Boxes of diapers

Diaper Drive for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Diapers Needed at The Salvation Army Shelters

Boxes of diapers

In conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, The Salvation Army is conducting a diaper drive for families who are experiencing homelessness. The Salvation Army is the only emergency shelter option in Austin for families, and we need a lot of diapers. Large sizes 4, 5 and 6 are especially needed.

Diapers can be donated at The Salvation Army Downtown Shelter and Social Services Center at 501 East Eighth Streeton Thursday, November 20, from 9 am to 4:30 pm or Friday, November 21.

OR donate at any of the four Salvation Army Family Stores in Austin or Round Rock on Thursday, November 20. See our Family Store page for locations and store hours. Each person who donates will receive a coupon to our Austin Salvation Army Family Stores.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.
This year, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 15-23, 2014.

The Salvation Army Austin is participating in National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week not only to bring greater awareness to our community, but also to help to promote the national endeavor to end hunger and homelessness. The plight of those without a home, or those living in poverty, can be both lonely and difficult.

Women and Children Experiencing Homelessness

Did you know that more than 65% of the people The Salvation Army Austin serves who are experiencing homelessness are women and children? Women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our community.

Please consider sharing your efforts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, using #NHHAW and tag @SalArmyAustin or Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

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Local Volunteers Minister as Salvation Army Services Requested on Texas Border

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Salvation Army volunteer Cindy Wells serves alongside Catholic Charities worker

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Randy O’Dell serves hot, nutritious soup to immigrant families

Meeting Human Needs in His Name on the Texas Border

The mission statement of The Salvation Army clearly states the organization’s commitment to “meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” This practical ministry of The Salvation Army is in operation as volunteers and staff work to provide emergency assistance to immigrants who have crossed the Texas border.

At the request of Border Patrol and several other public agencies, The Salvation Army is working closely with a number of VOAD partners (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) to ensure that humanitarian needs are being addressed for families and individuals who have been processed by the Border Patrol and are awaiting transportation to their various destinations. Food, clean clothing, hygiene products, showers, and other services are being made available in the towns of Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Laredo and El Paso, communities where The Salvation Army has historically served for decades.

Williamson County disaster volunteer Sharon O'Dell dishes up fruit for immigrant families in McAllen, on the Texas border.

Williamson County disaster volunteer Sharon O’Dell dishes up fruit for immigrant families in McAllen.

It is estimated that up to 500 individuals are being served daily on the Texas border with the greatest concentration being in McAllen, Laredo and El Paso. The Austin disaster services team out of Williamson County, which is active in local and state disasters, has been deployed to serve in McAllen. Salvation Army volunteers from the Austin area are serving alongside volunteers and staff from other relief agencies, feeding nutritious soup to 160 to 200 individuals each day.

“The Salvation Army is working with both government and partner agencies to provide emergency support, basic necessities, and relief in South West Texas to immigrant children and families,” said Major Richard McConniel, Divisional Secretary of The Salvation Army, Texas Division. “All around the world people come to The Salvation Army at their times of greatest need for help. The dynamic crisis along our country’s border is yet another call for our staff and volunteers to live out our mission, to meet human needs in the name of Christ without discrimination.”

Donations supporting the work of The Salvation Army on the Texas border can be made by mailing a check to PO Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767, with the notation “Disaster – TX Border Assistance” or by credit card at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/texas-border-assistance. For information on how to join volunteer disaster services team in Austin, visit SalvationArmyAustin.org.

The Salvation Army in Austin serves more than 20,000 men, women and children a year through its twelve locations in Travis and Williamson Counties, providing basic needs, shelter, employment services and rehabilitation. Find us at Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin or @SalArmyAustin.

 

The Salvation Army Celebrates National Donut Day

Volunteers and Staff will be Serving Free Donuts to Veterans

June 5, 2014 (Austin, Texas) – To celebrate The Salvation Army’s 77th annual National Donut Day, The Salvation Army Austin today announced that volunteers and staff will be giving away donuts at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, Friday June 6 from 8:30-10:30am. Three First Choice Emergency Room locations in Austin will also be giving away donuts in support of The Salvation Army’s National Donut Day.
In 1938 during The Great Depression, The Salvation Army in Chicago started National Donut Day as a fundraiser. It honors the United States military veterans and commemorates the work of Salvation Army volunteers who used donuts to comfort American soldiers in France and Germany during World War I.

