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The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Following Tragic Parkland Shooting

Broward County, FL – The Salvation Army of Broward and Palm Beach Counties continue to serve in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Immediately following the shooting, Majors Keath and Candice Biggers, Fort Lauderdale Area Commanders, reported to the Broward County’s Emergency Operations Center to help assess community needs and offer The Salvation Army’s assistance.  Mobile feeding units from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach were deployed to serve water, coffee, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders last evening.

The Salvation Army met this morning with community officials at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center to coordinate efforts to be offered throughout the day. A prayer vigil to honor the victims is scheduled this evening at the same location.  The Salvation Army mobile feeding units will be on hand prior to the vigil to deliver meals, drinks and snacks.  Additionally, Salvation Army Officers, staff  and volunteers from Ft. Lauderdale Area Command will be available during and after the vigil offering emotional and spiritual care.

Major Keath Biggers is coordinating with local officials to address the needs of the community as they arise.

“We have seen first hand the pain and sorrow in the community, and we grieve with them,” said Major Keath Biggers. “We are ready to help the community in whatever capacity needed.”

In 2016, only a few hours away from Parkland, The Salvation Army supported families and responders following the tragedy at The Pulse Nighclub.  Over the course of three weeks volunteers, staff and emotional and spiritual care specialists provided financial assistance as well as food and beverages to survivors, families and emergency responders.  The foundation of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is to provide hope in times of crisis and right now The Salvation Army world-wide is surrounding Parkland and all of Broward County with thoughts and prayers.  The Salvation Army will continue to serve survivors and families as they seek to recover from this senseless tragedy.

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Salvation Army Provides Warm Clothes to Newcomers Facing First Canadian Winter

Amidst sub-zero temperatures, asylum seekers are crossing the Canadian border and The Salvation Army in Quebec is providing winter clothes to help protect them from the bitter cold.

“Many are from Africa and the weather is a big adjustment for them,” says Vanessa Pérugien, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Director in Quebec. “Most of the newcomers aren’t prepared for harsh winters and don’t have the money to outfit their families.”

In December, the Quebec government contacted The Salvation Army for assistance with winter wear and, in the first week of the program, Salvation Army thrift stores in Quebec distributed close to $50,000 in winter items.

“We have continued to provide coats, gloves and toques,” says Pérugien. “Thrift store vouchers are distributed to local shelters that are each providing shelter for up to 300 people. The vouchers can be redeemed at our thrift stores and guests are able to choose the appropriate items to meet their needs.”

The Salvation Army isn’t new to cold weather support. From warm rooms to mobile outreach vans and emergency shelters, we offer respite and other services to ensure vulnerable people are safe and protected.

“We have been working with the government to provide support since the first influx of asylum seekers in April 2017,” says Pérugien. “We expect to be offering assistance for the foreseeable future and until our help is no longer required.”

Gallucios Italian Restaurant Partners with Salvation Army to Fight Hunger

Gallucios Italian Restaurant Partners with Salvation Army to Fight Hunger

Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant, which has been named Delaware’s Best Italian Eatery & “Irish-Style” Pub, has teamed up with the Salvation Army for Souper Bowl. The event takes place on Saturday, February 3, at Gallucio’s, 1709 Lovering Ave., Wilmington, DE.

“The Salvation Army began this event here four years ago with the notion that having finished Christmas our pantries are empty and people are still hungry,” said Carl Colantuono, Director of Marketing, Salvation Army of Delaware. “What we want to do is remind people that even after the Christmas season we need to fill our pantries so we created a fun event called ‘Souper Bowl.’”

This event has been hosted by Gallucio’s since 2015. Colantuono approached Greg Dorak, General Manager of Gallucio’s, about hosting this event and Dorak replied, “Sure, it’s a no-brainer,” citing Gallucio’s involvement in the Wilmington Community.

Donation to Souper Bowl is $10 and includes all-you-can-eat soup, donated by Gallucio’s, and a souvenir mug. There will be door prizes and other surprises at this popular Delaware event. The festivities start at noon.

