Austin Shelter for Women and Children

Travis County Commissioners Approve Sale of Land to Philanthropist Dick Rathgeber, Pave Way for New Women & Children’s Shelter

Austin Shelter for Women and Children

AUSTIN—Today the Travis County Commissioners unanimously approved the sale of 7.5 acres of surplus, county-owned land on Tannehill Lane to the sole bidder, Mr. Dick Rathgeber. Rathgeber, who is Chairman of The Salvation Army of Austin’s Capital Campaign, has committed to donating the land to The Salvation Army for construction of a new women and children’s shelter. The land is adjacent to the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, which is operated by The Salvation Army and funded by the City of Austin. Following the vote, The Salvation Army released the following statement from Lt. Col. Henry Gonzalez, Salvation Army Area Commander:

“There is an invisible crisis of family homelessness in Austin, and today’s vote will help us address this challenge for our great city. We are deeply grateful for and humbled by Mr. Rathgeber’s generosity and vision to care for the most vulnerable of our citizens. We are pleased to have worked collaboratively with the Travis County Commissioners to see this vote come to fruition. Not only will the location of the new shelter contribute to the welcoming, campus-like environment we have cultivated for the existing shelter, this vote will also allow us to gain up to 35 percent efficiency by co-locating the facilities. Tens of thousands of women and children will eventually have access to services customized to meet their needs in a nurturing environment to help them move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Today’s vote is a win for Travis County, the City of Austin, The Salvation Army, and most of all, for the women and children who will find safe haven and a fresh start in this new facility.”

On October 14, 2015, The Salvation Army of Austin launched the public phase of its first capital campaign in 27 years by announcing it had raised $10 million of a $14 million goal. That announcement kicked off a six-week awareness campaign, Invisible Austin, to draw attention to the crisis of family homelessness in Austin. Frost Bank has agreed to support a social media campaign designed to raise public awareness of and engagement with the capital campaign. Every time the hashtag, #InvisibleAustin, is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and The Salvation Army Austin is tagged in the post, Frost Bank will give $10 to the capital campaign up to $50,000. For more information about the campaign or how you can get involved, visit www.InvisibleAustin.org and help solve the crisis of women and children experiencing homelessness.

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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 more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally thousands of 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 www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org. Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin.

 

Williamson County Volunteers with Colonel Henry Gonzalez

Disaster Volunteers

Williamson County Volunteers with Colonel Henry Gonzalez

Williamson County Disaster Service Volunteers with Randy O’Dell (center) Colonel Henry Gonzalez (right)

There is something special about the Williamson County disaster volunteers. The Salvation Army is blessed and honored to have so many dedicated volunteers serving our community with us!

In the midst of the Bastrop County/Smithville fires that took place at Hidden Pines earlier this month, were a team of volunteers working tirelessly. These selfless volunteers are led by volunteer and disaster coordinator Randy O’Dell. They maintain the Williamson County disaster canteen and provide hydration and nourishment to first responders during disasters.

Bruce Peterson serving at the Hidden Pine fires Oct. 2015

Volunteers serving serving at the Hidden Pine fires Oct. 2015

During the fire relief efforts, these volunteers put in 12 to 14 hours a day to support our firefighters. Their days also included traveling an hour and a half to get to the fires at 5:00 am each day, some coming from Liberty Hill and others from Georgetown, and then traveling an hour and a half back home each night. They graciously donated their time (637 hours) and their gas money ($717.63) to make it out every day to serve the courageous first responders battling the fires.

Total Served at the Hidden Pine fires:

  • Meals:              930
  • Snacks:            1,285
  • Drinks:            2,140

Just the day before, the disaster volunteer team had responded and served firefighters at the blaze in Taylor, which was fortunately quickly contained. After their services at the fires concluded, the disaster volunteers did not stay home and rest. They came out two days later to the Shoe-In this past Saturday at Celebration Church. Saturday’s torrential rains would have kept most people home, but this exceptional team of volunteers came out to helped give more than 250 elementary school children in need, new socks and shoes.

