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The Salvation Army releases IRIS, first comic book in a series

The Salvation Army is officially in the comic book business with the production of IRIS. Imagined and drawn by Kyle Reardon, Iris is a new kind of super hero. Here’s a description of her story from the pre-publication materials.

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Prom Event Pasadena

Salvation Army helps outfit Pasadena students for the prom

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.

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Why is it so hard to see black and blue?

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.

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Michael

Michael wondered if there’s more to life than getting high

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.

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Prison hallway

You’re making 2nd – and even 3rd – chances possible

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.

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Red-Kettle-Cookie

Add a “Red Kettle Cookie” to your order at Papa John’s and support The Salvation Army

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had it with the turkey leftovers by now. After a weekend spent with family and friends or enjoying some Christmas shopping, perhaps you need a dinner option that doesn’t include turkey. How about some pizza from Papa John’s and a “Red Kettle Cookie” for dessert? Papa John’s Pizza will […]

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Veteran

Now It’s Our Turn to Serve Them

Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz and Washington Post editor Rajiv Chandrasekaren collaborated on a book that was released this week, just in time for Veterans Day, called “For Love of Country.” They found that 55% of Iraq veterans felt disconnected from civilian life when they returned from deployment. That’s because fewer than 1% of Americans served in Iraq or Afghanistan and most of the other 99% who didn’t were too busy with their own lives to notice when they came home.

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Brand survey in OC ranks Salvation Army #1

Folks like me in The Salvation Army world woke up to a sweet surprise today. The Orange County Register newspaper ran a column about a yearly brand survey that rates local organizations in 10 categories. The 2014 Orange County Most Trustworthy Brands award is a co-production of advertising and communications firm DGWB, Cal State Fullerton and OC Metro magazine.

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Entemann’s wants to help you celebrate National Donut Day!

Is there a better day than National Donut Day? Maybe Christmas. Or my birthday perhaps. In support of the 75th anniversary of National Donut Day on June 1, Entemann’s will give $1 dollar (up to $25,000) to The Salvation Army for every “like” on their Facebook page from now until June 23!

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Praying for our donors is part of The Salvation Army’s ministry

This week Major Pamela Gardner received an unexpected phone call. The voice on the other end of the line was a woman who’d donated through the mail to the Army in Concord. On the remittance form she filled out to enclose with her check she had marked the box requesting prayer and said, “cure my cancer.”

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Sally One serves up cold water, hot coffee, a warm meal and a smile

Rachel Ousley, of Montana’s ABC 5 did a three minute story yesterday about a special gal who’s always on hand to help out during times of crisis or disaster. She gets invited to some of the most intimate gatherings of firefighters, police personnel and other first responders because they know she can be trusted to come ready to serve hot coffee, nutritious meals and a warm smile.

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Filmmaker with Salvation Army heritage gives the salute

Luke Rocheleau is a filmmaker and a Salvationist. Recently, he had the pleasure of working with Sean Astin on a Lifetime Channel film called “Adopting Terror.”

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