2016 ANNUAL REPORT

THE SALVATION ARMY
OF GREENVILLE, PICKENS AND OCONEE COUNTIES


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Our Mission

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.

Dear Friends,

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 Pete and Cathy Costas

Services We Offer

  • Adult Program Services
  • Older Adult Serivces
  • Family Stores
  • Family Counseling Services
  • Adult Rehabilitation Centers
  • Worship Center
  • Housing/Residence Services
  • Youth Services
  • Disaster Services
  • Health Services
  • Emergency Assistance
 
  • 36,000+
    • Total Persons Served
  • 219,498
    • Meals Served
  • 3,686
    • Provided housing, food or energy assistance
  • 4,425
    • volunteers
  • 72
    • Addiction Recovery program graduates

Expense

$8,937,253

Revenue

$9,205,452

Micah's Story

As a child, Micah’s mother worked tirelessly to provide for her four sons and to raise them right. Micah knew this and loved his mother immensely. When he began to experience abuse by a member of the family, he believed it would have been heartbreaking for her to hear. Instead, he learned to hide his pain from the world - to put on a brave face.

The trauma of abuse is fiercely overwhelming and, despite Micah’s efforts, it wore on him greatly. He discovered that drugs and alcohol brought a temporary numbness - an escape from the anguish. By twenty-two years of age, Micah was addicted to crystal-methamphetamine. What some would call self-destructive, he saw as his only means to cope.

In reality, the addiction merely compounded his pain. It strained his relationships with his brothers and his adoptive father. His mother - his ever-loving refuge - was diagnosed with an incurable cancer and died within a year. It had seemed that had lost everything.

One of his few remaining friends could no longer bear to watch Micah wasting away. This friend told Micah about The Salvation Army’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation program and pleaded with him to try it. With this encouragement, Micah enrolled in the program. The process was turbulent and Micah struggled against the effects of withdrawal, against submitting to authority, and with the uncertainty of his future.

While in the program, Micah met a young man named Brent. Brent was younger than Micah, but had recently graduated from the program himself and seemed to have everything that Micah wanted for his own life. As Brent shared his story and a message from the Bible, Micah prayed - despite a deep sense of skepticism, anger, and fear - and sincerely asked God for help.

A miraculous energy began to emerge in Micah’s life. He began to pray more often. He attended daily devotions. He gave himself completely to the program. Within months, a lifetime of addiction gave way to a solidified sobriety. He had hope and a future. Finally, on Mother’s Day 2014, Micah graduated from the program - a tribute to the enduring love and influence of his mother.

A life filled with destruction has been overtaken with restoration.  He is being trusted with responsibility. He has found a church community at The Salvation Army that deeply cares about him. The deep wounds between Micah and his family have begun to heal. His relationship with his father has new life. His brothers have welcomed him back with open arms. He was able to share the joy of Christmas morning with his sweet six year old niece.

"It took 30 years for me to destroy my life.  It took God less than two years to put it all back together again."

Naomi's Story

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!”

Advisory Board

  • Ginny Beach
    • Board Chair
  • Frank Richards
    • Board Co-Vice Chair
  • Jane Shaw
    • Board Co-Vice Chair
  • John Thomas
    • Board Secretary
  • Adam Cook
    • Board Treasurer
  • Brian Albers
  • Dan Boling
  • Lance Byars
  • Sarah Byars
  • William Catoe
  • Ven Crider
  • Matt Good
  • Angie Gutierrez
  • Earle Harding
  • Betty Hedgpeth
  • Emory Hendrix
  • Mat Hunt
  • Randy Jackson
  • Robert T. Jones
  • Dr. Jim Keller
  • Melissa Long
  • Duke McCall
  • Stephen Perkins
  • Graham Proffitt III
  • Ruth Rice
  • Felicia Robbins
  • Kyle Rowan
  • Susan Schwartzkopf
  • Ron Shaw
  • James Stovall
  • UJ Thompson
  • Wendy Walden