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Summer 2009 Newsletter

One day only: Ben Stein coming to Houston
At once a cult figure for his breakout role in the movie Ferris Buellers Day Off, a learned economist of international acclaim, a columnist for the New York Times, a bestselling author, an unrivaled comic, and a spokesperson for Clear Eyes, etc., etc., Ben Steins resume reads like an endless list of significant and diverse accomplishments. This November 3rd, he will add the title of keynote speaker for The Salvation Army of Greater Houstons Annual Luncheon to his resume.

Watch the latest edition of The Salvation Army's Video Diary
Grab a towel and some sunscreen...were headed to the pool with The Salvation Armys Boys & Girls Clubs Summer Day Camp program. Haute Couture and lively singing are also on the menu as we stroll through the set of Great Day Houstonfeaturing the Harbor Light Choir, and then catch up to Houstons crme de la crme purchasing lightly used discount designer duds. And finally our 120th Anniversary video is finally ready for its debut! Follow the link and see how The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is Doing the Most Good.
After 40 years of service, Houstons Area Commanders retire
Last month, two of Houstons most prominent nonprofit leaders stepped down from their reign as Area Commanders for one of the local regions longest-standing charitable organizations as they prepared for the next stage of their lives: retirement. Majors Marshall and Carolyn Gesner, who have also been married for 40 years, walked into The Salvation Army's headquarters on the 1500 block of Austin Street as the nonprofit agency's top brass for the last time on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
Summer Day Camp in full swing
In the rush of morning traffic; in the hustle and bustle of daily commutes; hundreds of children ages 5 to 12 begin arriving at The Salvation Armys four area corps community centers throughout the Greater Houston region. They are there to participate in the Armys annual Summer Day Camp program, which provides working parents a safe and affordable option for keeping their kids occupied during the long summer months!
Annual Report - Online Now
In 2008, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command served well over 5 million people through our Hurricane Ike disaster relief efforts, but that wasnt the only thing taking place at our 17 area facilities. The number of homeless people sleeping at one of our shelters on any given night has increased to over 800over 36,000 disadvantaged seniors and children received Christmas gifts from our organizationthanks in large part to the over 100,000 volunteer hours donated by you our community. To learn more please visit our online 2008 Annual Report.
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!
Making a difference, one life at a time
Despite serving the Greater Houston region for over 120 years now, for many people the thought of The Salvation Army simply evokes one thought bell ringers and kettles outside of area stores asking for money during the Christmas holiday season. While that is an image the nonprofit organization is very proud of, clients of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command know the agency represents much more than that. We spoke to a few of the organization's clients and here is what they had to share about their experiences with the agency.
Legend of the Army
Imprisoned 57 times for Jesus, or for disturbing the peace with his open air preaching as authorities described it, Joseph Garabed was not the usual Salvationist. Originally born Nishan Der Garabedian in Tallas, Turkey to a priest of the American Episcopal Church, he was at first not able to join The Salvation Army church because of his affinity for smoking and drinking. It was his friendship with Houston native Salvationist, John Ephraim Thomas Milsaps, however, that ultimately convinced him to retire his habits in order to join The Salvation Army in 1887.
Get Involved - Donate to The Salvation Army
This year has been an especially critical one for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command. Our donations are running low, while the need for assistance in our community is increasing at surprising rates. We need your help to continue serving the most needy. Donate whatever you can, every little bit helps, by calling 1-866-GIV-ARMY or by visiting us online. Donations of time are also welcome and needed. Please dont forget to give!