The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however it can. To donate directly to the Salvation Army, please visit

About Gallucio’s Italian Restaurant
Gallucio’s serves quality Italian fare using authentic Italian cooking methods and the freshest ingredients. Gallucio’s also offers casual bar fare, online ordering, take-out and delivery, and takes reservations for large parties of up to fifty people. For more information, please call 302-655-3689, or visit The restaurant is located at 1709 Lovering Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806.

installation of the new Territorial Leaders of the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland

Chief of the Staff Installs Territorial Leaders for United Kingdom, Ireland

Salvationists and friends of all ages gathered at William Booth Memorial Halls Corps in Nottingham to witness the installation of Territorial Commissioners Lyndon and Bronwyn Buckingham as leaders of the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland (UKI). The ceremony, conducted by the Chief of the Staff (Commissioner Brian Peddle) and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (World Secretary for Women’s Ministries) took place less than a mile from the birthplace of Salvation Army Founder William Booth in Notintone Place.

Colonel David Hinton (Chief Secretary, UKI) opened the ceremony and made the welcome and introductions, with the territorial headquarters flag carried onto the platform. The congregational song Who is on the Lord’s Side? was followed by a prayer song, O Love, from the International Staff Songsters.

Laura-Jane Kingscott (Divisional Youth Specialist, West Midlands Division) welcomed the new territorial leaders on behalf of young people and youth leaders. She said that the following were important to young people: “Going deeper in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus, authenticity, that they are valued for who they are, and given opportunities to grow in their faith and leadership.”

Greeting the new leaders on behalf of the territory’s officers, Major Anita Purkiss (Leicester West) said she realized that the Buckinghams – originally from New Zealand – were now a very long way from home and that she appreciated the sacrifice of leaving their family behind. But, she said, “We will promise to pray that you would know the Lord holding you close in those moments when the inevitable homesickness strikes.”

Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham (Territorial Leader for Leader Development) responded to the welcomes, expressing how the Bible verses from Philippians 1 given by Laura-Jane Kingscott were especially significant. The commissioner showed a picture of her family and described them as “an extension of us.” She acknowledged that “God who calls, always equips.”

The Chief of the Staff described the UKI Territory as a “God-glorifying expression, daily,” adding: “The days ahead are going to be incredible.” He commended Commissioners Lyndon and Bronwyn to be “leaders to these, your people, shepherds of God’s flock, leading in mission and also appointed to be stewards of all that is temporal underpinning mission … knowing that you are daily accountable to God.”

In the sacred moments that followed, the Chief of the Staff and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle installed the commissioners as leaders of the territory before praying for them. The congregation greeted the new leaders with a round of applause.

Territorial Commander Commissioner Lyndon Buckingham addressed the congregation with passion and conviction, taking as his theme “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.” He lifted up the fantastic things happening in the territory, together with the amazing people doing the work. He acknowledged the challenges, but wanted to emphasize the mission that was being achieved.

“It’s the courage that we find in [Christ’s] name that counts,” he said. “It’s the hope that we find in his name that matters, it’s the confidence that we place in him that makes a difference. His name is Jesus and we love him. We serve him and we honour him and we march in his name.”

Salvation Army Launches Group Singing Program For People Living With Dementia

The Salvation Army has launched a dynamic program for people with dementia which uses singing to help them connect with others and bring back memories.

The scheme, called Singing By Heart, uses a mix of popular hymns, such as ‘Joy in my Heart’, and popular songs like ‘Moon River’, which span the decades. Each song has been carefully selected to ensure they’re fondly recognised by the people in the groups.

It is widely acknowledged that music can trigger past memories and feelings in those living with dementia. Each song begins with a passage of scripture and finishes with a prayer. The sessions are designed to encourage communication, recollection of memories, and happy thoughts for those taking part. It is also hoped carers will find the sessions beneficial through enabling time for them to relax, make friends, and share experiences.

