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Dear Friend, We can see it in the longer days, warmer temperatures, and buds on the trees — spring is finally here! Although the blessings of a new season are something we can all be thankful for, one thing that doesn’t change with the seasons is the need in our community. So many of our neighbors are coming to The Salvation Army for help. In a time of ongoing economic uncertainties, many folks are still hurting. That’s why we are so grateful for something else that doesn’t change with the calendar: your compassion and generosity. Friends like you are the reason The Salvation Army in Salem can continue Doing the Most Good — just as we have since 1886 — for people in need, all year long. Because you care, we can feed people who are hungry, shelter the homeless, help families that are struggling to make ends meet, offer programs that benefit children and the elderly, comfort those who are broken in spirit, and so much more. Your generosity makes all of this happen. And your continuing support — whatever the season — ensures that people in need, right here in Salem, will have a place to turn to for help … and hope. Thank you … God bless you … and have a wonderful spring! God bless you,

Major Kelly K. Pontsler Marion and Polk Counties Coordinator

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Changing Lives

When an Illness Threatened Their Stability, Your Support Gave One Couple a Steady Hand

th nniversary A Edition 5 2 1 l a i c e p S

Spring 2012

the salvation army of Marion and Polk Counties News and inspiration about lives you and The Salvation Army are changing together.

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Spring 2012 The Salvation Army of Marion and Polk Counties

hen everything seemed to be falling apart, Janet knew she had to reach out for help.

Home in Foreclosure. Rice for Dinner.

Janet’s husband had worked as a butcher at the same shop for 21 years. Now, the new owners Janet and her husband were reducing his health insurance have renewed hope for coverage. The the future, thanks to you. timing couldn’t have been worse: Janet’s husband had just been referred by a walk-in clinic to the hospital ICU with a severe case of pneumonia. His condition was so advanced that he nearly died.

How You Helped Carolyn Hold On Through Hard Times

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arolyn was coping with a mother who was terminally ill and a son who had gotten into trouble with the law. Then she was laid off from her job.

Having suffered the twin financial blows of paying their medical bills out-of-pocket and lost wages, the couple was in dire straits. They had fallen behind on their mortgage and needed their propane tank partially refilled. And their electricity was about to be shut off.

She began looking for another job, with no luck. Her unemployment benefits were her only income, and at first, it was difficult to manage. Then it became impossible.

Janet came to The Salvation Army, anxious for any help we’d be able to provide. Thanks to compassionate donors and friends like you, we cheerfully agreed to lend her assistance in making her electric bill payment deadline. We also gave her food assistance to help ease the situation. Janet’s husband has fully recovered, and the two have renewed hope for the future, thanks to your kind support. On behalf of all the men, women, and families whose lives you touch through the mercy of your contributions, God bless you! Thank you for giving people emotional and practical support during extremely stressful times. You’re the reason they can turn to The Salvation Army!

She fell behind. Soon after, the bank began foreclosure on her home. Desperate for help, Carolyn came to The Salvation Army. SA-SLM-12077

A Message from the Major

“There was so much stress and worry. I was going to lose my home.”

“At first, it just hadn’t dawned on me to go there,” she says. “After all, I used to donate. If there were any other way to get my bills paid, I wouldn’t go. I know there are other people in worse shape than I am. But then I thought, maybe now is your time.” At The Salvation Army, Carolyn received food assistance and help paying a bill. “That day I went to The Salvation Army, I broke down crying,” she says. “I had only rice for dinner the day before.”

Carolyn used to support The Salvation Army, just like you do. She never thought she’d be the one to need help. Fortunately, friends like you were there for her when she came to our doors jobless, hungry, and defeated. Your kindness helped restore her hope!

Carolyn is still looking for work, and getting by is a struggle. But she’s managing — and she appreciates the help The Salvation Army gave her. “They were a blessing,” she says. “I thank God that they were there. I’d never had it where there was nothing else I could do.” Carolyn is just one of too many of our neighbors who have lost jobs in the poor economy. Your gifts to The Salvation Army are helping them in their time of greatest need. Thank you for your compassion — and for being a good neighbor.

