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 Jason and Angela Hughes
Services We Offer
- Family Stores
- Worship Services
- Youth Services
- Disaster Services
- Emergency Assistance
- Persons Served
- Housing Assistance
- Energy Assistance
- Grocery Orders
- Toys & Gifts
Supported in part by the United Way
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!”
“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.”
Advisory Board Members
- Ms. Kathryn Butler
- Ms. Carol Cheek
- Mr. Tim Duncan
- Mr. Courtney Furman
- Ms. Nadine Gilchrist
- Mr. Keith Harbin
- Ms. Sandra Harrison
- Mr. David Hyde
- Mr. Paul Johnson
- Mr. Art Kirkland
- Mr. Fred Latham
- Bishop Oliver T. McCray
- Mr. Jim Pfeiffer
- Ms. Edith Pineda
- Mr. Yancey Robertson Jr.
- Mr. B. Gil Sampson III
- Mr. Harry Stille
- Mr. Richard Whiting
- Ms. Phyllis Zuehlke
- Ms. Katherine Rice
- Emeritus Members
- Ms. Virginia Sejman
- Emeritus Members