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”

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”

Norristown Choice Pantry: Feeding Body & Soul

Norristown Choice Pantry Logo_Final_1Chelsea Johnson puts on her Salvation Army apron and smiles. She starts to open boxes of fresh fruit on the counter, as her mom, Donna Goodwin, organizes paperwork.  They volunteer together every week. Donna’s sister Joyce glances over the shelves stacked with canned goods and non-perishable foods. As the Pantry Coordinator, she wants to make sure everything is in place as they ready to open the door of the Choice Pantry on this Wednesday morning.

“Everybody needs help. We do what needs to be done. It’s God’s work,” says Donna. Continue reading “Norristown Choice Pantry: Feeding Body & Soul”