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The Salvation Army Austin - Success Story of Clayton

Clayton, Jessica and Michael W. Smith – Doing The Most Good Luncheon 2015

You have probably seen a Salvation Army Family Store in your area or have maybe even shopped at one; but did you know the good you are doing when you shop with us?

Sales from The Salvation Army Family Stores support our Adult Rehabilitation Center. The Rehabilitation Center provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.

Each center offers residential housing, work, group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life. Anytime you shop or donate to our Family Stores, you are helping someone have a new start to their life.

Clayton is one of our amazing True Stories of Recovery. His story was featured at The Salvation Army’s 2015 Doing The Most Good Luncheon. Read his story here:

Clayton working at The Salvation ArmyClayton

“I was completely broken. No hope, despair, you name it. I was fighting a long term drug addiction of alcohol, opiates and crack cocaine …. I basically lost everything. I lost the place I was staying … my job and my car, and the mother of my child left me.”

Clayton was homeless and living out of a crack house when he heard about the Salvation Army. Clayton knew the Salvation Army as the folks who “stand out front of Walmart and ring bells at Christmas time.” He soon learned that The Salvation Army does that and so much more.

When Clayton first walked into our Adult Rehabilitation Center, he met a young man who would become his bible study partner. What began as the two of them quickly grew into a weekly small group of men studying the word … and reading the Purpose Driven Life.

For Clayton, God’s word made the difference.

Clayton has been living at the ARC for 16 months. He is actively involved in a local church and works for the Salvation Army. He hopes to soon be reunited full time with his wife and daughter.

Through the program Clayton says he has “learned how to be a father, to commit to things, to be a man of my word. I get to be the father that my father never was.”

He says, “I’d like to give back that hope that was given to me … when I see people on the street corner I can tell them I know what they’re going through and there is a place that can help.”

How can you help? Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) to make a donation today. Or visit anyone of our four Austin locations to donate or shop:

4216 S. Congress Avenue, 78745

8801 B Research Boulevard, 78758

601 W. Louis Henna Boulevard, Round Rock, 78728

13530 N Hwy 183, 78750

Store Hours are M-T-Th-F 10-7 and Wed. & Sat. 10-8

*Click here for more information on our Rehabilitation Program and to read more True Stories of Recovery:

Shop at our Family Store today!

Dianna Thomas and Colonel Gonzalez - DTMG Award

Doing the Most Good Award


Dianna Thomas and Colonel Henry Gonzalez

Dianna Thomas and Colonel Henry Gonzalez

The Salvation Army Austin gave its quarterly Doing The Most Good Award last Thursday, June 12, 2015. The recipient of this award was Dianna Thomas.

Dianna Thomas has been with The Salvation Army for 11 wonderful years. She works at The Austin Shelter for Women and Children, operated by The Salvation Army. Performing her job well is important to Dianna. She is hard working and committed to the mission of the Army. Dianna is supportive, dependable, and always willing to help others.

She has spent countless hours sorting donations and organizing, cleaning and maintaining the clothing closet. Dianna knows the clothing closet is an important piece of how we serve those in our shelters, providing them a pleasant place to find clothing. When the department was understaffed Dianna filled in wherever needed, which included covering three different shifts in the same week.

Despite working so many hours, Dianna continued to serve clients with dignity and kindness. She volunteers to work Thanksgiving AND Christmas every year so her co-workers can spend time with family.

She enjoys serving all individuals in need…both human and animal…She spends her own money to buy food for the shelter mascot, a local cat named Blackjack.

For all of these reasons, we are proud to present Dianna Thomas as our Doing the Most Good Award recipient. Congratulations to you Dianna! We are truly blessed to have you with us.

Clothing Closet - Austin Shelter for Women and Children

Clothing Closet – Austin Shelter for Women and Children


River Rising on KXAN featuring Salvation Army Relief Efforts

River Rising – KXAN Special Report and Salvation Army Flood Relief Efforts

If you missed the KXAN “River Rising” Special, watch it here to learn more about one of the most historic weather events to hit Texas and how you can help your neighbors in need through The Salvation Army.

An in-depth look at the historical Memorial Weekend flood in Central Texas, including discussions with victims, a scientific explanation of how it happened from the KXAN weather team, and an investigative look at how to keep a similar level of destruction from happening again.

River Rising features Salvation Army flood relief efforts and invites the community to make a donation to support these efforts.

