Maj. Tim Grider was in the middle of leading a Salvation Army building campaign in St. Angelo, Texas, when he got the call from the higher ups asking him to take over the chapter in Fayetteville.

New leader of Salvation Army chapter has ambitious plans for Fayetteville

Maj. Tim Grider was in the middle of leading a Salvation Army building campaign in St. Angelo, Texas, when he got the call from the higher ups asking him to take over the chapter in Fayetteville.

He said he was surprised, but pleased to come back to a state that he considers home.

Grider — who has led Salvation Army chapters since 1990 in Florida, Alabama and now North Carolina — has taken over the helm of the Sandhills Chapter of the Salvation Army, which includes Cumberland, Hoke, Moore, Robeson and Scotland counties.

He moved here with his wife, Cheryl, who is also a Salvation Army officer. They have been working in Texas for the last 12 years.

“I’m a Carolinian. Born and raised in the Carolinas,” he said. “My wife and I are thrilled to be home. Texas was fun, interesting, great. We saw Western America. We would have never been able to see that, our kids as well. But we are thrilled to be back in the Carolinas.”

The Griders are replacing Matt and Christina Trantham, who have been transferred to Maryland.

The Griders are both children of Salvation Army officers. Tim Grider is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with degree in business management and accounting. Cheryl Grider was born in Winter Haven, Florida, and is a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, with a degree in music.

Together they were commissioned and ordained from The Salvation Army’s College for Officers Training in Atlanta. They have three children — Nate, Kevin and Chloe. Chloe is a freshman at Cape Fear High School; Nate and Kevin serve in the military.

Tim Grider has laid out a methodical plan to evaluate every aspect of the Salvation Army’s operations in the Sandhills.

The first step is to develop a strategic program and business plan for the local chapter, which he calls STRAT. He said it will evaluate every facet of the Salvation Army’s operations, including whether buildings should be rented or purchased, whether programs should be scaled back or expanded and whether new programs should be adopted.

“The strategic plan vets every detail and facet (of the organization), from staff to property to budgets,” he said. “There are many other things that we would normally do that we’re not doing here. There are some other things we are doing but we need to kind of update the methodology of it to today’s standards and technology. We have a few computers that need to be upgraded. We need buildings. We need property. We need land. That is our number one priority.”

The Salvation Army operates a thrift store at 433 Robeson St., a social services office at 310 Dick St. and a community center at 220 Russell St. He said there could be a need for another thrift store in Fayetteville, as well as a new one in Lumberton. He said the evaluation will look at the need to possibly add services, such as a senior housing program.

He said the community center is bursting at the seams and doesn’t have enough space.

“We do not have enough offices for the administration,” he said. “We’re taking over classrooms that we need for a community center, which by the way is our summer day camp and our after-school program and our seniors program on top of our church.”

Grider said the Salvation Army board will be active in the organizational review process, which also includes a “mission planning study.”

“We’ll do probably 250 to 300 interviews with people in the five-county area. We’ll have all the statistical and data analysis done,” he said. “It is the research component that says, ‘Yes, you do need this program. No, this program is covered by X,Y and Z agency. You don’t need to continue doing that.’”

Grider said it will take at least six months for the STRAT study to be completed.

“It’s going to take a while,” he said.

Salvation Army Launches in Samoa

Salvation Army officially launches in Samoa

The church and humanitarian organization Salvation Army is now in Samoa.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and other guests attended its commissioning at the Samoa Tourism Authority Fale on Saturday.

Describing the arrival of the church and humanitarian organization in Samoa as another opportunity to spread the Gospel and do its humanitarian work, the Prime Minister said he welcomed their arrival.

“I am informed that Samoa is the 130th country in the world where the Salvation Army operates. It would not have been possible without the Church’s farsighted vision to establish in Samoa, and the hard work done by Rod and Jenny, your missionaries for Christ and all those involved from the outset of the planning and negotiations,” he said.

“Caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society constitute the mission of the Salvation Army, and you have been offering assistance in those key areas since 1865. Alcohol and drugs are challenges of this age and time. I am very happy to see that the Salvation Army will be offering assistance for a credible and professional alcohol and drug treatment program, in partnership with Government Ministries, civil society, and non-government organizations.”

Salvation Army’s rehabilitation services targeting alcohol and drug addiction were highlighted as the type of services that would compliment the efforts of the Government.

