On March 25, Houston celebrated the Official Groundbreaking of the forthcoming new 38,000 square foot International Corps Community Center in Southwest Houston. The International Corps Community Center is currently the fastest-growing Salvation Army community center in the entire Southern United States. The new facility when fully constructed will allow them to serve even more residents of the Greater Houston region.
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This week they cover prom, visit a Salvation Army program in South Africa, and more.
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Thank you for Rounding Up with JCPenney Cares!
The Salvation Army, Texas Division, received a portion of funds raised as a result of our national partnership with JCPenney. Each month JCPenney Cares supports a new cause, inviting customers to “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar. This past holiday season The Salvation Army was the designated charity for the month of December.
The Texas Division received an amazing $282,574.45 from the Round Up program! In addition, $2,777.77 was provided to The Salvation Army through the JCPenney holiday button promotion. As a result, five Area Commands (Dallas Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso) 25 Corps locations and 15 Service Units/Centers benefitted from this national program. Funds go towards funding various programs and services specific to their respective communities.
In 1928, Fred Rogers, Presbyterian clergyman and host of public TV’s longest running children’s program: “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” was born. In 2002, Mr. Rogers took part in the dedication of the first Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, in San Diego. The Salvation Army’s Don Bell made Mr. Rogers feel right at home by helping him slip into a custom navy zippered Salvation Army sweater. Click here to see more on Kroc Centers and dedication video.
In 1886, The Salvation Army Chinatown Corps in San Francisco opened in an area full of opium dens, gambling, drinking, brothels and child prostitution. Captain Fong Foo Sec sent a telegram declaring, “The first Chinese Salvation Army Corps is now an accomplished fact.” The first Chinese Salvation Army Corps in the world was in San Francisco. In 2011, just two years ago, they celebrated their 125th anniversary of service, Doing The Most Good!
General Linda Bond, international leader of The Salvation Army, has sent messages of welcome to Pope Francis I and to the Rt Hon and Most Rev Justin Welby, who will be enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, on March 21.
To Archbishop Welby she wrote:
“The Church universal faces great challenges as we seek to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ and so I want to assure you that Salvationists stand with their Anglican sisters and brothers in the cause of Christ. God bless and keep you and grant you wisdom, courage and strength.”
In her message to His Holiness Pope Francis she said: “My prayer is that God will give you physical and spiritual strength, as well as holy courage, so that you might stand firm as a true soldier of Jesus Christ. God bless and keep you always and grant you his peace.”
There’s a new Salvation Army Today posted! This week they revisit Japan two years after the 2011 tsunami and listen to one man’s story of triumph over addiction.