The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
No person should have to know what hunger feels like, to experience another night sleeping in the streets, or to explain to their children why there is no power at home. The Salvation Army is committed to helping those with the most need. We provide hope for families and individuals in crisis.
Individuals who come to The Salvation Army for help need more than food or shelter. Often, they are seeking spiritual support and comfort. In the pages of this annual report, you will read stories of people who came to The Salvation Army in their most challenging times. Your support and prayers help provide for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
The programs of The Salvation Army in our community have only been possible with your generosity. Thank you. Your wonderful support has provided countless residents a tangible expression of God’s love.
God bless you,
Majors Johnny and Rebekah Poole
Services We Offer
- Adult Program Services
- Older Adult Serivces
- Emergency Assistance
- Housing/Residence Services
- Worship Services
- Disaster Services
- Youth Services
- Persons Served
- Meals Served
- Grocery Orders
- Toys & Gifts
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Most high school students aren’t thinking about how they can make an impact on the world. There are a lot of other things that compete for their attention. For high school senior Naomi, however, having a positive impact is very important. Her story begins with The Salvation Army.
“I got involved with The Salvation Army because I used to spend a lot of time with my cousins and they were members of The Salvation Army. I would come spend the night with them and would go to church with them. I loved it. It actually involved the kids and that’s what I liked about it.”
As a young child, Naomi quickly became involved with many of the programs offered at The Salvation Army, designed to teach spiritual values, and offer godly advice from mentors. She thrived in these programs but was most excited to have the opportunity to go to summer camp.
“I was really excited. It was just a dream for me to come to camp. I had so much fun. I met new people. I still remember my counselor – it was Miss Michelle. She was great. I really really enjoyed it and every year I came back to camp! I wanted to come back and work at camp because I felt God calling me to work wanted to give the children the opportunity to experience what I experienced when I was a camper.”
While attending one of The Salvation Army’s camping programs, Naomi participated in activities that invited her to share in the experiences of children who live in poverty. It inspired her to make a difference and she quickly invited her church community to get involved.
“Naomi’s Child is a fundraiser that I started for a kid in Ecuador. Her name is Brittney Gonzalez. She lives in poverty. Me and my church - we help her through the Salvation Army. It was just a thought at first but then I thought, ‘No, I need to!’. I went to talk to my officers and they found the girl. At first it was just me, but then I involved my church family and they started helping.”
Naomi has learned about the power of generosity and the positive impact that an individual can have. Through her faith in God and the support of her church family at The Salvation Army, Naomi has learned an important and lasting lesson that will help her have an impact on the world for years to come.
“Helping someone… it just feels good!”
I moved into the Salvation Army's Night Shelter called the Center of Hope in November. Having been in North Carolina for two months (I’m originally from Philadelphia, PA) before this time, everything was unfamiliar to me. I would spend much of the little money I had on gas for my car each week. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this pattern wasn’t sustainable and I started to wonder how I was going to make it.
I would think, even if I could find employment, then I would be struggling to pay for childcare and to put gas in my car. None of the entry-level positions that I qualified for would not pay me enough to cover these essential expenses. It was anxiety provoking and I became stuck. I found myself drowning in doubts and fears.
Then, I found the The Salvation Army Center of Hope.
After a few nights at the Center of Hope, I had the opportunity to tell my story to my case manager. He didn’t judge me or tell me that I should have known better. He just listened to me in a way that let me know that he genuinely cared. Then he asked if he could pray for me. I agreed. His prayer was powerful. Even after I left his office, my children were silent. Something about that prayer left me with a sense of hope.
But He was not the only one there planting seeds of hope and life into our family. The cook at the center also made sure that my children had a hot breakfast. He said that he did not like to see children leave without something hot on their stomach! It was grits, eggs, and toast with jelly and the kids loved it. Another lady gave my children snack bags with scriptures each day. One person helped by donating all sorts of Christmas toys. Another person was always available to help get families what they needed, from blankets, to socks, to gloves for my family.
Then there was Ms. Rose, who assisted with my intake. She was the sweetest of them all. She helped in every way imaginable – from helping me pour in my laundry detergent, to being my guide to the area and all of the services offered by The Salvation Army.
The staff at the Center of Hope probably think that much of what they do is thankless and goes unnoticed. Some of their actions might seem small or subtle. But I have not forgotten them and I will never forget the impact they had on my life while my family stayed there.
Thank you for providing hope for our family.
This story was adapted from a piece written by Sheryl following a stay at The Salvation Army Center of Hope.
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