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,
Captain Chris and Lieutenant Elisa Lyles
Jenny is ambitious for a 21 year-old. She had mapped out her life by the time she was 19 and moved to the community from her small town in Virginia to enroll in college. Her dream was to work for a nonprofit, so she began to pursue her degree in human services with minors in sociology and elementary education. She also started working at a daycare to support herself while in school. Her dream was starting to come together.
Then to her surprise, Jenny found out she was pregnant. The father was another college student and unable to help financially. She decided that she wouldn’t allow these circumstances to interrupt her life’s plan. She would stay in school and raise her child on her own, despite all the hardships.
“I wasn’t going to move back home. I came here for school and I was going to finish what I started.”
It was more difficult than she had imagined. There were times when college loans, rent, utilities and food bills felt like they were closing in around her. With the holidays approaching, Jenny went to The Salvation Army to help make her son’s first Christmas a bright one.
“My wish was simply to get a red wagon and some books for him. I was surprised to receive diapers and wipes as well.”
With the help of The Salvation Army, Santa delivered precious gifts to Jenny’s son at Christmas. This may not seem like much to many, but for this single mother and her newborn, it made all the difference.
Keyvon is a fun-loving eleven year old jokester who loves to make people smile. Unlike most children his age, he likes to keep everything neat and tidy. He even maintains a to-do list for all of the things he wants to complete each day. Watching him with his friends, he seems like a typical, carefree kid. You would never know that his home life is anything but typical.
One of seven kids, Keyvon serves as the mediator among his siblings when they’re home alone. His mother, a single-parent, works full-time with additional third-shift hours to help pay the bills. When The Salvation Army staff started noticing a behavior change in Keyvon’s siblings and mother, they called a family meeting. Keyvon spoke about many of the challenges. Together, the group came up with solutions, one being attending church as a family. A year later, the entire family still attends regularly. Keyvon’s father also joins them on many occasions and is becoming more present with the family.
For Keyvon, The Boys & Girls Club has been a stabilizing influence for more than half of his life. He has formed relationships with positive role models who have helped him with more than just homework. They have taught him important lessons about life and faith that will remain with him for years to come.
Keyvon has made lifelong friendships with the other children at the club. Regardless of the challenges each day might bring, he knows that his friends will always be there.
"I have a lot of friends that I see at the club. During the school year we do homework, have a snack, and then we play some activities. We play things like four corners and board games. It’s a lot of fun."
Kids Keyvon's age have dreams of being the next superstar. He can’t decide whether he would rather be a surgeon or a scientist. While so many children face challenges, the advantages that Keyvon has are a safe place to learn and grow and ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals.
He has the Boys & Girls Club.