“Government welcomes this assistance to coincide with its programmes to bring the victims of alcohol and drugs out of addiction, and to equip them to become responsible citizens of this country. More importantly is to bring their lives to the Lord,” said the Prime Minister.

Commissioner Andrew Westrupp, representing the Salvation Army, said Samoa follows in the footsteps of New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji to welcome them.

“We have had a long extending invitation by the Samoan government to be here. I want to thank the Prime Minister of Samoa and all our fellow churches for your warm welcome and as the scriptures said ‘unusual kindness and liberal assistance’ we promise that we will return your good will with staying true to our mission, preparing people, transforming lives, with God’s help,” he said.

We need to be more intentional than ever in reaching out and serving people in need who do not agree with us theologically, even when doing this may not be.

We Need To Be More Intentional Than Ever Before

We need to be more intentional than ever in reaching out and serving people in need who do not agree with us theologically, even when doing this may not be an easy road. Jesus constantly ministered to people regardless of their background; two examples being the Samaritan woman and the lame man at the pool at Bethsaida. By “letting our light shine” just as he did, people who would traditionally never stop to hear the gospel message may do so.

As National Commander, Hudson leads a network of more than 3,500 officers, more than 65,000 employees and nearly 3 million volunteers serving in more than 7,500 centers of operation throughout the United States. He also acts as chairman of the national board of trustees and presides over triannual commissioners’ conferences which bring together the key executive leaders of The Salvation Army’s four territories in the United States.

Commissioner Hudson has been an officer (ordained minister) in The Salvation Army for 43 years. Prior to coming to National Headquarters in Nov. 2015, Commissioner David Hudson was the Chief Secretary for the Western Territory of The Salvation Army, U.S.A. The Hudson’s have a wide range of experience as Salvation Army officers, including several territorial and divisional appointments. Prior to those appointments, the Hudson’s were corps officers for 14 years, including appointments in Oregon, Idaho and Southern California.

Commissioner David Hudson has a Business Management degree and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership.

Partnering with organizations throughout the country helps leverage our resources to meet human need. One example is the Army’s partnership with the Urban League, Lutheran Hope Center and the University of Missouri in opening the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center on the site of the QuikTrip that burned during protests a few years back. We’re working together with these partner organizations to bring healing to a community, as well as much needed services.

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New Hagerstown Salvation Army leaders off and running

New Hagerstown Salvation Army leaders off and running

Captains Jimmy and Ashley Taylor are now serving as corps officers for the Salvation Army in Hagerstown.

“We love it. We missed being with the people in the field, being in the trenches, if you will,” said Jimmy Taylor.

The Taylor family, including their 8-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, recently moved to Hagerstown from Alexandria, Va.

 Jimmy, 37, and Ashley, 33, worked at the divisional headquarters in Washington, D.C., which oversaw 34 Salvation Army units in the Metro D.C. area and those in the state of Virginia doing youth ministry.

After three years in that role, they were assigned to Hagerstown. They started on June 17.

“We’ve embraced the community and really love it. We see amazing opportunities to make a true difference, not in just Hagerstown, but Washington County,” Jimmy Taylor said.

Both of the Taylors grew up with parents who did Salvation Army ministry. As a result, they were transient – Jimmy growing up mostly in Georgia and Oklahoma, and Ashley in Texas, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Jimmy’s parents grew up in Prince George’s County, Md., but he’d never been to Hagerstown before moving here.

Since the Taylors got married 10 years ago, they have served with the Salvation Army in Atlanta, Greenville, S.C., Burlington, N.C., and Washington, D.C.

Jimmy has a background in public relations. He began his work with the Salvation Army as a public relations associate for the state of Texas.

While writing articles and taking photos during Hurricane Katrina, he felt the calling to ministry.

After two years in Atlanta for a “full-on” seminary program — similar to a seminary degree along with administrative training — Jimmy was commissioned and given an assignment.

While Jimmy misses the hustle and bustle of the big city, Ashley doesn’t — especially their 3-hour round-trip commute and the traffic.

“There are a lot of great things we want to build on in the community. We are strategically placed to meet the needs of the community,” Jimmy said of the organization’s location on West Franklin and George streets.

The calendar is busy. There is a 30-bed emergency shelter for women and children and the Manna food program, which feeds an average of 235 people a hot lunch Monday through Friday. There also is a new program called Pathway to Hope, a case management program for families to help them get back on their feet.

