Entries by Lindsay

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History Highlight: The 1918-1920 Spanish Flu

In 1918, The Salvation Army was at the height of its international popularity. Its war work during the Great War (WWI) was exemplary and recognized by governments across the globe. National Commander Evangeline Booth received the Distinguished Service medal from General John J. Pershing for all of the work that the Army did in France. The combat was soon to shift to an unseen enemy. The Great War had prepared the Army for a new challenge.
The Spanish flu was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. Lasting from January 1918 to December 1920, it is considered one of the deadliest epidemics in human history.
In New York, Lillian Wald, a pioneer nurse, called for help and the Army answered. Wald mobilized a multitude of nurses, organizations, church groups, municipal bureaucracies, civic entities and social agencies into a Nurses’ Emergency Council. The group assembled volunteer nurses and enlisted women who could support them by answering phones, accompanying nurses and doctors on home ..

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6 Ways to Maintain Positive Mental Health

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Mental illness concerns are on the rise in the United States due to environmental and genetic factors. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
One in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness.44,965 Americans die by suicide every year.In 2016, an estimated 10.4 million adults (4.2%) in the U.S. had a serious mental illness (SMI).In 2016, an estimated 16.2 million adults (6.7%) in the United States had at least one major depressive episode.Each year, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S. aged 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population.An estimated 31.1% of adults in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. Although these statistics are alarming, there are things we can do to foster good m..

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Coming Through

Like a battering ram dropped on a skyscraper, the coronavirus smashed through seemingly solid structures that supported our way of life and our self-understanding. The body politic struggled to grasp the nature of the problem and workable solutions. The world’s economic underpinnings became unmoored. What we took for granted—from stocked supermarkets to ready access to family, friends, community, work and entertainment—were held in the balance. Pain and loss became acute for those who contracted COVID-19. Frustration, anger and grief hit home for those trying valiantly to care for them and for those who saw loved ones, associates and neighbors die.
This shaking of the foundations ushered in questions about who we are and how we define ourselves. Questions about life’s unfairness lingered around us. Exposed to an unknown future, one that experts say will change the way we live, we came face-to-face with our own material and spiritual resources, with our need to persevere, with our nee..

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Finding a Home

I am one of four children. My mother is a recovering alcoholic and my father struggles with a heroin addiction. I know they both love me. However, their problems created what I can only describe as a destructive lifestyle. As a result, our family has been spiritually and emotionally devastated.
From as early as I can remember, we were evicted from apartment after apartment. At age 15, I started working to help pay the rent and other bills so our home could have some semblance of stability and security. Eventually, we moved into a house in Pittsburgh, Pa.
That house was the first time we were able to plant some roots, so all things considered, it was a happy time in my life. I had school friends and even a crush on Carly, a girl who lived a couple of houses down the road.
Evicted again But just like always, that stability and happy time was short lived. My father started to secretly keep our rent money to support his addiction; the same destructive cycle raised its ugly head again.
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Single Mother of Three Finds Stability and Support at The Salvation Army

Tiffany is a hard-working, independent mother who has been providing for herself and her family since her ex-husband left her and their two children while she was 4 months pregnant with their third child. “I found myself alone with no friends and family to help,” says Tiffany. “I was behind on my rent and facing […]

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Goal-Driven

Tneeshia enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program just before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Her goal was to find housing for herself and her two-year-old son and start her path toward earning her GED. “By early March, me and my son had moved into an apartment, and I was taking in-person GED classes,” […]

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Not Another Statistic

The COVID-19 crisis has hit vulnerable individuals especially hard. This includes people like Gary, who is homeless and relies heavily on The Salvation Army not only for shelter but for food and emotional and spiritual care as well. Gary has been to multiple shelters during his 17 years of struggling with homelessness, but he says […]

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Family First

“I fell asleep at police departments sometimes just to know my children were safe.” These are the words of Angel, a mother of two daughters who was living in her car with her girls after becoming homeless during the COVID-19 crisis. The family was referred to The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program to get […]

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Delivering Hope to Doorsteps

Meal and grocery delivery services became a staple for many families under Safer at Home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, already and newly vulnerable people were left with fewer options to provide basic needs like food for their families.

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Feeding the Most Vulnerable

Salvation Army takes food truck to help isolated seniors The Salvation Army took its canteen (mobile feeding unit) to serve vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic at a downtown Fort Myers senior residence. An emotional and spiritual care team was also on-site to offer hope and encouragement in a time of uncertainty and isolation for […]