Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch our YouTube channel Visit our blog. Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on LinkedIn

Contact Us

News from The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

February 12, 2016

The Salvation Army Opens Locations In Response to Code Blue

The Salvation Army in New Jersey is responding to the “Code Blue” weather advisory, effective today through Sunday night. Salvation Army locations in Elizabeth, Montclair and Perth Amboy will be offering the homeless shelter, blankets, hot beverages, warm meals and other resources to combat the frigid temperatures.

“Being able to provide the homeless relief during this time is vital for their well-being,” says Major Ivan K. Rock, State Commander of The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “We are pleased that we have these procedures in place and are able to assist those that are in need.”

 The following Salvation Army locations will be serving as warming centers:  

  • Elizabeth Corps - 1018 East Grand Street Elizabeth, NJ 07201; 908-352-2886
  • Cornerstone Shelter - 13 Trinity Place Montclair, NJ 07042; 973-744-8666
  • Jeremiah’s Refuge (for men only) - 433 State Street Perth Amboy, NJ 08861; 732-826-7040

In addition, The Salvation Army’s homeless shelters offer case management and other resources to help clients pursue better futures as well as promote positive living. Last year, The Salvation Army provided over 20,000 nights of emergency shelter.  

To stay up to date on info related to the Code Blue, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/ and The Salvation Army New Jersey Facebook and Twitter pages. 

 

February 12, 2016

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team Responds to Massive Fire

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team is responding to yesterday’s ten-alarm fire that has affected a large warehouse complex in Hillsborough, N.J.  

“The Salvation Army has been on-the-ground addressing the needs of those who have been responding to the fire as well as those impacted,” says Major Ivan K. Rock, State Commander of The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “We want people to know that we are here for the community and will be there if additional assistance is required.”

The Salvation Army canteen—mobile feeding unit—is on-hand to provide beverages and meals for first responders at a nearby location. Canteens are equipped to serve up to 1,500 hot meals per day. And for larger disasters, The Salvation Army in New Jersey also has three field kitchens, which can serve up to 10,000 hot meals per day.

“We will continue to work closely with local and state officials to ensure that the needs of the community are met,” says Michael Clayton, Director of Emergency Disaster Services. “The Salvation Army is grateful that we could provide assistance during this time.”

To make a donation to The Salvation Army New Jersey EDS, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/eds or call 800-728-7825. To make a gift, please send checks to The Salvation Army 4 Gary Road, Union, N.J. 07083.

 

January 29, 2016

The Salvation Army Assists in Relief Efforts Caused by Winter Storm Jonas  

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is joining the effort to assist those affected by flooding caused by Winter Storm Jonas. This Saturday, The Salvation Army will be at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at 4400 New Jersey Drive in Wildwood, N.J., providing various social services for residents of the Wildwoods.  

“As those affected by the floods begin to rebuild, The Salvation Army is committed to being there every step of the way,” says Major Ivan K. Rock, State Commander of The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “We want people to know that we are here for the community and will continue relief efforts as needed.”

The Salvation Army EDS team of staff and volunteers is often the first on the scene and the last to leave, bringing immediate aid as well as emotional and spiritual care to individuals and families whose lives have been affected by disasters. The Salvation Army EDS team will work in collaboration with other state and local agencies in flood relief efforts providing emergency assistance such as clothing, household essentials, emergency housing and more.

In addition, The Salvation Army canteen—mobile feeding unit—will be on-hand to provide beverages and meals for victims at the MARC. Canteens are equipped to serve up to 1,500 hot meals per day. And for larger disasters, The Salvation Army in New Jersey also has three field kitchens, which can serve up to 10,000 hot meals per day.

“The Salvation Army will continue to monitor flood conditions and work closely with local and state officials to ensure that the needs of the community are met,” says Michael Clayton, Director of Emergency Disaster Services.  

To make a donation to The Salvation Army New Jersey EDS, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/eds or call 800-728-7825. To make a gift, please send checks to The Salvation Army 4 Gary Road, Union, N.J. 07083.