Jimmy sees the potential for using the gymnasium for youth programs while partnering with Boys & Girls Club and Girls to fill the gaps.

Jimmy is also pastor of the Salvation Army church and is grateful for the organization’s board members.

Priorities he identified include doing a better job letting the community know the Salvation Army’s story and collaborating with other agencies.

He wants to be a resource and “use what the Lord has given us to meet the most need,” he said.

Also, he wants to expand the programs and make them financially sustainable through donor gifts and grants.

Funding comes from private donors, grants and sales from the Salvation Army Thrift Shop on Frederick Street.

“Every day, I get to do what I love to do — reaching out to the community,” Jimmy Taylor said.

Canadian Salvation Army officers, General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, begin their service as the international leaders of The Salvation Army

Canadian Becomes Salvation Army World Leader

On August 3, 2018, Canadian Salvation Army officers, General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, begin their service as the international leaders of The Salvation Army following the retirement of General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox, World President of Women’s Ministries.

As General and World President of Women’s Ministries, the Peddles will be based out of The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London, England.

With roots in Newfoundland, Commissioner Rosalie Peddle attended The Salvation Army’s Training College in St. John’s and was commissioned as an officer in 1976. General Brian Peddle was commissioned the following year. The couple began their ministry together after their marriage in 1978 and, for almost four decades, the Peddles have taken on numerous roles in Canada and internationally.

“What excites me is the ongoing reality that people are engaged in mission, and the vibrant activity of the Army continues … the gospel is being preached, suffering humanity is being served, strategies are being planned, schools opening for children, a mobile clinic rolls into a needy community, or a meal is served,” says General Peddle.

“The Army is well and it has the ability to move forward and continue to discover and claim our place in the world.”

General Peddle is the 21st General of The Salvation Army and fifth Canadian to hold the organization’s highest office.

The General and Commissioner Peddle have two daughters, Stephanie and Krista. Stephanie and her husband, Adam, are actively involved in the Sauble Christian Fellowship Community Church in Ontario. Krista and her husband, Tim, are Salvation Army officers, currently serving in Australia. The General and Commissioner Peddle are delighted to have five grandchildren.

The IHQ welcome to the new international leaders will take place on Monday 6 August, and the public welcome – which will be live-streamed – will be held at William Booth College, London, on 23 September.

Salvationists and friends around the world are asked to support their leaders in prayer now and in the coming days.

Click here to read an in-depth interview with General Peddle following his election to the position in May.

Click here to read a detailed career history for General Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle.

Salvation Army DMG Grocery Store

The Freshest Ideas Are in Small Grocery Stores

As big supermarkets struggle, a new crop of local grocery stores are innovating to serve niche audiences and advance social causes. Maj. Gene Hogg, the Salvation Army’s commander for central Maryland, organized mobile kitchens after the twin towers fell in Manhattan and the levees broke in New Orleans. He fed protesters and police officers during the riots that erupted here in 2015 after a young man named Freddie Gray died of injuries he received while in the back of a police van. More than 200 businesses were destroyed, many of them places where people bought food.

Once the city calmed down, he pondered his next move. After three days of prayer and fasting, Mr. Hogg had an answer.

“God said I needed to open a grocery store,” he said.

It wasn’t exactly what he had hoped to hear. What Mr. Hogg, 56, knew about grocery stores he could have scribbled on the back of receipt.

Now, three years later, he can talk about produce and Pop-Tarts like a pro. On a recent Friday afternoon he bounded around the aisles of DMG Foods, a bright, 7,000-square-foot, nonprofit grocery store, showing a customer with a baby how to print a coupon and encouraging another to try the freshly ground chicken.

The market, which opened in March in a working-class neighborhood three miles from where the riots began, is one of a growing number of experimental grocery stores that have emerged as traditional supermarkets confront a crisis that industry analysts say could surpass the retail apocalypse that pounded shopping malls a decade ago.

