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Fall 2009 Newsletter

One year after Ike: The Salvation Army standing strong
A year ago on September 13th, Hurricane Ike ravaged through the Greater Houston region. Immediately after, The Salvation Army was among the first government, disaster relief and nonprofit organizations to respond. When it was all said and done, the Army had provided assistance to some 5 million southeast Texas residents. This year, as hurricane season returns, we take a look back at where we were one year ago after the storm. The Salvation Army stands ready to respond and prepared to serve our community.

Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program promises to help many local residents
This month, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston has begun implementing a new assistance opportunity in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, in conjunction with the federal Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP), to assist individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The goal of this new initiative is to rapidly transition at risk or homeless participants into stable housing.
Video Log: This is the place where all the action is caught on tape
Batter Up! And we're off with another season of exciting video footage to share with you, our loyal followers. This time around we're at Minute Maid Park with over 200 Boys & Girls Club members for Salvation Army Night; we check in with Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and our new Area Commander for a Community Cool Off; and we take you downtown for a very important flag signing ceremony honoring our men and women in uniform serving over seas! Follow the link and see how The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is Doing the Most Good.
Restoring Acres Homes' beacon of hope
Until last year, The Salvation Army's Garden City Boys & Girls Club had served as a refuge to children from one of Houston's toughest neighborhoods. At Garden City, over 70 children a day would engage in positive activities that kept them off the streets and away from drugs and gangs. Since Hurricane Ike, however, The Salvation Army facility has remained closed because of the destruction to the building. Now, the nonprofit is ready to bring back this community center bigger and better than before.
November 3rd: Ben Stein in Houston
Sure to be the hottest ticket in town this winter, The Salvation Armys Annual Luncheon featuring celebrity Ben Stein will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston. Tickets are still available for this one-time-only event and Steins keynote speech promises to be well worth the charitable contribution. The agencys Annual Luncheon is its largest fundraiser of the year and funds many local programs and services.
As winter approaches, The Salvation Army is already gearing up for Christmas
Fourteen weeks away from Christmas, The Salvation Army is well into the preparation process for their 2009 Holiday Season Charity Giving Campaign. Angels for the Angel Tree Program have already been ordered, Christmas assistance registration dates have been identified, the Harbor Light Choir is busy booking dates, and a new Secret Santa Warehouse will soon be announced. Over 36,000 residents of Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties receive Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army each year.
Join us on Facebook and Twitter
Social Media buffs and Tweeters, listen up! The Salvation Army of Houston is now on both Facebook and Twitter. Were keeping you up to date on what exactly is taking place at our facilities on a day to day basis. Youll also gain access to tons of videos, news links, and photosall courtesy of our staff, supporters and fans. Join the Social Media Revolution well see you on the web!
Honoring our troops and spreading smiles
Serving human needs without discrimination is the mission of the now 120 year-old Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command, and this month the agency added spreading good cheer to its overall efforts. The nonprofit partnered with two local heavy hitters Brookfield Properties and the Houston Astros to make these latest community ventures possible. On September 8th, Area Commander, Major Chris Flanagan kicked-off a month long public flag signing exhibition at Two Allen Center in downtown Houston to honor U.S. Armed Forces service members.
Hundreds turn out for The Salvation Army's Community Cool Off
Several blocks down the street at 7:00 a.m. dozens of vehicles were already lined up at The Salvation Army's Irvington Corps Boys & Girls Clubs Community Center located at 4516 Irvington Blvd. in Houston's near north side. They were there to receive assistance from our city's scorching heat from The Salvation Army, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.