 

August 26, 2015

The Salvation Army in New Jersey Welcomes New Divisional Leadership

The Salvation Army has appointed Majors Ivan K. and Christine Rock as Divisional leaders for the State of New Jersey. Majors Ivan and Christine most recently served as the General Secretary and Program Secretary of the Massachusetts Division, respectively, and will oversee all operations and programs for the New Jersey Division.

“We are excited for the opportunity to build upon the strong heritage The Salvation Army has in New Jersey,” said Major Ivan K. Rock. “Whether it’s through the after-school programs, holiday assistance or one of The Salvation Army’s many life-changing programs, such experiences give those in need an opportunity to envision and pursue better futures, as well as promote positive living. We look forward to expanding on our quality services while continuing to transform the lives of those who are in need.”

The Salvation Army strives to transform lives. Last year, almost 245,000 individuals in New Jersey received assistance from The Salvation Army which included meals, emergency shelter, overnight and day camps, ESL courses and much more. 

Operations of The Salvation Army are supervised by trained, commissioned officers who serve not only as religious leaders but also administrators, teachers, social workers, counselors and youth leaders. The Salvation Army continually evolves in order to meet the changing needs of the communities it serves.

Majors Rock will help guide the direction of the 28 Corps Worship and Community Centers, the most basic service components of The Salvation Army, and 101 active service units, made up of 700 volunteers. In addition to the Corps and service units, they will oversee the direction of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Newark Ironbound and Senior Center; Camp Tecumseh in Pittstown, NJ; Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden; and three shelters in Elizabeth, Montclair and Perth Amboy.

This year marks The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary, celebrating the second largest charity in the United States. For more information on The Salvation Army and ways to get involved, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

July 24, 2015

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team Responds to Devastating Fire

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team is responding to Wednesday’s massive warehouse fire in North Brunswick, N.J. Within the first 18 hours, The Salvation Army provided 2,000 meals and 1,500 snacks, and the team will be on hand for the next week providing meals to first responders.

“From day one, The Salvation Army has been and will continue to address the on-the-ground needs of those who have been responding to the fire as well as those impacted,” says Major Ivan K. Rock, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “We are grateful that we could provide assistance during this time.”

An EDS Team was requested by the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to support the efforts for the five-alarm fire. Teams from Mercer, Union and Hunterdon Counties arrived on scene and supplied both food and hydration to the more than 280 first responders. Salvation Army officers and volunteers are also available to offer emotional and spiritual support for those who may need it, and will continue to provide food to 250 first responders for at least one more week.

To make a donation, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/eds or call 800-728-7825. Please send checks to The Salvation Army 4 Gary Road, Union, N.J. 07083.

 

July 14, 2015

The Salvation Army in Plainfield to Distribute More Than 100 Free Bicycles and Helmets to Local Children

The Salvation Army Plainfield Corps will hold its Fourth Annual Christmas in July Bicycle Giveaway on Thursday, July 23. This year, more than 100 local children will receive donated bicycles and helmets as well as participate in a Bike Rodeo given by Meadowlink’s “Safe Routes to School.”

“This is a labor of love for us,” said Lieutenant Luke Barney, Corps Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army Plainfield Corps. “Plainfield is our community, and we are thrilled to be able to provide bicycles to the children so they can enjoy the fun of riding.”

The popular bike giveaway is held twice-yearly both in the summer and winter. Over 100 bikes and parts have been donated by The Bike Stand in Scotch Plains, Jay’s Cycle Center in Westfield as well as Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, Plainfield Club. Children will also participate in a Bike Rodeo given by Meadowlink, a non-profit that encourages kids through education to bike and walk more often. Instructors will teach the children about pre-ride safety checks; bike sizing and helmet fitting; bicycle handling and safety drills; and tips on how to interact with traffic.