Violesia Tull shops at DMG Foods, which is slowly changing its inventory to match the needs of shoppers from the neighborhood. Premade salads, fried chicken and tofu are new additions.CreditAndrew Mangum for The New York Times
Maj. Gene Hogg of the Salvation Army was the driving force behind DMG, despite the fact he knew nothing about the supermarket business when he started the project. “God said I needed to open a grocery store,” he said.CreditAndrew Mangum for The New York Times

Most North Americans still buy their food at the classic supermarket, with its wide aisles and seemingly limitless choices. But stores like Kroger, the nation’s largest chain with more than $105 billion in sales in 2017, are being cannibalized by a host of discount competitors like Dollar General and Aldion one side, and by the growing dominance of Amazon and online delivery on the other.

“By and large, supermarkets are kind of behind the eight ball” in responding to changes in how people shop, said Diana Smith, the associate director of retail and apparel for the market research company Mintel.

Customers, especially younger ones, want stores that offer what some industry analysts have come to call “food experiences,” with craft beer on tap, meals to go and vegetable butchers. They tend to shop only when they cook, visiting more than one store to collect ingredients, rather than making a weekly trip to stock the pantry with toilet paper, chuck roast and gallons of milk.

Large chains are throwing everything they can at the problem, planning smaller stores customized for different demographics. Kroger, which already sells clothes at some of its stores, has developed a grab-and-go fashion line called Dip, and is testing driverless delivery. The Midwestern chain Hy-Vee is adding medical clinics and spa-inspired bath boutiques to its stores.

But some of the most radical reinvention is happening at the local level, in both cities and small towns, where a new breed of small community stores use the grocery aisles to fill cultural niches and address social needs.

“There’s a lot of innovation that is geared toward bringing people together and back to their food, which is the opposite of the order-your-food-online thing,” said Brianne Miller, 30, the founder and chief operating officer of Nada, a package-free grocery store she opened in June near downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, with her business partner, Paula Amiama.

At Nada, everything, including toothpaste and chocolate, is sold package-free. Shoppers can buy scoops of frozen berries, a handful of crackers and just one egg, if that’s all they need. There’s no plastic wrap or paper at the deli counter. Customers bring their own containers, buy reusable ones at the store or take some from a stack that have been cleaned and sanitized, using a digital scale to weigh and tag them before they start shopping.

The store won’t be equipped to sell fresh meat, but will soon add cured meats and more frozen seafood (caught in a sustainable way, of course). Suppliers, too, have to be willing to reduce waste: A local coffee roaster, for example, delivers beans in refillable bulk containers.

There’s a similar store, Zero Market, in Denver, and one called the Fillery planned for Brooklyn. No-waste stores are already popular in parts of Europe, and are popping up in other Canadian cities.

Transforming lives through the Salvation Army - Pathway of Hope Program

Transforming lives through the Salvation Army – Pathway of Hope Program

“I wanted to kill myself. I didn’t want to live. Life was that bad. I hated my life, and I was adding two little people to this world.”

April Hickman, 37, was pregnant with her daughter Michilee and had a 1-year-old daughter, Marlee. She was trying to escape from a lifetime of family addiction and poverty. She’d taken to visiting various hospital ER waiting rooms, just so her daughter had a safe, warm place to sleep. She had zero options.

She eventually entered the Salvation Army’s emergency family homeless shelter and later its transitional program. A social worker then made a suggestion that transformed April’s life: enroll in the Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program.Today, three 

Today, three years later, Hickman and her daughters have a home and are thriving, and Hickman has launched a business. She discovered she has an affinity for designing and sewing children’s clothing, and with the help of the Salvation Army, she recently launched Wonderfulee Marlee and has plans to grow her designs.

“I said, ‘OK, April, you’ve got to do better,’” she said. “It’s like God was saying, ‘This is your only opportunity. Anything past this point, you have no excuse.’”

Louisville is one of a handful of Salvation Army regions that offer Pathway of Hope. Started in 2014, the program provides individualized services to families trying to break the cycle of poverty and crisis. It’s not considered a Band-Aid, but a long-term commitment to address the root causes of poverty and build stability and self-sufficiency for the family.

“I wasn’t thinking about long-term anything,” said Hickman. “I needed to know where we were going to sleep tonight. No one had ever talked to me about setting goals before. I learned I couldn’t just sit here and wait for good things to come to me, but instead, I had to go out there and be proactive.”

“Families come to us overwhelmed with no direction,” said Johanna Wint, director of the Center for Hope at the Salvation Army. “Pathway of Hope is like a life coach. For the first six to nine months of the program, we stabilize the family by helping with immediate emergency needs, whether it’s rent, bills, social services – all things that allow them to breathe.”

