Salvation Army officers, advisory board members and staff from across Delaware convened at Legislative Hall in Dover on Wednesday, May 9, to share with legislators the work The Salvation Army is doing to better the lives of thousands of Delawareans every day.
60 Salvation Army representatives met their local legislators to discuss the need in their respective areas and describe the important services they provide to citizens such as: food assistance, housing, social services, senior citizen and youth community programming, emergency disaster services, and much more.
The day was celebrated with a special program on the steps of Legislative Hall at noon, featuring testimonials from individuals whose lives have been changed by The Salvation Army across Delaware, words from Salvation Army leaders, as well as remarks from Sen. Ernesto Lopez, R-Lewis and Rep. Jeffrey Spiegelman, R-Clayton.
“It’s important for state lawmakers to understand how the Salvation Army is helping meet the needs of the underserved and impoverished in every zip code across Delaware,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Banfield, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. “We hope to work together with our legislators on making an even bigger impact on those in need.”
Approximately one in eight individuals in Delaware lives in poverty today (TalkPoverty.org, 2017). In 2017, The Salvation Army provided more than 150,000 meals and over 41,000 nights of emergency housing to individuals and families across the First State. It also served more than 31,000 individuals in Delaware through its three corps community centers and various programs and services.
“The Salvation Army has served the people of the First State with love and compassion since 1890,” said Major Paul Cain, Delaware State Coordinator, The Salvation Army. “We are grateful for the ongoing partnerships with Delaware state legislators that allow us to inspire hope and change lives of tens of thousands every year.”
For more information on The Salvation Army Delaware Command, please visit www.SalvationArmyDE.org