Teaming Up With Target Stores

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

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 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

The Salvation Army’s New Summer Day Camp

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.

Hampton Roads Children Need Community’s Help Getting to Summer Camp

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

“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.”

Lack of Donations at Salvation Army Stores Results in Fewer Services

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

The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center Expands Services

The Salvation Army’s Men’s Hope Center in downtown Norfolk is extending weekly homeless day service hours effective Monday, July 2, 2012. The extension equates to an additional day of service programming on Thursdays and the inclusion of women’s hygiene services daily.

Captain Brett Meredith says, “We want to accommodate as many people as possible, and this expansion of services allows us to assist half of the homeless population daily instead of just once a week.”

The Men’s Hope Center, located in the Ghent area of Norfolk at 203 West 19th Street will now offer day services programming on Thursdays between 9AM and 2PM which includes employment counseling, housing and substance abuse counseling and services; hygiene services such as clothing assistance, showers and laundry access; and additional services such as voicemail accounts, storage and vital record retrieval. In addition to the now full week of day services, the Hope Center will now offer women’s hygiene services from 2:30PM to 3:30PM Monday through Friday.

“The services that we provide to the homeless are invaluable, and we want to assist them in ways that can help stabilize their lives so that they have a shot at transitioning off the streets. This is central to our goal of serving suffering humanity and fighting poverty in its many forms,” said Captain Meredith.

Between July 1st, 2011 and June 22nd, 2012 The Salvation Army’s Men’s Hope Center served 965 unduplicated homeless singles. In serving these individuals services primarily focused on both meeting immediate needs but also serving as a first step of moving the individuals toward employment and housing opportunities.

The site also functions as a 30 bed emergency shelter for men and soup kitchen providing 12 soup kitchen offerings a week to homeless individuals in the area and a total of seven meal offerings to men staying in the shelter. In the last 12 months 1,376 men received 6,758 nights of shelter in addition to 40,409 meals provided.

The Salvation Army to Deploy Red Kettles

The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command will put out its iconic red kettles for the first week of July in an effort to raise awareness of those who are most vulnerable in our community. Community partners such as Checkered Flag, JoKell and Northwestern Mutual will all participate in the Community Challenge, both ringing bells at local ABC and Harris Teeter stores and raising funds online through the Online Red Kettle at

“We are most grateful for our faithful community partners who are helping us remind folks that there are many in need year round. It’s about neighbors helping neighbors,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Salvation Army Tidewater Area Commander.

This summer The Salvation Army is sending at-risk children to safe, educational summer camps, providing cooling assistance to families on the verge having utilities disconnected, providing food supplements to more than 150 families a week, among other larger programs such as the Men’s Hope Center Shelter and Hope Village, women’s transitional housing center.

“When you give to The Salvation Army, your dollars will stay right here in Hampton Roads to fight poverty and serve suffering humanity,” said Captain Meredith.

This will be the fourth year that The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command has deployed red kettles in the month of July. It is the first year of having support from community partners like Checkered Flag, JoKell and Northwestern Mutual.

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Captains Brett and Mary Meredith

The Salvation Army Welcomes New Leaders

The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command welcomes Captains Brett and Mary Meredith as Tidewater Area Commander and Associate Area Commander, respectively.Captains Brett and Mary Meredith

“We are excited to be coming to Hampton Roads to serve this great community which includes many from our heroic military,” said Captain Brett Meredith. “It is an honor to serve alongside those that fight for our freedom as we fight against poverty in its many forms.”

Captains Meredith, come to Norfolk from Kerrville, Texas where they served a six year appointment as Corps Officers and Kroc Administrators. In Kerrville, they successfully fundraised, built and opened a Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

Captains Meredith, high school sweethearts, married in 1985. After a successful music career and having become one of the premier Christian music groups in the United States with his family and group, The Merediths, in 1998 Brett heard God’s call to serve as an officer in The Salvation Army. Within six months Mary, then a commercial property manager, too heard God’s call to serve. In November they began an 18 month stint of assisting the Columbia, South Carolina Corps and in August of 2000 entered the College for Officer Training.

Upon completion, June 2002, they received their first appointment to The Dallas Temple Corps in Dallas, Texas where they led a congregation of 140 and helped it grow to over 200 each Sunday in 4 years. In 2006, they received an appointment to Kerrville, Texas, where they led one of 27 Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in the United States. In Kerrville, Brett served as the Kroc Administrator and Mary as the Corps Officer.

The Merediths have two children, a daughter who was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer three years ago and a son who will be attending his sophomore year at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Twice a year The Salvation Army National Headquarters reviews leadership and appointments and moves officers based on community needs and officer’s skills. The average appointment length is three years.