Bill, 86, has been bringing his wife Anita to the Singing by Heart session at Sedgley since October after being recommended by a friend. Anita, 81, has been living with anxiety and memory loss for the past 2 years, unable to remember events within a very short amount of time. Bill says: “Singing by Heart is the one day in the month when I can see Anita full of life and engaged in an activity. It’s amazing to see her being sociable with others, and it’s like she’s back to her previous self. I’ve found it difficult to get any positive responses from Anita in the past but the enthusiasm and humour of the leaders at Singing by Heart is the key to its success. We were even up doing the hokey cokey at the last meeting. Every month our daughter comes with us to the session and it’s seeing Anita smile again that keeps us coming back to spend this special time together as a family.”

Ivy, 85, has attended the Sedgley Singing by Heart group since last September. She takes two buses from her house to attend and says she “really looks forward to it”. Ivy said: “I’m a firm believer that everybody loves music and the happiness it can bring.

“My mother suffered for many years with dementia and I really think she would have enjoyed a group like this. Seeing everyone connect with the music in the room is wonderful. Caring for someone with dementia can be so hard and sometimes a smile is all you want. That is what Singing by Heart can offer.”

The idea to bring Singing by Heart to The Salvation Army was introduced by Lee Highton-Nicholls, who is the regional specialist for the church and charity’s older peoples ministries based in Birmingham. Lee has 12 years’ experience working in dementia care, and wanted to use The Salvation Army’s musical legacy to bring those living with dementia and their carers together in an enjoyable and supportive way.

Lee said: “After working with people living with dementia for many years I was interested to see how we could create an experience for people to engage in prayer, bible reading, and worship. Singing always seems to enable the individuals involved to connect with others around them in a unique way. We are very excited to see Singing by Heart being rolled out to groups across The Salvation Army to connect with people living with dementia and their carers. We believe it offers people the opportunity to enjoy singing together in a relaxed and fun way; whilst offering a way of connecting spiritually through prayer and scripture readings.”

The singing groups have been piloted in partnership with our music ministries team in a number of The Salvation Army’s churches with the hope of rolling the programme out to more areas around the UK and Republic of Ireland in the near future.

For each church to run a singing group they must first take a “Dementia Friends” course, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative. A song lyric book and training video has been produced by The Salvation Army to support the programme.

The Salvation Army is dedicated to supporting older people and runs 13 residential care homes around the UK, as well as befriending services, day centres and a range of activities to combat isolation.

Andrew Wileman, Assistant Director of Older Peoples Services at The Salvation Army, said: “At The Salvation Army we believe everyone has equal value and is loved by God. Often people with dementia can be overlooked, and our local churches are at the forefront of welcoming older people to weekly lunches, clubs, and activities. These activities are not only important in communities to help combat loneliness and isolation, but we also see older people with dementia and their carers coming to us in need of support.

“We believe Singing by Heart can be used by Salvation Army churches and centres, as well as other church denominations, to connect with people who live with dementia, while also providing them and their carers a social situation and support network.”


Rady give $50 million to help homeless

Mr. and Mrs. Rady give $50 million to help homeless

Mr. and Mrs. Rady give $50 million to help homeless.

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce an unprecedented $80 million campaign to build and endow two new facilities with programs designed to
bring men, women, and families in need from Homeless to Home.

This dream is made possible thanks to a transformational $50 million gift from Ernest & Evelyn Rady. The Salvation Army is seeking to raise an additional $30 million for these two new facilities, The Rady Residence at The Door of Hope Rady Campus and The Rady Center at our Centre City Campus in downtown San Diego.

The Salvation Army has the history, knowledge, resources and ability to help end homelessness in San Diego. As a leader in working with the homeless worldwide for more than 150 years and over 130 in San Diego, we already have dynamic programs in place supporting the homeless population of San Diego in rebuilding their lives, but there is much more we can do to help.

Thanks to this generous lead gift from Mr. and Mrs. Rady, we have been compelled to step up and do more and make an even greater impact towards ending homelessness in San Diego for generations to come.

