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Spring 2009 Newsletter

After 120 years in Houston, The Salvation Army is still going strong
The year was 1889. North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington had just been admitted by President Grover Cleveland as the 39th, 40th, 41st, and 42nd U.S. states. The first juke box had just gone into operation at the Palais Rolaye Saloon in San Francisco. Vincent Van Goghs Starry Night was still freshly-painted, and over in France the city of Paris was celebrating the inauguration of its new Eiffel Tower. Here in Houston, history was also being made. A single female officer by the name of Captain French had taken on the task of introducing a new form of service in faith to the local region.

Watch the latest edition of The Salvation Army's Video Diary
From a unique rendition of Amazing Grace, to a high school where more than 600 students have already dropped out this year alone, join us as we trace the steps of homeless women in Houston through Sally's House, explore the benefits of independent living for seniors, talk to Family Residence about their most urgent needs, and speak with Norma Salinas, just one of The Salvation Army's many local success stories, and much more! It's all in this edition of our Video Diary. Follow the link and see how we are "Doing the Most Good!"
Visit our new Media Kit Section
The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is proud to announce the introduction of our new online Media Kit Section. Here you'll find our latest News Releases, detailed Fact Sheets about the many local programs and services we offer, important Contacts, access to our various Logos, Images, Newsletters and Videos. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions, and remember The Salvation Army of Greater Houston serves Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery county.
Save the Date: Annual Luncheon 2009
Last year was our Annual Luncheon's best year ever, raising nearly $400,000 for our local programs and services! This year, Luncheon Chairs Mr. Jim and Jane Wise promise an even more successful Annual Luncheon for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command. Scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2009, the Annual Luncheon will honor Mr. William (Bill) T. Slick and feature a special VIP guest speaker. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details in the near future!
Coming full circle
His parents sacrificed it all to afford him and his siblings a better life, now German Garcia is using his education to pay the favor back a few times over. Like so many others, they took menial jobs and sacrificed it all so long as their children had a roof over their head, food to eat, and clean clothes to wear to school. Today, it is their eldest son who stands bright-eyed and hopeful with many of the same dreams his parents once had. Only now it is he who wants to give them a better life.
Enrolling for Summer Day Camp
Whether it's finessing their acting skills, learning a few hip-hop dance moves, playing some recreational sports, or honing their singing skills at an actual recording studio, this year, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is preparing to give area youth a summer to remember at their Boys & Girls Clubs Summer Day Camps. The nonprofit organization hosts Summer Day Camps every year as part of their overall youth outreach efforts.
Applause and thank you to all volunteers
Each year through the support of countless individual and corporate volunteers, the nonprofit organization serves dozens of thousands of individuals throughout the local region. On any given day they can be found serving meals to seniors and the homeless, playing basketball or football with at-risk youth, painting or rebuilding one of the local Salvation Army facilities, spreading good cheer at a red kettle donation site during the Christmas season, or even sorting and packaging gifts at the Secret Santa Warehouse.
It's not exactly Fashion Week, but it is for a good cause
Organizers are keeping mum about the specific designer lines set to hit the runway at Reflections on Style, but if tickets sales are any indication, odds are many of the same designers from New Yorks Fashion Week will have their collections make an appearance in Houston. The main difference between New Yorks Fashion Week and Houstons Reflections on Style Boutique and Runway Show is the price.
Through The Salvation Army, independent living is a reality for many seniors
Faced with the somber reality of not having enough savings in their retirement funds, many local seniors are finding their golden years arent so bright after all. Those with family willing to take them in are forced into less than desirable retirement situations, often having to share their living quarters.
Over $10,000 in scholarships were awarded by The Salvation Army to area students
On Thursday, January 22, 2009, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston awarded over $10,000 in college scholarshimmps to area students who are members of The Salvation Army's Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the local region, at their annual Youth of the Year Scholarship Awards Dinner, which took place at The Junior League of Houston. The recipients of these awards range in age from 12 to 18 years old.
Butterfly Effect: Sally's House transitions women off Houston's streets
Its a building that many people dont notice. Nestled in the outskirts of downtown Houston, opposite the 250 million dollar Minute Maid Park (home to the Houston Astros), Sallys House is a humble two-story building with a familiar red shield as its marker. For the homeless women in the fourth-largest city in the United States, that red shield, with its simple message "Doing the Most Good" is a beacon of hope.
Check out our Secret Santa Warehouse Photo Album
Through your generous donations and contributions of time The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command provided Christmas assistance to 36,770 individuals in 2008. At a glance over 7,500 meals were served for Thanksgiving and Christmas; 28,839 local volunteers contributed a total of 100,477 hours of volunteerism; 1,264 families received food boxes; and 109,151 Christmas gifts were distributed to over 23,000 disadvantaged children and seniors in the local region. As a token of our appreciation please accept this invitation to vie our Secret Santa Warehouse Photo Album.