“We aim to bring lasting changes to participant’s lives by focusing on three pillars of change: jobs; housing; and a new community of support and accountability,” said Major John Chamness, leader of the Army’s work in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.
This is National Volunteer Week and all over the United States The Salvation Army is paying tribute to the humble souls who give their time and talent to make life better for other people. We want to thank each of you for the good you do for mankind by loving God’s people so well.
Buddy Rizzo is a handsome Golden Retriever and he’s in the running for the 2015 Hero Dog Awards. So, why are we talking about this good boy on a Salvation Army blog? Because among the many things he’s done to care for his community, he was an assistant bellringer at our iconic red kettle in Grass Valley, California!
According to a survey by Visa, it can cost as much than $1,000 to go to the prom in California. The prom isn’t everything to a high schooler but it’s something. Something important. So if there’s a way to make it possible for more kids who can’t afford it to have the experience, then shouldn’t we do it? Thankfully, my friend Pat Riley at The Salvation Army in Pasadena thinks so.
Like countless other people, Michael fell in with the wrong crowd and got into destructive behavior. After years of using drugs and alcohol, he wanted something different. He asked his friends if there was more to life than getting high. Sadly, they just didn’t know. Michael’s solution was to buy a one-way ticket from Ohio to California. He thought a change of friends and scenery could fix his life but it didn’t go far enough. He was still waging the same inner battle – but now with different people and in a warmer climate.
Seattle Public Utilities will launch a program on March 1 called Threadcycle which encourages people living in the area to consider giving their clothes a new purpose instead of throwing them away. A surprising number of products are made from recycled clothing, including, carpet padding; mattresses and upholstery; wiping rags; insulation and sound-proofing material for automobiles and appliances; as well as rugs and blankets.
Della (not her real name) was released from prison 6 months ago. One of the conditions of her parole was that she must enroll in the residence program at The Salvation Army’s R.J. Montgomery Center (RJMC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Again. You see, this is Della’s third chance at a life of sobriety and freedom at The Salvation Army’s RJMC.
A couple of months ago, I sat in a room full of men and women who’ve battled back from addiction and heard their stories. It was a very humbling experience for me.
When it was Jimmy’s turn to speak, I was stunned by the contrast between the bleak description of his former life and the joy I felt hearing him encourage others who’ve walked a similar path.
The Huffington Post recently ran a story about three Norwegian fashion bloggers who worked in a Cambodian sweatshop for a reality show. The idea of the show wasn’t to further exploit the workers but to shed a light on their living and working conditions. The unavoidable truth the bloggers discovered is that people are suffering – and sometimes dying – so that we can buy goods at a reasonable price.