The Salvation Army Gave Her a Chance to Start Over

The Salvation Army Helped Her Get Back on Her Feet - Now She Helps Others Do the Same

This blog post has been provided by Tamara Draper, an Account Executive at Accuity, Inc. Nearly 30 years ago, Draper and her children stayed at The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Lodge for a short period of time. She has spent the past 27 years giving back and supporting The Salvation Army.

Thirty years ago, I found myself jobless and homeless with an 11-month-old daughter and 9-year-old son. I had just gone through a devastating divorce for more than a year. I was taking steps to move my family to Albuquerque, New Mexico to start over. My soon-to-be ex-husband decided he did not want a divorce after all, and wanted his family back. We reconciled and decided the entire family would move to New Mexico. He found a job and we found a home. I would pack up the kids and leave for New Mexico in a month.  Once I quit my job and gave notice to our landlord, my ex said, “I changed my mind. I don’t want to be married after all.”

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Emergency Disaster Services Volunteers Are There When Needed

As a part of National Volunteer Week, we are recognizing the impact that volunteers make with The Salvation Army. This blog features an article originally printed in Central Connection – a newsletter for The Salvation Army’s Central Territory (read the entire newsletter here), and highlights recent stories about volunteers and staff in the wake of 2017’s record-setting disastrous weather.

When life-long Salvationists and Central Territorial Headquarters employee Blythe Marinelli developed an interest in becoming an emergency disaster services (EDS) volunteer with her husband, Jack, it quickly turned into a passion. In the past year and a half they discovered a ministry through which they receive much personal satisfaction while serving others in God’s name.

After completing the training required to be certified and registered as EDS volunteers, the Marinellis’ first experience was helping the Metropolitan Division when the Fox River flooded. Their second EDS experience took them far from home when they joined the first hurricane-relief team deployed by the territory to Puerto Rico last fall. Continue reading “Emergency Disaster Services Volunteers Are There When Needed”

The Salvation Army Celebrates National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week 2018

This blog post has been provided by Linda Reiter, our volunteer resource manager. She is a certified volunteer administrator and has managed volunteer programs for nearly two decades. She is passionate about engaging volunteers in meaningful ways, and energized by volunteers who bring hope, kindness and compassion to those in need.

National Volunteer Week is April 15-21 this year, and provides a reminder of how valuable volunteers are – especially those who take time out to support The Salvation Army. National Volunteer Week was started by Points of Light to encourage people and organizations to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community.

As the largest social service organization in the world, The Salvation Army could not do all that we do to serve our communities without the help of our most treasured asset – the volunteers who work alongside us every day of the year. Continue reading “The Salvation Army Celebrates National Volunteer Week”

Accuity Volunteers Step Up to Support The Salvation Army

This blog post has been provided by Tamara Draper, Senior Account Executive at Accuity, Inc. Nearly 30 years ago, Draper and her children stayed at the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Lodge for a short period of time. She has spent the past 27 years giving back and supporting The Salvation Army.

Thirty years ago my children and I spent some time at The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth Lodge. I had been through a divorce that left us homeless. I was too humiliated to tell my family and to ask others for help, so we started living out of my car. Thankfully a friend stepped in and made some calls on my behalf, and after three days, someone from the Army showed up and took us in. Within a month, they provided some financial help that allowed us to find an apartment and start over.

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