Plans Launched for new EDS Command Center in Philadelphia with Help of $1M Gift from Local Philanthropists

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Stephen & Sandra Sheller

Plans for a new Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Command Center in Philadelphia are now underway. The project was formally unveiled to the public on July 17 at a reception at the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel. The “Celebration of Philanthropy” marked the launch of the project and honored philanthropists Stephen and Sandra Sheller of Philadelphia, whose generous $1,000,000 gift made the Command Center possible.

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Salvation Army of Berwick to Expand Heart Healthy Initiative

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“Our goal is to support people as they work towards self-sufficiency, living blessed and rewarding lives.”

The Salvation Army of Berwick is expanding its Heart Smart Feeding Project, established in 2015 to provide local individuals and families with free, heart-healthy meals twice a week. The initiative also cultivates a nutritious food pantry and holds educational sessions on healthy eating. This project is made possible through a new grant from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation.

According to the 2016 US Census, 21.4% of Berwick residents suffer from poverty, significantly higher than Pennsylvania’s average rate of 12.9%. Although residents come to The Salvation Army in need of help with clothing, furniture, rent and utilities, the most common and immediate need is food. “Food insecurity,” as it is known, can lead to a variety of health problems.

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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”

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”