The Mission Continues
Hampton Roads, VA (January 20, 2015) – The red kettles are packed away and the Christmas Depot is empty, but the mission for The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command continues.
In an effort to provide to those on the street, The Salvation Army will begin a new mobile feeding initiative on Thursday, January 22. Each week, the unit’s canteen will head out to areas of Norfolk to provide food, water, blankets, coats and pastoral care to those in need.
“The Salvation Army’s mission is to ‘meet human needs without discrimination in Jesus’ name,’” states Major Stephen Long of The Salvation Army. “Giving food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, coats and blankets to the cold and hope for tomorrow is the bedrock of our organization. While we do this in our Hope Center on 19th Street, through our Hope Village for woman and children, at Area Command and our Corps Community Centers in the greater Hampton Roads area; it is time to take it to the streets once again. The open door invitation to any of our serving centers continues to meet the needs of thousands of our friends and neighbors; but our street feeding initiative is to bring that hope to those who may have lost their way.”
The Salvation Army has a long history of reaching out to those living on the streets. Founder William Booth embarked on his ministerial career in 1852 by preaching to the poor and homeless on the streets of London, abandoning the conventional concept of a church and taking the message to the people.
Each year, The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads provides food, clothing and assistance to over 65,000 people, not just at Christmas, but all year long. Over 1500 men find a warm place to stay at the 19th Street Hope Center in Norfolk each year where over 40,000 meals are served during 12 weekly soup kitchens. By taking the canteen out for this mobile initiative, The Salvation Army can impact more lives and provide comfort to those in need.
To support The Salvation Army in doing the most good in Hampton Roads, please visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org or call (757) 543-8100.