The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Applications
Last Day for Applications is October 26th

Hampton Roads, VA (October 14, 2013)
– On Saturday, October 16, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command, serving the communities of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, will close the application process for Christmas assistance for residents of those cities.

The application process began in late August/early September when applications were mailed to local elementary schools. Applications were sent home with children for parents and guardians to complete and then return to various locations during specified dates and times. (A list of locations remaining is at the bottom of the page.) During the Write Stuff back to school supply distribution, applications were also received.

Since 2010, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command has seen more than a 21% increase in families receiving assistance at Christmas. In that same time period, there has been a 22% increase in children benefiting from our Christmas programs with over 16,200 children receiving toys and gifts last year.

“We want to continue to serve our community and make Christmas special for as many children as possible,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “We know how important Christmas memories are and, in order to help make it possible for those in need, we need to get those applications in before the deadline.”

The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program for qualifying families will begin distribution on Saturday, December 14 and end on Saturday, December 21. During distribution, The Salvation Army will see roughly 1200 guests a day seeking toys, clothing and food.

Christmas distribution is made possible through the generous support of The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund, United States Marines Toys for Tots and WVEC-TV 13News.

• October 15 and 16, 2013, 1pm – 6pm: Oak Grove UMC, 472 N. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320
• October 22 and 23, 2013, 1pm – 5pm: South Norfolk Baptist, 1101 Chesapeake Ave, Chesapeake, VA 23324
• October 26, 2013, 9am – 1pm: Norfolk Corps Community Center, 5516 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502

Additional information available: http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/hrva/programs/christmas-assistance/

Amid reports of declining test scores and drops in accreditation are also concerns of safety and where children can go while parents finish out the work day. The Salvation Army offers a solution.

The Salvation Army After School Program provides a safe environment for kids ages five through 12. The program includes tutoring by college and high school students, Bible lessons, recreation and craft activities, snacks and much more.

The After School Program, beginning September 2013, is designed to provide youth a safe haven to increase academic potential, to provide quality and affordable care, to teach character and self-esteem building, as well as socialization while instilling values and serving our community’s youth and their families. It will operate under state licensing guidelines for children in grades 1 through 5 and has been created based on models used in The Salvation Army across the nation. The program is currently undergoing the licensing process.

The After School Program will be staffed with a full-time After School Program Coordinator, a Youth Activity Coordinator and Program Aides. Transportation will be provided from the local elementary campuses each weekday, allowing increased access to parents in search of affordable after school care and at-risk youth the opportunity for additional assistance.

There is a clear need for after school programming in Hampton Roads. According to a study by the Afterschool Alliance, in 2009, 24% of Virginia’s K-12 youth were responsible for the care of themselves and siblings after school. It is estimated that these 311,585 children spend an average of 9 hours unsupervised after school, leaving ample time for injury or unhealthy behaviors.

“We are excited to be able to offer a service that is certainly needed in our community. An opportunity for children to learn and grow, but also peace of mind for parents,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army.

The program begins September 3 and costs $40/week (or $130/month) per child. Registration forms are available at 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502.

For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided America’s youth a chance to experience educational enrichment, life skills development, and spiritual and physical wellness. Such experiences allow at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures for themselves and their families.

Students Awarded Back-to-School Shopping Spree from Target and The Salvation Army

On Tuesday, July 16, more than 60 local students in need will have the opportunity to visit a Target store to purchase school supplies, clothing and other must-have necessities just in time for back-to-school. The Salvation Army and Target are helping 64 K-12 students across Hampton Roads gear up for the upcoming academic year with the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $81 Target GiftCard to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Additionally, each child will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.

Since 2009, Target has sponsored Target School Sprees to help prepare children for the first day of school. As part the Target School Spree program, Target has awarded The Salvation Army nationwide $1 million to cover Target GiftCards and transportation costs. . Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the Target School Spree event between July 15 and August 15 in select regions across the country. Each $81 Target GiftCard awarded as part of the program will provide a child with the necessary supplies to go back to school in the fall, ready to learn. Through programs like the Target School Sprees, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,832 stores – 1,784 in the United States and 48 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

How can our community’s youth escape the heat this summer while also forging lasting friendships, developing leadership skills and building character? The Salvation Army has the answer with a new summer day camp program.