“Salvation Army workers continue to care for and comfort hundreds of thousands of people each day who battle hunger, substance abuse and homelessness around the world,” said Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, The Salvation Army’s Austin Area Commander. “It is with the support of our community partners like First Choice ER, that we are able to provide these services. As we celebrate 125 years of serving in the Austin area, we are grateful for the support of First Choice ER.”

The Salvation Army has also partnered with Entenmann’s Bakery for National Donut Day for the 4th consecutive year. This partnership includes a donation of $1 from Entenmann’s Bakery to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” the Entenmann’s Facebook page between April 21st and June 30th (up to $30k). The Salvation Army is grateful to Krispy Kreme for helping provide donuts for this year’s local celebration. This continued support from partners such as these, allows The Salvation Army to continue Doing the Most Good in Travis and Williamson Counties.
In addition to the free donuts, for every person that stops by a First Choice Emergency Room facility for a quick tour, First Choice Emergency Room will donate $10 to The Salvation Army Austin, up to $20,000 total.

Veterans are welcome to drop by the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, located at 7901 Metropolis Drive to receive donuts from Salvation Army staff and volunteers and to remember the Donut Girls.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org.

 

 

Give Local Kids The Gift Of Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Salvation Army Is Sending Children Who Are Experiencing Homelessness or Poverty to Summer Camp

Individuals, Companies and Organizations are asked to Donate Supplies

AUSTIN, TX (May 27, 2014) – More than 100 children who are experiencing homelessness or poverty from The Austin Salvation Army Shelters and Service Centers, from ages 5 through 16, will attend summer camp starting June 16. Camp is important for every child, and it is especially important for these children in our community who are facing great challenges. We need the help of individuals, companies, churches and organizations to give these children the gift of summer camp.

“As you can imagine, going to camp is big deal to local kids who are living in shelters or in poverty,” says Stacy Schwarz, Assistant Social Services Director. “It’s one gift The Austin Salvation Army can offer them while their parents are busy each day working, studying or training to improve their employment.”

Summer camp provides stability and structure in the midst of chaotic times for these children. Activities include team building, swimming and swimming lessons, exploring the great outdoors, playing sports and games, studying nature and wildlife, talent shows and lots more! The camping experience lasts for 10 weeks.

There are two ways the community can help: 1) Purchase items (from the list below) and drop them off to us. You can do this as an individual, or you can organize a drive through your company, church or organization. 2) Donate online and we will purchase the items for the children. We are in need of the following for boys and girls from 5 to 16 years of age (all sizes):

Beach towels and wash cloths
Refillable water bottles
Swimsuits (one piece only)*
Caps and hats*
Athletic Shoes*
Backpacks
Beach bags
Water shoes and flip flops*
Insect repellent
Shorts*
Travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes
Travel size deodorant and soap
Travel size hand cleanser
Sheets, light sleeping bags, light blankets*
Pillows and pillow cases
Modest t-shirts*
Underwear*
Pajamas*
Socks*
Sunscreen (SPF 30)
Flashlights with new batteries
Floaties
Travel size packaged snacks

*We have the biggest need for children ages 10 – 12.

Drop Off Locations

Donations may be dropped off beginning May 29, Monday thru Friday 9 am to 4 pm at 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 231, Austin, 78758, or in Georgetown at 307 Shannon Lane.

Contact Us

Please contact Donna Clendennen at 512-634-5921 or infoaustin@uss.salvationarmy.org to organize a large drop-off or collection drive with your church, company or organization. The deadline for donations is June 11. Should you wish to donate by mail, please mark your check “camp supplies” and send it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767. For on-line giving: SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

 

The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center Ribbon Cutting

New Williamson County Service Center Ribbon Cutting

The Salvation Army Announces Ribbon Cutting and Open House during National Salvation Army Week

The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center Ribbon Cutting

Lt. Colonels Henry and Dorris Gonzalez cut the ribbon with the help of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and staff from The Salvation Army Austin Area Command on May 13, 2014

AUSTIN, TX (May 6, 2014) –The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center will celebrate its opening on May 13, 2014 with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting at 307 Shannon Lane in Georgetown as part of National Salvation Army Week and the 125th Anniversary of The Salvation Army in Texas. The afternoon will kick off with an Open House for the community from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Joined by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, other community leaders, volunteers, donors and supporters, The Salvation Army will cut the ribbon at 5:15 p.m.

