TAMPA, FL (July 2, 2021) – The Salvation Army announces the appointment of Major David Swyers and Captain Beth Swyers to lead the work of The Salvation Army in Tampa/Hillsborough County. For the past four years, they led the work of The Salvation Army in Kerrville, Texas.
The new officers intend to position The Salvation Army of Tampa as the premier social service and holistic care provider that will address the root cause of homelessness. In addition to leading the emergency shelter, they will be implementing community-based youth programs that will help to develop character, confidence, and spirituality.
“When people think about what’s good in Tampa, I want them to think of The Salvation Army”, said Major David Swyers, Tampa Area Commander. “Here in Tampa, we will focus on stewardship, others, transforming lives, and restoring hope.”
The Swyers have six children; four adult children and two that will be joining them here in Tampa. As an alumnus of The University of South Florida, Major David Swyers considers the move to Tampa a homecoming. Captain Beth Swyers is a graduate of Antietam Bible College in Maryland. Captain Beth will be leading the youth programs at the 1100 W Sligh Ave location.
“My goal is to foster the next generation through music and arts, character building, and Sunday school programs,” said Captain Beth Swyers, Tampa Area Commander. “When the children in our community set foot into our building, I want them to feel safe and experience the love of Jesus.”
In addition to leading the work to end homelessness, the Swyers will be overseeing the completion of the Red Sheild Center, located at 1603 N Florida Ave. The new facility will be a 39,000-square foot one-stop social services and residential facility located in a campus-like setting, with state-of-the-art amenities, expansive capabilities, and flexible spaces to suit many needs.
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TAMPA, FL (July 6, 2021) – With the approach of Tropical Strom Elsa, The Salvation Army of Tampa is prepared to activate its emergency disaster teams and resources to meet the needs of the community and first responders. The Tampa Command has its Mobile Feeding Unit, which can provide 500 meals at a time, ready and on standby. Here is what The Salvation Army of Tampa can provide:
1,500 meals per day
Financial resources to those directly effected
Spiritual and emotional care
In addition to the Salvation Army of Tampa providing resources to the community, The Salvation Army’s state headquarters for emergency disaster response is also located here in Tampa.
“We are uniquely situated in that we have more Salvation Army disaster response resources than any other County in the State,” says Major David Swyers. “We are prepared to meet the needs of our community before, during, and after the storm.”
The Salvation Army will continue to monitor the storm and adjust its services as necessary.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter: @Salarmytampa and #DoingTheMostGood
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THE SALVATION ARMY OF BROWARD COUNTY’S 4TH ANNUAL KETTLE KRUSH 5K RUN, WALK AND ROLL PRESENTED BY PwC
The 4th Annual Kettle Krush 5K is a “Christmas in July,” family event designed to raise money and awareness to “krush” poverty and homelessness and provide the resources that people need to become self-sufficient and productive members of our community. The racecourse at Quiet Waters Park is sanctioned by the USATF, and the race will be timed by AccuChipUSA, Inc.
Check in: 6:00 a.m. Race begins: 7:00 a.m. (rain or shine). FREE parking available near the race pavilion. Awards will be given to runners within our “top 3” categories and age groups. A FREE race t-shirt will be given to all registrants.
Participation will not be permitted unless a Waiver/Release has been signed prior to the race. No refunds!
The Salvation Army is a non-profit organization dedicated “to meet human needs without discrimination.” All funds raised from this charity event will support our programs and services including emergency shelter for men, women and children, as well as other transitional housing; feeding the hungry; after school/ summer programs for underserved youth and Getting Ahead programs for our clients seeking greater economic stability, just to name a few.
In 1938, the first-ever National Donut Day was celebrated in Chicago, and the history of The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies was officially immortalized. The Donut Lassies were sent to France in 1917 where they established field bases near the front lines. These huts served as locations where soldiers could stock up on essential goods and snag a treat or two provided by the lassies. When it became apparent that baking was going to be difficult to continue during war time, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. Their work brought a light of hope and happiness to the battlefield – a much-needed boost for soldiers who had been there for ages.
The “Donut Lassies” are now often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops (commonly known as “doughboys”) came back from fighting in Europe. Over a hundred years later, The Salvation Army is still serving on the front lines, now through a wide range of social services for the most vulnerable Americans.
Want to try your hand at making the donuts that started it all?
