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Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and Councilwoman Newbille Share News of Club Renovation

On Tuesday, July 21, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club welcomed Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, of the 7th voter district, to meet with nearby residents of the Club and share the news of the renovation project to begin at the Club in the fall of 2015.

The proposed renovation will add 7,000 square feet onto to the facility, allowing for enhanced programming for members but also allow for extended hours and programming to serve all members of the community. All parts of the Club will receive upgrades, computers, fitness equipment, HVAC, kitchen to be renovated, aquatics center upgrade and locker rooms redone. post_plan7.21.15

The first phase of renovation will include upgrading the aquatics center. Replacing the pool and mechanicals to make operable year-round, expand locker rooms, renovate kitchen and upgrade HVAC.

The renovation to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is expected to bring programming and possibilities for youth members but also for their families and our community.

Construction on phase one of the three phase project will begin in the fall and conclude in time for the aquatics center to be open for summer camp in 2016.

Salvation Army Hoops for Health Interview on Alpha Media Radio

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host the 3rd Annual Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival on Saturday, May 2 at the Club on 3701 R Street in Richmond’s East End.

Check out the interview with information on Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival as well as information about The Salvation Army’s other programs and services in Central Virginia from April 5, 2015 on Alpha Media Radio n Richmond.

Voices

Kay Thomas (host)

Salvation Representatives

Christian Dundas (Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council)
Hugh Jones (Executive Director, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club)
Matt Pochily (Marketing & Communications, The Salvation Army)

Easter and Our Quiet Heroes of Faith

When Shekiah chose to find Ted in a crowd during The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club 60th Anniversary, it reminded me that at any given moment in time, Heaven can break out.

Who better to influence a teenager than someone who loves God and loves people enough to invest in their lives? As a father, successful entrepreneur, donor and volunteer, Ted’s faith has grown through challenges and triumphs. His belief has manifested itself in service that has fostered the spiritual, academic and emotional growth in a young lady’s heart and mind.

Who better to remind us as adults of the presence of Jesus in our lives? As a young teen, Shekiah’s bright spirit is open to caring, supportive adults who she trusts will tap into her energy, passion and commitment.

Neither Ted nor Shekiah are super heroes. With Jesus as the example, they are quite heroes of faith who have accepted the awesome privilege of simply believing in and ministering to one another.

Their interaction reflects the power of the resurrection and the joy in our daily living. It may open our spiritual eyes as we gain the understanding of God’s eternal purposes.

Our giving spirits carry forth the message that Christ died so that we might no longer live for ourselves. He gave us a new focus as we live for Him and His principles.

This Easter, we honor you for being a vessel for someone’s healing, redemption, joy or progress… for becoming His extended hand to a world that needs you.

Connections of Two Remarkable People

In the last month, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club held their annual Youth of Year award ceremony and hosted Civil Rights Leader Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker for a discussion on youth finding their legacy. The two events are closely connected to the Club’s mission of educating and empowering youth who give back to their respective communities and we’ll share perspective on those connections in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.

Dove Arceneaux, a senior at Franklin Military Academy was recently awarded the title of 2015 Youth of the Year from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and in April will compete with other Youths of the Year from their respective clubs across the state to be regional youth of the year. Dove was also on hand at the Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Finding Your Legacy event to present Dr. Walker with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Community Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award and talked to us recently about some of the things she heard and a bit about herself.

And related to Dove’s comments on Club staff seeing leadership in her and through her work with younger kids after school at the Club, comedian Micah White talked about leadership during the panel discussion at the Dr. Walker Finding Your Legacy event.

In addition to education, Dr. Walker also emphasized the role faith played during the Civil Rights Movement and important role it plays in the lives of youth.

There was a ton of other great conversation around leadership, accountability, voting and leaving a positive impact on your community and we encourage you check that out on our website at SalvationArmyCentralVA.org.

Actor Chad L. Coleman Comes Back to Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

It is especially exciting to share the video of actor Chad L. Coleman (The Wire, The Walking Dead) who was a member of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club growing up and in December came back to visit his old Church Hill neighborhood and the Club in the #BLX mini-docuseries from BET.

WATCH THE VIDEO – on BET.com

In the video Coleman visits with staff at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and says, “They continue to to invest in kids, just like when I was a little youngster.”

Coleman’s brother, Don, is Chair of the Richmond City Public School Board and active alumni member of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Club Leadership Academy visits VCU Athletics

As part of the programming at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, the Club offers the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Academy, which teaches leadership & skills development opportunities focusing on filling leadership roles and post-secondary educational planning for teen members. On Monday, December 29, Boys & Girls Club Teen Program Coordinator Tyree Walker along with Advisory Council members JC Poma and Greg Burton took members of the Leadership Academy to visit The Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and talk with members of the Athletic Department and hear from Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. The youth also had the privilege of staying for the men’s basketball game against Cleveland State.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosts King and Queen in Me Ball

On the evening of Wednesday, December 10, 2014, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted their annual King and Queen in Me ball for the participants in the program. The King and Queen in Me programs are two small group programs within The Salvation Army Boys & Girls which works with young boys and girls on developing the spirit, soul, and body. The King and Queen in Me ball is the culminating event of the program.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, September 30, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in the East End of Richmond, VA celebrated their 60th Anniversary as a chartered club with Boys & Girls Club’s of America.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, September 30 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will celebrate the Club’s 60th Anniversary of investing in futures beginning with an open house at 4:00 PM and program beginning at 5:00 PM.

For 60 years, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has been investing in the futures of Richmond’s youth and developing them into caring, intelligent, compassionate adults rooted in family and community. At Tuesday’s event, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will also announce it’s commitment to improving the Club’s aquatic center for the benefit of Club members and the East End community.

“We’re looking so forward to gathering with friends and supporters on Tuesday to thank them for their support over the past 60 years,” said Hugh Jones, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “The past 60 years have set a great foundation for us to work with youth, and the community, through the years ahead.”

Confirmed attendees for Tuesday’s event include Richmond’s Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Dana Bedden, Richmond School Board Chair and Club Alum, Don Coleman, and Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille of Richmond’s East End 7th District.