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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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Club Alum Returns to Host Weekly Education Program

On Friday, June 27 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted their STEAMtrix Summer Kick off. Merci Best, who is a Club alumna now attending the College of William and Mary, is facilitating this special summer education program. Where we would normally we hear of STEM education programs (a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Merci adds the A for Arts in a weekly program that Summer Day Camp members will participate in. The program is designed to keep Club students sharp educationally during the summer and exploring the possibilities for their future which starts today.

The Honorable Don Coleman, School Board Chair for Richmond Public Schools and alum of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, was in attendance for the kick-off of the program.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Members Visit US Capitol

Members of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club enjoyed a trip to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 25 for a tour of the Capitol Building. The Boys & Girls Club partnered with Heroes and Dreams Group and a total of 31 Club members and Heroes and Dreams youth converged on D.C. to learn about the history of the Capitol and our Nation. The trip was part of civics and government programming at the Club and will include post-visit sessions at the Club to learn continue learning from the experience. Students participating in the civics and government programming at the Club also had the chance recently to visit Senator Mark Warner’s office (photos not taken).