Remembering The Salvation Army’s Response to The 9/11 Attacks
On September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks on passenger airliners left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more in need. The Salvation Army was closely involved with the recovery process for survivors in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. following the tragic events of 9/11.
Arriving within a half-hour of the first plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, The Salvation Army was one of the first relief organizations to arrive on the scene at “Ground Zero” and provided extensive support for relief workers and volunteers. The Army continued to support recovery efforts throughout the months-long clean-up process. In the months and years that followed, The Salvation Army assisted thousands of people impacted by the September 11 attacks with practical assistance as well as spiritual and emotional care.
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”