Dozens 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 Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is partnering with Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia to provide valuable legal counsel, as well as prayer, for those in need. This new free legal aid clinic at The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center, located at 1340 Brown Street, marks the first such program through Christian Legal Clinics in North Philadelphia. The partnership kicks-off with a special Expungement Clinic on Saturday, May 14, 9 am – noon, at The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center.
“The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is committed to doing the most good in the community,” said Major A. Philip Ferreira, Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. “This new free legal aid clinic in North Philadelphia allows us to provide hope and an opportunity for individuals to create a better life for themselves.”
The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is joining forces with the Philadelphia Police Department, The United States Attorney’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security and multiple non governmental agencies to form an anti-human trafficking task force in the City of Philadelphia.
“The task force will provide Philadelphia with the resources to address human trafficking collaboratively on city, state and federal levels,” said Jamie Manizaraka, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking and Social Service Ministries, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia.
Nancy Strong is a woman who lives up to her name. She has been through a lot in her 50 years and the last four have been the toughest: losing her job, becoming homeless, and
grieving the death of a son, all while raising a teenage daughter. But Nancy has persevered and is making great strides to self-sufficiency – with inner strength and determination and some love and support from The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia.
“I didn’t want to be homeless. No one chooses this. My thing is I needed a job. I was patient and everything came out positive,” she said with a smile.
Four days in Cuba have left a lasting impression on The Salvation Army USA officers and representatives, following an historic trip to the island nation. So much so, the group intends to return for a mission trip next year. The visit encompassed fellowship with the Cuban people and The Salvation Army of Cuba, spreading the word of the Gospel, presenting the gift of music and conducting much-needed service projects at The Salvation Army Corps Community Centers there. The trip, during the weekend of February 20, is the first time The Salvation Army USA officers from the contiguous US have traveled to the once-closed off communist country in nearly 60 years.
The Salvation Army USA group included The Salvation Army USA Eastern Territory Commissioners Barry and Sue Swanson; Lt. Col. Stephen Banfield, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE; Major A. Philip Ferreira, Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia; 30+ members of the renowned Salvation Army Staff Band; and Aaron Cohen, Advisory Board Chair, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia.
~Major Migdalia Lavenbein, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia
Our third clinic day took us to an orphanage about an hour away in a village called Orfanatorio de San Rafael. The orphanage also served as the town’s local school. It was a day filled with mixed emotions. I found myself wanting to adopt all the children who were all in desperate need of someone to love them and who needed a place to call home.
Before patients are treated, the entire team gathers in the triage area in front of all the patients for last minute instructions. We then sing the doxology and pray. Usually this is done with the chatter of the locals. They probably all think we’re crazy! Today as we started there was the usual chatter from the children as well as the locals who had come to see the doctors, but as we finished singing you could hear a pin
drop. The people who had gathered together to come to see the doctors joined together in unity to pray with us and give thanks to one God.
The Salvation Army’s Honduras Medical Brigade is Stomping out Disease and Saving Lives Here
~By Major Mig Lavenbein, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia
Monday’s expedition started before dawn. We traveled two hours by bus to a school called Santa Cruz de Yojoa. That is the name of the school and also the name of the town. I’m not going to lie. I had to Google that. The Internet never lies. (insert sarcasm)
We left our accommodations around 6:30 am. We stopped halfway to our destination in order to use the last proper bathroom. The journey to our second clinic was up the mountain. And up the mountain. And up the mountain. Did I mention it was up the mountain? We drove up a rather high elevation and onto dirt roads to a school. When we arrived we saw school-aged children in uniforms tidying up and readying the classrooms for us. It made me miss home.
One of our first patients was an elderly man who 85-years young, maybe 4 feet tall and had NEVER seen a doctor in his whole life. His one and only complaint was that his bones hurt from manual labor. He had to work for food. Upon leaving he said “Pray for me, that I’ll live to be 100.” He was absolutely delightful. I felt sad that he was just a small thin man who was 85 and had to work for food.