The Williamson County Service Center opened its doors to begin serving clients on February 3, 2014, and this will be the first time the public has the opportunity to tour the center and get an inside glimpse of the facility and its mission. The service center is working closely with area nonprofits including The Caring Place, The Round Rock Serving Center, Georgetown ISD and St.Vincent DePaul, to meet the needs of the most economically vulnerable populations in Williamson County. Services provided include a clothing closet, food pantry, rent and utilities assistance and occasional emergency lodging.

“We are proud of the heritage and 125 year history of The Salvation Army in Texas,” said Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, The Salvation Army Austin Area Commander. “The opening of the Williamson County Service Center reminds us that our mission remains the same as it has always been: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name, without discrimination. We are honored to be doing that now in a more focused way in Williamson County.”

The Salvation Army has been serving in Williamson County since the 1950’s. This includes the active volunteer-led Emergency Disaster Services canteen out of Liberty Hill which responds to disasters large and small in Williamson County and all over the state of Texas. Now, with the opening of the new Service Center, The Salvation Army has its first physical location in the county. As Williamson County continues to grow rapidly, the need for services to those in greatest need is also growing. The Williamson County Service Center is the twelfth location of The Salvation Army Austin Area Command in Travis and Williamson Counties.

The public is invited to the ribbon cutting and open house and is asked to bring nonperishable food items from this list to stock the food pantry: canned chicken or tuna, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, dry beans, rice, dry cereal or canned beans or vegetables.

You can support the work of The Salvation Army in Williamson County by making a financial donation or by volunteering. To donate please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, mail your donation to PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767. We invite you to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 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.

Doing the Most Good Luncheon 2014 Raises More than $165,000 in 125th Anniversary Year

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Left to Right: Lt. Col. Henry Gonzalez, Cory Morrow, Lee Ann Womack, Lt. Col. Dorris Gonzalez, Bob Cole.

Click Here for Details of the 2015 Doing the Most Good Luncheon

Emcee Bob Cole and Performer Lee Ann Womack Lead Crowd in Supporting Neediest in Area

AUSTIN, TX (April 28, 2014) – From the crisp and genuine opening by Texas Hall of Fame’s Bob Cole to the final number by Grammy award-winning performer, Lee Ann Womack – who left the crowd wanting more – The Salvation Army Doing the Most Good Luncheon, underwritten by the Cain Foundation, exceeded expectations. More than 430 supporters filled the Hyatt Regency ballroom, enjoyed music from The Salvation Army band and raised more than $165,000 to support programs that provide basic needs services in Travis and Williamson Counties.

As celebrity emcee Bob Cole, who has served on The Salvation Army Advisory Board, talked about the great needs in the community, he also announced that he and KOKE FM have signed on for a multi-year partnership with The Salvation Army. Highlighting the high demand for services and the reality that donations raised locally support local needs, Cole noted that there were 322 women and children on the call-back list for shelter at the time of the luncheon, underscoring the growing need for funding and support from the Austin area community.

“We are honored to have the generous support of many leaders in the Austin metropolitan area,” reflected Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, The Salvation Army Austin Area Commander. “For 125 years we have been meeting human needs in the Austin area through the generosity of our local supporters. This support is helping us build a foundation for the future as we work hard to keep up with the growing needs of the most vulnerable people in Travis and Williamson Counties.”

Lee Ann Womack’s performance delighted the guests, as many people had come specifically to hear her perform songs such as her signature, “I Hope You Dance”. Those at the Meet and Greet prior to the luncheon were also able to snap a keepsake photo with her.
(See all photos here: http://bit.ly/DTMGPhotos )

The lunch crowd enjoyed two videos which illustrated the scope and the impact of The Salvation Army in Travis and Williamson Counties, one showing twelve locations across two counties where The Salvation Army serves, including the free Adult Rehabilitation Center and the four Family Stores that support it. The other video showed compelling stories of three clients at the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, including two mothers and one retired school teacher.

Featured in the second video, and also in attendance and introduced to applause at the luncheon, was Zulema Rendon, a mother whose experience in an abusive relationship led her and her nine year old daughter to be homeless. In the video, Zulema explained how she didn’t know where to turn. When her frightened daughter asked her what they were going to do, Zulema told her, “We’re going to be all right. We’ll sleep in our truck in the Walmart parking lot if we have to.”