Below, you’ll find our century-old recipe so you can bake and share these sweet treats with whomever needs them most.
SALVATION ARMY WWI DONUT INGREDIENTS
Yield: 2 dozen donuts
1 large egg
2.5 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2.5 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 tablespoon salt
7/8 cup milk
1/2 tub lard (because it is no longer 1917, we actually recommend using healthier options like vegetable or coconut oil)
Combine all ingredients (except for oil) to make dough.
Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out donut circles, be creative! Salvation Army Donut Lassies used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
Drop the rings into the oil, making sure the oil is hot enough to brown the donuts gradually. Turn the donuts slowly several times.
When browned, remove donuts and allow excess oil to drip off.
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On March 4, 1903, the Los Angeles Herald newspaper reported that Salvation Army Captain Nellie Truelove would be the first woman “to be given a right to wear the nickel star and swing the black club of police authority.”
The word “fallen” in those days referred to women who worked as prostitutes or were pregnant and unmarried.
Capt. Truelove’s rescue work involved spending days and nights in bars and brothels trying to ease the burden of women in trouble. She believed that no matter how dire the circumstance, there was hope for every woman she met.
Often, she would be called on to referee disputes between the ladies in her care — or their clients — so the Los Angeles Police Department trusted her with the authority to keep the peace as an official member of the force.
Just one year after she received her star and billy club she died. Reportedly, among her last words were, “take care of my girls” and “it was worth it all.”
On the day of her funeral, the streets were lined with thousands of people as eight policemen led a white hearse drawn by four white horses. As her cortege passed the red light district, the bar owners and bartenders who knew her well stood outside with doors closed and hats off, out of respect.
The full article reads:
She Wears A Star | Nellie Truelove Joins the Police Force
Salvation Lass Appointed by the Commission | May Exercise Authority at Rescue Home in East Los Angeles – Fryburg & Berkowitz Saloon License Case Ended – Police Duty at Schools
Demure little Nellie Truelove is a member of the Los Angeles police force, distinguished in that she is the first woman to be given a right to wear the nickel star and swing the black club of police authority. Nellie Truelove is used to the blue uniform and not unaccustomed to the exercise of authority, for, in addition to being a”policeman,” she is Staff Captain Nellie of The Salvation Army, in charge of the Salvation Army Rescue home on Griffith street in East Los Angeles. J. S. Slauson introduced The Salvation Army lass to Mayor Snyder; she was recommended, the mayor said, “by the best people of the city.”
When the police commission had waded through a part of the accumulation of business before it, the mayor called attention to the presence of “Staff Captain Nellie Truelove,” who asked to be clothed with police power. Commissioner Keeney wore his most cherubic smile when the blue-gowned young woman was presented. Commissioner Maglnnis, “the man from Mexico,” whose first appearance it was at a board meeting, looked as though he was glad that the mayor had given him the job.
Commissioner Lang wheeled about, so that he might be in range of the smiling but embarrassed face of the applicant for a place on the police force. The mayor, of course, was radiant. He is at his best when women are present. For instance, the other day he deliberately violated a city ordinance that he might do a woman a good turn. She called late in the afternoon to inform the mayor that a policeman had threatened her with arrest if she persisted in tooting her fish horn—the woman was a fish peddler. She said that she could not sell the fish If she might not toot the horn, and a stock on hands would be spoiled. The mayor told her to go on and blow the fish horn until her stock was sold, and if any policeman interfered, to refer him to the mayor.
Advice to Women
If you want anything from the mayor, just be a woman; he will find a way to gratify the want. When Nellie Truelove came with her unusual request, the mayor for a time was lost in doubt, but Herbert J. Goudge, the assistant city attorney, was called for counsel, and gave it as his opinion that there was nothing in the law governing the police department that forbade appointment of a woman.
Of course, she will be but a special “policeman,” her authority being confined to the rescue home, where often there are admitted women whose only fear is of a police officer. It is Impracticable to call upon the regular police every time there is a disturbance at the home, and It is not the wish of the home management to have every rebellious inmate arrested and taken to the police station.
