The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is preparing themselves and their members for the annual Youth of the Year competition and we have an interview with the 2010 winner about his experience and we’ll offer some more information and insight to our rapid re-housing program in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.
The Youth of the Year competition in Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the premier recognition program for Club members and promotes service to the Club, community and family, academic success, public speaking ability, life goals and strong moral character.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club here in Richmond has been an instrument of change for all who have come through its doors since 1970 including our 2010 Youth of the Year winner, Jatain McLane.
Jatain is now a rising senior at VCU studying history and still active volunteer at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.
You may have read a report in the Times-Dispatch recently about a statewide 100-day challenge from October to January on rapid re-housing; the process that gets families and individuals out of a shelter and into permanent housing usually within 30 days. And while The Salvation Army was not part of the 100-day challenge due to the short time we’ve been offering the program we do have some related note-worthy program information to share.
Our homeless prevention programs provide empowering case management to men, women and children while they’re with us and in the last six months we have exited 32 men and 12 families, which is women and children, from our shelter programs to permanent housing and 5 households have been able to stay in their homes thanks to our rent and mortgage assistance. Of our total number of men and women exited, 44 men and four women secured employment. And also in the last year in Petersburg we excited 79 men to permanent stable housing and of them 60 secured full-time employment.
You may recall Anthony, a gentleman who came to our shelter in July 2013 after getting behind on his finances and leaving a difficult living situation with his mother. Anthony was just one of several men to benefit from the rapid re-housing aspect of our homeless prevention programs.
And we presently have at least two more men who will be leaving our shelter program for permanent housing as part of the rapid re-housing program. Thank you for watching this episode. Please share this link on your social networks and subscribe to this channel on YouTube. This has been a Salvation Army News Update.
The Salvation Army Community Meals program which serves a breakfast and dinner to hungry residents in the Metro-Richmond area hit a new landmark in the number of meals served in a single month. For the month of January the program served a total of 5,751 meals to hungry individuals and families, the previous high was a total of 4,620 meals served in December 2013.
“We initially heard a lot of people saying that the cut in food stamps wasn’t going to affect them that greatly,” said Cherry Lee, Case Manager at The Salvation Army. “These numbers don’t lie though, many people suffered a reduction of anywhere from $11 to $36 a month and they came to us for help making up for that decrease.”
Effective November 1, 2013, The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also referred to as food stamps, lost the boost it had previously received from the 2009 Recovery Act which meant a decrease in benefits to nearly every household in the country on SNAP. In Virginia, there are 941,000 SNAP recipients, 11% of the population, who, for a household of four, will lose $396 annually in SNAP benefits. (See Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for full report data.)
“This is a big deal,” said Toni Hutchinson, Case Manager at The Salvation Army. “We had a women who used to just bring her own two kids to dinner, now she brings her neighbor’s four kids as well.”
Since the beginning of May, The Salvation Army has offered the Community Meals feeding program to hungry citizens in the Metro-Richmond area. The program had previously been offered by the Freedom House and was continued by The Salvation Army after the Freedom House closed. The Community Meals program receives support from several community churches, schools and organizations who help with both food preparation and serving.
“We are so blessed to have a great group of volunteers and supporters who are passionate about feeding the hungry,” said Interim Volunteer Coordinator Joanna Brown. “We average four nights a week where a volunteer group prepares and delivers these meals to our kitchen to be served, that makes a big difference.”
The program offers breakfast every weekday beginning at 5:15 a.m. and ending at 6:15 a.m. and offers dinner seven days a week beginning at 6:15 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Joanna Brown at The Salvation Army at (804) 591-3826.
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This week’s News Update features an interview with Governor Terry McAuliffe while he visited The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. We also spoke with our Education Coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club about keeping kids in school to earn their diplomas.
The Salvation Army’s Step-Up program is getting homeless women with children out of our shelter and onto solid ground for themselves and their families.
Get inspiration from a GED graduate from our Community Education Center and get a first look at the new front desk area at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.http://youtu.be/eIk9G-W19KY
This Salvation Army News Update features a recap of highlights of The Salvation Army’s work in 2013.http://youtu.be/nAxJhvdFSbU
In the evening of Tuesday, August 5 The Salvation Army of Central Virginia will host events at two locations as part of National Night Out in an effort to promote engaged communities and resistance to violence.
Beginning at 5:30PM, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in the east end of Church Hill will welcome all community members to the Club on 3701 R Street to participate in games, recreational activities, face-painting, bounce houses, and other entertainment.
“National Night Out is an event that is designed to bring the community, neighbors, alumni, and parents together to build healthy relationships,” said Dot Crenshaw, Program Director at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “We also use it as an opportunity to remember our fallen community members.”
Also at 5:30PM, members and volunteers from The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps on 5327 Orcutt Lane will take the mobile kitchen, used primarily for disaster relief feeding, down the street to the Timbercreek Apartment Homes and continue their ministry to the residents of that community.
“We want the community to know we are there to support them in whatever way we can,” said Captain Shawana Brown of The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps. “Not only do we want to be a physical support through food, games and friendship, but most importantly to share the love of Jesus.”
The mobile kitchen will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks and popsicles to Timbercreek residents.
Admission is free to the event at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and all community members interested in volunteering on the mobile kitchen with the Citadel Corps are encouraged to call Ashley Coffman at 745-5524.
About National Night Out
National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.