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.





20th Annual Children’s Golf Classic


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.


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.


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:

For additional emergency supplies list visit:




Hurricane Katrina

Remembering Katrina – 10 Years After


Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane season in 2005 was the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history. The most devastating of all storms to hit the Gulf Coast that year was Hurricane Katrina. Katrina strengthened to a category five hurricane and weakened to a category three as it made landfall in southwest Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina wiped out and destroyed so much in a matter of hours:

  • 1,836 lives lost
  • $81 billion in property damage
  • 80% of New Orleans was catastrophically flooded

The Salvation Army emergency disaster workers and volunteers were on hand to deliver relief in the form of shelter, food and hydration, and emotional and spiritual care. $382M was generously given and entrusted to The Salvation Army to provide immediate and long-term support for survivors of the hurricanes. A total of $157 million was spent on immediate response efforts that included:

  • 178 canteen feeding units and 11 field kitchens brought in from across the country
  • More than 5.6 million hot meals and 8.2 million sandwiches, snacks and drinks
  • 178,313 cleaning kits and 235,229 food boxes (groceries)
  • 282,000 emergency disaster assistance cases registered
  • Emotional and spiritual care for more than 275,000 individuals
  • Direct financial aid, in the form of gift cards and housing/utility assistance
  • Equipment and transportation for Salvation Army disaster personnel
  • Assistance to more than 2.6 million survivors in the affected region
Hurricane Katrina survivors line up at The Salvation Army food canteens for meals.

Hurricane Katrina survivors line up at The Salvation Army food canteens for meals.

In Austin, Texas, under the Katrina Aid Today program, The Salvation Army Austin was able to provide long-term case management and emergency assistance in a number of ways:

  • Provided long-term case management to 262 families
  • Helped people maintain their housing or obtain housing by paying for deposits and rent
  • Provided referrals for counseling, therapy and spiritual care
  • Met weekly to collaborate with other local providers to ensure that needs were being met and services were not being duplicated
  • Helped families enroll their children in school
  • Worked closely with the school districts to get their children up to grade level through education and tutoring
  • Worked with the Red Cross and other disaster aid networks to help families find their loved ones
  • Provided vouchers for furniture from local Salvation Army Family Stores
  • Helped evacuees access job retraining to prepare them for tech jobs and other jobs relevant to the Austin economy
  • Helped families access housing and childcare and find employment


New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast were completely flooded and in ruin which forced many families to relocate to other cities and even other states. 25,000 survivors from the New Orleans Superdome were transferred to the Astrodome in Houston. The Salvation Army staff united with hundreds of pastors, church members and volunteers to help. Six to eight mobile feeding canteens were brought in from around the United States.

“What started as a possibility, became a probability, and concluded as a horrid reality. Buildings were obliterated, bridges broken, levees split asunder. It was in so many ways, ‘the worst of times.’ And yet The Salvation Army responded with promptness, competence, determination, daring and Christian love. The results were amazing. People were encourages, homes built, communities kept together, lives literally saved. Hurricane Katrina did indeed represent ‘the worst of times,’ yet in terms of serving hurting people in their time of greatest need and in the name of Jesus Christ, Katrina and its aftermath was also ‘the best of times.’ Never have I been prouder to be a Salvationist!”

-Major John Jordan, former Community Relations & Development Secretary

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Ice Cold Water

Texas Heat

Ice Cold Water

Austinites are used to the heat, but the last few weeks were especially hot with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees. With a surplus of bottled water, thanks to I Am Water’s generous donation, we were able to go out to provide cold clean water to those that may not have access.

On Wednesday, Salvation Army staff and volunteers stood outside the front of the downtown shelter offering cold bottled water to clients leaving the shelter on their way to work, to those coming into the shelter seeking assistance, and to others on the street enduring the heat.

Being outside in the Texas heat for only one hour can be draining and exhausting and for those who are experiencing homelessness, this unfortunately is something they bear every day. Offering cold water outside the shelter gave volunteers and staff the opportunity to lend an ear and listen to the people’s stories and struggles. It gave us a chance to bring in families of volunteers and watch them share the act of kindness and giving to strangers. Offering bottled water for one afternoon may not seem like a big deal, but on this hot scorching day, there was a sense of community and sharing.

