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News from The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

November 7, 2014

The Salvation Army Perth Amboy Corps to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Jeremiah’s Refuge Emergency Shelter

WHAT: The Salvation Army Perth Amboy Corps will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand reopening of Jeremiah’s Refuge, an emergency shelter for homeless men. Supervised by trained and licensed professionals, the newly renovated space now features 30 beds, more showers and bathrooms, in addition to laundry and dining facilities. The emergency shelter operates during the winter months from November through the month of April.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 11:00am EST

WHO: Captain Diana and Lieutenant Alex Rodriguez, Corps Commanding Officers of The Salvation Army Perth Amboy; and local politicians and community leaders

WHERE: The Salvation Army Perth Amboy Corps
                433 State Street
                Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

HOW: Photo opp and on-site interviews (in English and Spanish) are available with Salvation Army representatives as well as other community leaders and local partners (photos available after event conclusion). For more information, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/PerthAmboy.

 

October 30, 2014

The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Hurricane Sandy Survivors Two Years After the Storm

As we pass the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy—the unforgettable storm that devastated the lives of thousands of people and businesses in the state of New Jersey—we, at The Salvation Army, want to reaffirm our commitment to the community. In times of crisis, The Salvation Army is always among the first to respond with immediate relief. In fact, we are one of a few agencies that are able to serve in ALL phases of a disaster. Since October 2012, The Salvation Army has made a tremendous impact statewide; with the help of generous donors like you, we were able to provide services to nearly 60,000 individuals—including food, shelter, clothing, home repairs and supplies, furniture, assistance with utility bills, groceries, transportation, clean up and linens—with more than 25,000 volunteer hours logged to date.

The Salvation Army’s commitment to those affected is far from over. With a storm as devastating as Sandy, we understand that the community will require years to fully recover, and The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to serve the long-term needs of our neighbors. With our current resources, we are able to continue our commitment to long-term recovery in New Jersey.

We know from more than a century of providing emergency disaster relief in the United States and around the world that many Hurricane Sandy survivors will have needs for years to come.  Even after recovery is completed, the doors of our 28 local Salvation Army Community Centers are always open, and we will continue to serve as long as there is a need.

If you or someone you know still need assistance, please call The Salvation Army Helpline at 1-888-247-0100 or visit our website at SalvationArmyNJ.org.

Blessings,

Donald E. Berry, Major, Divisional Commander
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

 

September 2, 2014

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Raises Awareness in Support of National Preparedness Month

In celebration of National Preparedness Month this September, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division will raise awareness with statewide events; volunteer recruitment and training; new canteen dedications and more. National Preparedness Month was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to educate and empower people to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

“It is important for New Jersey residents to take the time to get prepared,” said Michael Clayton, Director of Emergency Disaster Services. “Taking a few proactive steps to get ready can help ensure the safety of you and your family in the event of an emergency.”

Below are highlights of activities throughout the month:

  • The Salvation Army New Jersey Division will have a dedication of a FedEx donated canteen (exact date: September TBD). The custom-designed unit features a fully functional kitchen capable of feeding approximately 2,500 people per day;
  • The morning of September 11th in Liberty State Park, The Salvation Army Middlesex County canteen will be on site providing food and beverages to family members of 9-11 victims, responders and officials before they travel via the ferry to the New York memorial service;
  • The New Jersey Division is seeking volunteers to join the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams in Atlantic, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Coordinated and led by commissioned officers and trained personnel, volunteers will bring immediate aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whenever disaster strikes;
  • The Salvation Army Dover Corps will be dedicating its new disaster canteen on Friday, September 12th at 4pm. This feeding kitchen on wheels is equipped to feed up to 1,500 meals per day should disaster strike in addition to being available for community events and mobile feeding programs;
  • The New Jersey Division is still involved long-term recovery efforts with Hurricane Sandy and will release plans for Phase Two, Part B of recovery, which will run from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015; and lastly
  • The New Jersey Division will provide tips and updates on preparing for emergencies throughout the whole month on various social media sites. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more details.

Today, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division continues to provide numerous other services to those in need statewide. For additional information on The Salvation Army EDS or to become an EDS volunteer, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/eds.

 

August 19, 2014

Volunteers Needed Across the State for The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is seeking volunteers to join the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams in Atlantic, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Coordinated and led by commissioned officers and trained personnel, volunteers will bring immediate aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whenever disaster strikes.

Salvation Army volunteers are the first on the scene and the last to depart, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need. EDS volunteer duties could include set-up, cooking and serving food from canteens (mobile feeding kitchens), speaking with grieving victims or performing other tasks to assist in disaster recovery and clean-up efforts. Volunteers will also assist with unloading, cleaning and preparing the canteen for the next response.

“The Salvation Army New Jersey Division relies heavily on volunteers to support our programs,” says Michael Clayton, Director of Emergency Disaster Services. “EDS volunteers are the kind faces and helping hands that support police, firefighters and other first responders while assisting families and communities to recover from floods, fires and other tragedies.”

Volunteers should adhere to The Salvation Army's Disaster and Recovery Services policies and procedures and have a somewhat flexible schedule as this position entails being on-call 24/7. In addition, volunteers must be 18 and older; should maintain a non-judgmental attitude; be sensitive to and aware of cultural differences and customs and be able to communicate well with people of diverse backgrounds. Training will be provided for all EDS volunteers.

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division continues to provide numerous other services to those in need statewide. For additional information on becoming a volunteer for The Salvation Army New Jersey EDS or to register, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/eds. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

June 12, 2014

The Salvation Army Trenton Corps Expands Social Services Beyond Homeless Population

To better serve all of Mercer County residents, on July 1, 2014 The Salvation Army Trenton Citadel Corps will shift from a drop-in center (DIC) to a traditional Salvation Army Center for Worship and Social Services. This Corps will now offer more youth programs, comprehensive case management and homeless prevention and advocacy. Moreover, those who attended the transient DIC who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness will be referred to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Trenton. 

“This is a positive step in pursuit of our vision for Trenton,” says Major Hendrik Sumter, Corps Officer for the Trenton Citadel Corps. “We envision being a model organization in Mercer County that provides measurable holistic programs to reach a larger, more diverse segment of the population.”

 “The Salvation Army and the Department of Human Services have the opportunity to make a significant impact in Mercer County,” says Marygrace Billek, Director, Mercer County Department of Human Services. “We look forward to collaborating with The Salvation Army as we continue to meet the needs of both families and individuals in the community.”

In 2001, Trenton Citadel Corps opened the DIC with the intent of servicing the homeless population in Mercer County. Since its inception, the DIC’s success was based on operating 365 days per year and building community collaborations with organizations such as the Department of Human Services and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. As time progressed, the program expanded as the needs of the community evolved.  

Today, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division continues to provide meals and numerous other services to those in need statewide. For additional information, please visit salvationarmynj.org. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.