On the Front Lines of the Heroin Epidemic in Philadelphia

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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”

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”

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”

Joining Forces in the Fight Against Human Trafficking . . . Philadelphia’s Task Force is Officially Announced

Philadelphia’s Homeland Security held a press conference on January 18, 2017 to publicly announce the formation of the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.  The task force was formed in 2016 for the purpose of combating  human trafficking in Philadelphia by using a collaborative approach among federal and local law enforcement agencies and multiple social service organizations.  The lead partnership agencies include: The Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office- Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the FBI and Homeland Security Investigation.  The Salvation Army coordinates victim services with the tremendous expertise of partner social service organizations, including:  Friends of Farmworkers, Nationalities Service Center, Covenant House, Dawn’s Place, Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, and Villanova C-S-E Institute.

Watch News Coverage of the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Press Conference . . .  CLICK HERE.

 

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Raising Awareness and Sharing Hope at The State Capitol

img_7273The Salvation Army is committed to “doing the most good” in the community. That commitment drew Salvation Army officers and staff from Greater Philadelphia, as well as Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, to The State Capitol in Harrisburg on October 25, to share with legislators the work The Salvation Army is doing to better the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians every day.

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She’s My Sister 5K to support anti-human trafficking efforts

14559978_10154367415729473_5555204431346173591_oSome 200 runners and walkers hit the road on Saturday October 1 for the second annual She’s My Sister Human Trafficking Awareness 5K. The event, organized by Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, aimed to raise awareness and to support The Salvation Army’s local anti-human trafficking efforts.

Representatives from Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, The Salvation Army, local law

enforcement as well as other key members of the community participated in the race in

Fairmount Park. Fundraising by Enon’s anti-human trafficking ministry, along with all proceeds from the event, directly support The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program.

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Heading Back to School with Supplies and Smiles

img_6590Youth living at The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s Red Shield Family Residence got quite a special party this week. The room was packed with new book bags, notebooks, markers, crayons, pencils and much more. Our friends at Philadelphia Gas Works conducted a collection drive over the summer. Employees generously donated back to school supplies for dozens of children living at Red Shield, a transitional housing program for approximately 41 families who are working towards self-sufficiency. Continue reading “Heading Back to School with Supplies and Smiles”