Major Martha Wheeler smiled as she unpacked a box in her Philadelphia office that is full of treasures: sparkling bracelets, glittering napkin rings, colorful cloth wallets, beautiful baskets, and much, much more. As she pulled out each item, it seemed one was more stunning than the next. She laid them out one by one, each with a tag that read, “Others Trade for Hope.” It’s a project that is calling her to Kenya during the month of August.
As thousands of young people across Centre County will soon return to class, The Salvation Army of State College is there to lend a helping hand to families struggling to make ends meet. It starts with back to school assistance and runs through the year with valuable programs to engage and enrich their children’s lives.
Micah was at a crossroads in his life. He had successfully completed The Salvation Army’s drug and alcohol treatment program in Greenville, South Carolina. He was strengthening his spirituality and becoming closer in his relationship with God. He was employed by The Salvation Army and was living with a friend in a nice apartment. Although it seemed Micah had turned his life around after years of addiction and turmoil, he felt a void he couldn’t explain. That’s when the leadership at The Salvation Army of Greenville told Micah about the new “MaLT” program launching in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Continue reading “MaLT: Changing the Lives of Young Salvationists”
The grassy fenced-in area on the corner of Broad and Brown Streets is somewhat of a special place for families at the Red Shield Residence. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia‘s transitional housing program is safe, loving, respectful and compassionate, providing families in crisis with shelter and services as they strive towards self-sufficiency. The yard next to the building is a space where families can let their kids play and enjoy some outdoor time together there as they navigate a difficult time in their lives. However in recent years, it was in need of some love and attention. Continue reading “Serving up Hope and Smiles in a Sand Box”
The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s headquarters on Conshohocken Avenue was a flurry of activity the week of June 27, with the sound of power equipment echoing through the hallways. Teens with the faith-based group, World Changers, traveled from across the country on a mission trip to perform community service. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia was one of the local agencies blessed with their help for four days.