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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.

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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 SalvationArmyHRVA.org.

“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.

Click here to donate.

Click here for Checkered Flag Online Red Kettle
Click here for JoKell Online Red Kettle
Click here for Northwestern Mutual Online Red Kettle

 

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The Salvation Army Responds to Carbon Monoxide Evacuation in Portsmouth

Salvation Army personnel throughout Hampton Roads are responding to the carbon monoxide presence in the 1700 block of South Street in Portsmouth that left two people dead. Approximately 100 other residents in the area were evacuated after their respective buildings tested positive for high levels of carbon monoxide.

On Saturday, June 23, a Salvation Army mobile kitchen unit and volunteers from area churches will be at the site to provide lunch and dinner as well as emotional and spiritual assistance to the displaced residents in the area. Beginning Friday, June 22 and throughout the duration of residents’ displacement, Salvation Army officers will be available to assist with residents’ needs.

Captain Brett Meredith, Area Commander of The Salvation Army, shares, “I am concerned for the welfare of those who have been displaced by the carbon monoxide and that our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost their lives. The Salvation Army stands ready to minister to the residents whether it is by serving a meal or having a listening ear or saying a prayer.”

In the short-term aftermath of the deaths and high carbon monoxide levels, Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units will be positioned in the following area:

-Swanson Homes Community Center (1800 South St, Portsmouth, VA) serving lunch and dinner

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by high carbon monoxide levels visit www.SalvationArmyHRVA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $5 via their phone bill by text messaging the word SALHR to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘carbon monoxide relief’ on all checks.

    • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
    • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
    • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
    • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
    • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org, http://www.facebook.com/salarmyhr, and follow SalArmyHR on Twitter at http://twitter.com/salarmyhr.