One particular volunteer, Bruce Peterson, found time in between the fires and the Shoe-In to give haircuts to homeless veterans through the Austin Veterans Stand Down. Bruce stays and cuts hair until there are no veterans left needing a haircut. During the Texas Floods back in May, disaster volunteer Cindy Wells, gave her extra pair of shoes to a young woman who lost everything in the floods, including her shoes.

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Williamson County disaster volunteers at Hidden Pine fires Oct. 2015

These are just a few examples of why the Williamson County disaster volunteers are so special. We are so thankful for this extraordinary team!

Click here for more information on joining this amazing volunteer team.

Capital campaign press conference

We’ve Launched our Capital Campaign – #InvisibleAustin

Colonel Henry Gonzalez speaking at the Capital Campaign press conference at the Austin Rehabilitation Center

Colonel Henry Gonzalez speaking at the Capital Campaign press  conference at the Austin Rehabilitation Center.

Last week The Salvation Army Austin launched its Capital Campaign. The campaign commemorates The Salvation Army’s 125th Anniversary and funds raised will support a renovated emergency shelter, a new shelter for women and children, new facilities to administer The Salvation Army programs, and a new drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for women. Our goal is to raise $14 million, of which – we are thrilled to announce – $10 million has been raised so far. Click here to read our campaign launch press release.  You can also view our media coverage from KEYE and FOX7 which includes capital campaign speeches from Colonel Gonzalez and our board members on our youtube channel.

As the city of Austin grows, the number of families experiencing homelessness rises. You can help shine a light on the hidden crisis of family homelessness. A special website has been launched where visitors can download digital resources to share and find more facts about family homelessness at www.InvisibleAustin.org. Below are some examples of posts and tweets you can share to help the cause, plus information about a big social media challenge from Frost Bank. You can also show your support and take a picture with our #InvisibleAustin cutout and post or tweet your pic. Look for the cutout the next time you’re at an Austin event.

Cutout

“There is a quiet crisis of family homelessness in Austin,” said Area Commander Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez. “Last year, three out of four of the clients sheltered in The Salvation Army emergency shelters were women and children. These families are behind the scenes, out of the public eye and in desperate need. We believe this is a crisis for our prosperous community. Through this capital campaign we are shining a spotlight on family homelessness and raising the resources to greatly expand our capacity to serve them.”

We are excited to announce that Frost Bank (@FrostBank) has generously agreed to support a social media campaign designed to raise public awareness and engagement of the capital campaign. During the six week campaign, every time the hashtag #InvisibleAustin is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and The Salvation Army Austin is tagged in the post, Frost Bank will donate $10 to the capital campaign up to $50,000!

We are thankful to all that have donated and that are helping spread the word to raise awareness of #InvisibleAustin. “…together we can address the crisis of women and children experiencing homelessness, and invest in the long-term success of Austin.” ~ Dwight Thompson, Advisory Board Chair

We’ve created some sample social media posts to make it easy for you to share:

Facebook post: For 125 yrs @SalArmyAustin has been the silent, steady partner meeting the needs of the #InvisibleAustin population. Donate & learn more at invisibleaustin.org

Tweet:  Each night, @SalArmyAustin provides a bed to 420 neighbors in need. Help spread hope to the #InvisibleAustin ppl. at #InvisibleAustin.org

TSA Emergency Disaster Service canteen and volunteers ready to assist

Responding to Bastrop County Fires

TSA Emergency Disaster Service canteen and volunteers ready to assist

TSA Emergency Disaster Service canteen and volunteers ready to assist

The Salvation Army Responding to Bastrop Fires

AUSTIN, TX (October 15) – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service teams in the Texas Division have been deployed to provide assistance to Bastrop County. On Thursday, two Salvation Army teams were deployed to Bastrop County where a wild fire has consumed 4,200 acres, destroyed 9 homes, and is threatening an additional 150 residences. The Williamson County canteen and Bryan College Station Rapid Response Unit are working to support first responders battling to control the blaze that is expected to grow in the coming days due to the very dry conditions in Central Texas.