San Diego’s Homeless Crisis

San Diego is experiencing a homeless crisis. The County of San Diego has the fourth highest homeless population in the nation. In the 2017 WeALLCount survey, the total number of homeless individuals was 9,116 with 5,621 of those being unsheltered.

The Salvation Army knows that the homeless crisis is a major issue facing San Diego. We are committed to providing a solution and helping bring San Diego’s Homeless to Home.

A lack of affordable housing is a major contributing factor to the problem. Recent reports state that the median home purchase price in the county is $550,000 and the rental vacancy rate in the city is 3.3%.

What We’re doing

This past year, we provided 73,347 nights of shelter, but there’s so much more we do to help those in need break away from homelessness.

The Salvation Army’s approach to human services and helping people transition from Homeless to Home is faith-based and inspired by the recognition that meaningful transformation must come from the inside out. Our holistic programming approach meets immediate human needs while offering ongoing support by assisting with food, shelter, educational support, counseling services, rehabilitation programs and vocational direction.

We are committed to making a real difference – providing shelter is just the beginning. We believe The Salvation Army is uniquely qualified to make an impact on homelessness for the following reasons:

  • Our holistic approach. We seek to help the whole person with a continuum of services that transforms lives. Once the homeless have a roof over their head, healing begins and individuals can work to return to a productive life with dignity. Many of our programs, from character building programs for young people to home-delivered and congregate meals for seniors, prevent homelessness for those most at risk.
  • Our history of support. The Salvation Army has served San Diego for over 130 years – including 267,000+ needy individuals in San Diego County last year, approximately 8% of the population.
  • Our track record. The Salvation Army is a fixture in downtown San Diego, providing compassionate services. Our homeless programs boast a 78% success rate in returning participants to permanent housing. Our Door of Hope campus has been serving homeless women and children since 1965.


Join Us

Together, the Rady Family and The Salvation Army are joining forces to transform lives and take men, women and children from Homeless to Home.  These new projects will take them off the street, provide a safe shelter, food, support and counseling to help those experiencing homelessness become productive citizens again.

Ernest and Evelyn Rady have committed $50,000,000 to help build this bridge back into the community.  Please help us raise the additional $30,000,000 matching gift to complete these projects that take San Diego’s Homeless to Home.

Be a part of the homeless solution! Join forces with Ernest and Evelyn Rady and The Salvation Army as we commit to changing the plight of homelessness in San Diego.

Chris Paul describes how he feels about The Salvation Army

This past off-season, Houston and their NBA team scored huge when Chris Paul was traded to the Rockets in June.

USA Today weighed in, saying of Chris, “The Rockets added one of the greatest point guards of the generation to a system built for great point guards.”

That is true: Chris is 10th on the list of career assists leaders.

But this is also true: he is a giver not a taker, on and off the court.

Chris spent his NBA rookie year with the New Orleans Hornets in 2005, which was the year hurricane Katrina hit. That same year, he founded the Chris Paul Family Foundation to partner with various programs, including The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, to help those in need through their darkest hours.

This season, after a stint with the L.A. Clippers, Chris found himself traded to another city about to be hit by a hurricane—Houston.

Chris participated in a televised benefit in New York City this past September to raise money for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, giving $75,000 to that effort. And as president of the NBA Players Association, he stated that their union would match donations of up to $20,000 given by any NBA player.

“Giving back has nothing to do with what you have but everything to do with what you can give by lending your time to support others,” he states.

Chris took time while relocating to Houston to answer a few questions for Faith & Friends:

Describe your experience of being in both New Orleans and Houston in the aftermath of their hurricanes. What was it like to witness such horrific devastation, but also to see up close and personal the resiliency and sacrificial giving of people?
There is no way to describe the devastation that people in New Orleans felt during Katrina and now in Houston with Harvey and Irma. Faith plays a strong role in surviving these situations, and I have seen that faith in action. My family and I have been blessed to be able to assist in the recovery of both of those cities. But the thing that stands out most for me is seeing organizations such as The Salvation Army roll up their sleeves and get into the heart of the community to help with both tangible things as well as much-needed spiritual support. This is one of the reasons why I’m proud to be able to work with their Boys & Girls Clubs in the cities where I have lived and played.

