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News from The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

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.

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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/

 

June 26, 2015

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team Responds to Severe Storms in South Jersey

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) has been responding to Tuesday’s severe storms in Southern New Jersey that has left thousands of residents without power.

The EDS team will continue to provide food and hydration to first responders and victims as well as emergency assistance to those that have been impacted. Canteens are able to provide 1500 meals per day and will be set up at 5 Mantua Blvd. in Mount Royal, NJ and 200 North Delsea Drive in Clayton, NJ.

 “During this time, we want people to know that we are here for the community and will continue relief efforts for as long as we are needed,” says Michael Clayton, Director of Emergency Disaster Services.

In addition to the feeding, Salvation Army Officers and volunteers will be available to offer emotional and spiritual support for those who need someone to listen.

For additional information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services work, to donate or other ways to help, please visit salvationarmynj.org/southjerseystorms2015.

 

May 13, 2015

The Salvation Army Newark Area Services Announces the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey as Honoree

The Horizon Foundation to be recognized at The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary Celebration in June

The Salvation Army Newark Area Services has announced the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, a dedicated partner of the charity, as the honoree for The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 at the Newark Club in Newark, NJ.

“This is a milestone year as we celebrate 150 years of service,” says Major Joaquin Calvo, The Salvation Army Newark Area Coordinator. “We are thankful to recognize the important work the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey generously supports to ensure we are able to achieve our Mission.”

The Salvation Army will honor the Horizon Foundation for the BEAM (Breathe Easier with Asthma Management) program, a 15-month pilot initiative in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey. BEAM aims to raise awareness about asthma and to educate children, their parents or caregivers about the disorder as well as how to best manage it. The pilot serves 2,500 Boys & Girls Club members of which 200 are members of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Newark Ironbound.

“We congratulate The Salvation Army for a remarkable 150 years of steadfast service to people in need in New Jersey and all across the country,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “Horizon is proud to work alongside The Salvation Army to create a better state of health and help New Jersey residents lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.”

The planned event will include a memorable night of dinner and music. Winners from The Salvation Army’s Design-A-Bin arts education contest will also be announced that evening.

For more information on The Salvation Army or find out how to sponsor, donate or participate at the 150th Anniversary Celebration, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/Newark150th. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Newark Ironbound.

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About The Salvation Army

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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.

About the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s new funding pillars are Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit www.Horizonblue.com/Foundation.