Project Frontline is the First of its Kind in Susquehanna Valley
MILTON, PA (February 4, 2019) – Recognizing a gap in local resources for veterans and active duty members of the military, The Salvation Army of Milton launched Project Frontline. The new program is aimed at helping service members and veterans experiencing a financial hardship.
“We are so grateful for our country’s bravest men and women. Through Project Frontline, The Salvation Army of Milton is offering a hand to those struggling to find their way after coming back home,” said Lt. Jennifer Burke, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army of Milton.
The Salvation Army of Milton will offer financial relief, rent/mortgage assistance, emergency housing, emergency food, medication assistance, and/or furniture and clothing assistance, which is determined by the specific needs of the client. Project Frontline works in cooperation with The Salvation Army of Milton’s existing social services assistance programs by focusing on providing nondiscriminatory service to help veterans, active duty and National Guard who live in West Milton, Lewisburg, Allenwood, White Deer and New Columbia.
There are a significant number of veterans and servicemen and women residing in the Keystone State. According to the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, there were 345,906 veterans between the ages of 18 and 64 living in Pennsylvania in 2016. Also, per a report by Governing.com, there were 2,580 active duty members of the military and 30,244 members of Reserve forces living in Pennsylvania in September 2017. Although Project Frontline is only available to individuals living in specific communities in Union County currently, The Salvation Army of Milton is working to expand the program to Northumberland County later in 2019.
“The goal of this program is to ensure that all service members and veterans in our area have a financial assistance program available to them in a time of need,” Burke said.
The Salvation Army has a long history of caring for our nation’s military servicemen and women. It all began with donuts and coffee for soldiers during World War I and from there it continued to grow. Today, The Salvation Army offers a range of veteran services across the country, providing comfort, support, counseling, and a home to hundreds of thousands of veterans in need each year. Project Frontline delivers local support for men and women who are both active-duty military and veterans.
The Salvation Army of Milton is working with local American Legions, VFWs (Veterans of Foreign War), Northumberland County Veterans Affairs Office, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and other organizations to identify prospective clients and refer them to The Salvation Army for assistance.
The Salvation Army is committed to “doing the most good” in Milton, serving more than 1,000 each year through its youth programming, along with a utility/rental assistance program, and feeding programs, including an emergency food pantry.
For more information about The Salvation Army of Milton and Project Frontline, visit: www.SalvationArmyMilton.org or call (570) 742-4231.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
Mission Statement: 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.