Church Members Offer Ministry to Hurting Neighborhood

On Tuesday, August 5, The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps offered ministry to the community nearby the Citadel Corps on Orcutt Lane in Richmond as part of the National Night Out effort to promote engaged communities and resistance to violence. There were two murders within just a few miles of the Corps in late June (See Story on

“It is an important part of our ministry that we get out and spread the word of God,” said one Corps member. “Plus, this community is hurting and it’s important that they know we are here for them, praying for them and with them.”

During the event, volunteers from the Corps served food from the mobile kitchen, prayed with community members, offered activities and balloon animals while a small band from the Corps performed.

The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps offers praise and worship opportunities throughout the week for all community members of all ages.

Virginia Secretary of Education Visits STEAMtrix Finale

The STEAMtrix program at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club taught by Club Alumna Merci Best came to an end. The four week program culminated with visits from the Virginia Secretary of Education, Anne Holton and Virginia Director of STEM, Dr. Megan Healy, respectively.

“To have someone like Merci, a product of the Richmond Public School system and Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club back here to teach this kids that math can be exciting really speaks volumes to them,” said Secretary of Education Anne Holton. “Merci is a bright girl with a real go-getter attitude and it’s fun to watch someone doing something exciting and interesting.”

Merci wrote on her blog (The Best of Merci B) “The culmination of my pilot STEAMtrix program was an amazing success. Thanks for all your support throughout the journey.”

Watch the News Update with Merci’s Interview

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Remembers Fallen Alums at National Night Out

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted a cookout with music from Lonnie B of Power 92.1 and activities as part of National Night Out, an effort to promote engaged communities and resistance to violence. Over 400 community members came out to the event which promoted communication among neighbors and a unified stand against violence in the East End community. Over the last decade, violent crime in the area has claimed the lives of nearly a dozen Boys & Girls Club alums.