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,
Captains Matthew and Cristina Trantham
Services We Offer
- Adult Program Services
- Housing/Residence Services
- Family Stores
- Worship Services
- Youth Services
- Disaster Services
- Emergency Assistance
- Persons Served
- Clothing Orders
- Meals Served
- Energy Assistance
- Grocery Orders
- Toys & Gifts
Supported in part by the United Way
“Most of the people that I know from home have passed on: their deaths were either drug-related or from alcoholism. Without The Salvation Army coming in and helping to change our lives, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be here.”
Now a medical doctor with a successful practice, David doesn’t actually remember the first time The Salvation Army impacted his life and the lives of his three older brothers. His mother recalls that when David was just eight months old, some people from The Salvation Army adopted their family for Christmas. Already struggling to make ends meet, life became even more difficult for David’s family when his father passed away a short time later. For many families, such significant challenges are simply impossible to overcome.
But The Salvation Army remained a strong presence in David’s life. As it turned out, this relationship represented a lifeline.
“It was during the winter, there was no doorway, just a screen door with rags stuffed in there. My mom was working, I was born with a hernia but couldn’t get treatment.” David recalls the memories of his childhood when he first met Mr. and Mrs. Harrell, a couple from The Salvation Army. “In those days, if you didn’t have insurance, you didn’t receive treatment.”
The Harrells became mentors for David and his family. His mother’s eighth grade education limited her opportunities. The Harrells helped build her self-esteem. They helped her receive additional schooling, which led to better job opportunities. She was able to move her family into the safety of a new home that she was able to buy. The Harrells were also instrumental in helping David finally receive treatment for his medical condition when he was eight years old.
The pediatrician helped David medically but also inspired him.
“All I could remember was when I went to the hospital I met Dr. Pope, he was a pediatrician. I remember how well he treated me. Dr. Pope spoke with me and we had a good conversation. I told my mom I want to be like him. I want to make the babies well.”
It seemed like the world was against him. Even school guidance counselors said that people like him simply don’t go to college. Discouraged, he told Mr. Harrell that he had wanted to be a doctor, but that it wasn’t possible.
“He kept saying ‘Yes, you can!’ He said, ‘If you want to be that, then you be that.’ He didn’t look down on me he didn’t say that it was too high of a goal.”
David’s mentors from The Salvation Army stuck with him, cheering for him during everything from school band concerts to his college graduation. At the end of Mr. Harrell’s life, David was able to be there, caring for him much like Mr. Harrell had cared for David so many years ago.
“There’s something that happened even before I was aware of where the help came from, and it affected my whole, entire life.” David says. “How can you not go back and make sure that other families have the same opportunity?”
Today, Dr. David continues to give back to others, adopting and mentoring several families through The Salvation Army at Christmas and throughout the year. He stays connected to these families as their own children move from a place of poverty and hopelessness to potential and possibility.
“When I look at the words ‘Salvation Army’ it really is Salvation to me.” David reflects, “It’s not just to me. It’s salvation to a lot of other people. Salvation is bringing people from a state of death, you have no life, and you are giving that person an opportunity to live the life that they deserve or desire. That’s what it’s all about. It’s beautiful.”
The weather is often unpredictable and, during hurricane season, can be simply dangerous. During times like these, The Salvation Army mobilizes and responds to the needs of those impacted most in our communities. Zelda was one of those people.
During Hurricane Matthew, Zelda had been visiting her children in Louisiana when she received a phone call from her daughter back in Lumberton, NC. The family had lost everything in the hurricane and subsequent flooding. Feeling a great need to get back home and help, Zelda boarded the next available Greyhound bus. As they approached the Carolinas, however, she began to realize the extent of the damage to local roads and highways. After a 24-hour trip, the driver was able to get her to the bus station in Fayetteville; but getting to Lumberton was impossible. She was stranded.
Zelda was desperate. She didn’t know anyone in Fayetteville, and her phone was dead. Luckily, she was able to use a phone at the bus terminal and contacted her cousin in Lumberton. Her cousin’s only advice was, “Get to The Salvation Army.” Leaving her luggage at the bus terminal, Zelda walked to The Salvation Army hoping to find a safe place to sleep.
“They took me in like they had known me all my life. No questions,” Zelda says of the moments she was first welcomed by The Salvation Army staff.
It’s true that The Salvation Army shelter program exists to help those who are homeless and vulnerable. But, it also provides so much more. Zelda’s experience left her exhausted and feeling defeated. An attentive staff member recognized that Zelda had some immediate health concerns and ensured she had what she needed. While at the shelter, Zelda was able to meet and share with others – some were impacted by the storm while others were dealing with different circumstances. Through it all, she was able to enjoy this fellowship and receive encouragement. During her stay, Zelda was also able to attend church with the local Salvation Army congregation and participate in wholehearted worship.
Altogether, Zelda’s stay at The Salvation Army lasted four nights. Her cousin was able to pick her up once the roads were cleared and deemed safe. As she left, The Salvation Army provided her with food and supplies that her family and neighbors back in Lumberton were still in need of following the flooding there.
At The Salvation Army shelter, meeting human needs is simply what we do. Sometimes people need food, or clothing, or shelter. Sometimes, though, what people really need is the kind heart of a trusted friend. Sometimes, they need comfort when everything around them seems chaotic. Sometimes, when they feel alone, they simply need a companion.
Sometimes, it just helps to know that people care.
Advisory Board Members
- Mr. Wilson Teachey
- Mr. Chris Foster
- Vice Chairman
- Mr. Michael Adams
- Mr. Stewart Bell
- Mr. Michael Green
- Mr. Martin Hendrix
- Mr. John Holmes
- Ms. Katherine Marable
- Ms. Marianna McCauley
- Mr. Alphonzo McRae
- Mr. Dixon Soffe
- Mr. Peter Stewart
- Dr. Frank Till
- Mr. W. Lyndo Tippett
- Mrs. Vivian Tookes
- Mr. Lee Warren
- Mr. Stephen Wheeler
- Mr. Robert Exum
- Lifetime Member