Philadelphia (March 25, 2019) – Telecom industry experts, career coaches, potential employers and students gathered for the Work-Tech Career Summit in Philadelphia on March 6. The goal – to engage and educate those enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Work-Tech program about the importance of career development, preparation and networking.
Philadelphia (March 19, 2019) – Ellen Brown carefully studied the bingo cards spread out on the table in front of her, looking for matches to the numbers and letters called out to the room. So far no luck, but that didn’t really matter to Ellen. The 85-year old resident of Philadelphia’s Grays Ferry neighborhood is surrounded by all of her friends on this Thursday afternoon, as part of the RESTORE program at The Salvation Army’s Central Corps Community Center.
Philadelphia (March 18, 2019) – The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia welcomes Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders as Divisional Secretary for Greater Philadelphia. She takes over the role held by Major Willie Mae Lyle since July 2018. Major Timothy Lyle (General Secretary, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware) and Major Willie Mae Lyle have been appointed as the new Divisional Commanders of The Salvation Army of Southwest Ohio and Northeast Kentucky.
PHILADELPHIA (January 22, 2019) – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is working with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and partner agencies to provide support to residents displaced by a devastating fire overnight in the Germantown section of the city.
PHILADELPHIA (December 21, 2018) – 5,000 families across Greater Philadelphia will celebrate Christmas this year with some help from The Salvation Army and its generous supporters. Toy drives throughout the month of December have netted mountains of gifts for local youth – everything from basketballs and skateboards to puzzles and dollhouses.
Community partnerships like CBS 3’s Joy of Sharing Toyfest campaign, together with contributions from our friends at the Philadelphia Flyers and Cricket Wireless to name a few, plus all of the individual donors make The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program possible.
“I just want to say ‘thank you’ for blessing these precious children during this holiday season,” Chaplain Donna Hightower proclaimed about all of the donations to The Salvation Army this holiday season. Chaplain Donna oversees the social services department at The Salvation Army’s West Philadelphia Corps Community Center, which provided Christmas assistance to an estimated 600 families this year.
“In January I was in a bad car accident. I’ve been out of work for a whole year,” shared Madeline Davis, who was receiving gifts for her granddaughters. “Now I am disabled. I can’t do the work I was doing. This is a blessing.”
On Thursday December 20 and Friday December 21, parents and guardians lined up at the West Philadelphia Corps Community Center at 55th and Market Streets to pick up the gifts they had pre-registered for in the fall.
“I do the best I can. I reach out for help. I’m not ashamed,” said Madeline, who leans on The Salvation Army from time to time. “They give you the word of God. They help out if you are in need,” she added.
Ebony Culbreath was delighted to see the gifts that were waiting for her little girls. As a working mom of three daughters, ages seven, five and three, Ebony said she tries not to beat herself up about not having the money to buy Christmas gifts.
“I walk in faith. I live day by day and do what I can do,” Ebony said. “This is so great. I really try to instill it in their character too, so they appreciate it.”
Chaplain Donna, along with teams of volunteers and staff greeted the families at the West Philadelphia Corps as they arrived to pick up their presents, which were all sorted and packed in big bags. Big smiles, handshakes and hugs were the only currency on this day.
“The gift of serving is what Christmas is all about,” said Chaplain Donna.
When it’s all said and done, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia will have distributed more than 20,000 toys and gifts to local children from struggling families.