Disaster teams will be providing meals and hydration to firefighters, other first responders and survivors through our mobile canteen and mobile response unit. Earlier in the week the Williamson County canteen served 30 firefighters at a blaze in Taylor that, fortunately, was quickly contained.

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: www. salvationarmyaustin.org.

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

Donors are reminded that when you donate to The Salvation Army for a disaster, 100% of those donations go toward that disaster.

The Salvation Army is not able to accept donated goods for disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

“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 thousands of 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 www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

Laura Spradlin WILCO Service Center Director welcoming guests

Williamson County Giving Back

Laura Spradlin WILCO Service Center Director welcoming guests

Laura Spradlin WILCO Service Center Director welcoming guests

October 8, 2015 marked The Salvation Army’s first Williamson County Giving Back event. The event was held at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl inside the new Bass Pro Shop in Round Rock. The fund-raiser was held to support the Williamson County Service Center located in Georgetown, Texas. The evening was emceed by Williamson County Service Center Director Laura Spradlin.

The entertaining venue included two bowling alleys and a pirate ship decorating the ceiling. We gathered in the dining room and guests enjoyed an Angus Beef Burger buffet and amazing prizes given throughout the evening. Our happy guests walked away with prizes ranging from a Weber Grill BBQ Pit to a Yeti Cooler, a Ruger Rifle, 2 Fishing Trips from Pirates of the Bay in Rockport and many more.

Winner picking up his prize - Fishing Reel and Rod

Winner picking up his prize – Fishing Reel and Rod

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Happy Prize Winner!

We were honored to have special guest Football Pro Hall of Famer Bob Lilly at the event. He took photos with fans and signed pictures and memorabilia. The line to meet him was almost out the door! Bob Lilly signed a poster sized football picture which was the final prize drawn at the end of the event. The Salvation Army is so thankful to have Mr. Lilly and his wife’s support.

Bob Lilly receiving Appreciation Award

Bob Lilly receiving Appreciation Award

 

Bob Lilly taking photos with guests and fans

Bob Lilly with guest Alfonso Garcia, III

Colonel Henry Gonzalez spoke about the Williamson County Service Center and the services it provides to prevent family homelessness in the community. Long time Disaster Services volunteer, Randy O’Dell spoke about the services our Williamson County Disaster Service team (which is completely run by volunteers) provides throughout Texas during disasters, and the Williamson County Canteen which provides food to first responders on disaster sites and to disaster survivors.  Alvin Migues, our Texas Disaster Services Director, presented Randy O’Dell with an award by for his long time support and services helping in times of disaster. Laura Spradlin presented Bob Lilly with a plaque for donating his services and time to helping our Williamson County Giving Back event become a great success.

We are thankful to our guests, staff and volunteers that helped make this a fun and successful event and thankful for their support for the Williamson County Service Center.

Williamson County Volunteers with Colonel Henry Gonzalez

Williamson County Volunteers with Colonel Henry Gonzalez

Donors and Salvation Army Austin Leaders

Salvation Army Austin Kicks off Historic Capital Campaign

Donors and Salvation Army Austin Leaders

Capital Campaign donors and leaders

THE SALVATION ARMY KICKS OFF HISTORIC CAPITAL CAMPAIGN, ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION ALREADY RAISED

Public Campaign to focus on “Invisible Austin” and Highlight Crisis of Family Homelessness in Austin

AUSTIN—The Salvation Army Austin Area Command today kicked off its first capital campaign in more than 27 years by announcing it had already raised $10 million toward a goal of $14 million. The campaign commemorates The Salvation Army’s 125th Anniversary and funds raised will support a renovated emergency shelter, a new shelter for women and children, new facilities to administer The Salvation Army programs, and a new drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for women.

