Report on National Salvation Army Weeks at THQ
The THQ dining room was the venue for the first in five lunch time sessions to commemorate National Salvation Army Week. In its 60th year, NSAW has provided education and awareness to the public and staff of Salvation Army centers across the country in helping raise awareness of “what we do and why we do it.”
We are welcoming Major Todd Hawks, Area Commander and his staff of the Metro Atlanta Area Command who will be speaking to us and introducing clients and staff members during the week. On Monday, Martha Reich (Director of Development) spoke about the The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in South Atlanta, where a program is dedicated to seeing the city of Atlanta free of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and the damage it causes to communities, families, and individuals. This program facilitates awareness, prevention, outreach and service delivery activities from our location in the Pittsburgh Community.
The Center serves two priority populations. The target population is women 18 years and older facing CSE, and our secondary population girls under the age of 18 who are engaging in or are at risk of CSE. We provide women and girls facing CSE with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.
To give girls and women a place to receive the resources they need to leave a harmful lifestyle, realize their worth and dignity, heal from the wounds of various abuses, and help others do the same. To educate the community of Atlanta of the reality of sec trafficking in our city, to train key community leaders on intervention strategies, and to strategically serve, investigate, and rescue women and children out of Commercial Sexual Exploitation through prayer, outreach and social action.
Help with immediate needs of clothes, toiletries and food
Referrals for medical needs
Referrals for emergency shelter and transitional housing
Referrals for job training and placement
Referrals for residential treatment
Access to GED courses, parenting classes and membership in our community center
arts and activities
Professional counseling services
On Tuesday THQ welcomed members from all 24 Adult Rehabilitation Centers attending their biannual Director of Finance Conference at THQ. In addition the main speaker was a Mr. Dominic Johnson a previous beneficiary of the Atlanta Center in 2003. In his testimony he praised the ARC program for bringing him through a very physical and emotional period in his life. He thanked God for his continued protection and told the staff present how God was now working in his life to help others, both through his work as a counsellor and his witness to those currently in the program at the Center. He also testified to the gift from God of a son which meant so much to him. Major Lynda Delaney, ARC Administrator in Atlanta told the crowd that he had gone through thirteen other programs before entering the ARC and becoming “clean.”
The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.
Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.
For more information on the ARC and its programs go to:
The Marriott Hotel group were represented and provided dessert for everyone.
Wednesday’s lunch time speaker was Captain Andy Miller III corps officer of Lawrenceville, Georgia and the Army’s work in Gwinnett County. The Captain spoke eloquently of the many and varied programs the corps operates throughout the year. Of significance was the Conservatory of Performing Arts where hundreds of young people have attended and received professional assistance with music and the arts. He then gave a personal word of how his family became associated with the Army. The Captain is a sixth generation Salvationist and he has traced back to reveal that all six generations were or are Salvation Army officers. He challenged the crowd to become involved in service projects especially if they live (as many do) in Gwinnett
Thursday – We were introduced to Keith , an ARC Graduate and member of the Peachcrest Corps. Keith witnessed to how God was now #1 in his life, and helping him make all the right choices. He mentioned his past challenges and how after three attempts at rehabilitation from alcohol abuse, The Salvation Army led him through the program and to the Lord.
Keith was made a Salvation Army Soldier just three weeks ago and is actively involved in the corps as a Coach and Mentor at the Peachcest Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.
Commissioner David Jeffrey, Territorial Commander thanked Keith for his honest and forthright testimony citing two well known Southern officers who came through the Boys & Girls Club in their corps in Hagerstown, MD.
One special feature during lunch was Colonel Brad Bailey, Chief Secretary who willingly allowed employee Mary Kaley to ‘paint his face’ as “Spiderman!” The Colonel posed for phots and raised even more donations for the chosen cause, Atlanta’s Salvation Army run Boys & Girls Clubs.
Another surprise to all was following Chris Priest’s announcement that THQ staff and the ARC Command had raised over $5,000 in four days. The Territorial Commander first announced THQ would match that gift, and after some to and fro with the Program Secretary, Lt. Colonel Kelly Igleheart, the Commissioner doubled the match!
Friday lunch time is our last event when Golden Corral provide the meal and we close the Silent Auction.
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