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News from The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

February 13, 2015

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Opens Locations Statewide In Response to Winter Weather

In response to the “Code Blue” weather advisory, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is opening various locations statewide to the homeless population. Corps Community Centers located in Bridgeton, Elizabeth, Perth Amboy and Union City, New Jersey will be offering shelter, blankets, hot coffee, 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 Brenda Beavers, MSW, ACSW, Divisional Director of Human Services for 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 or are participants in the state’s Code Blue program:

  • Atlantic City Corps - 22 S. Texas Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401; 609-344-0660
  • Bridgeton Corps - 29 West Commerce Street Bridgeton, NJ, 08302; 856-451-0999
  • Elizabeth Corps - 1018 East Grand Street Elizabeth, NJ 07201; 908-352-7057
  • Montclair Corps - 13 Trinity Place Montclair, NJ 07042; 973-744 3312
  • Perth Amboy Corps’ Jeremiah’s Refuge (for men only) - 433 State Street Perth Amboy, NJ 08861; 732-826-7040
  • Union City Corps - 515 43rd Street Union City, NJ 07087; 201-867-4093

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


January 22, 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 yesterday’s fire in Edgewater, NJ that has left hundreds of residents homeless.

The Salvation Army EDS team will be on hand with a canteen to provide lunch and dinner for first responders. The canteen is able to provide 1500 meals per day and will be set up near the apartment complex on Undercliff Avenue and Winterburn Place.

 “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 or ways to help, please visit Donations can be made by clicking here.


December 17, 2014

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division in Final Stretch of Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is in its final days of the highly visible Red Kettle Campaign. The annual fundraiser—ending on Christmas Eve—raises money to support Christmas programs and services, as well as serve those in need throughout the entire year in New Jersey.

“As people continue with their last minute holiday shopping and decorating, we hope many will continue to support the Red Kettles in its remaining days,” says Donald E. Berry, Major, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “We would like to thank those who have already contributed and challenge those who have not given—any amount is truly appreciated.”

The New Jersey Division is short of their $2.1 million goal, and red kettles will continue to appear at retailers, malls and grocery stores until Christmas Eve. Donations collected from red kettles are used for food, warm clothing and gifts for families in need at Christmas. Kettle donations are also a major part of The Salvation Army's operating budget for programs and services throughout the year. Youth and senior programs, prescription assistance, emergency disaster services, shelters, food pantries and after-school programs are just a few examples of how red kettle donations impact communities. All donations received in the kettles stay in the communities where contributions are made to assist local residents in need. 

In addition to donating to kettles, both individuals and groups can host their own Red Kettles—online—via Online Red Kettle, and supporters can also text ‘GIVENJ’ to 80888 to donate $10 to someone in need.

To learn more about The Salvation Army New Jersey’s Division Christmas efforts, and to get involved, please visit


November 18, 2014

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Kicks Off Annual Christmas Campaign to Support Statewide Programs

The highly visible, Red Kettle Campaign will officially launch on Thursday, November 27, 2014 for The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. Monies raised during the annual fundraiser are used to support Christmas programs and services as well as serve people in need throughout the entire year.

“Many individuals and families from across the state struggle financially and spiritually to stay afloat, and we’ve seen it firsthand in the numbers of people coming to us for help,” Donald E. Berry, Major, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “It’s especially hard during the holiday season, when so many of our neighbors don’t know how they’ll have the means to provide for their families. That’s why The Salvation Army looks to our community for their generosity—so we can show that same compassion and kindness to the less fortunate.”

The Salvation Army encourages the community to participate in this year’s Christmas efforts by making a donation at many standing Kettles statewide. Other ways to help include:

  • Adopt-a-Family – Adopt-a-Family program matches impoverished families with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas
  • Fill The Truck - at select Wal-Mart’s, customers can drop off new, unwrapped toys in cardboard trucks or bins at stores, select weekends in November and December;
  • Online Red Kettle - allows both individuals and groups to host their own Red Kettles – online; and
  • Supporters can also text GIVENJ to 80888 to donate $10 to someone in need

This holiday season is expected to be one of the busiest yet. Salvation Army officials stress that any contribution will help; donations of time and service are just as important as monetary donations. Reaching out to those in need by volunteering to ring bells at kettle locations, or serve warm meals is a wonderful way to connect with the community, to give back, to share blessings, and to be blessed in return. To register to volunteer, visit

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Christmas efforts, and to get involved, visit


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


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


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