For nearly 150 years The Salvation Army has relied on the generosity of supporters just like you to help fulfill our mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination. We are so grateful for your ever-reliable support. It has enabled us to have a powerful impact on our community over the past year.
We believe in this community, and will continuously strive to improve the well-being of those that live here. We will continue to offer life-changing programs that improve their lives. We will continue to be focused on being a trusted source of help and compassion.
The stories and statistics in this report only begin to communicate the real impact that your support represents on a daily basis. When you drop money in our Red Kettles, when you visit our website to contribute, when you volunteer at one of our local programs, or when you share the story of The Salvation Army with your friends and family, you continue to help transform the lives of your neighbors who are in the greatest need.
The success of the army is rooted in our faith and supporters. It is our prayer that you will continue to help us change the lives of those that we serve with your time, talent and treasure.
Majors Johnny and Rebekah Poole
Janet knows the joy of giving to others. During the Christmas season, Janet loved being able to support The Salvation Army by donating gifts to the Angel Tree program and volunteering to ring. She was blessed to be able to see the smiles on her own children’s faces on Christmas morning and always felt compelled to do what she could to help other families.
People don’t realize that The Salvation Army isn’t just outside at Christmas time with the little bells asking for money, they are a 24-7, 365-day organization."
Janet learned this lesson in the most significant way.
After a recent doctors appointment, it was determined that Janet’s kidneys were not functioning as they should. Around the same time, her husband and the granddaughter under her care both required expensive medications for their own unexpected medical concerns. Very quickly, the cost of providing care to her family became overwhelming.
"All a sudden, all these medical bills and prescriptions came in and took over our financials."
Though she had never had to ask for help before, she was running out of options. Janet contacted The Salvation Army to see if there was anything they could do.
I was a little nervous because I’ve never asked for assistance before. I didn’t know what to expect or what I should do but the lady at the front desk was wonderful. She made it easy and very stress free. I didn’t feel like I was treated like I was needy or anything like that, except, they just understood that things happen in life.
The Salvation Army worked with Janet’s family to provide for their basic needs during this time of crisis. Janet received far more than assistance with food and utility bills; she received the blessing of a peace of mind that her family was going to be OK.
John knows the importance of a good meal after a long day. As the new cook for The Salvation Army shelter, John sees his role as more than just preparing food for the residents. Even though he now describes himself as outgoing, fun, and energetic, just last year things were different.
“I was a wreck when I came to The Salvation Army shelter.” John says. “I’d never been in a situation like it.”
After a relationship went bad, John and his three children found themselves with no home. Without any family nearby, they did not know where to turn for help. It was then that they arrived at The Salvation Army where they lived for thirteen months. The family found more than a place to stay; they found a second family.
Through the help of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs, the children excelled in school and experienced new activities. They didn’t have to think about living in a shelter. Instead, they could meet new friends and enjoy a sense of normalcy. The staff even made extraordinary efforts to make sure days like birthdays and special occasions were celebrated in style.
John knew his children were in good hands which enabled him to focus on getting his family back on their feet. He regularly attended church services and participated in devotions. He worked with his case manager on personal development and life skills. With his past experience in foodservice, he was able to find a job cooking at a local restaurant. He also works at The Salvation Army, serving as a part- time cook at the shelter.
“After I’ve prepared a wonderful meal for a dining room full of people, and they smile... it’s better than a paycheck.”
His two jobs have enabled him to move into a house large enough for his family and their new dog. He now has the opportunity to help his children with their homework, to chauffeur them to their extracurricular activities, and to carry out his plans for a new business.
“I see a lot of love and progress in our future. We set goals and we set them high.”