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We would like to thank our volunteers who came out to help distribute water. We would also like to thank I Am Waters again for their support.

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Sock Drive


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The Salvation Army Austin has partnered with Round Rock Express and Chick-Fil-A to hold sock drives around Travis and Williamson counties benefiting local children through the 2015 Shoe-In.

The Salvation Army works with partners in the community to identify elementary school age children who are the most in need -those who live in poverty or are experiencing homelessness- so that we can provide them with shoes for the new school year.

This year we are raising funds and working with Academy to provide shoes to local children in need. But we can’t stop there. What would make a new pair of shoes even better? Socks! We are working with local businesses to acquire new pairs of socks. Our goal is to give two new pairs of socks to every child.

A new pair of socks and shoes is so much more that what we think it is because children who are experiencing poverty may not have everything they need to get through the school year. A new pair of socks and shoes can restore hope, elevate confidence and provide comfort. Having a good pair of shoes also helps with health and overall well-being. Shoes not only support our feet, but can affect our back and spine. Having good shoes and new socks is so important during a child’s growing years.

How can you help?

Donate here to help provide a pair of shoes to a local child in need. Or stop by any one of the following locations and donate a new pair of socks:

August 11-14th – Dell Diamond: 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, Texas 78665. Donate two pairs of new socks and receive 2

tickets to an upcoming Round Rock Express game.

 August 17-22nd – Chick-Fil-A: 12501 N. MoPac Expy. Donate a new pair of socks and receive one free Icedream.

 September 24thChick-Fil-A: Georgetown, TX. Donate a pair of new socks and receive a free Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.

 We would like to thank Round Rock Express, Chick-fil-a and EZCORP for holding sock drives benefiting children in need in our communities through the 2015 Shoe-In.






Entercom’s Vice President and General Manager, Stephanie Callihan with Dave Munoz and Blanca Deen


Thursday, July 23, 2015, The Salvation Army Austin had the pleasure of hosting a tour for our friends from Entercom, the parent company of several local radio stations including Majic 95.5.  The dedicated team at Entercom spreads the word about The Salvation Army events year round. Their support on air during the Angel Tree each year, helps the community know how to get involved in providing Christmas gifts for thousands of local children in need. Entercom also hosts The Salvation Army volunteers of the month.

Our tour began with lunch in the chapel of the Downtown Shelter and Social Service Center.  During our meal Lt. Colonel Dorris Gonzalez, Associate Area Commander, spoke about how important the Angel Tree event is to children and families in need in our community. We watched a compelling Angel Tree video showing testimonials and the process of the Angel Tree program. Social Services Director, Kathy Ridings spoke about the families in shelter. She described how we do our best to provide children in shelter with an environment of normalcy, acceptance and hope. Jan Gunter, our Communications Director, spoke about other ways The Salvation Army serves the community. She gave a short quiz with prizes to our Entercom guests on Salvation Army facts.

Kathy Riding giving tour of family dorms.

Social Services Director, Kathy Ridings giving our friends at Entercom a tour of family dorms.

Stephanie Callahan, Entercom’s Vice President and General Manager, spontaneously shared a beautiful story of how The Salvation Army had a significant impact on her grandfather when he immigrated to the United States from Ireland. The Salvation Army assisted him and his family when they first arrived and had very little. He passed down his stories of The Salvation Army and those memories hold dear to Stephanie’s heart and influenced her own desire to support those in greatest need.

The tour proceeded with a walk through our family dorm. Next was a tour of the Learning Center which was recently renovated by our friends at EZCORP. Kaeyla Boyd, Case Manager, explained that the learning center is used during the summer and school year where children can do their homework, create science fair projects, and use computers. The Salvation Army is currently holding a school supply drive for children in our shelter. During the day while the children are at school, the Learning Center is open to adults to give them the opportunity to use computers for job searches and resume building.

The tour continued to the Safe Sleep area then concluded back in the Chapel. Employees at Entercom expressed their gratitude for the tour and how they learned so much more about The Salvation Army.

We are thankful to have partnerships like Entercom!  Their support is truly Doing The Most Good in our community, and it is through support like theirs that we are able to continue to serve those in greatest need.

