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.
This post was written by Fay Schuler, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s West Women’s Shelter in Portland, Oregon. She has been a leader in the fight against domestic violence for 17 years, serving at The Salvation Army for the last 7 and a half years.
Women come to the West Women’s Shelter seeking refuge after fleeing violence. This violence happens in a war zone not abroad but in their home and at the hands of those who say they love them. They hope and believe the abuse will end and yet they have no control over this: they only control if they will leave or if they stay.
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.
Coffee + studying = success! With this in mind, The Salvation Army in Tempe, Arizona opened a coffee house, just steps away from Arizona State University. Called 1865 Coffee, the cafe has affordable coffee, tea, espresso drinks, grilled cheese sandwiches, and of course, wifi. On a more serious note, university-age Americans don’t know as much about the work of The Salvation Army as their parents do. Or grandparents. So Lieutenants Christopher and Latisa Ratliff want to change that.
According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), being isolated is just as dangerous as smoking and even more harmful than being obese. Given those dire predictions for isolated elders, what’s the Director of a Senior Center in a town with no public transportation to do? For Charlie Petersen, director of The Salvation Army’s local unit in Wickenburg, AZ, the answer is all about partnerships.
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.