“There is a quiet crisis of family homelessness in Austin,” said Area Commander Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez. “Last year, three out of four of the clients sheltered in The Salvation Army emergency shelters were women and children. These families are behind the scenes, out of the public eye and in desperate need. We believe this is a crisis for our prosperous community. Through this capital campaign we are shining a spotlight on family homelessness and raising the resources to greatly expand our capacity to serve them.”

For the last 12 months, The Salvation Army has been in the quiet phase of the capital campaign. Led by a volunteer Advisory Board of business and community leaders and philanthropists, The Salvation Army has secured donations from local foundations, businesses and individuals who have generously given toward the mission of helping pull people back from the edge and into the mainstream of society.

“It seems as though everything in Austin is on the rise: traffic, our population, the cost of living and, unfortunately, homelessness,” said Dwight Thompson, Advisory Board Chair. “Some of these problems may not have ready solutions, but by giving to The Salvation Army’s capital campaign, together we can address the crisis of women and children experiencing homelessness, and invest in the long-term success of Austin.”

The public phase of the campaign will include a robust multimedia campaign aimed at making the people of Austin aware of the crisis of family homelessness in our city and providing them with tools to both spread awareness of the problem – and take action by contributing to the capital campaign. The Army has launched a special website, www.InvisibleAustin.org where visitors can download digital resources to share with their networks and find out key facts about family homelessness, such as:

  • Each night, The Salvation Army Austin provides a bed to 420 neighbors in need.
  • Roughly 400 women and children are on the wait list for emergency shelter in Austin daily. On average, more than half of those on the list are children.
  • 67 percent of those sheltered at the Austin Shelter for Women and Children are kids who attend public schools, preschools and child care just like any other child.
  • The total number of beds at The Salvation Army emergency shelters has not increased in more than 10 years, while the city of Austin’s population has increased by 29 percent over the same time.

Additionally, Frost Bank has agreed to support a social media campaign designed to raise public awareness of and engagement with the capital campaign. During the six week campaign that kicks off today, October 14, 2015, every time the hashtag, #InvisibleAustin, is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and The Salvation Army Austin is tagged in the post, Frost Bank will give $10 to the capital campaign up to $50,000.

“At The Salvation Army, we provide a hand up, not just a hand out,” said Jamille Ruebsahm, Development Director at The Salvation Army Austin Area Command. “All of our programs are aimed at helping people move from crisis to self-sufficiency by wrapping them in life-saving services and support. Yet, while our services are vast, the need is greater. That’s why we are so grateful to those who have already stepped up to help us raise $10 million and look forward to the people of Austin helping take us across the finish line.”

The Salvation Army would like to acknowledge the following individuals and organizations that have already generously pledged their support of the 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign:

Austin Community Foundation, Austin Regional Clinic, Carl C. Anderson & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation, Allison and Jay Angell, Nelson K. Barre, David S. Barnett, Gilbert T. Bragg, Robert T. Brooks, Clayton C. Browne, Peggy and Stephen Byrne, The Clayton Fund, Inc., Robin J. Cooper, Exalton A. Delco, Rosemary and Russell Douglass, ECG Foundation, Ernest G. Frerking, Parker Frisbie, Frost Bank, William Gammon, Rudy Garza, Robert Golding, Margaret L. Gosselink, Ryan Gravatt, Tim S. Hill, Kelly Gray/Service Lloyds, Donald D. Hammill Foundation, Wallace W. Johnson, The Burdine Johnson Foundation, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Keith Lanford, Jan Lehman, Lloyd Lochridge, Georgia B. Lucas Foundation, The J. E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, McCoy-Rockford, Inc., Gordon McGill, Sherry A. McGillicuddy, Mike J. Nasi, Katherine Barlow Nelson, Peter G. Palazzari, Cathy and Randy Present, Nelson Puett Foundation, Freddie Proffitt, Sara and Dick Rathgeber, John C. Roiko, Philip Sanders, Don Shafer, Laurie Shanblum, Dwight Thompson, Herman Thun, David W. Turpin, The Susan Vaughan Foundation, John Welborn, David Welland, Leslie and Mark Winter, Pam and Neel White, Lola Wright Foundation, Mary and Howard Yancy

The 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign will greatly expand The Salvation Army’s capacity to serve those in crisis in Austin. For more information about the campaign or how you can get involved, visit www.InvisibleAustin.org and help solve the crisis of women and children experiencing homelessness.

