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Salvation Army plants SEEDS of Hope for trafficking survivors in Las Vegas

We often hear how trafficking and prostitution concerns rise during large-scale events, like the World Cup. But Vegas has a non-stop, ‘World Cup’ culture every day, year after year.

It’s one of the 17 U.S. cities most likely to be a top destination for trafficking victims. No city wants to be on that list but the work of Stacey Cramer, The Salvation Army and its partners is trying to resolve that.

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Salvation Army provides safe shelter for transgender clients

According to statistics from the National Center of Transgender Equality, transgender individual are far more likely to be homeless and are more likely to be the target of violence and discrimination. They’re also twice as likely to be unemployed as most people in the US. In Las Vegas, The Salvation Army plays an important role in caring for transgender individuals who are homeless and need of somewhere safe to stay.

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American Express employees collect 250K+ school supplies for AZ kids

Back-To-School is an important time of year for The Salvation Army because we know that every kids who gets a healthy start to the school year is more likely to enjoy learning and graduate. Our hope is that we’re setting them up for a great future.

American Express has been our partner in this effort for many years and each year they have grown their school supplies program to include more kids.

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Find a National Donut Day event in the Western US!

Next week is a major holiday we observe here at The Salvation Army in the US. It’s not a religious holiday imbued with deep meaning and eternal significance. No, it’s National Donut Day on Friday June 5th.

Because, donuts.

In keeping with our tradition to honor this fine day by revering our nation’s veterans and eating donuts (surprise!), here’s a list of activities that are open to the public so you can make this holiday part of your life too!

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Salvation Army coffee house is “Doing the Roast Good”

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.

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Salvation Army helps give free van service to isolated seniors

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.

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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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Phoenix-area cooling stations help locals beat the extreme heat

It gets dangerously hot during the summer months in the Phoenix area. So hot that people without a cool home or office to go to are at significant risk of exposure and dehydration. That’s why our staff in the aptly-named Valley of the Sun work with Safeway stores and Arizona Family’s 3TV to collect bottles of water to distribute throughout the season at our local cooling stations.

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National Donut Day is a mere 4 days away!

It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear on Friday, June 6 for National Donut Day. I’d recommend something with an elastic waistband. Just a thought.

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Goodwill and Salvation Army work together to help Arizonans find jobs

The Salvation Army has teamed up with Goodwill of Central Arizona to open a job resource center on our Salvation Army campus Phoenix. This first-of-its-kind center features 11 computer workstations with access to Goodwill’s database of jobs, as well as a staff member to help job seekers with services including resume development and interview strategy.

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80 year-old volunteer welcomes seniors at Salvation Army lunch in Mesa

Eighty year-old volunteer Daisy Morin is a breath of fresh air! She’s been helping our chef Daryl Howard in the kitchen at the Mesa, Arizona Salvation Army for the last year.

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50 years of Bell Ringing earns Rotary of Albuquerque an award!

Now, many of our local Salvation Army officers are making the rounds to thank their faithful volunteers who make Christmas possible for so many folks in need in their communities. Lt. Mark Stearns in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently had a big thank you to make to a Rotary Club that’s been raising money at the red kettles for 50 years!

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