Immigrant woman finds a home for her family with The Salvation Army of Clearwater, Fla. By: Libia Socorro
Gladys Aboude came to this country from Venezuela in 2015, accompanied by her two children. A woman of Hispanic origin, Aboude knew little about life in the U.S. and had to find her own way.
She did not know what The Salvation Army was, and she knew nothing of its mission and work. When she saw a flyer advertising Salvation Army music classes, she checked into it. When she realized that the classes were free, she decided to register her children.
As her children became involved in the music classes, her awareness of the Army began to grow. She learned it had nothing to do with the military and was actually a non-profit Christian organization. She wanted to know more about The Salvation Army, and that’s how Aboude began attending the Clearwater, Florida, Corps and became part of that beautiful family of Salvationists.
Meanwhile, her children were not only receiving music lessons..
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The mission of The Salvation Army is "...To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination."
The Orlando Metropolitan Area Command has served the Orange County community for an entire century. Currently, our community is at the center of a housing crisis. We provide emergency and transitional housing for women, children, men, and veterans experiencing homelessness. We work closely with city leaders and other local assistance agencies to render services that help our clients escape the cycle of multi-generational poverty with:
- Emergency shelter (300 beds per night)
- Case management
- Homelessness prevention through rent, mortgage, and essential utility assistance
- Affordable transitional housing, rapid rehousing, housing-first wrap-around supportive services
- Low-income housing for senior citizens
- Pathway of Hope - long-term recovery into self-sufficiency
- Prgrams that teach self-care, self-sufficiency, and financial responsibility
The Salvation Army is also in the fight to combat hunger. We provide:
- 1000 meals every weekday
- An Annual Thanksgiving Feast
- Food bags for families in need
- Nutritious meals every week for over 150 at-risk youth
We offer character-building, music & sports, summer camps, and educational programs for kids in our community. Through our Angel Tree program, thousands of children and senior citizens wake up to gifts on Christmas morning. Thanks to the giving hearts of our donors, we're able to Be The Good working to stabilize those who are experiencing poverty.
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are SAVING lives!
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are helping to REUNITE families!
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are making a difference in
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The Salvation Army of Orlando is celebrating its centennial anniversary serving Orlando the City Beautiful. All through this year we will be hosting events and activities to commemorate our centennial. Our next event is our Homecoming Weekend February 21-23, 2020.
Friday February 21
Private dinner for former Area Commanders
Saturday February 22
1pm Open House/Reunion
3pm - 4:15pm Songsters Reunion & Rehearsal
4:30pm - 5:45pm Band Reunion & Rehearsal
6pm Homecoming Dinner
Lt Colonel Eddie Hobgood portraying
Joe the Turk
Please RSVP if you plan on attending the Dinner by clicking the button below
Sunday February 23
10:45am Holiness Service with combined Band and Songsters
Lt Colonel Eddie Hobgood portraying
Samuel Logan Brengle