Zulema and her daughter were residents of the Austin Shelter for Women and Children for four months last year. There, she received counseling, food, shelter, and supportive services until she was able to happily move into her own apartment. The Salvation Army case workers continued to work with her until she could be completely self-sufficient. Zulema says, “It made a new me, because before I was very timid; I was very scared. I wasn’t even planning for the future. But the help of The Salvation Army has turned me back into the parent that I need to be.”

Today, Zulema is supporting herself and her daughter, working, going to college and has set her goals on becoming a social worker to give back to others in need.

You can support the work of The Salvation Army in Travis and Williamson Counties by making a donation or by volunteering. Please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or mail your donation to PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.

 

 

2014 Doing the Most Good Luncheon Seeks to Raise $100,000 for Local Programs

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Click Here for Details on the 2015 Doing the Most Good Luncheon

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact:  Jan Gunter, Communications Director, m: 512-944-0572; jan_gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org

Features Grammy Award-Winning Artist, LeeAnn Womack; With Celebrity Emcee, Bob Cole

Click HERE to see event page and to purchase tickets.

Who:    The Salvation Army, Austin Area Command, serving Travis and Williamson Counties
Bob Cole, local radio legend, as celebrity emcee
LeeAnn Womack performs – Grammy award-winning vocalist; 6-time County Music Association Award winner; known for the 6-week #1 hit, “I Hope You Dance”.

What:

  • Celebrating 125 years of The Salvation Army in Austin
  • VIP Meet and Greet with LeeAnn Womack and Bob Cole
  • Program includes two short (2-4 minute) videos showing the local work of The Salvation Army
  • The luncheon is fully underwritten, so all proceeds stay local to benefit:
  • Those experiencing homelessness – 66% of all those we served last year were women and children
  • Local disaster relief
  • Youth programs – character-building and music education
  • Newly opened Williamson County Service Center – rent, utilities and housing assistance plus a food pantry and clothing closet

 

Where: Hyatt Regency, Austin

When: Friday, April 25, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
VIP Meet and Greet – 10:45 am

Why: The demand for our services is high; we are working to fill the funding gap: the call back list for families to get into our shelters is 322 this week – all of these are women and children desperately seeking shelter and support to improve their employment and housing situations

Visuals:

  • LeeAnn Womack Performing
  • Bob Cole serving as emcee
  • The Salvation Army Band in performing in uniform
  • Area Commanders, Lt. Col. Henry and Dorris Gonzalez – 46 year of service in The Salvation Army

 

 

Central Texas Flood Relief Continues

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AUSTIN, TX (November 4, 2013) – The Salvation Army has served more than 1000 meals, 2500 snacks and hundreds of drinks to first responders and those affected by the disastrous flooding in Central Texas. The Salvation Army is providing service to hard hit areas from this week’s storms. Now we also have a laundry truck in place with three washers and three dryers so that flooded homeowners can wash laundry as they work to clean up their flood damaged homes.
Volunteers are needed to work in four-hour shifts to monitor the washers and dryers for the next week. In addition, we are asking for financial donations to support our disaster relief efforts.The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.
Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army local response to the Central Texas flooding: 
MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.
TEXT to PLEDGE: Text HELPAUSTINAREA to 41444. Include your name and the amount you want to donate. We are currently not able to accept donated goods for the Austin area flood disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support our ongoing relief efforts.Contact: Jan Gunter, Communications Director
Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572

Austin Metropolitan Area Command           

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 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmy
austin.org.

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We Are Helping with Central Texas Flood Relief

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AUSTIN, TX (November 1, 2013) – The Salvation Army is on the ground in Austin and surrounding areas with a canteen (kitchen food truck) and personnel coordinating with Local Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the disastrous flooding in Central Texas. The Salvation Army is providing flood relief service to hard hit areas from this week’s storms.

Meals and hydration are being provided for first responders and those affected by the flooding. The Salvation Army will provide these services for as long as we are needed.

The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations. Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army local response to the Central Texas flooding:

ON-LINE: salvationarmyaustin.org
MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.
TEXT to PLEDGE: Text HELPAUSTINAREA to 41444. Include your name and the amount you want to donate.

Contact:
Jan Gunter, jan_gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org
Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572

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 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyaustin.org.

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