A Legacy of Adversity to Progress

Many of us have been through circumstances were we have called out to God for help…and Charles is no different but God’s healing and protection for him was something different…and we’ll share that in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.

Second Corinthians chapter four verses eight and nine say, ‘We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;’ and Charles experienced many of those but through faith in God and personal ambition he’s proving he’s not been crushed.

It was that ambition and self-motivation that led Charles to enroll in The Salvation Army’s A Step Up Program which included a certification class as a Personal Care Aide through a partnership with the Professional Career Institute.

A gift to the Online Red Kettle is one way to feel God’s presence and bring His blessing to Charles and other men, women and children who may face challenge but long to fulfill their potential. The Online Red Kettle closes January 31st. Thank you for allowing us to the share this story with you.

One parting note, on Monday, February 23, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker for a special speaking engagement to area youth on finding their legacy. Dr. Walker was the former Chief of Staff to Dr. Martin Luther King and is a graduate of Virginia Union University.

Finding God in Joyce’s Story

It is your kindness that has been the means that God has of touching Joyce with His love, of relating to His Word, of enabling her family to discover His saving grace.

Striving for a Better Future

Tanika came to The Salvation Army in the summer of 2014 after bills had piled up and she needed help with her utility bill. While there, she asked if The Salvation Army offered education and job placement programs in the medical field.

Salvation Army Offers Picnic Night for Community Meals Attendees

On Tuesday, June 24, The Salvation Army served the daily Community Meals dinner outside as part of Picnic Night. The idea of Picnic Night originated from The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board’s Social Services sub-committee. The purpose of Picnic Night was to free up the space of the cafeteria from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM when it is normally occupied by community meals attendees and instead be able to offer a program for the residents of shelter which includes men, women and children.

The dinner service was offered from The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen which is normally reserved for feeding during disaster relief. During the evening, Majors Timothy and Donna Carter visited with the attendees and offered spiritual ministry and an open ear while Case Manager Toni Hutchinson answered questions and provided insight on other Salvation Army and community resources. 187 meals were served, a new community meals dinner service record. The next Picnic Night will be Tuesday, July 8 at 6:15 PM.


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Determined Mother Moves Out of Shelter & Mothers in Shelter Feel Love on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for mothers in trying circumstances who find themselves living with their children in a shelter but thanks to generous and compassionate supporters, this Mother’s Day was a bit brighter for mothers in The Salvation Army shelter.

Through the grace of God, Sabrina is a changed woman. She used to argue people to the ground, and still not stop. Not anymore though. She came to The Salvation Army Shelter with her teenage daughter and left before her allotted time was up. She had earned a job and found an apartment for her and her daughter in less than the allotted 60 days and got out with her head held high. See her story and the compassion of local folks who brought flowers and gifts to the women and children in The Salvation Army Shelter on Mother’s Day.

Salvation Army News Update – 2.12.14

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.

Watch the 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.

Salvation Army News Update – 1.15.14

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.