Entercom team with Amanda McCarty of The Salvation Army receiving a tour of the Learning Center

Entercom team with Amanda McCarty of The Salvation Army

Back-to-School Drive

Back-To-School Drive

Visit our current Back to School drive here.


Can you imagine not having the proper clothes or supplies to start school? That’s the case for more than 100 children living in our shelters in Austin every day. Unlike most kids, the children living in Salvation Army shelters many times do not have what they need. We work to raise the funds to get all the school supplies and uniforms kids need to start school off – a backpack, USB flash drives, binders, notebooks, pencils and sharpies.

Would you like to help them get off to a good start to school? It’s easy to help!

Beginning Monday July 13 through Friday August 14, The Salvation Army Austin is holding its Back-to-School Drive. Simply stop by a Salvation Army Family Store location or The Salvation Army office on Burnet Road (see below) and drop off school supplies or clothing. Donations of new school clothes for ALL school-age children ages 5-18 are welcome, and the greatest need is for elementary school children. These children need both uniforms and regular clothing. The following school supplies are needed:

Most Needed Items: USB Flash Drives 1” and 2” Binders Sharpies, Pencils Colored Folders Kleenex Clorox Wipes Hand Sanitizer Spiral Notebooks Composition Notebooks

Other Items Needed: 

Pens #2 Pencils Pink erasers Pencil Sharpeners Thick and thin tipped colored markers Highlighters Crayons Notebook Paper – Wide and College RuledMap Pencils Glue Sticks Safety Scissors Gallon and Quart Sized Ziploc Bags New Backpacks Basic CalculatorsBracketed 2 –pocket Folders (orange, blue, purple, red, yellow, green) Pencil bags

Monetary donations can be made on our website.

You can also shop our Wal-Mart registry. If you shop today July 15, you can take advantage of Wal-Mart’s huge sale that has been in the news.

We will deliver all clothing and supply donations to The Salvation Army emergency shelters for the children before they head back to school. The Salvation Army is committed to ensuring that our children living in emergency shelters are able to start school with the same excitement and readiness as all other children.

We would like to thank you for your support in helping our local children have a great start to the school year!

Drop-off Locations

  • Austin Area Command: 107 Burnet Rd., Ste. 231, 78758

The Salvation Army Family Store Locations

  • South Congress: 4216 S. Congress Avenue, 78745
  • North Austin: 8801 B Research Boulevard, 78758
  • Round Rock: 601 W. Louis Henna Boulevard, Round Rock, 78728
  • Northwest Austin: 13530 N Hwy 183, 78750
I Am Waters

I Am Waters

Elena Davis, President and Founder and Angela Henderson, Chief of Staff

Angela Henderson, Chief of Staff (left) and Elena Davis, President and Founder (right)



Texas summers are hot! Unfortunately not everyone is fortunate enough to have the basic necessity to survive the heat: water. Elena Davis, President and Founder of I Am Waters, saw a need of clean water for those that are experiencing homelessness and decided to do something about it. In 2009, Elena Davis started the I Am Waters Foundation.

The I Am Waters Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas dedicated to providing fresh, clean water to the homeless.”

Last week, The Salvation Army was blessed with a large donation of bottled water from the I Am Waters Foundation for those in our emergency shelters this summer. I Am Waters donated 22 pallets (38,016) bottles of water. They will donate water again to The Salvation Army Emergency Shelters in August.

These water bottles will help keep the children in our shelters hydrated while at summer camp and while playing at our shelters, and will also keep the women in our shelters hydrated on their way back and forth from school or work.

I Am Waters carry inspirational messages on each of their bottles knowing that the person drinking from the bottle may need a little inspiration.

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 “I am so impressed and inspired by the many great organizations that help the homeless with housing, job skills and food. I Am Waters compliments these groups with our straight-forward mission to provide clean water to the homeless on the streets… I Am Waters provides our inspirational water bottles to homeless organizations for free to distribute to their clients in ways they deem best.”

We are thankful to I Am Waters for providing not only hydration to those living in our emergency shelters, but also love, compassion and hope as well.

Purchasing a bottle of water from I Am Waters at your local Whole Foods, supports the I Am Waters Foundation.

(photos of bottles above from I Am Water website)


Water delivery to The Salvation Army

Water delivery to The Salvation Army