Adoption Day: Austin and his Forever Family (photos & video)

IMG_2830On a Monday morning in April, the Guntz family gathered at the Montgomery County Courthouse for the final step in what has been years in the making – the adoption of little two-year old Austin.

“We love kids and we really want to give them a family that can give them the love and care to help them develop their potential,” said Susan Guntz.

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Harrisburg Wins with Women INvolved

28337075_1702456949850679_4565871603923605982_oOur WIN (Women INvolved Auxiliary) at The Salvation Army of Harrisburg is known for its annual Shoe Strut event, but members do way more than that for our community.

Recently, the women spent a few hours packing up some 350 spice and meal kits which provide food pantry clients with the dignity of healthy food that also tastes good.

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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”

The Salvation Army of Reading Seeks Volunteers for After-School Program

Copy of IMG_0155The Salvation Army of Reading is in need of volunteers for its after-school program.  Up to 70 children in first through ninth grade are enrolled in the program, which is open Monday through Friday, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, at The Salvation Army of Reading on S. 5th Street.

“Volunteers are especially valuable to our after-school program,” said Lt. Ted Tressler, Co-Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army of Reading. “They aide the program managers with daily activities and provide the children with mentorship and leadership.” Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Reading Seeks Volunteers for After-School Program”

Salvation Army Leaders to Meet with PA State Lawmakers

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The State Capitol, Harrisburg

Salvation Army officers and staff from across Central and Eastern Pennsylvania will convene at State Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, October 25, to share with legislators the work The Salvation Army is doing to better the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians every day.

120 Salvation Army representatives will meet their local representatives to discuss the need in their respective area and describe the important services they provide to citizens such as food assistance, housing, social services, anti-human trafficking efforts, senior citizen and youth community programming, emergency disaster services, and much more. Continue reading “Salvation Army Leaders to Meet with PA State Lawmakers”

MaLT: Changing the Lives of Young Salvationists

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Major Debbie Burr, Beverly, Micah and Major Doug Burr, The Salvation Army of Chambersburg

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”