Stratford University will soon be involved with the Community Meals program and we spoke with a Chef from the Culinary Arts program about their involvement and we have an interview with a military veteran living in The Salvation Army’s Richmond shelter.
A team of boys from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club won an East End Youth Basketball Tournament and we’ll talk to their coach, who’s also an alum of the Club, about the tournament and lessons he teaches the boys.
On Thursday, March 6, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club selected their annual Youth of the Year winner who exemplified characteristics of community involvement, leadership, compassion for others, and strong moral character. The winner will go on to the statewide competition on Lynchburg, VA in April and possibly on to regionals in Atlanta later in the spring. Watch this week’s News Update to meet the Armstrong High School senior who won this year’s competition and meet the three other candidates.
Hugh Jones was recently recognized during the Virginia General Assembly for his commitment to empowering youth and young adults in the Richmond area through his work at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.
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.
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.
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