New Resource Center for St. Marys, GA

13 11 2014
St. Marys Resource Center

Service Center Director Charlene Sears stands in front of the new St. Marys Salvation Army Resource Center

MARYS, GA — If picture-perfect weather on grand-opening day is any prediction of future success, then the new Salvation Army Resource Center in St Marys Georgia has a bright future in store. On Oct 30 at 10 a.m. under a clear and cloudless azure sky, Divisional Commander Major Jim Arrowood gave the dedicatory address at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of the new 2,400–square-foot St Marys Salvation Army Resource Center.

“The focus of the center will be to empower and strengthen families and to help train people to be successful,” says Salvation Army Resource Director Charlene Sears.

The new building is made possible because of the generosity and support from the St Marys United Methodist Foundation, the St. Marys Salvation Army Advisory Board, and people in the community. The St. Marys UMC Foundation awarded The Salvation Army a challenge grant of $125,000 for the facility. That challenge was met by the St. Marys Salvation Army Advisory Board and people in the community, making the new Resource Center a reality.

The new facility has already hosted a job fair featuring nine local employers and was attended by over 50 people. “We want to take away any obstacles of people being unemployed or underemployed,” said Sears, adding, “Plans for a computer lab are next on the list as funds become available through gifts and donations.”

Programs that will be taught at the new facility include GED test preparation courses, budgeting personal finances, and preparing for job interviews, Sears said. Business professionals, retired teachers and Camden County Chamber of Commerce members will be among the volunteers at the new center.

The new Salvation Resource Center is located next to the Salvation Army Family Store at 1909 Osborne Road in St. Marys.


Unsold airport food helps feed the hungry in Atlanta

25 07 2014

ATLANTA — At the world’s busiest airport, giving back goes on nonstop.

HSMHost, which operates dozens of kiosks and restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, donates about a ton of unsold food every week to the Salvation Army.

The process starts in the concourse kitchen, where sandwiches, salads, parfaits, desserts and fruit cuts are prepared fresh every day.

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Unsold airport food helps feed the hungry in Atlanta.

Renovations underway for The Salvation Army’s new serving kitchen in Rome

22 07 2014
New hood being installed in kitchen area renovation

New hood being installed in kitchen area renovation

Rome’s Salvation Army began renovations this week on its serving kitchen to create new “sit down” dining at its shelter on First Avenue. According to Captain Douglas McClure, in order to make our facility more guest friendly, The Salvation Army is moving its’ existing food preparation area downstairs.

via Renovations underway for The Salvation Army’s new serving kitchen in Rome.

Central Georgia Plays Key Role in HURREX 2014

22 07 2014

On May 6, 2014, The Salvation Army of Central Georgia joined with other local, state, and volunteer agencies in the biennial Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) hurricane exercise (HURREX-2014) in Macon, GA.

Disaster service at HURREX 2014

Captain Eugen Perry and volunteer Jonathan Holland of Warner Robins load mobile canteens for HURREX 2014 disaster exercise.

In the exercise, as it would in a real-life situation, The Salvation Army provided nourishment and hydration from mobile canteens. Over 200 meals, including a vegetarian option, were provided to mock survivors, first responders, and volunteers.

Captain Eugene Perry of Warner Robins, Lieutenant Joshua Hinson of Griffin, and Sergeant James Allen of Dublin brought canteens and volunteers from their corps to join Area Commander Alan Hill in Macon to assist with the exercise.

According to exercise planners, the exercise simulated landfall along the Georgia coast of “Hurricane Nicolai,” a catastrophic Category 3 hurricane with 111-129 mph winds.

Director Charley English of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) said, “Georgia is vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms and it only takes one serious storm to devastate an area. HURREX 2014 allows GEMA and our emergency response partners to practice our ability to respond quickly and effectively in the event of a tropical weather disaster in Georgia.”

The purpose of the HURREX 2014 was to demonstrate local, state, and volunteer agencies’ ability to simultaneously set up, staff, and operate emergency operations center functions and support services at a reception center, evacuation shelters, a pet shelter, and an aviation support operations center.

“We all like to get things right the first time,” said Major Alan Hill, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Central Georgia. “During this exercise we had the opportunity to practice our skills in disaster service. This has been a good learning experience, as we see first-hand how teamwork is necessary in providing assistance to the masses.”

Leading The Salvation Army HURREX 2014 exercise efforts in coordination with GEMA was Georgia Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director Major Jim Smith. A well-experienced veteran to The Salvation Army and to Emergency Disaster Services, Major Smith drew on his 45 years of TSA service to ensure a successful collaboration. “We exercise together so we will work together effectively when a real disaster occurs,” said Major Smith.

According to Major Smith, The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Essential Service Function #6 (ESF6). The Salvation Army’s primary mission in response to approaching or existing disasters would be to serve survivors and then first responders with nutrition, hydration, and emotional and spiritual encouragement.

The Salvation Army shield, and the words “Doing the Most Good” it is known for, are a promise to those it serves that it will be there for them when needed most. Sometimes doing the most good takes a little foresight, and it’s good to know The Salvation Army is ready and prepared to live up to its promise and take action whenever the need arises.

Success Story: Toccoa Man Receives Life-Saving Help from Project Share

30 05 2014

project-share-verticalAn elderly man was living in his house without electricity because he was so sick, he was unable to pay his bills. When his power was shut off, he could not use his oxygen and soon after had a heart attack.

The Salvation Army of Toccoa was able to assist the man and help him pay his bill through Project Share. Following up, The Salvation Army informed his family of the situation and ensured that a family member and caregiver would assist him moving forward, and informed them of available resources to keep the situation from happening again. This saved this man from losing his home and having to go into a nursing home.

Project Share provides emergency bill-payment assistance to individuals and families facing a temporary crisis that threatens their home. SHARE attempts to target the most urgent need, whether it is a utility bill, a part of a rent payment or an emergency prescription. Most Georgians can donate to Project Share through their utility bill; check here for a list of participating providers.

April Tornado Disaster Relief Round-Up

30 04 2014

In response to the tornadoes that have torn across the south over the past few days, causing damaging in several areas, The Salvation Army has been able to provide:

  • 4,509 Meals
  • 5,535 Drinks
  • 4,130 Snacks
  • 16 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens)
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care to 135 individuals
  • 128 comfort kits

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Here’s how you can help*!

*Donors are encouraged to contribute cash. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Cash donations allow The Salvation Army to purchase product to quickly and efficiently meet the most urgent needs of disaster victims. When possible, the purchases are made near the disaster site to stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery.

Easter Weekend Events Across Georgia!

17 04 2014

Happy Easter! Here’s what’s happening with the Salvation Army Georgia this weekend!


4/17 – Maundy Thursday Service, 6 pm

4/18 – Good Friday Service, 6 pm

4/19 – Family Fellowship @ Ridge Ferry Park, 11 am

4/20 – SONrise Pancake Breakfast, 9:45 am. Easter Worship, 11 am.


4/19 – Hip Hop Bunny Drop, 10 am


4/20 – Easter Worship and Cook out, 10:45 am

For more information about worship services and events in your area, visit our website to find a Salvation Army near you!

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