At a Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club fundraising dinner a few years ago, you mentioned having to work hard at Wake Forest University because you were the smallest on the team and that, despite your success there, you had your doubts about making the NBA. What do you think is the difference between those who use tough circumstances as a cop-out and those who use them as a motivator?
It comes down to your foundation. My parents, together with the rest of our family, raised us to know we should pursue our dreams regardless of the sacrifice. I was shorter than most guys who aspire to be in the NBA, but I learned to have confidence in my ability to play. Both my parents were coaches for my teams as a teenager, and I was expected to work as hard, if not harder, than other players if I wanted to be the best I could be.

Recently on Twitter, you celebrated Jada, your wife of six years. What contributes to such a happy union?
Jada and I have grown together. We’re both from North Carolina, and we understand and believe in the power of family. We are raising our kids, Chris Jr. and Camryn, with a lot of family support. People always hear me say, “Our family rolls deep.” Members of both our families are in cities where I play regularly. We normally host 30 to 40 family members during the holidays, so our kids know and appreciate that they can depend on family for support.

What’s the best thing about being a dad?
Watching my kids grow. I learn so much from them every day. I guess you could consider my wife and me “old school” parents who want our kids to have the same respect for people that we were taught. The bond my wife and I have makes it even more rewarding to be a dad because we are on the same page regarding our kids.

Do you have a favourite Bible verse  that helps you live a life of faith?
Yes, the most famous Bible verses about what love really is—1 Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (English Standard Version).

Describe one personal accomplishment,  out of so many, that matters most to you.
One of my most important accomplishments is the work that our family foundation does together. We’ve done tech labs at numerous schools and Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. My wife hosts two annual prom dress giveaways in Winston-Salem and Los Angeles. When a young person comes up and thanks you not only for whatever the event is but also for taking time to show up, that is a memory that lasts forever.

WAFF Ice House Fuel fund Salvation Army

Fuel fund builds icehouse to raise donations for needy families

WASHINGTON — Extreme stretches of cold weather like we’ve had this season can be budget busters for heating bills, and the Washington Area Fuel Fund is raising money to help needy families — with the help of an icehouse.

 “We’re going to be sitting on ice. We’re going to be sitting within ice walls and we’re going to feel what it’s like not to be able to keep that thermostat up to 68 or 70 degrees,” said Adrian P. Chapman, president and chief operating officer of WGL Holdings Inc.
 Anyone is welcome to visit the icehouse at Washington Harbour to make a donation. Local celebrities will be chilling out inside its cold confines for 30 minutes at a time in order to raise donations.

Special icehouse appearances include WTOP’s Bruce Alan and Joan Jones Friday at 3 p.m. Washington Capitals alumnus Peter Bondra and Slapshot the mascot will chill out at 2 p.m. Thursday. Washington Bullets alumnus Harvey Grant and the Washington Mystics’ mascot, Pax the Panda, are the chill-ebrities at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Because Washington Gas takes care of all the Washington Area Fuel Fund administrative costs, every dollar that is donated goes to help families pay their heating bills — whatever the energy source.

In 2017, the Washington Area Fuel Fund distributed more than $770,000 to help more than 8,000 families. Eighty-five percent had electric heat, 13 percent used natural gas, and two percent heated their homes with other sources, such as oil, kerosene, wood and pellets.

“You’ve got families who are at the poverty level who are probably paying about 30 percent of their income for energy bills,” Chapman said. “They may be eligible for federal heating assistance, but there just aren’t enough funds to go around.”

 The Washington Area Fuel Fund icehouse will be accepting donations at Washington Harbour Thursday (2–8 p.m.), Friday (2–9 p.m.) and Saturday (12–9 p.m.).

You can also donate anytime at their website online.