The Fryburg & Berkowitz saloon license at 245 East First street, which has been in controversy for several weeks, was disposed of, by allowing the application for a transfer to Charles Toegel. Frank Reese asked for a continuance of one week to give Fryburg a chance to be heard. Toefcel wanted the matter settled and out of the way. His story of entering into partnership with Fryburg, as Toegel told it, was that of the innocent victim of an unscrupulous and designing lawbreaker. “After I learned that Fryburg was not what you might say an up and down honest man.” continued the speaker, he was anxious to get out of the partnership, and sold his interest in the business to the Los Angeles Brewing company.
Mayor Snyder will give paternal advice to the board of education, whose members authorized the board secretary to make a request for a. policeman who would be at all times ready to answer a call from superintendents of schools, when boys or girls became obstreperous and lost awe of the birch. The school board secretury made this pointed demand:
A Pointed Demand
“At a meeting of the board of education, held February 24, I was Instructed to communicate to you the request of the board that you detail a police officer who may be called upon at any time by the superintendents of schools, as cases very often occur where immediate action is necessary, and delays have many times occurred and the object been defeated because of there being no officer available when wanted.”
Chief of Police Elton assured the police board members that the house duty men at the police station are always available to be called to reinforce the school superintendents.
Pressman & Henry were granted a liquor license at 344 South Spring street, the license that was lost by Paul Kerkow for violation of the Sunday closing law.
J. K. Miller was allowed a transfer of his license from the Arcade station to the corner of Central and Ceres avenues. Edward Bode was made a special policeman, to act as a watchman for John Singleton. The application of A. C. V. Tipton for a special’s star was denied, because he was but 19 years old, the chief explained.
Policeman T. F. Rico was given a five days’ leave of absence.
The investigation of charges against Policeman Murray, made by J. D. Bethune, will be held at the next board meeting, next Tuesday morning, W. W. Weldeman will be Murray’s counsel.
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THE SALVATION ARMY ORLANDO CHANGES FOOD DISTRIBUTION TIME TO MEET NEED
To better meet needs, we are shifting our distribution to early afternoons.
February 23, 2021 | 1PM – 3PM
Who: The Salvation Army Orlando Metro Area Command
What: Our free weekly drive-thru food distribution has a new time! We will be handing out 300 fresh food boxes to families and individuals from 1 PM to 3 PM every Tuesday until further notice. Supplies are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This free event is drive-thru only. Food resources for walk-ups and individuals on bicycles are available at our Social Services office, 400 West Colonial Drive in Orlando.
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Pit Stop is currently offering discounted maintenance and repairs to those eligible. The Salvation Army will cover up to $250 per vehicle. Pit Stop will also provide discounts that may apply. Eligibility will be determined through an interview with a social worker.
Pit Stop has continued to collaborate with Salvation Army while expanding their partnership to locations across Southwest Florida.
“People are struggling,” said Port Charlotte Pit Stop employee Jorg Ebert. “They may need their car to get their kids to school, to shop at the grocery store or to attend job interviews. They need a safe, reliable car in order to do so.”
Ebert stated the Salvation Army administrator, Israel Roseno, reached out to the auto shop.
“We were willing to help and came to an agreement to work with the people they send our way,” said Elbert.
Pit Stop Auto Repair Owner Joseph Ramsay strives to support the community in many ways.
“Our core value is giving,” he said. “We hope the offer will prompt stability and growth, personally and financially.”
Ramsay stated the offer is ongoing and locals may benefit when car trouble comes unexpectedly.
“Jobs have been lost, incomes have been reduced, there have been changes we’ve been forced to face. No one plans on having a bad day,” said Ramsay. “Some people just need to get their kids to trombone lessons or whatever the case may be.”
Roseno hopes the Salvation Army will be able to offer their help for as long as the need remains. He said the organization received almost 50 voicemails over the first weekend.
For more information or for those seeking help, call the Salvation Army of Charlotte County at 941-629-3170, ext. 402.
Pit Stop also offers individuals a chance to win a car repair makeover through the Pit Stop Charitable Foundation. For those willing to share their story, visit www.PitStopCares.com.
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The Salvation Army Resume Weekly Food Distributions for Needy Families.
The Salvation Army works with community partners to disperse 1,320 food boxes to food-insecure areas.
ORLANDO, FL – (January 28, 2021) – The Salvation Army Orlando Metro Area Command is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local families. As we continue to meet the high demands for food and financial assistance, we are resuming our weekly food distributions to alleviate hunger in food-insecure households. Every Tuesday, we will disperse 1,320 food boxes through our drive-thru events and trusted community partners. We are giving away 300 food boxes this Tuesday, February 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This drive-thru event will be at The Salvation Army Orlando Citadel located at 440 West Colonial Drive in Orlando.