“We are pleased and excited to offer several new programs, including Summer Day Camp for children in Norfolk,” says Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army.

A safe and fun environment will welcome children ages five through twelve each weekday, where they will be challenged with team oriented recreational activities, as well as explore the world of arts and education through dynamic learning experiences. Each month, activities will be planned around a central theme that will incorporate varied and creative learning styles, including guest speakers on topics of interest, community service projects, video and visual presentations, and hands-on learning opportunities.

Captain Meredith adds, “Children will learn, play and grow in character as they are taught important lessons that often go beyond what’s in a book.”

Thousands of children benefit from The Salvation Army’s residential overnight camps annually and now more children can experience a safe and loving environment each day, without leaving home for the summer.

For $80 a week, each child will explore and develop through worship and fun activities while staying off the streets and out of the summer heat. A nutritional lunch is also provided. Camp takes place Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Parent orientations will be held Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30pm and Wednesday, June 19 at 3pm at The Salvation Army Administration Building (5525 Raby Road, Norfolk).

Registration forms are available at 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502. Scholarships are offered based on need and will require a separate application, which is available by request.

For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided America’s youth a chance to experience educational enrichment, life skills development, and spiritual and physical wellness. Such experiences allow at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures for themselves and their families.

On Thursday, May 16th, The Salvation Army will host an event for the homeless community at the Men’s Hope Center Shelter in downtown Norfolk. During the event The Salvation Army will provide food and toiletry items to homeless men and women to help combat the rising temperatures the summer months bring.

However, we need your help and support to provide the homeless men and women in our community with these items. We’re reaching out to ask if you can host a drive in your office, school, or church for items such as sunscreen, reusable water bottles, travel size detergent, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, razors, etc. These items will be extremely helpful for the homeless community.

Gifts or non-perishable food items are also appreciated and will help in providing the meal on May 16 to the men and women attending the event.

These items will need to be received at 5525 Raby Road in Norfolk by Monday, May 13. Please contact Nicole Pellegrino at nicole_pellegrino@uss.salvationarmy.org or 543-8100 x117 with inquiries.

May 13-19 The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads and across America will celebrate National Salvation Army Week as first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.

On Thursday, May 16th, The Salvation Army will host an event for the homeless community at the Men’s Hope Center Shelter in downtown Norfolk. During the event The Salvation Army will provide food and toiletry items to homeless men and women to help combat the rising temperatures the summer months bring.

Also on May 16, The Salvation Army will announce the opening of a Men’s Transitional Housing program to be housed at the Men’s Hope Center Shelter. The 12 bed wing of the shelter will offer men the opportunity to stay up to 90 days, requiring them to obtain full-time employment, participate in case management, life skills training, substance abuse counseling, and financial management. The purpose of the program is to fill the gap between emergency shelter and permanent housing and is expected to serve nearly 50 men annually.

In 2012, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command served more than 1,500 individuals through the Men’s Hope Center Shelter and more than 21,000 individuals through all social services programs while providing Christmas assistance to more than 42,500 individuals. Nationally, The Salvation Army served more than 30 million Americans in 2012.

During National Salvation Army week, The Salvation Army will continue its outreach to the Lexington Park community of Norfolk on Saturday, May 18. Beginning at 11 AM The Salvation Army will assist in cleaning up the neighborhood, serve meals from the mobile kitchen, offer games and activities for local youth, and offer prayer and ministry to the community.

During his presidency, Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

Hiking in the woods, making crafts, singing songs by the campfire − some of our fondest childhood memories come from summer camp but for at-risk children in Hampton Roads, these simple joys seem unattainable. These children instead spend their summer’s wandering the streets or hanging out with other idle kids, too often a recipe for trouble.

