On the May 14, first day of National Salvation Army week, hundreds of people gathered at the Westin Philadelphia for The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s Celebrate Hope luncheon. The annual event recognized The Salvation Army’s 153 of global service to those in need, raised awareness of local programs and services, and honored those dedicated to community service and the betterment of the City of Philadelphia. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia honors individuals and organizations at its annual luncheon that demonstrate exceptional altruism. This year’s honorees are Unidos Pa’PR and Sharmain Matlock-Turner.
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’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Unit stationed in Philadelphia will support the City of Philadelphia by providing hydration and food to hundreds of first responders and city workers on duty during the three-day National Football League Draft, Thursday April 27 through Saturday April 29. Continue reading “EDS Lends Support to City of Philadelphia During NFL Draft”
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.
Hundreds of families in need were treated to a Christmas extravaganza thanks to our friends at Wells Fargo.
Wells Fargo partnered with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia to host a huge holiday party at Xfinity Live! for 150 local families, approximately 400 individuals, on Friday, December 23. The fun and festive event turned Xfinity Live into a Christmas fantasy land. The party featured Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, arts and crafts, games, food and beverages, five ponies and a Wells Fargo Stage Coach. Continue reading “Wells Fargo Holiday Extravaganza”