“During the pandemic, The Salvation Army never closed our doors. We continue to fight for good and bring hope to those who are struggling,” said Captain Ken Chapman, area commander for The Salvation Army in Orange and Osceola Counties. Since the start of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has provided 74,223 fresh food boxes and 13,394 grocery bags to local families.
Every food box will have fresh fruits and/or vegetables, dairy products, poultry, and other nutritious goods to feed a family of four. Identification cards are required for multiple families traveling in one vehicle. Walk-ups or individuals on bicycles should take advantage of our Food Pantry located in our Women’s & Children’s Shelter at 400 West Colonial Drive.
As high demands for food and financial assistance persist, The Salvation Army Orlando Metro Area Command will host drive-thru food distributions every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. until further notice. To sign up as a volunteer or to donate, visit www.SalvationArmyOrlando.org. You can stay up to date with our services and events by following our Facebook page, The Salvation Army Orlando – Area Command.
Prior to their arrival in Sarasota County, Lt. Colonels Ward and Michele Matthews served as National Community Relations and Development Secretary and National Director for White House Relations, respectively,. Lt. Col. Ward Matthews also served as The Salvation Army’s national spokesperson.
Prior to their national headquarters appointment in 2018, Lt. Col. Ward Matthews was legal secretary, and Lt. Col. Michele Matthews was the Pathway of Hope director, both for The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory in Atlanta. Before those appointments, they served in leadership roles with the Dallas-Fort Worth Area Metroplex Command, Caribbean Territory, and Charlotte Area Command.
Their experience includes responsibility for more than 450 corporate partnerships during their time as Area Commanders in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, including the Dallas Cowboys, which has raised more than $2.2 billion for The Salvation Army. They were also founding officers of The Salvation Army’s Echelon organization, now with 19 chapters across the country, which provides a forum for young professionals to engage in their respective communities.
Both Lt. Cols. have extensive experience working alongside first responders with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS). At age 9, Ward volunteered on a Salvation Army mobile kitchen with his father in the aftermath of Hurricane Camille. Since that experience, Lt. Cols. Ward and Michele have served survivors and first responders of catastrophic events like Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Floyd, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Michele also served as the Caribbean Territory EDS director and as the EDS logistics coordinator for the Carolinas.
Lt. Col. Ward Matthews graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in history and religion from Emory University before being commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1984. Lt. Col. Michele Matthews earned dual degrees in psychology and social services from Asbury College and a degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University. Lt. Col. Michele Matthews was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1999.
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Because of the financial hardship on so many this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and because of the fewer store locations allowing kettles to be set up, Captain Stephan Wildish knew something had to be done to ensure that the Tallahassee, FL Corps Red Kettle Goal of $215,000 was met.
With the campaign slogan of “Reaching New Heights to #Rescue Christmas”, Captain Wildish pledged to go 40 feet in the air for 24 hours with the goal of raising $24,000.
All of this took place on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020, in order to draw awareness of the great need in our community and the opportunity to give back. If he reached the goal before the 24 hour mark, he would get to come down early!
Thanks to United Rental in Tallahassee for their donation of a 40 foot scissor lift, Captain Wildish started his journey at 6:00am on Giving Tuesday to raise much needed funds.
On the coldest day of the season in Tallahassee (33 degrees at 6am), Captain Wildish lifted off. The funds started coming in rapidly! At 3:30 pm that afternoon, $21,000 had been raised! At 4:00pm, an anonymous donor stopped by the lift, called Captain Wildish on his cell phone, and stated that he would match dollar for dollar whatever was raised! By 6:30pm, Captain Wildish had exceeded his goal by raising $24,031.38. With the match, the campaign raised a total of $48,062.76!
Not only did he get to come down early on the coldest day of the season so far, but the Lord tremendously blessed his efforts.
With the support and work of the Tallahassee Corps Advisory Board and staff, media partners, a realty company that donated space, local supporters of our work, and even a local restaurant that donated lunch to the Captain, the goal was met and exceeded.
With the Lord’s blessing, Captain Stephan Wildish truly did “Reach New Heights to #Rescue Christmas” for the Tallahassee Community.
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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.