Once the emergency period passes, the Pathway of Hope program works on financial empowerment, including counseling on budgets, housing readiness, job searches and daily life management like cooking, childcare and education assistance. Families work with counselors to map life goals – both immediate and long-term. The goals are broken down into workable tasks that the family progresses through over the course of up to two years.

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Former drug dealer is now a top Salvation Army leader

Former drug dealer is now a top Salvation Army leader

When former drug dealer Envoy Tom Canfield first arrived at The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis in 2005, he’d just been released from jail after getting caught selling methamphetamine. Police had arrested him in a scuzzy hotel room, where they found him naked, emaciated, and passed out cold.

It’s been 13 years since then, and Tom still hasn’t left the rehabilitation center. But now he’s there for a different reason.

He is in charge of the place.   

“I’m alive and in this position because of the transformative power of Jesus Christ,” Tom said proudly.

He serves as the rehabilitation center’s lead business administrator, a job that also entails helping to manage nine Salvation Army Stores in the Twin Cities and more than 250 employees. He’s been working for The Salvation Army in management ever since he graduated from the rehabilitation center in 2005.

Tom serves alongside his wife, Envoy Trudi Canfield, who works as the rehabilitation center’s program administrator. The couple took over as leaders on June 27.

The rehabilitation center (pictured) offers free or affordable residential addiction treatment for up to 115 men. The men receive six months to a year of onsite housing, counseling, spiritual guidance, and other transformative support – all of which is funded by sales at Salvation Army Stores.

Tom and Trudi are excited to work in their new positions.

“It’s amazing to see the hope in the hearts of these men,” Trudi said. “It’s to the point that I have a hard time picturing them having ever been drunk or in jail. They’re such good guys.”

Tom believes he is uniquely suited to connect with men at the rehabilitation center because he spent much of his life battling the same demons they do.

Former drug dealer is now a top Salvation Army leader“I know what it’s like to walk in here for the first time,” Tom said. “You’re scared, you’re alone, and you’re not comfortable with Christianity. I’ve been there. But I can show these men how Jesus can help them make the same 180-degree turn that I did.”

Oftentimes, men from Tom’s troubled past enroll at the rehabilitation center. When they see Tom, they hardly recognize him.

“One guy came in and couldn’t believe it was me,” Tom said. “The last time he’d seen me, I was being hauled away in a cop car because we were trying to rob a bank together.”

Similar encounters happen almost monthly, and Tom does not believe they are a coincidence. Each encounter serves as a reminder to Tom that God had a purpose for everything that happened in his life and every person he met.

“I’m in this ministry because of my past,” Tom said. “There was a period of time when drugs, alcohol and criminal activity consumed my mind. Now, God is using me to be His face to these men.” (Read Tom’s astonishing testimony.)

Tom and Trudi have big plans for the rehabilitation center, and their top goal is to boost enrollment.

Former drug dealer is now a top Salvation Army leader“We want to take what has been started here at the rehabilitation center and build a more robust program that touches on all aspects of mind, body and soul,” Trudi said.

Other big goals include the execution of a multimillion-dollar renovation of the rehabilitation center, and implementing a clear-cut managerial succession plan for employees of the stores and rehabilitation center.

“We want to have our employees moving up at all levels,” Tom said.

Meanwhile, Tom and Trudi are thrilled to engage in the daily work of helping men break free from their addictions and find Jesus.   

“The day-to-day interaction of getting to know these men is the best,” Trudi said.

The dollars you spend at The Salvation Army’s thrift stores and rehab center may help someone kick a drug or alcohol habit.

Salvation Army has new commander over thrift store and rehab center

The dollars you spend at The Salvation Army’s thrift stores and rehab center may help someone kick a drug or alcohol habit.

“That is why we do the thrift,” said Major Michael Morton, who recently took over as administrator of The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Richmond.

“The center that this store is supporting has approximately 100 beds. The thrift stores provide the operations income for this program,” Morton said, speaking at a new Salvation Army thrift store scheduled to open in early August on West Broad Street in Henrico County.

Morton and his wife, Salvation Army Major Nettie Morton, transferred to Richmond from a Salvation Army in Weirton, W.Va., five weeks ago, replacing the previous administrator who retired. Morton has managed Salvation Army thrift stores for 22 years, but overseeing the rehabilitation center is something new for him.