“The Bicycle Giveaway rallies the whole community to ensure that one of the essential joys of summer—riding a bicycle—is available to every child,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed Jalloh. “On behalf of the Freeholder Board, we are very proud to be part of this unique event, which combines fun, safety, and fitness.”

The following are other local organizations that have lent a hand to the event:

  • The Union County Freeholder’s Office will donate the bicycle helmets with funding provided by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety;
  • Representatives of the Union County Police’s Traffic Safety Education Program and AAA Northeast NJ Division will be on hand to properly fit the helmets for each child; and
  • All the bicycles—which were previously owned—have been repaired and restored by Rich Albanese-DeMair of the family-owned Plainfield Dairy Queen.
  • The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority is contributing staff time and trucks to transport the bicycles to the site of the event.

“It’s amazing that my husband Rich has now restored 1,000 bicycles for the children of our area,” said Donna Albanese-DeMair of the Plainfield Dairy Queen. “The looks on the kids’ faces when they get their bicycles is just priceless. Now they can ride to school or work and also have fun while getting some exercise.”

The July event will mark the 1,000th free bike given away since the event commenced. Bicycle donations can be dropped off at the Plainfield Dairy Queen, 1367 South Ave. For children interested in getting a free bicycle at a future event, sign-ups take place at The Salvation Army Plainfield Corps at 615 Watchung Ave. Monday through Friday between 9am-3:30pm. For more information on The Salvation Army Plainfield Corps, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/plainfield.

# # #

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to SalvationArmyNJ.org/plainfield.

Stop by the Plainfield Dairy Queen at 1367 South Ave. The Albanese family has been proudly serving the community since 1975. It’s open all year. Now serving: hot dogs, BBQ beef, salads, wraps. They also cater parties, give tours and much more. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dairy-Queen-Plainfield/147269811973649?fref=photo

The Union County Traffic Safety Education Program has been serving the citizens of the County since YEAR. It runs the Child Safety Seat Inspection Center as well as addressing bicycle safety for children. Every Wednesday and Thursday, the County conducts free child safety seat inspections from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Garwood First Aid Squad at 401 2nd Ave. No appointment necessary.

Meadowlink is a non-profit, public-private partnership that improves access to affordable transportation, reduces traffic congestion and promotes economic growth by working with business and government agencies to address the transportation challenges in Northern New Jersey. Under its EZ Ride brand, Meadowlink manages the state’s largest carpool, vanpool and employee shuttle programs as well as senior transportation, special transportation and bike and pedestrian services. Meadowlink operates in Bergen, Essex, Union, Monmouth and Passaic counties. For more information: http://www.ezride.org/; (201) 939-4242

Jay's Cycle Center started primarily as a pet and hobby shop called Pet Land in Scotch Plains New Jersey in 1957. Sensing an opportunity in the bicycle industry, they started to sell bicycles and soon realized they had a knack for it. The shop is now located at 227 North Ave. East; 908-232-3250; sales@jayscyclecenter.com; http://jayscyclecenter.com/

The Bike Stand owner Steven Willis has been in the bicycle business for more than 30 years. He mostly sells Raleigh bicycles. Check out their website or visit the store in Scotch Plains and ask why. The Bike Stand is at 778 East Second Street; 908-322-3330; http://www.thebikestand.com

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, Plainfield Club, offers many programs for children ages five to 18. One of its programs is the Buddie After-School Program, a high quality structured educational after-school program for young people in grades K-5. The Club is located at 530-534 West 7th St.; http://www.bgcuc.org/clubs/plainfield.aspx

AAA Northeast is headquartered in Florham Park and has branch offices in Roxbury, Union and West Caldwell. AAA Northeast provides automotive, travel, insurance, financial and educational services to residents of Essex, Morris and Union Counties. The Union office is located at 2317 U.S. 22 East.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of pediatric rehabilitation services and the largest pediatric rehabilitation health system in the United States. It has 12 locations in New Jersey. In Union County, the Mountainside facility is located at 150 New Providence Road. http://www.childrens-specialized.org/