Salvation Army Flood Relief Efforts in Central Texas

The Salvation Army has been supporting flood relief efforts in San Marcos and Wimberley for fifteen consecutive days, providing meals, drinks and emotional support to first responders and survivors. See our flood relief press releases here for more details.

The Salvation Army staff and volunteers have served 20,097 meals, 32,893 drinks, 24,992 snacks, 2,418 comfort kits, 996 clean up kits and emotional support to survivors of the Texas Floods. Our multiple mobile feeding kitchens (canteens), allowed The Salvation Army staff and volunteers to deliver meals into a number of hard-hit neighborhoods. In addition, we provided hygiene kits and diapers for flood survivors.

A laundry unit was deployed into Wimberley, Texas, giving flood survivors the welcome opportunity to wash their clothes. Our furry friends were not forgotten. Even cat food and dog food was provided to pets in need.

Learn more at the How to Help or Get Help blog post.

These efforts are possible through the monetary donations of generous and concerned citizens in our communities who want to help. 100% of all donations to support the flood are allocated to this disaster relief effort.

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The Salvation Army has now transitioned into long-term support as we work with other disaster response agencies to determine how best to support the ongoing flood recovery which we know will take a long time. Salvation Army locations in these local communities will continue providing care with compassion to those in need.

The Salvation Army coordinates with local and State Emergency Management and with Volunteers Active in Disaster (VOAD) to serve first responders and survivors affected by the devastating flooding in Central Texas.

You can count on The Salvation Army to do the most good with your money.

Click here to make your secure donation to help families devastated by the floods.

Donations in the form of checks designated to Texas Storm Relief may also be mailed to: The Salvation Army PO Box 1000 Austin, Texas, 78767


Text “TXFLOODS” to 51555 to donate. Message and data rates may apply.

Every dollar counts. The Salvation Army thanks you for your support of the Texas Flood disaster relief efforts.

Local Volunteers Take the Wheel for The Salvation Army

Salvation Army Williamson County canteen - flood relief efforts

Williamson County Canteen Key Part of Flood Relief Efforts in San Marcos and Wimberley

Austin, Texas (June 1 , 2015) – The Salvation Army mobile kitchen from Williamson County (Austin Area Command) is currently serving in San Marcos, Texas, a community working to recover from the destruction caused by record flooding. This unit may look like any other Salvation Army canteen; however it is unique in the fact that it is operated year-round by a committed team of volunteers.

Randy O’Dell, a resident of Williamson County, heads up the volunteer team and has been the driving force behind this partnership. “I had been giving to The Salvation Army for many years and decided to get involved about three years ago. I wanted to expand my service outside of my own church and look at the bigger picture,” explains Randy. “I like that they are a Christian organization and have always admired all the good that is done by The Salvation Army.”

The Williamson County volunteer team was on the scene serving first responders and survivors Sunday morning and has continued to serve in San Marcos and Wimberley at the Red Cross shelter and in flooded neighborhoods. On Monday, June 1, the team served meals, snacks and drinks in several areas of San Marcos bringing sustenance and relief to many people working on their homes.

The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in San Marcos was open on Monday and The Salvation Army from San Antonio provided food, drinks, and encouragement to those seeking assistance. Service at this location is expected to continue through Wednesday.

The Salvation Army laundry unit, located at 100 Carney Lane in Wimberley (78676), continues to provide the opportunity for people to wash their clothes and belongings. Additional emergency assistance has been provided to affected residents along with case management by The Salvation Army at the Wimberley MARC.

The statistics below present a snapshot of ongoing Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service efforts across the state of Texas:

  • 28,720 Meals
  • 44,119 Drinks
  • 15,380 Snacks
  • 11 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens)
  • 102 Persons Sheltered
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care to 716 individuals
  • 908 cleanup kits
  • 454 comfort kits
  • 4,339 hours of employee and volunteer service

Financial donations are the best way to support the ongoing relief operation. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Cash donations allow The Salvation Army to purchase product to quickly and efficiently meet the most urgent needs of disaster victims. Where possible, the purchases are made near the disaster site to stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery.

Individuals can make a financial donation in support of The Salvation Army flood relief efforts:

  • By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Online at
  • By texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply)
    Text HELP for help. Text STOP to unsubscribe.
  • By mail to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, TX 78767. Please note “Texas Flood Relief” on your check.

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit:

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army flood relief, please visit: follow latest updates on Twitter and Facebook at

CONTACT: Jan Gunter, Communications and Community Relations Director, Cell: 512.944-0572;

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

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 more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to (, and