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.

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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.

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