The Salvation Army can help struggling local families avoid this outcome for their children. Last year in the United States, thousands of children attended some 48 Salvation Army residential camps. “It’s an experience not to be missed,” says Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “Time spent at camp can be a life-changing experience for kids. It can instill feelings of self-worth, open up the world and offer hope for the future.”

Captain Meredith reports that last summer the citizens of Hampton Roads gave the precious gift of camp to 100 local children, some of whom had never in their lives experienced being in a safe, loving environment 24 hours a day. Through these donations, underprivileged Hampton Roads children enjoyed weeklong camps where they played sports, swam, explored the outdoors and made crafts. And beyond the recreation, with the help of trained counselors they learned how to live together with a diverse group of neighbors, dealing with the troubling issues and concerns that challenge them in their daily lives.

The Salvation Army is currently seeking sponsorship for 200 children for summer camp 2013. “School will be ending soon,” Captain Meredith points out. “There are lots of spots left and not enough money to fill them. I pray the community will come through for these deserving kids. For many of them, it’s the highlight of the whole year.”

Beginning in June, The Salvation Army hosts fun, educational, and enriching youth summer camps at Camp Happyland in Richardsville, VA. Donor support makes it possible for families to send their children to these camps for a cost of just $50 to the family.

To donate to The Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, mail your gifts to PO Box 388, Norfolk, VA 23501, or make a donation online at SalvationArmyHRVA.org/Camp.

“We are so grateful to our friends who sponsored these children,” Captain Meredith says. “What a difference their generosity makes in these children’s lives. The kids get to interact with caring adults who listen to them and show them love and concern. Our campers not only enjoy nutritious meals and explore the great outdoors; they learn important new life-skills and positive self image that will stand them in good stead for their future.”

The $7.1 million program that is The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center is struggling to serve the 118 men enrolled in the six month residential program due to a significant drop in donations of clothing, furniture, and other used goods.

The 118 bed facility on Virginia Beach Blvd in Virginia Beach uses the funds earned from sales in Adult RehabilitationSalvation Army Family Stores to repair the broken lives of men suffering from addiction and substance abuse, however due to a 20% drop in donations men working in the stores have had hours cut and new enrollees in the program will be limited.

“Normally we do 125 pickups of donated goods a day, we’re down to 90 now,” said Major Dewey Alderson, Administrator of the Adult Rehabilitation Center. “A slow March put us back almost $45,000; that’s utilities, meals, and programming and preventing us from serving at maximum capacity and helping men overcome addiction and reunite with their families.”

The Adult Rehabilitation Center uses the Gospel, in conjunction with work in the Family Stores, to teach program participants useful tools in their fight against addiction. Training in warehouse operations, retail store management, team cooperation, determination, and productivity help participants prepare for life after treatment. Individual and group counseling assist with character formation and life skills. Spiritual direction helps the beneficiaries embrace the practical application of the Christian faith as a lifestyle and encourages them to become established in a church community of their choice.

“Now that Spring has sprung in Hampton Roads, this is a great time to visit the Family Stores for either a new wardrobe or to make a donation,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “Items sitting idle in closets and garages across Hampton Roads can be picked up by Family Store personnel and put to good use in Family Stores to repair broken lives.”

Hampton Roads residents doing Spring cleaning, and wishing to support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center, can call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) or visit one of the five Family Stores in Hampton Roads:

  • 5524 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach
  • 2093A General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach
  • 1136 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach
  • 901 Eden Way, Chesapeake
  • 157 West Washington Street, Suffolk

Beginning in June, The Salvation Army hosts fun, educational, and enriching youth summer camps at Camp Happyland in Richardsville, VA. There’s many things for children to participate in at Camp Happyland, swimming, hiking, arts, music and more.

Since 1905, The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads has been serving families, children and individuals in need through a variety of services and in a variety of ways. Now in its one hundred and ninth year in our community, The Salvation Army is poised to grow even more with the opening of after-school programs, a men’s transitional housing program and the opening of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in April 2014. Visit http:\\SalvationArmyHRVA.org to learn more about The Salvation Army’s services in Hampton Roads.