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News from The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

March 19, 2014

A Family Affair: The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps Daycare Program

The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps Daycare Program is unique. Its family atmosphere and extraordinary programming has garnered awards, captured attention and inspired generations. Spend a few minutes with the staff, and it’s easy to see why.

Daycare Director Maria Trench has worked at Jersey City Corps for over 25 years. She started as a part-time after-school program instructor before becoming a Kindergarten Teacher, Assistant Director, and now Director.

“Some of my old students are now parents bringing their children here,” she said. “A lot of our young employees here were students, so it’s great to see them on both sides, first as a student and now as a caregiver.”

Sharing Ms. Trench’s love for the Corps, Janice Gaskins has worked as the Pre-School Teacher for 29 years. Kathy Nieves, Assistant Daycare Director, has dedicated 22 years to The Salvation Army. Madeline Albizu, Toddler Room Teacher, has been working with the children for 21 years, since her sister and brother-in-law referred her to the Corps.

Business Manager Guy DeAngelis holds the title for longevity at 36 years, after starting as a work-study student in 1978 and serving as the Daycare Director for over 20 years. During a recent visit to the Poconos, Mr. DeAngelis had a chance meeting with a former student who greeted him with a hug.

“It shows you the impact The Salvation Army can have on children,” he said. “This child hadn’t been here since he was five years old, and he had so many stories and memories.”

Adding to the Daycare experience is The Salvation Army’s Foster Grandparents Program, offering seniors an opportunity to spend time with the children. Volunteer Pierre Ligonde is 91 years old and has spent the past 26 years with The Salvation Army of Jersey City.

The Salvation Army of Jersey City welcomes families seeking daycare and ensures that children will receive outstanding education and unconditional love from staff members who have literally dedicated their lives to serving the local community. Just be careful – enrolled children might decide to stay for a few years!

For more information on The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps, call (201) 435-7355 or visit www.salvationarmynj.org/jerseycity

 

November 7, 2013

The Salvation Army Thanks and Supports Veterans

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the men and women who have served our great nation. May God bless you for the sacrifices you and your families have made in order to protect our freedoms.

While we believe it is important to support our veterans with our words of thanks and encouragement, we also strive to support them with our actions. The Salvation Army has a long history of caring for our service members beginning with the Spanish-American War on through both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, we offer a range of programs and services for our veterans nationally as well as locally.

The New Jersey Division’s Operation Red Shield program exists to serve military personnel, both active and veteran, and their families. Operation Red Shield provides assistance through information, referrals, advocacy, pastoral counseling, and needs-based financial aid, which are all available on an individual basis. In addition, each summer, The New Jersey Division conducts “Vets Camp,” a five-day session at Camp Tecumseh, our residential summer camp in Hunterdon County, serving veterans and their families.  
 
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is committed to helping our veterans and will continue to meet their needs for as long as need exists.

God’s blessings to you,

Major Donald E. Berry
State Commander
New Jersey Division

 

October 31, 2013

The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Survivors One Year After Hurricane Sandy’s Landfall

This week marks one year since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. The Salvation Army continues to have boots on the ground, serving affected residents statewide.

Starting last October with food and beverage services, The Salvation Army expanded aid to first responders and Sandy survivors through its Emergency Assistance Centers in Ortley Beach and Hazlet. Each location offered clothing, cleaning supplies and small home goods at no cost to those affected by the storm.

As needs began to change months after Sandy, generous donors allowed The Salvation Army to fund the following services:

  • Disaster case management
  • Emotional and spiritual care counseling for individuals and families
  • Rebuilding efforts and repair costs
  • Purchase of major home appliances and furniture
  • Rental assistance
  • Food and clothing needs
  • Linking storm victims to government and disaster recovery agencies

As of September 30th, 2013, The Salvation Army has raised $3 million and expended nearly $2 million for the above services and more. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, The Salvation Army has served 45,889 individuals statewide.

The Salvation Army’s Stage III recovery efforts will extend to at least September 30, 2014. Though a year has passed since Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, The Salvation Army’s commitment to those affected is far from over.