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 continue to benefit from the comprehensive emergency assistance program, including its Food Pantry, Bread and Pastry Program, and service programs, such as a 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.
The Greater Valley Corps has been able to continue to meet the needs to those struggling to make ends meet in Greater Valley area. For example, during the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year, approximately 5,000 grocery orders were filled, with assistance impacting approximately 700 individuals. Additionally, 7 cases received rental assistance, while 17 cases received clothing vouchers. Meanwhile, during the 2013 holidays, 2,500 gifts were distributed. Approximately 230 families also benefitted from other forms of holiday assistance, such as food baskets for Thanksgiving, and winter items such as coats and gloves on Christmas.
Goals for 2014 include continuing to offer comprehensive emergency assistance, including a Client Choice food pantry and Bread and Pastry program. The Corps will also continue to offer seasonal assistance, such as toys for children, winter items for individuals and families, and Back-to-School backpacks for school-age children.
With the continued requests for services, due to this difficult economy, we strive to make available a wide array of food through our food pantry, along with diapers and toiletries. Additionally, we endeavor to make sure youth and adults from the Greater Valley have the essential appropriate winter apparel. Donations of these items are needed.
The Greater Valley Corps has been meeting the needs of the less fortunate in the area. This assistance comes in many different forms, such as providing food, clothing vouchers, and personal care items. Such needs are often the result of recent unemployment or underemployment. The Salvation Army also provides help to those who are impacted from disasters such as fire, and storm damages.
It 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 such a worthy organization.
Holiday Assistance is yet another component of this program, with food for a Thanksgiving meal distributed to individuals and families to prepare at home.
What follows is an excerpt from an article that ran in the New Haven Register in Fall 2013:
Oxford resident Michelle Bauer never had to ask for anything before, but she said Monday this year has been an exceptionally tough one for her and her mother, Palma Bauer.
The two women are struggling to get by, even though Michelle Bauer has had a steady job with a major corporation since 1994.
She said with her mother’s escalating medical bills they cannot make ends meet. Palma Bauer, 78, undergoes kidney dialysis treatment three times a week, and she must take costly medication.
Michelle Bauer said their neighbor volunteers for the Salvation Army and urged them to seek assistance from the organization. She said they have had a difficult year, with financial struggles caused by medical issues.
“It’s the first time I’ve had to seek help,” Michelle Bauer said. “I’ve been praying to God that things are going to turn around.”
…They haven’t been able to afford heating oil and Michelle Bauer said their house has been freezing cold. Salvation Army Lt. Anthony Rivera said he was able to give her two new space heaters as well as food for Thanksgiving dinner.
The Greater Valley Corps offers meals through a Thanksgiving 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.
The Greater Valley Corps is supported by a team of volunteers, corporations, and farms, without whom the services it provides would not be possible. Corporate partners include Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, BJ’s, and Big Y. Through these corporate partnerships, the Greater Valley Corps receives specialty items, such as bedding, toiletries, pet food, bread and pastries, and fresh produce. Its services are complemented by two local farms, which donate fresh, locally grown produce in the summer and fall.
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 costs associated with meeting their basic needs, resulting in many having to consider and make difficult sacrifices in order to just get by. As a result, the Greater Valley Corps is requesting funds to support its programming so that it will be able to continue to offer relief to those in 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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