The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend Shield of Hope Virtual Fundraiser Event

Virtual Event | September 1, 2020 |  11:30 AM

Guest Speaker – Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., Brigadier General, USA (Ret.)

Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.

Brigadier General, USA (Ret.)

Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Commandant

Brigadier General Joe Ramirez is a native of Houston, Texas and is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Texas Aggie Band in the Corps of Cadets. He received his commission in the United States Army Field Artillery from Texas A&M in 1979 as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

During his 31 years of military service, General Ramirez commanded soldiers around the world and served in leadership positions in various joint and operational commands. He was the Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Central Command during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and was the Deputy Division Commander for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. His most recent assignment was Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy for US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

General Ramirez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Texas A&M (1979); a Masters Degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri (1993); and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania (2000).

His numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Parachutists Badge.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for making The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend’s second annual Shield of Hope fundraiser a success! May God bless you all!

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Watch The Event!


The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend’s second annual Shield of Hope fundraiser is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the work of The Salvation Army in your community as well as an opportunity to help those who are in need within the Coastal Bend. Our guest speaker is Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez (Ret.), who is currently the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Commandant. This event will be a virtual event and each sponsor and ticket holder will have exclusive access to watch this event and speaker.

Where is the money going for sponsorship?

In The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend, $0.89 of every dollar goes directly to our programs to help the people in need. In addition, our speaker is generously volunteering his time for our event. So, this fundraiser will be our biggest opportunity for the most funds raised to go directly to serving the people in need who live in the Coastal Bend.


The Salvation Army is proud of its 95 years of service to those in need in the Coastal Bend area. The organization offers people the opportunity to grow, learn and become self-sufficient in our challenging society through Corps activities, social services assistance, family services, youth character building and mentoring programs, disaster assistance and a myriad of other programs to provide assistance to those in greatest need.

As the Army continues to serve the community, significant progress has been made in developing plans for the expansion of services to address the

under-met needs of men, women and children who simply need a helping hand and a message of hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Our Services

Emergency Shelter and Housing:

The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi provides emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness in the Coastal Bend.

We have shelters for:

  • Families
  • Veterans
  • Single Men & Women

Our objective is to move these individuals and families from crisis to stability though our various housing programs.

On average each year, The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend shelters 2,300 individuals and feeds 154,000 meals.  We are able to assist 786 individuals in rehousing and homeless prevention. Of those individuals, 486 are children. These numbers are growing every year.

Our case management staff works diligently with each individual and family through our programs. 97% of those families and individuals were successful in moving forward and not returning into homelessness.


The Salvation Army is the only housing program in the Coastal Bend able to house a complete family together. There is never any discrimination of who we serve or any family make up.


We aim to honor our veterans and have a program specifically to meet their needs. On average each year, we serve 175 individuals in our veterans program, including 90 veterans and 85 veteran dependents.

Emergency Assistance

Rental Assistance/Homeless Prevention — The Salvation Army assists individuals and families who, for various reasons, are struggling to pay their rent. When funds are available we are often able to assist those facing potential eviction.

Food Pantry — Our Food Pantry, open the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month,  provides groceries, hygiene items, and baby products for those who are in need. On average, we serve food & supplies to 3,278 families, including 3,169 children through our food pantry.

Clothing & Furniture Vouchers — New and gently used clothing, furniture, and household items are available at our Salvation Army Family Store. We supply store vouchers for disaster survivors or those who are experiencing financial strain.

Additional Programs & Services

  • Free Music Programs for ages 5 to 17
  • Angel Tree Program
  • Fans for Friends
  • Life Skills Training
  • Cain Scholarship Program
  • Youth Programs
  • Weekly Worship Services
  • Men & Women’s Ministries
  • Back to School Shopping
  • Back to School Supplies
  • Summer Camp Opportunities for Children
  • Financial Classes
  • Homeless Outreach (Surviving the Night)
  • Coordinated Entry
  • Local Transportation Vouchers

Emergency Disaster Services

When disaster strikes, The Salvation Army staff and volunteers respond. Mobile feeding units are set up to serve food and beverages to survivors and first responders, while trained staff are available to provide emotional and spiritual support. If needed, crews may set up a Disaster Relief Center to provide shelter, financial assistance, clothing and cleaning kits.  After the Hurricane Harvey disaster, we served over 2,166 families and 1.5 million dollars in financial assistance. We have a large COVID-19 response in helping families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. We provide emotional and spiritual care, financial assistance, and food and supplies.

Contact Information:

Monica Barrera: Community Relations Specialist

Phone: (361) 356-3624

Cell: (361) 728-4647



Captain Patrick Gesner: Commanding Officer

Phone: (361) 884-9497

Cell: (361) 658-3394


Lieutenant Laura Gesner: Commanding Officer

Phone: (361) 884-9497

Cell: (361) 658-3946



Polly Harris: Fundraising Committee Chair