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 Thomas and Jennifer Richmond
Services We Offer
- Adult Program Services
- Family Stores
- Youth Services
- Worship Services
- Disaster Services
- Emergency Assistance
- Persons Served
- Meals Served
- Energy Assistance
- Grocery Orders
- Toys & Gifts
Supported in part by the United Way
Like most parents, April’s one wish for the holidays was to be able to provide for her children – warm food on the table and a few presents under the tree. Many of us take this for granted. Finding herself without a home during the holidays, however, April realized that it would take a Christmas miracle for her wish to come true.
April was working hard to find a job and secure stable housing when she was told about a free afterschool program at The Salvation Army. The assurance that her children would be safe there allowed her increased time to devote to her employment search.
As the staff members at The Salvation Army got to know April and her family a little better, they became aware that the family might have some other needs. They asked April what more they could do to help.
April told the staff about her situation and about her desire to provide Christmas for her family. The staff connected her with other services at The Salvation Army that were able to provide some help with housing assistance.
They were able to help with another need as well.
“They asked me to come in and when I got there they had a bicycle. They also gave me a box of food so we could have a Christmas meal as well. My kids knew I didn’t have any money so they didn’t think they were going to get anything. When they woke up and they went into the living room and they were screaming, we got Christmas! They were so excited and were opening up the gifts and for the first time they were able to go out and ride their bikes.”
April’s relationship with The Salvation Army started when she heard about the afterschool care they provided. Thanks to the caring and attentive staff, The Salvation Army was able to help in more ways than April could ever have imagined.
Today, April has a steady job. She is proud to own her own townhome. Her kids still participate in after school programs. Through all of this, she has come to see The Salvation Army as much more than just the bells she heard at Christmas.
“When I first came in they treated me like they had known me for years and you know they welcomed me. Not just me but my kids too. I don’t really have a family so The Salvation Army was like my family that I haven’t had in a real long time.”
Patricia had just settled in for the night when it began to rain outside. She didn’t follow the news and wasn’t aware that Hurricane Joaquin was threatening the entire southeast coast. Within 24 hours, the rainfall in South Carolina had reached record levels. Rainwater was already filling her home when the nearby dam failed. Patricia and her son were trapped inside for days. There was no way in and no way out.
“Our apartment is at the bottom of a hill so the water was coming from different directions and it was all just there. [The emergency responders] had to wait until the water dried up because that was the only way for them to come in and to see if we needed anything. That’s when they brought the water and food. We weren’t able to go anywhere and a lot of people didn’t have food, didn’t have water, they didn’t have anything.”
Hurricane Joaquin devastated the entire Columbia region with a magnitude of flooding seen only once every 1,000 years. As a result, Patricia lost everything she had worked so hard for. Her apartment and everything inside were ruled total losses. She had nowhere to turn and with her small savings already exhausted, she and her son soon found themselves living in their car.
After several months of working to get back on her feet, she turned to The Salvation Army, in need of food and other assistance. There, she found compassion and focus on long-term recovery efforts. They provided more than emergency access to food and water; they wanted to help her rebuild her life. She was able to meet with a caseworker who helped Patricia access the resources she so desperately needed.
“But a lot of other places were like 'We’re booked and we can’t talk to anybody.' I have never contacted The Salvation Army and they said that. If there is nobody in South Carolina, The Salvation Army is here, and that’s a blessing to know that.”
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, The Salvation Army served 55,874 meals, provided 11,499 hours of service, and provided spiritual counseling and prayer for over 2,500 individuals during our response to the South Carolina flooding. We continue to be involved, compassionately providing support for those in the community who are still rebuilding their lives.
Advisory Board Members
- Sonya Stevens
- Dan Mengedoht Jr.
- Joseph Buckheister
- Katrena Callahan
- Hiller Douglas
- James Edahl
- Yvonne Evans
- Lennrd Fly
- Wesley Henderson
- Karl Jantzen
- Rex McClure
- Don Morillo
- Rusty Patterson
- Mande Starowicz
- David Walters
- Bruce White
- Elizabeth Williams
- Bob Adden
- Life Member
- Ted Mappus
- Life Member