Adopt-A-Family

IMG_4630Long before you see the first light on a tree, smell roasting chestnuts, or hear a bell ringing by a red kettle, The Salvation Army has been hard at work preparing for the holiday season. The season of giving is year-round, and Salvation Army officers and employees start planning well in advance to help those most in need during what should be “the most wonderful time of the year.”

The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program specializes in helping families who’ve experienced extreme hardship and devastating tragedies during the year such as death, serious illness, abuse, and home fires. Families in the most difficult situations are adopted by a sponsor who purchases Christmas gifts for each member of the family. Continue reading “Adopt-A-Family”

Dedicated to Hunger Relief

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 The Salvation Army Tabernacle Corps is working to help those poor in both health and resources

The Salvation Army exists to serve and give, but wouldn’t exist without those who give and serve. It’s a never-ending circle of trust that bonds The Salvation Army to its donors, their donations, their communities, their neighbors, who return to The Salvation Army for help or to help. The return on investment into the work of The Salvation Army is both measurable, yet at the same time, unquantifiable. The number of clothes given, meals served, shelters provided, rescues from human trafficking, and Christmas presents given can be counted. Measuring the positive outcomes in the lives and health of individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities proves more elusive. Continue reading “Dedicated to Hunger Relief”

Finding Common Ground at Central Corps

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Majors Bounmy and Manivene Luangamath

Located in the heart of Grays Ferry, The Salvation Army’s Central Corps serves an increasingly diverse population of neighbors. Many worlds converge here as immigrants from Thailand, China, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, and Haiti, build new lives alongside African- and Anglo-Americans. The working-class neighborhood has a history of racial tension and violence. In the southwest pocket of the city where American freedom was born exists a microcosm reflective of the critical issues facing not just Philadelphians, but the rest of our country.

Two people bringing The Salvation Army cadre of community-building programs and services are Majors Bounmy and Manivene Luangamath. Though retired from The Salvation Army since 2008, the couple continue to serve God using their life experience to minister to others. As immigrants and refugees themselves, Majors Luangamath have an understanding and perspective uniquely applicable in this era of division, exclusion, and distrust. Continue reading “Finding Common Ground at Central Corps”

Pendel Mission to Cuba: Part Two

dscn0813The Salvation Army of Eastern PA and DE (Pendel) recently returned from Cuba on a special mission – to renovate the Salvation Army of Cuba’s current headquarters facility into a guest house. The guest house will provide income for the Cuba division and fund the construction of a new divisional headquarters. Additionally the group is engaging Cubans with music and arts ministries, as well as conducting the Sunday Services at the Central Corps.

The Pendel division has given tremendous support financially to this effort, including:  donated linens for the guest house, laptops, instruments, uniform shirts/ties/socks, toiletries and assorted items which were stuffed in the luggage and horn cases!

This is part two of their journey:

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Pendel Mission to Cuba – part one

image2The Salvation Army of Eastern PA and DE (Pendel) is in Cuba this week on a special mission – to renovate the Salvation Army of Cuba’s current headquarters facility into a guest house. The guest house will provide income for the Cuba division and fund the construction of a new divisional headquarters. Additionally the group is engaging Cubans with music and arts ministries, as well as conducting the Sunday Services at the Central Corps.

The Pendel division has given tremendous support financially to this effort, including:  donated linens for the guest house, laptops, instruments, uniform shirts/ties/socks, toiletries and assorted items which were stuffed in the luggage and horn cases!

Here are details of their journey so far:

Continue reading “Pendel Mission to Cuba – part one”