Entries by j_massey

,

Overcoming mobility challenges on the path to self sufficiency.

By: Antoinette Vitale Fred enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Towers Center of Hope Men’s Transitional Housing program, Hope Crossing, in Jacksonville in April of 2019. His goal was to find permanent housing with wheelchair accessibility. Hope Crossing provides transitional housing to men at The Towers Center of Hope and helps break the cycle of intergenerational […]

, ,

Sweet Relief

Alicia, a full-time candy store employee and mother of four, had her hours cut drastically when COVID-19 struck the U.S., causing her to fall $2,000 behind on her rent. With no other options left, Alicia turned to The Salvation Army. Alicia received $1,000 to help with rent, and she was able to pay the other […]

, , , ,

A Path of Persistence Leads to Stability for Single Mom of Three

A path of persistence and hard work pays off for Salvation Army client
By: Brad Rowland

After a challenging and tumultuous period in her life, Crystal checked in to The Salvation Army’s family shelter at the Community of Hope in Lakeland, Florida. Upon arrival, her central goal was to build a stable home for herself and three children, especially after a recent eviction.

Just a few weeks into Crystal’s maximum 90-day stay in the family shelter, she enrolled in the Pathway of Hope program and quickly secured a job at a local restaurant. From there, Crystal opened a bank account to embark on her plan to save money in order to transition out of the shelter and into stable, secure housing.

“We could tell right away that Crystal was ready for change, and that is really what Pathway of Hope is all about,” said Cristina Coulson, social services program coordinator. “She was really ready to break the cycle of poverty that she had been experiencing for years, and to do it for her children. T..

,

Ronnie Samuel: Anxiety Alleviated

61-year-old Ronnie Samuel felt as though his problems were piling on top of each other and that his life was too much to bear. After taking time off work as a security guard while he recovered from kidney transplant surgery, he tested positive for COVID-19. During his recovery, bills began to stack up, reaching a […]

, , ,

Love Thy Neighbor

During the darkest times of the pandemic, Amy was driving back from the grocery store with a car full of food and supplies for her and her family when she spotted a line of people waiting for food at The Salvation Army. She called the location and learned how many people were out of work […]

, , ,

Salvation Army Truck Driver Changes Course to Serve Those on Frontlines

Salvation Army truck driver honored to do his part By: Philip Burn
As a truck driver for The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Dallas, Texas, Richard Alvarez typically spends his days collecting donations of furniture, clothes and household items from the homes and businesses of generous donors. But for the last three weeks, Alvarez has been delivering much needed personal protective equipment in his Salvation Army truck to hospitals and essential workers in Dallas.
“I was proud to be asked to deliver PPE for of The Salvation Army,” said Alvarez. “It’s good to know what I’m doing is helping staff in hospitals and other locations who look after people and save lives.”
The Salvation Army is partnering with the Texas Division of Emergency Management to provide transportation of essential PPE in cities throughout the state. Deliveries are made to strategic locations including hospitals and other essential services directly affected by the increased demands caused by the COVI..

, , ,

New Home, New Life

The Salvation Army operates successfully because of its many volunteers. SACONNECTS magazine is starting a new department that will feature inspiring stories on these selfless individuals. If you would like to see someone in your corps, Kroc Center or ARC included, please send us your ideas. If you would like to serve as a volunteer, please contact your nearest Salvation Army. You can locate one by going to www.salvationarmyusa.org and entering your zip code in the search bar at the top of the page.
For 26 years, Leslie Marthone passionately worked as a licensed practical nurse in New York City. One of her greatest joys was helping to shepherd new lives into the world and ensuring the health and safety of expectant mothers.
After a rewarding and challenging career, Leslie retired her stethoscope. She and her family decided to forego the hustle and bustle of city life in exchange for a quieter, slower, and easier pace in the Poconos. Little did she know that just one year later, right..

, , , ,

Words of General Evangeline Booth in 1934 Still Provide Inspiration Today



From General Evangeline Booth’s 1934 address:

It is the yearning and passionate desire of my soul, that at this time, when the world is ripped by hatred, fearful of wars and revolutions, and cast down by depressions, that The Salvation Army shall go forth, again and again, holding up the compassionate Christ of the Cross, whose alone we are. And that there shall be no hesitancy because of hard obstacles, but courageous, and fearless, with our trust in Him, we shall hold Him up, to the people of the world, of whom he shall draw all men unto Him.

HOW TO HELP:

If you’d like to make a monetary donation, please click here to make a gift.
Text ‘GIVE’ to 52000 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army. This will automatically add a one-time donation to your next mobile phone bill.
For information about volunteering, please visit volunteer.usawest.org.
To learn more about how to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, please click here.

The post Words of General Evangeline Boot..

, , ,

Performing Arts Venue Partners with The Salvation Army to Feed Community

Clearwater performing arts venue partners with Salvation Army to feed hungry people

With many in dire need across the country and the world, The Salvation Army is operating at increased capacity with an eye on doing the most good in local communities. In Clearwater, Florida, drive-thru food distribution events have been a way of life at The Salvation Army’s social services campus but, with demand on the rise and size limitations with the property and its parking lot, an uptick in food delivery was difficult.