The Salvation Army Response in Nepal

Alexandria, VA (April 28, 2015) – The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after a devastating 7.8-magnitude Earthquake in Nepal that flattened homes and buildings, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 4,000 people.

Here is the latest information on The Salvation Army’s Response:

The Salvation Army East India Territory’s initial response is focused on emergency relief – shelter, water and sanitation – as well the emotional and spiritual support. As the disaster unfolds and we move from emergency response to relief and recovery, our response will broaden and depend on the needs of the Army in the area. 

Volunteers and staff are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by natural disasters. In Nepal, we have four Salvation Army centers, 100 members, one officer family, one outreach worker, and a group of at least 50 volunteers.

Five disaster specialists of The Salvation Army trained in emergency response will arrive in Kathmandu today.

Our office in eastern India, based out of Mizoram, India, has plans in place to send medical staff, pastoral staff to provide spiritual and emotional care, food, tents, and blankets. These goods and staff will make their way by road, which may be difficult due to road damage from the earthquake and ongoing aftershocks. 

Arriving staff will also be meeting with local authorities and international aid coordination mechanisms to join with other agencies in providing a coordinated response to those affected by the earthquake.


The Salvation Army World Service Office will support ongoing efforts.

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The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division Welcomes New Leaders

The Salvation Army has announced the appointments of Lt. Colonels Charles H. Smith and Sharon Smith as Divisional Commander and Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries of the Metropolitan Division. The Smiths assumed their new positions on October 1.

The Metropolitan Division held an official installation ceremony and welcome for Lt. Colonels Smith on Sunday, October 12 at the Norridge Citadel Corps. The installation, led by Commissioners Paul and Carol Seiler, featured lively performances by the Norridge Citadel Band, Norridge Citadel Songsters, Oakbrook Terrace Corps Singing Company and the Hispanic Dance Teams from the Rockford and Belvidere corps community centers. Officers, soldiers and youth from throughout the Metropolitan Division welcomed our new leaders, offering them words of hope and praise.

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The Salvation Army Honors Vets during Annual Donut Days


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The Salvation Army will celebrate Donut Days on May 30 and 31, and June 6 and 7. Staff and volunteers will be at intersections and store fronts throughout the greater Chicagoland area collecting donations in exchange for a tasty Entenmann’s classic chocolate donut.

The annual event highlights The Salvation Army’s services to the most vulnerable in our communities, including our veterans. “National Donut Day has become a true American tradition in which The Salvation Army asks the general public to remember and honor our veterans, as well as their neighbors in need who are facing hunger, homelessness and crisis,” said Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Commander of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. Continue reading “The Salvation Army Honors Vets during Annual Donut Days”

She Got a Head Start…

Story-3-Head-Start-200x200pxWanda Stevenson was just 15 in 1970 when she did an internship with Head Start, working with preschoolers, as part of her high school graduation requirement.

More than four decades later, she’s still working with the organization, now as a teacher with The Salvation Army’s New Hope Head Start program. For her career of service, Stevenson was recently honored as the Illinois Head Start Association’s Teacher of the Year.

Stevenson, who put her own children through Head Start, has been teaching in The Salvation Army’s childcare programs for 33 years. She says it’s been a “wonderful opportunity to serve children and their families from diverse cultures.” She works primarily with African-Americans and Hispanics, and says she has “gained much from years of experience working in a bilingual and diverse cultural environment.”  Continue reading “She Got a Head Start…”