As part of its continued efforts to provide families with comfort, care and hope, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia hosted Thanksgiving celebrations across the city for hundreds of people in need.
In West Philadelphia, more than a hundred people gathered for a special program that included food, fellowship, ministry and music. Tables covered in brightly colored cloths filled the gymnasium. Local residents shared their vocal and musical talents with the crowd. And dozens of volunteers donning red aprons served each of the families in their seats.
College 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”
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”
The 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!
More than 400 community toy drives, as well as individual donations, resulted in the collection of thousands of toys and gifts for children age 12 and under. 6,000 of those donations alone were a result of the CBS 3 Joy of Sharing campaign!
Throughout the month of December, dozens of Salvation Army staff and dedicated volunteers worked to sort and prepare them for families in need. Parents and guardians, pre-approved for Christmas assistance, were able to select gifts for the children in their family.
The 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.
Some 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.