The Salvation Army's mission is to meet basic human needs without discrimination and its ministry is motivated by the love of God. The Salvation Army's goal is to help individuals and families deal with the many challenges they face in their daily lives through social, educational, emotional, and spiritual development. Every program and service is designed to support and develop self-sufficiency and hope.In tandem with The Salvation Army's global mission, locally, the Greater Valley Corps' goal is to help those in need. As a result, individuals and families benefit from the comprehensive emergency assistance program, including its Client Choice Food Pantry, Bread and Pastry Program, and service programs, such as Thanksgiving food distribution, and Back-to-School backpack distribution. Clothing and furniture vouchers along with rental and utility assistance are also provided through the comprehensive emergency assistance program.
Valley Corps has continued to coordinate and provide services to needy,
low-income, and vulnerable populations in the Greater Valley Area, moving
at-risk people and families toward self-sufficiency. For example, From October 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017, the
Emergency Assistance Program's Client Choice Food Pantry provided food for
approximately 26,298 meals to 365 unduplicated households, encompassing 839
unduplicated individuals. Additionally, approximately 2,831 breads and pastries
were distributed through our Bread and Pastry program in this time period. We
provided rent and utility assistance to an additional 19 households, and
clothing and furniture vouchers were provided to 4 households. We also provided
106 referrals to other agencies for additional
assistance. Meanwhile, during the 2016 holidays, we provided 406 families with holiday food
baskets, distributed 236 articles of clothing, 127 toys, and 200 gifts.
Nonperishable food, along with diapers and toiletries are needed for distribution through our Client Choice Food Pantry. Additionally, donations of winter apparel, including coats, hats, gloves, and mittens are needed. These will be distributed to youth and adults in need from the Greater Valley.
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.
The Greater Valley Corps has been meeting the needs of the less fortunate for many years. This assistance comes in a number of forms, such as providing food, rent/utility assistance, clothing vouchers, and personal care items. Such needs are often the result of unemployment or underemployment. The Salvation Army also provides help to those who are impacted by disasters including fires, and storms.
The Corps also provides Back-to-School assistance, an overnight camp experience at Camp CONNRI, and a Holiday Assistance program. It is my pleasure to serve on the board of this organization.
The work and ministry of The Salvation Army's Greater Valley Corps aims to provide programs and services to assist individuals and families from the Greater Valley area in meeting their basic needs. Unfortunately, the difficult economy continues to impact individuals and families who have already been hit hard by the increasing cost of basic living expenses, resulting in many having to make difficult sacrifices in order to just get by. As a result, The Greater Valley Corps is requesting funds to support its Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program. client choice food pantry is a key component.
Holiday Assistance is yet another component of this program, with grocery items, meat, and fresh produce for a Thanksgiving meal, and grocery items, meat, and fresh produce for a Christmas meal distributed to individuals and families to prepare at home.
Nikki, a single mom of five year old son, Bailey, from
Ansonia came to The Greater Valley Salvation Army this fall to sign up as an
Emergency Food Pantry client. She was devastated
and feeling helpless when her food stamps were cut off due to federal cuts to
the program. She was taken into the
Pantry and given a generous supply of non-perishable food items, such as cereal,
juice, tuna, beef stew, pasta, rice, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, canned
fruits and vegetables. In addition, she
received breads, pastries, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and frozen
packages of chicken, beef, pork and fish. “I never expected to get so much food,” she exclaimed with tears in her
eyes. “I can’t thank you enough.” The team at the Greater Valley Salvation Army
has been able to bless Nikki, and others in similar situations, who have unfortunately
come into desperate times, through various circumstances.
Brenda, a middle-aged, long-time client of The Greater
Valley Salvation Army has not only been able to feed herself and her disabled
husband through the Client Choice Food Pantry, but has also been able to share
her food by cooking an occasional meal for an elderly disabled neighbor. She has developed a heart for volunteer work
and helping others in her community and now receives valuable tutoring in
reading and mathematics, and also volunteers for The Greater Valley Salvation
Army. Brenda continues to encourage and
give hope to others who are coming to the Food Pantry, so that they too may pay
The relief that we see from those seeking help, when we are able to assist them in their time of need, is echoed in the faces of so many who come to The Salvation Army. We are grateful to the Valley Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, the corporations, and the individual donors who make this work possible.
The Greater Valley Corps offers meals through a Thanksgiving meal distribution, a Christmas meal distribution, and at its annual Back-to-School Supplies Distribution.
These programs often serve as a "gateway", where people learn, perhaps for the first time, about programs and services available to them should they be in need of such assistance. This can help to reduce the severity of any crisis a family may be experiencing before the crisis becomes unmanageable.
Programs at the The Salvation Army Greater Valley Corps are developed based on the needs of the community. We are always looking for ways to understand and respond to local needs, along with agencies and organizations that serve in the area, avoiding duplication and or competition.
The Greater Valley Corps is supported by a team of volunteers, corporations, and a local farm, without whom the services it provides would not be possible. Corporate partners include BJ's Wholesale Club, Stop & Shop, ShopRite, BJ’s, and Big Y. Through these corporate partnerships, the Greater Valley Corps receives grocery and specialty items, such as organic and healthy food choices, toiletries, bread and pastries, and fresh produce. Its services are complemented by Massaro Community Farm in Woodbridge, which donates fresh, organic, locally grown produce beginning in the Spring and ending in the Fall.
Our programs and services are assessed informally by local staff and volunteers, as well as formally by the Divisional Social Services Director to ensure program quality and identify potential areas of improvement. Additionally, our Advisory Board provides ongoing support, insulating the programs from any potential negative effects of staff or officer transitions by providing consistent, committed involvement from its members.
Our biggest challenge is meeting the needs to those seeking assistance from us with our limited staff. As a result, we are seeking funds to support a case worker to provide continuous, ongoing support and meet this need.
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A strong community not only meets its members’ basic needs but also works to create long-term solutions to their problems. Provide people with affordable housing, enough to eat and access to affordable health care and you enable them to envision a better future for themselves.
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