Restoring Hope in Kensington: Video

The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is among a number of agencies partnering with the City of Philadelphia to provide hope and transform lives of individuals and families living in Kensington and Fairhill. These neighborhoods are being held hostage by the heroin epidemic. On a blistering hot day in July, a team of Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia volunteers headed out with city workers to the area around Hope Park near East Indiana and Ella Streets. This is how community outreach can begin the healing: Continue reading “Restoring Hope in Kensington: Video”

Adopt Lehigh Valley Kids

Adopt Lehigh Valley - smaller jpegThe Salvation Army Children’s Services Launches New Partnership to help children find a forever home

Every child deserves a safe, loving, and caring home. The Salvation Army Children’s Services Foster Care and Adoption Program helps connect children with compassionate homes and families. It works to nurture children, strengthen families and engage communities. To achieve these goals, The Salvation Army Children’s Services offers a variety of foster care and adoption options and services. Its commitment extends beyond finding stable homes for children and includes supporting prospective foster and adoptive parents throughout their journey to become Resource Parents. Continue reading “Adopt Lehigh Valley Kids”

Pathway of Hope: Success in Central PA

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Pathway of Hope graduate, Diane, with her son.

The Salvation Army has launched a bold new national initiative entitled Pathway of Hope aimed at helping families leave poverty behind for good. Pathway of Hope focuses on the long-term goal of self-sufficiency and is designed to help impoverished families permanently break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

In 2016, The Salvation Army introduced this initiative with a grant of $50,000 from the Santander Bank Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to engage Central Pennsylvania Pathway of Hope families in the six month Making Money Count financial literacy curriculum. This program enhances families’ understanding of basic financial concepts and addresses common obstacles to improved financial standing. Continue reading “Pathway of Hope: Success in Central PA”

Persistence Pays Forward

Catherine and Katie JiavaOn the day Shelley Mihalik met Catherine Ashley and her daughter, the two had come to The Salvation Army office in Honesdale to ask for help with clothing. Summer was turning into fall and neither Catherine nor Catie had any long sleeves or outerwear to protect them from the chill in the air. As the three spoke, it became clear to Shelley that they needed much more than warm clothes. Catherine and Catie needed a home.

Shelley is the architect of The Salvation Army’s Journey of Hope. The program in Honesdale is designed to provide scaffolding to help clients like Catherine and Catie rebuild their lives. Journey of Hope engages and supports clients while they develop life skills and resources to ultimately succeed on their own. Continue reading “Persistence Pays Forward”

JOY-ful Camp Ladore

happycampersWPAWhile The Salvation Army’s Eliza Seymour was leading a devotional lesson at Camp Ladore last summer on the importance of putting Jesus first, others second, and yourself third, one of the campers made an astute observation. The words Jesus, others, and you form the acronym J.O.Y. Joy for Jesus is the centerpiece of Camp Ladore. Continue reading “JOY-ful Camp Ladore”

Bloom Where You’re Planted: A Salvationist’s PA Roots Yield Tournament of Roses

IMG_0718When William B. Flinn (Bill to his friends) spoke to the head coaches of Penn State and USC before the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day, he had to chuckle. It was the CEO and Executive Director’s last Rose Bowl Game before retiring from The Tournament of Roses Association, and an amusing reminder of his past, versus his present and future. One team hailed from the state of his birth and youth, the other from the place where he built his life. “God has a sense of humor,” said Bill. Continue reading “Bloom Where You’re Planted: A Salvationist’s PA Roots Yield Tournament of Roses”

The Salvation Army Makes a Splash in Lackawanna County

Dunk Tank 4The Salvation Army made quite a splash at Fell Charter School when students lined up at field day to dunk a teacher and raise money for their community. In addition to sack races, tug-of-war, and water balloon tosses, students in grades kindergarten through ninth grade could also purchase balls to throw at a bulls-eye, that when hit, landed the teacher of their choice in a tank of cold water.

Using a dunk tank borrowed from The Salvation Army’s Camp Ladore, the game was among the most popular at the annual field day event and the only community fundraising element of the fun-filled day. The balls sold for $1 each, or 3 for $5, and all proceeds were donated to The Salvation Army. In the two hours the dunk tank was in operation, students raised almost $350.00. The Salvation Army will use the donation to help individuals and families in Simpson and nearby Carbondale.

Fell Charter is home to more than 150 students from throughout Lackawanna County. The school already had a reputation for generosity. In 2015 teachers at Fell Charter opted to teach without pay indefinitely while they awaited the Pennsylvania State budget to pass.