delivered to excited children and families in time for Christmas morning, and holiday meals are lovingly prepared and served to seniors and those in need. The Salvation Army is synonymous with the holiday season and continues to make Christmas possible for many, right here in Texas.

The Salvation Army is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since 1889, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help those in need across Texas, 365 days a year, providing assistance to individuals and families who find themselves in crisis, shelter to those experiencing homelessness, food and meals to the hungry, and much more.

The Salvation Army is perhaps best known for the Red Kettle campaign and Angel Tree Christmas program. The Red Kettle program was started in 1891 by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee. The purpose of the kettle was to raise funds to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken in San Francisco. Almost 130 years have passed since its inception and the Red Kettle has become the icon of The Salvation Army, with every coin and dollar bill dropped into the red kettles going to support year-round ministry and assistance to those in need.

Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s most effective and loved Christmas efforts. The Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Va., shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmastime. The program includes Angel Trees in local shopping malls, on-site at area corporations, churches and organizations, and in recent years has expanded to include online Angels. Thousands of children woke to gifts under the tree on Christmas morning thanks to the generosity of donors and businesses and The Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

Adam and April never expected to need Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army. But at the end of October, a fire broke out in their home. Thankfully, everyone made it out safely, but the house was left uninhabitable. Firefighters threw the family’s burning furniture out of the second story windows.

“We walked out with just our pajamas on,” April said. After the fire, the family lived in motels until they found another house. Getting reestablished took Adam away from work. As a result, he couldn’t get enough hours to make ends meet. The couple called numerous places trying to find help. Then April saw a TV advertisement for The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. She called to get more information and was invited to come in for an interview.

“I didn’t think I’d ever be in these shoes asking for help,” April said. “It was an awesome experience. I didn’t feel down; I didn’t feel embarrassed. I felt like I was walking into a family and the family was helping me out.”

With the fire emergency, April and Adam easily qualified for assistance. They left with groceries, new clothes, coats, and shoes, and the names of their three children were to be placed on Salvation Army Angel Tree.

Two days before Christmas, Adam went to The Salvation Army Christmas Center to pick up gifts for Savannah, 14, Anthony, 6, and Ryan, 1. “The generosity was overwhelming,” said Adam. “If it wasn’t for The Salvation Army Angel Tree, I honestly don’t know what we would have done for our kids for Christmas. The Salvation Army really came through when we needed them.”

“Christmas 2020 was a very challenging time for many Texans as we continued to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Salvation Army has experienced heightened need over the last year or so and we have adjusted many of our programs and pivoted the way in which we serve to allow for social distancing and ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and clients,” said Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Texas. “Communities throughout this great state stepped up to support our work at Christmastime, both through volunteering, and also by continuing to give at the traditional red kettles and through online kettles. During this National Salvation Army Week, we want to say thank you for your support, and prayers, at Christmas and throughout the year.”

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit us online at www.salvationarmytexas.org

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org