Seniors Celebrate the Tradition of Afternoon Tea in Roxborough (with videos)

tea party sm picDozens of older women, and a few men, gathered on August 8 at The Salvation Army’s Roxborough Corps Community Center dressed to impress. Many wearing fancy hats and gloves! It’s time for afternoon tea. Friends and fellowship are a great way to spend the afternoon, but tea and scones are sure to make it better! Click for the rest of the story and to see the coverage of all Philadelphia TV stations. Continue reading “Seniors Celebrate the Tradition of Afternoon Tea in Roxborough (with videos)”

The Philadelphia Soul Scores with Football Clinic for Summer Camp Youth (with photos)

IMG_0606-crpThe Philadelphia Soul bring football FUN to summer camp! Players from the Philadelphia Soul arena football team hosted a football clinic for more than 50 local children at our Temple Corps Community Center at Broad and Brown Streets in Philadelphia.

Kids learned the dynamics of football and the importance of staying active. Activities included warming up and stretching, as well as professional football drills involving catching a football and racing through an obstacle course Continue reading “The Philadelphia Soul Scores with Football Clinic for Summer Camp Youth (with photos)”

On the Front Lines of the Heroin Epidemic in Philadelphia

Needles & trash at heroin encampment along Gurney St. railroad tracks

The intersection of Second and Indiana Streets in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia is lined with rowhomes that look tired and worn. Some are completely abandoned. Despite the downtrodden atmosphere, the area was buzzing with activity on this sweltering summer morning. City agencies and numerous community outreach groups, including The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia, set up tables and tents to offer vital social service resources to the residents of this neighborhood, long known as “The Badlands.” Continue reading “On the Front Lines of the Heroin Epidemic in Philadelphia”

Camp Ladore: Exploring Life Outside the Big City (Photos & Video)

IMG_0213Little kids and their families carted suitcases, duffle bags and pillows down the sidewalk and filed in line at the registration table at The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s headquarters. The excitement in the air was palpable as more than 140 youth between the ages of 7 and 12 readied to head out for the summer camp experience of a lifetime. Continue reading “Camp Ladore: Exploring Life Outside the Big City (Photos & Video)”

Restoring Hope in Kensington: Video

The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is among a number of agencies partnering with the City of Philadelphia to provide hope and transform lives of individuals and families living in Kensington and Fairhill. These neighborhoods are being held hostage by the heroin epidemic. On a blistering hot day in July, a team of Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia volunteers headed out with city workers to the area around Hope Park near East Indiana and Ella Streets.  This is how community outreach can begin the healing: Continue reading “Restoring Hope in Kensington: Video”

Salvation Army Day at Citizens Bank Park

Day at Phillies 2017 iphone 2Thursday, June 22 was Salvation Army Day at Citizens Bank Park! To celebrate, The Salvation Army treated 500 children to a “Day with the Philadelphia Phillies” to watch the Phillies vs. Cardinals afternoon game.

The children, who are mostly from low-income families and are enrolled The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s summer camp programs, had the opportunity to enjoy a Major League Baseball game up close, which some of them may have never experienced. The tickets were purchased thanks to the generosity of a long-standing Salvation Army donor. (SEE VIDEO AND PHOTOS) Continue reading “Salvation Army Day at Citizens Bank Park”

Making a Mark in PA Healthcare History

IMG_8536College students come and go at Moore Hall, unaware of the significance of their nondescript dormitory on the campus of Saint Joseph’s University.  But on a special day in the spring of 2017, dozens of men and women stood before it smiling and hugging, some with tears in their eyes, recalling fond memories they experienced together under its roof decades ago.

“The families we cared for here were incredibly special,” said Vivian Lowenstein, a certified Nurse-Midwife with the Temple University School of Medicine.

Vivian and the others that gathered on this day had worked as midwives, nurses and administrative staff here when Moore Hall was known as the Booth Maternity Center. Founded in 1971, with the support of The Salvation Army, Booth Maternity Center was a dedicated maternity hospital for all women, promoting one standard of care regardless of an individual’s type of insurance or status in life. Continue reading “Making a Mark in PA Healthcare History”