2018 ANNUAL REPORT

THE SALVATION ARMY GREATER NEW YORK DIVISION

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Message from the Divisional Commander

“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

Where are we?

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BOROUGHS & COUNTIES
served by The Salvation Armyof Greater New York
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CENTERS AND SITES
operated by The Salvation Army in the Greater New York area
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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
offered to the community throughout the Greater New York area each year

Programs & Services

  • 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

A Permanent Solution

Tiffany came to New York from Honduras as a young girl, and her family was barely able to get by without the help they received from The Salvation Army in the Bronx.

“My family and I were in desperate need when we met The Salvation Army. They were there when we most needed them and treated us with respect and dignity. My sisters and I joined the music and arts programs and I loved doing what had a purpose and a meaning. They reach out to people, not for a temporary fix, but for a permanent solution. I don’t know where I would be if God hadn’t placed The Salvation Army in our lives at the right time.”

Watch more: https://youtu.be/6ZJfj16pNUs

Summer Camp

3,000 kids over seven weeks last summer stepped out of vans and buses onto the green grass of Star Lake Camp to be met by loving counselors, fun activities, fresh air, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

10 year-old Carl says, “At Star Lake Camp, I really enjoy being around my friends, cool staff, playing sports, learning an instrument, and enjoying myself.”

9 year-old Camila says, “This year I learned more about how to respect myself and respect others.”

A New Lease on Life

Suffering from his drug addiction and alcoholism, Walter finally made a decision to get his life straight with the help of The Salvation Army. He loves working with all ages to provide opportunities of self-expression and fulfillment.

“I’m beginning to see that God has a purpose for all of us, and when we’re in step with that purpose, life and service to others becomes more meaningful. The Salvation Army gives you that opportunity to find love.”

Watch more: https://youtu.be/8CkDmG0tFWg

Senior Center in Brooklyn

When you walk through the inconspicuous doors of The Salvation Army in Brooklyn Bensonhurst, the former catering hall lobby opens into three massive, open-plan floors, bustling with hundreds of senior citizens who flock to the center every day. With activities such as dance, Chinese Opera, tai chi, English as a second language, computer literacy, table tennis, and much more, the seniors of the community are never without something to keep them occupied and a place where they can feel the fellowship of their friends. Last year, membership hit 2,008 seniors for this location.

Watch more: https://youtu.be/GXjagrHr7Yc

A Reason to Give Thanks

When Mirian’s husband suffered a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day, he passed away and left her alone with two kids and negative $7 in her bank account. When she stumbled across a flyer for free dance classes at The Salvation Army, she knew she could give her daughter an opportunity that she never thought would be possible.

“The foundation that my daughter developed helps me to let her flourish and pursue her dreams. The Salvation Army is a place that can really change lives. The Salvation Army is an open door to experience joy and to be with people who love you unconditionally.”

Watch more: https://youtu.be/A86N9sGB984

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MEALS SERVED
to the hungry
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NIGHTS OF SHELTER
to the cold and tired
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DAYS OF CHILD CARE
to children and families

Emergency Services

This past year, The Salvation Army rolled out one of its newest programs with the Social Services Response Unit, a mobile services initiative with a purpose of serving the streets of New York City to meet the 65,000 people experiencing homelessness every day.

Not only is the group heading out to look for opportunities to serve, but they are also working with partners to assist local first responders in the event of an emergency, like the water main burst that affected The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Manhattan.

The Salvation Army has a rich heritage in serving in the aftermath of natural disasters and the daily disasters that plague our local communities.

Something More

D’andre found constructive ways to use his time as a teenager with The Salvation Army’s music programs and found an escape from his situation at home.

“I knew that there was something more for me, and I found that at The Salvation Army; and I feel like it sculpted me into who I am today because I didn’t get involved in the negativity around me. The people that are there really look out for the kids in the community. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, they still welcome them and call them as their own.”

Watch more: https://youtu.be/nu9OnpS7rr8

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