Volunteers provide gifts & toys for boy after Christmas Eve burglary

Volunteers provide Toys & Gifts for boy after Christmas Eve burglary

ANDERSON – Though a Grinch might have stolen 6-year-old Lamar Graves’ gifts on Christmas Eve, a group of volunteers made sure he still had toys & presents to open – even if they were two weeks late.

Representatives from the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and Hoosiers with Hearts surprised Lamar with a Christmas in January on Wednesday to make up for the presents that were stolen after a burglary at their home in the 1100 block of Locust Street, where he lives with his mother, Pamela Graves.

The volunteers brought armful after armful of wrapped presents and food for Lamar, who sat wide-eyed and smiling on the family’s mauve sofa. As each bundle of presents came in, he squirmed and smiled, keeping his hands clutched in his lap, fighting back the urge to tear into the gifts.

 “This is almost overwhelming. I can’t believe how many good-hearted people that are still out there,” Pamela Graves said. “This is so beyond what I expected.”

The surprise was organized by Randy Howard, founder of Hoosiers with Hearts, who contacted Graves to see what she needed after he heard about the break-in.

Anderson police believe those responsible for the robbery backed a truck into the driveway and that several people were involved in the Christmas Eve break-in. The thieves apparently broke into the house by kicking in the back door and breaking a window. According to police, three television sets, clothing, Lamar’s school clothes and decorations from the walls were stolen.

No one has been arrested for the crime.

When Howard heard Lamar’s story, he said he couldn’t just let the young boy go without a Christmas.

“I was really moved by this,” he said. “This is about turning something bad into something good.”

Howard then contacted Beth Stamper, of the Salvation Army of Henry County, who reached out to Toys for Tots and other donors to find presents for Lamar. Stamper also worked with a food bank to provide food for the family.

 “Randy contacted us and it was just heartbreaking that someone would do that to anyone, especially to a little boy on Christmas,” Stamper said. “As word got out, presents started pouring in.”

For Graves, the help, presents and prayers that have poured in have helped to re-establish her faith in humanity, which was shaken after the burglary.

“Everyone has their own lives and it’s just so great that people will take a second to help out,” she said.

As she watched her son unwrap a remote-control car and a Superman action figure, she could barely hold back her tears.

“It makes my heart melt,” she said. “I don’t have the words to thank everyone.”

Salvation Army receives $310k from Duke Energy Ohio & Customers

Salvation Army Heat Share receives $310k from Duke Energy Ohio & Customers

The Salvation Army received $100,000from Duke Energy Ohio in addition to $210,000 in customer contributions and matching funds for the 2018 HeatShare program. The program provides people in need with financial assistance to pay for utilities. In many cases, these individuals and families face disconnection of utilities and possible eviction as a result of their inability to stay current on their utility bills.

The HeatShare program is available to eligible Duke Energy customers in southwest Ohio and provides heating assistance from Jan. 16 to April 30, 2018, or until funds are all used. If funds are available after April 30, they may be used for cooling assistance until depleted. People in need of assistance may call The Salvation Army HeatShare line at 513.762.5636 to schedule an appointment for the program or to get more information.

“HeatShare has been a vital program in Ohio for over 30 years, helping families and individuals in need,” explained Cindy Givens, program manager at Duke Energy. “We’re delighted to partner with our customers and The Salvation Army to help ensure those in need won’t be cold this winter, especially with the single-digit temperatures we experienced earlier this month.”

HeatShare was established in 1986 to assist Ohio residents in need with winter heating bills and is funded by Duke Energy customers, employees and shareholders. In 2017, over 19,000 Duke Energy Ohio customers voluntarily added a HeatShare contribution to their monthly bill and contributed $110,000 to the fund. Duke Energy Ohio provided a $100,000 donation and then matched all customer and employee donations up to $100,000. In 2017, the HeatShare program provided utility assistance to 810 families across southwest Ohio. Additional information about the program can be found on the Duke Energy Ohio website.

Duke Energy customers in Northern Kentucky can receive WinterCare assistance and should contact their county’s Neighborhood Center or the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission at 859.581.6607.