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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.

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.

National Salvation Army Week is May 13-19

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.”

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 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.”

Kroc Center Topping Out Event

The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command will host a “Topping Out” of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on Wednesday, February 20 at Noon. The event will take place at the construction site, intersection of Ballentine Blvd and Princess Anne Rd in Norfolk, and will give donors to the campaign and other special guests and opportunity to sign the final pieces of steel that will then support the roof of the Kroc Center.

A barbeque lunch and short program will precede a tour of the construction site and signing of the beam.

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The 92,000 square foot Kroc Center, in the Broad Creek community in Norfolk has been an eight year process and within the last eight months the steel has been on the land and the facility begun to take shape. In the chapel crews are putting in the studs and sheathing, roofing work will start soon and will begin with the chapel area. The galvanized steel that will display the cross is up and the concrete in the lobby area has been poured as well. Studs and sheathing are going up in the fitness area, the entire joist system for the gymnasium went up recently and crews are working on the first floor locker rooms and second floor aerobics rooms and running track.

Footings for the pool have been set, steel and concrete will soon be going into the pool area and the waterpark will really begin to take shape.

The $28 million endowment campaign still remains active with an additional $2.5 million left to raise to fully endow the program.

Salvation Army Sees 77% Participation Rate Through 3 Days of Christmas Distribution

The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command has completed three days of Christmas distribution from its Christmas Depot at 4725 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach and served a total of 3,268 families over those three days, more than 9,400 are scheduled.

This year, thanks to the generous support of the Hampton Roads community, The Salvation Army is poised to serve more than 55,000 individuals across Hampton Roads during the Christmas season. The Christmas Depot, 4725 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, will serve 1,200 to 1,300 families a day seeking toys, clothing, and food.

Through the three days a of Christmas distribution to qualified and approved residents of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth, 13,029 individuals have been served. In 2011, a total of 29,864 individuals in those four cities received the benefits of Christmas assistance. Gifts of new clothing and toys are still being accepted at the Christmas Depot in Virginia Beach.

Through its partnerships with Mini Price Storage, the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and The Virginian Pilot Joy Fund, and WVEC-TV 13News, The Salvation Army is able to provide more than 20,000 southside children with toys this Christmas and more than 9,400 families with food. The Salvation Army’s partnership with WVEC-TV 13 on Angel Tree tags will provide many of the region’s 30,000 registered children with clothes this Christmas.

Through the three days of distribution to families in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth, the participation rate of registered families has been 77%. Families having missed their appointments over the three days have been fit-in to the distribution process and will continue to be fit-in as time and resources allow.

On the southside, distribution to registered families will run through Monday, December 17 from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of closing at Noon at the final day and being closed on Sunday, December 16. On the peninsula, The Salvation Army will begin distribution on Monday, December 17 and conclude Friday, December 21 from its warehouse at 439 Oriana Road in Newport News.

The Salvation Army of Virginia and DC Begins Sandy Related Response Work

Hampton Roads, VA (October 29, 2012) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) in Virginia and Washington, DC has begun its work in response to the early effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads began response relief on Saturday evening providing shelter for 63 individuals. Since opening on Saturday evening, the shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits. On Sunday evening, 71 people, 68 men and 3 women, found shelter at the Men’s Hope Center in Norfolk. The Salvation Army office will continue nonstop shelter services until the threat of harm from storm conditions clears and normal city and government services reopen.

Upon Sandy passing through the Hampton Roads region, The Salvation Army will work with local municipalities and other organizations to dispatch mobile feeding units, volunteers and resources to the accessible areas of greatest need.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Irene, please visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, http://www.facebook.com/salarmyhr or http://twitter.com/salarmyhr.

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Community Challenge Update

During the first week of July, The Salvation Army offered the Community Challenge as a way for Hampton Roads corporations, businesses and organizations to get involved with The Salvation Army’s mission of providing human services to those in need. During JoKellthe Community Challenge partners competed against one another to raise the most money for The Salvation Army by ringing bells and promoting their own online red kettles.

Community Challenge partners JoKell, Checkered Flag, Northwestern Mutual and Stihl along with The Salvation Army Advisory Board and Women’s Auxiliary helped raise more than $7,000 towards the $10,000 goal that will help send at-risk youth to summer camps, provide food supplements to hungry families and provide cooling assistance to families on the verge of having their utilities disconnected as well as help sustain larger programs such as the Men’s Hope Center Shelter and women’s transitional housing program HOPE Village.

“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.

At present, The Salvation Army is approximately $2,800 short of the $10,000 goal for the Community Challenge. To support and help Salvation Army programs and services continue to their fullest potential please donate via the link below.

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The Salvation Army Opens Cooling Stations

Due to extreme heat, The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command’s Norfolk and Portsmouth Corps will serve as cooling stations when temperatures reach 95 degrees and above. The expansion in services will provide comfort and relief to the growing number of individuals without access to shelter by offering critical refuge from the summer heat.

Captain Meredith states, “The Salvation Army has always aimed to served those most vulnerable and this is an area we can assist those who are not fortunate enough to have air conditioning in the hottest part of the day.”

Cooling stations will be open during business hours from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday when temperatures reach 95 degrees and beyond. These services are an extension to “Water Outreach” currently provided at The Salvation Army’s Men’s Hope Center Shelter near downtown Norfolk. The Salvation Army Portsmouth and Norfolk Corps provide daily social services including utility assistance and food supplements to families and individuals in need, as well as offering worship opportunities and youth programming throughout the week.

Volunteers are needed to assist in running the cooling stations. Please contact Shelby Moore at 543-8100 x106 or shelby_moore@uss.salvationarmy.org for more information.

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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.