New Grant Helps Scranton Salvation Army Increase Support to Families in Need of Furniture and Clothing

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Majors Robert and Karen Schmig, Corps Officers, The Salvation Army of Scranton (Scranton Times-Tribune photo)

The Salvation Army of Scranton’s Social Services program is working to provide increased assistance to disadvantaged families in Lackawanna County. The program is an ongoing, vital service that has been offered to the community for many years. It focuses on the unique needs of individuals and offers holistic services and material resources to clientele.

Thanks to a new grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation, The Salvation Army will be able to offer greater support to families in need of furniture and clothing. Continue reading “New Grant Helps Scranton Salvation Army Increase Support to Families in Need of Furniture and Clothing”

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Hurricane Maria Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico & USVI

Beginning Phase 3 Long Term Recovery

huggingAs The Salvation Army begins Long Term Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, we have met with several corporate entities, partner agencies and FEMA.  We continue to create our organizational structure around the principles of collaboration and relationship building with allies throughout the region.

As noted in previous updates, there are still parts of Puerto Rico without power and water, and the infrastructure continues to be a major problem.  With many traffic lights still in disrepair, road signage gone, and potholes large enough to swallow small vehicles, traffic is impeded with hazards that make travel dangerous.  Accidents are common place, and getting around can be a great challenge.  Downed power lines, debris, and abandoned buildings add to the general unsightliness, as there is an overwhelming amount of repair needed.  All of this creates real need for emotional and spiritual care, a focused priority for The Salvation Army.  We have set aside funds to make referrals to mental health professionals, as needed. Continue reading “Hurricane Maria Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico & USVI”

The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Preps for Deployment to Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief

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People walk through flooded streets in Galveston, Texas, on August 26. Photo: CNN

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is preparing for deployment to Texas to aid in the disaster response and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. With the widespread impact of the disaster already being felt and what could be an unprecedented relief effort, The Salvation Army’s Divisional EDS Department is readying a team of staff and volunteers to respond to Texas. Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Preps for Deployment to Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief”

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”

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”