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 thousands of 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 www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin/

 

Joe Ogilvie, Colonel Gonzalez and Bob Cole

Welcome New Members

Joe Ogilvie, Colonel Gonzalez and Bob Cole

Joe Ogilvie, Colonel Gonzalez and Bob Cole

The Salvation Army Advisory Board recently welcomed two new members, Joe Ogilvie and Bob Cole. Joe Ogilvie is a pro golfer who was on the PGA tour for a number of years before retiring in 2014. Bob Cole is the CEO of Austin Radio Network and owner of KOKE FM.

Bob Cole receiving Volunteer of the Month Award with Jamille - Development Director at TSA.

Bob Cole receiving Volunteer of the Month Award with Jamille – Development Director at TSA.

Bob Cole is a long-time friend of the Army. He is a local legend and is known to Austinites as the host of the weekday KOKE FM morning show and as the voice of the University of Texas Longhorn Band and the stadium announcer with Bill Little at the Longhorn home football games.

Bob was inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2008. He has also been honored as the CMA’s DJ of the Year in three different market size categories as Austin’s population has grown since 1980. Bob has a long list of community service involvement, including: Austin Police Department Crisis Team: Victim Services, Boys Scouts of America/Capital Area Counsel Direct Chairman, Dell Children’s Medical Center Board of Trustees and many more.

Bob has been involved with the Salvation Army for many years and is passionate about sharing his love for the Army with others. Bob dedicates his time to the Salvation Army in many ways, from inviting Salvation Army staff and officers for on-air interviews to leading KOKE FM in presenting the inaugural Rock the Red Kettle Concert featuring singer/songwriter Cory Morrow and his friends. For the last two years, Bob has emceed the Salvation Army’s Doing the Most Good Luncheon fundraiser, delighting the crowd with his humor and passion for those in greatest need in our community. Bob was presented with our Volunteer of the Month award for May 2015.

Joe teaching golf clinic at 2015 TSA tournament.

Joe Ogilvie teaching golf clinic at 2015 TSA tournament.

Joe graduated from Duke University in 1996, with a BA in Economics. He was a four year letterman at Duke competing on the golf team where he earned All-ACC honors in 1995 and ‘96. Joe turned professional in golf shortly after graduation. His rookie year on the PGA Tour was 1999 and he competed as a member of the PGA Tour until August of 2014. With one victory (2007 US Bank Championship) and four runner-up finishes, he competed in a total of 399 tournaments. While a member of the PGA Tour he served on the Player Advisory Council (15 member council of fellow PGA Tour players) for 14 years and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the PGA Tour from 2006-2008. Joe currently is a Director of Horizon Bank of Texas (Austin, TX) and First Beverage Group (Los Angeles, CA) and serves on the advisory board of Blue Sage Capital (Austin, TX) and Lead Edge Capital (NY, NY).

Joe has donated his time and talents to The Salvation Army Austin; most recently by hosting golf clinics at the Annual Children’s Golf Classic for the last two years. The golfers greatly enjoy his expertise at the tournament.

For these reason and so many more, The Salvation Army is delighted to welcome Joe Ogilvie and Bob Cole as our new advisory board members.

 

 

 

Welcome

20th Annual Children’s Golf Classic

Welcome!

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

(Please be patient with the photo gallery – it takes some time to load, but the pictures are worth the wait!)

 

 

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