In September, our casual Fridays benefited Pawtucket Salvation Army. Our employees raised $135 and the company matched it for a total donation of $270.
The Pawtucket Salvation Army is part of a global charitable network dedicated to change in both the local area and worldwide. They provide valuable assistance to seniors, veterans, women, children, and families.
Their senior’s programs assist those 55 years of age and older, our fastest growing demographic in the country. It’s their way of giving back to the people that helped build our country. They offer shelter, food, and retreat sessions in Ashford, CT. They want seniors to age gracefully with dignity and honor and serve to keep them vital.
The Salvation Army also has a very long history supporting veterans. It began in World War I and continues in the community today by providing support and resources to veterans and their families when they need it most. They also provide financial assistance for veterans to ease their transition into civilian life.
The Women’s Ministries strives to equip women with the skills and resources they need to strengthen the home, community, and nation. They began the work of assisting women realize their potential in 1907 and they still assist women today, especially younger women learning to cope in our world.
Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) offer men and women assistance when they can no longer cope with their problems on their own or provide for themselves. Programs help residents regain self-respect and re-establish healthy and responsible habits for social interaction and work. The centers also offer housing, employment, and therapy until residents can resume a normal life.
The Salvation Army also offers pre-school readiness programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Young learners receive the guidance they need so they’re ready for kindergarten and further studies.
Older children can visit Camp CONNRI in Ashford to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities in a safe environment. The camp’s experienced personnel and accreditation by the American Camping Association, the State of Connecticut, and The Salvation Army ensure a worthwhile experience.
Besides providing these important services, they also tackle broader issues such as poverty. In 2012, they provided nearly 10 million nights of lodging and 60 million meals across the United States. However, they realize this isn’t sufficient. It doesn’t address the root of the problem.
Their “Pathway to Hope” program provides the guidance, tools, and assistance necessary to support struggling families so they can achieve self-sufficiency and eliminate poverty. By working at a local level, they can focus on positive outcomes and then plan to improve a family’s situation – step-by-step. Each family has a personalized plan and set goals to alleviate poverty.
Human trafficking is another global issue that impacts communities worldwide. People are sold into the labor force or the sex trade every day through coercion, force, or fraud. The Salvation Army fights these illegal acts and works to liberate enslaved individuals, assist survivors and stop the practice.
Finally, the Salvation Army offers emergency disaster services for the entire area. With 23 Corps Community Centers, two Adult Rehabilitation Centers and 51 Service Unit Committees, no one is more than an hour away from coverage.
Clearly, this charity delivers value for donations. If you’d like to contribute to this worthwhile cause, visit their page here. You can make a one-time gift, establish a memorial or even donate goods.