2017 ANNUAL REPORT
THE SALVATION ARMY GREATER NEW YORK DIVISION
A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES . . .
“The hot meal, the warm bed, the week at summer camp — all important facets of our services, to be sure. But they’re just the beginning. When a person from our homeless shelters turns the key to a new apartment . . . When our disaster services helps a displaced family return home . . . When an at-risk child from our music program takes the stage to perform at a concert. . . These are the real success stories. This is the true fulfillment of the mission of The Salvation Army.”
Lt. Colonels Ricardo & Mirtha Fernandez, Divisional Leaders, The Salvation Army Greater New York Division
FIELDS TO DREAMS
“People were there for me when I was young and I recognize how much of a difference and change they made in my life. I want to make that same difference and change in other people’s lives. . . . I know that any other kid who goes to this camp will not leave the same. Their lives will also be changed forever.”
Devonte Thompson, alumnus of The Salvation Army’s Star Lake Music Camp; current youth-music instructor at The Salvation Army’s Manhattan Citadel Corps Community Center in East Harlem; and currently the youngest member of The Salvation Army’s world-renowned New York Staff Band
FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT . . . AND THE NEXT
Volunteer Cara Ottilio-Cooper (left), with Lieutenant Aline Fernandes, former Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army’s New York Temple Corps Community Center, at an Angel Tree donors “thank-you” dessert reception.
“My great-grandmother was served by The Salvation Army and my grandmother has always said, ‘Help The Salvation Army.’ And now here I am, you know, ‘100 years later,’ helping The Salvation Army!”
Cara Ottilio-Cooper, long-time volunteer with The Salvation Army’s holiday Angel Tree program, on the reason for her enduring commitment to The Salvation Army and the concept of “Doing the Most Good”
OUT OF TRAGEDY, HOPE
“I first came to The Salvation Army when I was a lot younger. My family had suffered a pretty big tragedy. We had a house fire and we lost everything. My stepfather passed away from burns a couple of months later . . . . The Salvation Army gave us hope during a really difficult time . . . . And it’s been really important for me to be able to give back to The Salvation Army when they’ve given me so much growing up.”
Danielle Beckvermit, Salvation Army music-program alumnus, current Salvation Army youth-music instructor, and aspiring opera singer and voice teacher
“Life was extremely hard, especially when you are in a strange and faraway land, not speaking the language, with two children, pregnant, without a job or even a place to call home. . . . The Salvation Army in Tarrytown provided clothing, food, school supplies for my daughter, counseling, spiritual guidance but, most of all, acceptance. . . . I can honestly say that the love, care and unconditional support during and after this experience changed my whole perspective towards Christian brotherly love.”
Andreina, a native of Venezuela who fled her country with her children searching for a better life in the U.S., which she found with the help of The Salvation Army in Tarrytown, New York
BOROUGHS AND COUNTIES
served by The Salvation Army Greater New York Division, which includes New York City, Long Island, and 7 upstate counties of the lower Hudson Valley
CENTERS AND SITES
operated by The Salvation Army in the Greater New York area
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Salvation provides throughout the Greater New York area each year
A SEASON OF CHALLENGES
During late summer/fall of 2017 — one of the worst hurricane seasons in a decade — The Salvation Army, including staff from the Greater New York Division, served in some of the most severely impacted areas of Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With roughly 10% of New Yorkers having roots in Puerto Rico, The Salvation Army Greater New York Division has long been committed to assisting the already-established local Salvation Army in serving the people and communities of the island. The Greater New York Division’s assistance in this year’s disaster-relief efforts is just another expression of that commitment.
In its collective responses to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, The Salvation Army has provided*:
INDIVIDUALS WITH EMOTIONAL
& SPIRITUAL CARE
*statistics as of January 2018
MORE THAN JUST SERVING FOOD
“I can’t begin to tell you how important it was when your much-welcomed truck pulled into our community and served meals to us. . . .The Salvation Army people who served us were great and listened to all our troubles. They did more than serve food – they were our heroes. Your organization brought a lot of hope to our community.”
A resident from a low-income senior apartment complex in Corpus Christi, Texas, in a letter of thanks to The Salvation Army for services provided during Hurricane Harvey
DID YOU KNOW?
The Salvation Army Greater New York Division’s HIV Health Home Services program last year served approximately 3,600 men and women with chronic illnesses, including HIV.
The Salvation Army Greater New York Division’s Developmental Disabilities Services operates 7 group homes and a private-home family-care program that last year served a total of 84 developmentally disabled adults.
THE SALVATION ARMY IN THE GREATER NEW YORK AREA
The Salvation Army’s 14-county Greater New York Division serves New York City, Long Island, and seven counties of the lower Hudson Valley through more than 70 centers and offices providing a vast network of community-based programs and services that include:
- Addiction recovery
- After-school/youth-oriented programs
- Camping services (including summer day camp for youths, and residential camping opportunities for youths and adults)
- Clothing and furniture vouchers
- Day care
- Developmental disabilities services
- Emergency disaster services
- English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes
- Fellowship opportunities for men and women
- Food pantries
- HIV health services
- Holiday assistance (including food baskets, sit-down meals, toy drives, and holiday visits to the sick and elderly)
- Homeless services
- Music and arts programs
- Rent, utility & prescription assistance
- Residence for professional women
- Seniors activities
- Services for immigrants
- Social-justice advocacy
- Soup kitchens
- Street outreach
- Worship services in the Christian tradition
Here are some examples of the monumental impact your donations have made over the past year:
MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN SERVED
served to the hungry
NIGHTS OF SHELTER
to those in need of a place to sleep
DAYS OF CHILD CARE
to underserved families
who attended Salvation Army camp last summer
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE A RED BOX CHRISTMAS
TO A FAMILY IN NEED
The Salvation Army Red Box program is a campaign that assists at-risk children and families during the holidays. The Red Box is an actual “red box”—and/or other container—that overflows with non-perishable food, toys, clothing, basic essentials, and more, prepared and distributed to families in time for Christmas. Donations to the Red Box Campaign also fund The Salvation Army’s other holiday-assistance programs that provide sit-down meals and food baskets to the hungry, toys for underserved children, and visits to the sick, elderly, and lonely.
A donation of just $65 will provide a Red Box Christmas to one family in need; $130, to two families, and so on. To make a contribution, or learn more about the Red Box Campaign, contact (212) 352-5655.