The residential rehabilitation center at 2601 Hermitage Road enrolls men recovering from substance abuse into a six-month work-therapy program. Many come as referrals from prison and are mandated to be in a recovery program as a condition of release.

Revenue from the Salvation Army’s three thrift stores fund the approximately $2.4 million budget to operate the rehabilitation center and thrift stores. All the merchandise in the stores is donated.

The West Broad Street store replaces the thrift store on Mechanicsville Turnpike that closed earlier this year. The organization’s other stores are at 11000 Midlothian Turnpike and on Hermitage Road adjacent to the rehabilitation center.

The new thrift store is in a building that once housed a Pier 1 Imports store and a kitchen design store. That Salvation Army store will initially occupy about 11,000 square feet of space and will expand to an adjacent 4,000 square feet of space in coming months. James Ashby of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer represented the landlord in the lease negotiations.

The Midlothian Turnpike thrift store is about 15,000 square feet, the Hermitage Road store about 9,000 square feet.

Morton said the Broad Street location puts them in a busy retail area, with Goodwill and other thrift stores nearby.

“You can say Goodwill is our competition, but the reality is thrift store shoppers are not loyal. Positioning us near Goodwill is a good move because shoppers will go to both stores,” Morton said.

Just weeks in, Morton has begun making changes in the rehab program and the warehouse that supplies the thrift stores.

“We were being a little too restrictive in our admission policies,” with less than half the center’s beds filled, he said.

“In four weeks, we’ve added 25 folks. Mostly we started allowing walk-ins. We weren’t allowing walk-ins before. The fact is there are folks out there who haven’t broken the law, who haven’t gone to prison, that would like some help. We have the help,” Morton said.

The three thrift stores and the rehabilitation center have about 30 paid employees, Morton said. That number doesn’t include the program participants who work in the warehouse and center.

“We have folks who have all kinds of skill sets because there are all kinds of folks who have problems with drugs or alcohol, or who had problems,” Morton said.

The Salvation Army is opening a new, 24-hour shelter for survivors of human trafficking, a resource the charity is billing as the first of its kind

Salvation Army National Capital Area Command Opens Shelter to Serve Human Trafficking Survivors

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is opening a new, 24-hour shelter for survivors of human trafficking, a resource the charity is billing as the first of its kind in the D.C. area.

Leaders with the group’s National Capital Area Command say they can’t reveal where, exactly, the new shelter is located in the region in order to protect the people they’re trying to serve. But they held a ribbon-cutting for the new facility all the same today (Wednesday) at the organization’s Arlington headquarters in Alcova Heights.

“This strikes at the heart of the core values of the Salvation Army,” said Maj. James Hall, the charity’s commander for the D.C. region. “We believe this is the best way we can make a difference on a transformative issue addressing injustice.”

Hall added that the entire effort is being paid for by private donations. He’d originally hoped to win grant funding for the shelter, but struck out on that front.

State Sen. Dick Black (R), who represents Prince William and Loudoun in the General Assembly, commended the effort as an essential one to deal with a “rapidly increasing problem” around the region.

He placed most of the blame for that trend on gang members crossing the Mexican border, which he believes has “literally become a torrent pouring into the country” even as data show net migration levels falling in recent years.

“Runaway children are so easily preyed upon by these people,” Black said.

Kyla Conlee, the shelter’s director, says the new facility will have about half a dozen staff members in all, with two “on call” at all times if someone who’s recently escaped a sex or labor trafficking situation needs help.

She says the shelter will have eight bedrooms, and will be open to both men and women looking for a place to stay. Conlee notes that the facility will only be able to house people for up to 10 days at a time, but her staff plans to work with a network of other charitable organizations to find a more permanent living situation during their stays.

“The most immediate need someone has coming out of a trafficking situation is: where am I going to sleep that first night?” said Stuart Allen, a federal prosecutor in D.C. “I can’t take them in. Law enforcement can’t take them in… But now, victims will have a place to go that first night they need those services.”

Conlee added that her staff will work with local emergency rooms to provide basic medical care for their clients, and even more advanced care for victims of sexual assault. She also wants to offer them the basics at the facility, like new clothes and food, and plans to rely on the community for donations.

Anyone interested in making a donation can drop off goods at the Salvation Army’s Arlington center at 518 S. Glebe Road.