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20th Annual Children’s Golf Classic

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The Salvation Army held its 20th Annual Children’s Golf Classic, Tuesday, September 15th at Avery Ranch Golf Club. This annual golf tournament supports emergency shelters and services for women and children. The Salvation Army social service programs for women and children are designed to break the cycle of chronic homelessness by assisting homeless and low income individuals and families to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.

Registration began at 11:00 where the golfers were greeted by our friendly staff. Dell volunteers then passed out swag bags to golfers. The day started off cloudy but ended with a rainbow in the sky.

The golf tournament began with a golf clinic hosted by Golf Pro, Joe Ogilvie. Chipping and Putting Contests where also held where Dell Volunteers assisted golfers. The Avery Ranch Golf Club then served a fajita taco lunch while everyone had the opportunity to socialize with the teams. We were honored to have teams from The San Antonio Salvation Army, The Adult Rehabilitation Center, Georgetown Police Department-Victim Services, Georgetown Police Chief, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Kelly Gray, KOKE FM, Celebration Church, McGinnis Lochridge and many more. The 26 participating teams gathered after the golf clinic for a call to carts.

During the day, our golf teams had the opportunity to win four different hole-in-one prizes. Although no one actually made a hole-in-one, the teams had a great time trying.

The teams reunited to enjoy a nacho bar dinner, scoring, and prizes drawings. Our guests won prizes ranging from a night at the Hyatt Hotel, dinner for two at Perry’s Steakhouse, gift basket from Sports Clips which included three free haircuts and hair products. Other prizes included free brunch to Moonshine, Alamo Drafthouse movie tickets, Austin Steam Train Association, Lone Star Riverboat cruises, tickets to The Long Center, Thinkery, Round Rock Express, gift cards to P. Terry’s, Austin Eats Tours, and Auto Zone; free massage from Myo Massage, gift baskets from Savory Spice Shop and Trader Joe’s, jewelry from Kendra Scott and many more.

The successful event concluded with closing words from Golf Chair, Bob Brooks and Lt. Col. Henry Gonzalez who thanked the golfers for their support and reminded them how their support makes a big difference for those in need in our community. We thank God for blessing this 20th Anniversary event with amazing teams, sponsors and volunteers.

Photo Gallery Including Team Photos

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Doing the Most Good Award

Doing The Most Good Award – Kayela Boyd

 

Doing the Most Good Award

Colonel Gonzalez with Award recipient Kayela Boyd

Meet this quarter’s Doing the Most Good award recipient Kaeyla Boyd. She has recently made the transition from Learning Lab to Case Manager and has been a model employee in both positions. Kaeyla can be counted on in times of crisis as well as times of calm.

Kaelya has an engaging personality whether teaching children in the Learning Lab or working with a client to help them find the services they need to move toward self-sufficiency.

Kaeyla goes the extra mile to help out with client assignments both in and out of the downtown Social Service Center. She has a very good working relationship with clients and they enjoy meeting with Kaeyla.

Kaeyla has taken on extra weekend work around the shelter in times when management needed a substitute. She has helped numerous children with their school assignments and projects. Kaeyla has helped mentor the new Learning Lab staff successfully.

Kaeyla is such an outstanding employee and friend. We are blessed to have Kaeyla Boyd with us at The Salvation Army and are grateful for her dedicated service to our clients and their children.

 

Intercom Tour

Kayela is a great source for information and a great tour guide. Here she is giving a tour of the Learning Lab to Intercom employees.

 

Kaeyla Boyd

Kaeyla Boyd

 

 

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

 

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. As the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina passes, we are reminded how disaster can strike in our own backyards. There are many ways we can prepare ourselves and our families for disaster.

Some disasters Texans may experience and should prepare for are power outages, floods, wildfires and hurricanes. Losing your power in the middle of the Texas heat can be a dangerous thing and we recently experienced the tragedy of massive flooding this past May. There are many ways you and your family can prepare for the next disaster.

BASIC DISASTER KIT

Every family can prepare a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit which includes:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Food, at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

For any disaster, the best thing to do is follow the story on your local news station and stay informed. Some disasters give us an advanced warning with time to prepare. Have an evacuation plan ready. If you have pets, have your pet carrier ready to go in a location that is easy to get to in case you have to escape danger quickly. Have your important documents and valuables in one safe location that you can quickly get to.

Hurricane Rita

Hurricane Rita

Flood Preparedness

With the 2015 Texas Floods fresh in our memories, it is a good idea to get flood prepared now. Just a few things you can do are: purchase flood insurance, elevate critical utilities, flood proof basement, clear debris from gutters and downspouts and move valuables and documents to a safe place.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is June 1st to November 30th. Because hurricanes can be tracked, the first thing to do is stay alert and follow the hurricane’s path on your local news station. Have an evacuation plan ready. Think of where you can travel and who you may be able to stay with until the hurricane is over. Protect your home by having boards ready in your garage with the tools needed to board up your windows. Plan with your neighbors in advance if you think you may need help boarding up. Purchasing hurricane proof shutters will save you time in the event of a hurricane. Gather enough canned goods, batteries and water for a few days.

Wildfire Ready

Unlike floods and hurricanes, there are no advanced warnings for wildfires. Although wildfires can occur anytime within the year, the potential is high during periods of little or no rain and can occur anywhere from remote wilderness to your own backyard. Some of us may remember the 2011 Texas wildfires that occurred in Bastrop and other parts of our community which were devastating to our community.

Because fires are unpredictable, a great thing to do is make sure you have homeowners or renter’s insurance to cover your property and belongings. Reduce the amount of material that burns easily around your home. Use fire-resistant materials for landscaping and construction around your home.

ALWAYS REMEMBER

Remember your life if the most important thing. Your things can be replaced but you cannot. Have a family meeting and talk with your family about what to do in case of disaster.

Bastrop Wildfires

Bastrop Wildfires

For more information and ways to prepare for floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornados, earthquakes and winter storms, please visit:

http://community.fema.gov/take-action/hazards

For additional emergency supplies list visit:

http://www.ready.gov/kit

 

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_hurricane_season

http://community.fema.gov/take-action/hazards

http://www.ready.gov/kit