in Jamaica, Queens
Over 150 people stepped through the gates of The Salvation Army in Jamaica, Queens on Thursday September 21, 2017 for an event presented by Care for the Homeless entitled “Healthy Living.” Both The Salvation Army and Care for the Homeless wanted to meet members of the surrounding community to let them know that the center is open all-year-round to help meet the needs of their neighbors.
Volunteers from both organizations were joined by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield to offer a variety of services, including flu shots, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, blood pressure screenings, and insurance enrollments, and to talk about maintaining healthy lifestyles.
Care for the Homeless was started in 1985 to meet the health care and social service needs of those in the community who find it difficult to access services. They coordinate twenty-one service sites throughout the New York City area, including shelters for individuals and families, and provide services to over 7,500 individuals annually.
The organization operates a health center at The Salvation Army Jamaica Citadel (90-23 161st Street, Jamaica) on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week. Among their services are physical exams, vaccines, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease testing, mental health services and counseling, health education, case management, and community referrals. On other days during the week, The Salvation Army provides a food pantry, hot meals, church services, and youth music and arts activities. All services are free of charge.
Ronald Lawson, Chief Operating Officer at Care for the Homeless, shares that “Care for the Homeless has enjoyed the relationship with the Salvation Army. We hope to significantly renovate and improve the quality of our health center by utilizing a portion of a sizable grant recently awarded to us by the New York State Department of Health. We look forward to discussing this opportunity with the Salvation Army leadership”.
Major Louis Guillaume is the head pastor and administrator of The Salvation Army on 161st street. He says, “The needs are so great in this community where we are located, and that is why our relationship with Care for the Homeless is important and greatly appreciated. I hope that The Salvation Army Jamaica Citadel will be able to serve more people by reaching out to build on our relationship with the community.”
The Salvation Army in Jamaica just celebrated its 75th year operating off Jamaica Avenue. Just as it is named, the center strives to be a citadel in the community, defending the city’s inhabitants from the hardships that they face.
The Salvation Army operates in 128 countries around the world and has been hard at work serving the Greater New York area since 1880. For more information, please visit salvationarmyny.org.