The Salvation Army • Marion and Polk Counties P.O. Box 7047 • Salem, OR 97303 • PHONE: 503-798-4801


When a Single Mom Needed Help, Your Compassion Lifted Her Up

Meeting Needs in Salem — in Many Different Ways

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ecause of YOU, here are some of the amazing ways The Salvation Army is serving our neighbors in Salem …

t’s hard to watch anyone struggling to make ends meet. But when a parent with innocent children depending on her anxiously reaches out for help, it’s all the more heart-wrenching. For single mother Nicole, her only concern was protecting her two little girls. Nicole had been working for a local credit card company to support her family. However, recent changes in financial services laws drastically reduced the demand for people in her field. Just like that, Nicole and many others in her department were out of a job.

The Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter One of the most visible and frequented ministries of The Salvation Army is its Lighthouse Shelter, originally opened in 1957. This facility has housed many individuals and families in need over the years. The Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter features an 83-bed facility, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides shelter for men, women, and children. All thanks to your support!

“The Salvation Army is very much needed and really helps in the community.”

Nicole was frantic — wondering how she and her daughters would ever get by. Like many in her situation, Nicole contacted a number of local agencies to see where she might get some help. With hope in her heart, Nicole came to The Salvation Army. And because Nicole had already received support once before through The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop program, she knew her crisis would be handled with care. Once inside The Salvation Army, Nicole found a compassionate ear. She explained not only her recent layoff, but also that the father of her two daughters was not paying the support he owed. Although Nicole had a job interview scheduled, she needed assistance to hold her and her daughters over. The Salvation Army was more than happy to lend a hand. “I appreciate that The Salvation Army not only provides immediate support,” says Nicole, relieved, “but also works with you to help you reach your goals.” Thanks to the kindness of donors like you, The Salvation Army was able to provide food and financial support for Nicole and her daughters.

Nicole found the compassion of friends like you at The Salvation Army, and the help she and her daughters needed to get by.

In addition to the much-needed assistance, The Salvation Army also lifted up Nicole’s family in prayer. “I really appreciated that they prayed for me and my family,” says a grateful Nicole. “It really helped me out, and is something you don’t generally experience with other agencies.” In the past year, our Salvation Army division has helped more than 317,000 individuals with some form of emergency assistance — everything from food, utility and rent support, and clothing, to transportation vouchers and similar needs. Furthermore, The Salvation Army’s dedicated staff helps clients take meaningful steps toward self-sufficiency.

The Salvation Army in Salem provides family services including: food baskets, clothing, furniture, and assistance with utilities, medical care, and transportation. Much of this help would not be possible were it not for the support of friends like you throughout Marion and Polk Counties. Whether you donate financially or through volunteering, we thank you for all you do!

Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

“The Salvation Army is very much needed and really helps in the community,” reflects Nicole. “I’ve been witness to their acts of assistance.” Our success is only possible with the generous support of donors like you. God bless you for helping The Salvation Army fulfill our mission to lift up our neighbors in need.

The Red Shield dates back to 1896, and serves as the trademark for The Salvation Army’s social services. The phrase “on the wagon” was coined by men and women receiving the services of The Salvation Army. Evangeline Booth, founder William Booth’s daughter, drove a hay wagon through the streets of New York to encourage alcoholics onboard for a ride back to The Salvation Army. Hence, alcoholics in recovery were said to be “on the wagon.”

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Movie actors Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Mae West, and Joan Crawford have all appeared in movies with Salvation Army characters. The 1966 Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever” is John Lennon’s nostalgic reference to a Salvation Army orphanage called Strawberry Field in Wooton, England. Lennon is said to have played with childhood friends in the trees behind the orphanage when he was a boy. The Christmas song “Silver Bells,” first sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie The Lemon Drop Kid, was inspired by the imagery of Salvation Army bell-ringers standing outside department stores every Christmas season.

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oosevelt, 53, found himself unemployed and homeless after a number of troubling personal issues and struggles got the better of him. Worse still, he was suffering from gout, glaucoma, and high blood pressure — and had no way to treat his conditions. He tried staying at a local mission, but his health continued to worsen, as he wasn’t receiving the care he needed.

Family Services

Your abiding compassion and faithful support of The Salvation Army give hope to the many who find themselves lost and in desperate need each year.

Desperate and weak, Roosevelt came to The Salvation Army for help. “It was a relief,” he sighs. Giving him more than just a bed, The Salvation Army helped Roosevelt file for disability benefits, manage his benefit payments, and keep regular appointments to see a doctor. “This is the best place to go,” Roosevelt says of The Salvation Army.

Did You Know? The Salvation Army flag is the only flag, other than the U.S. flag, to have flown on the moon.

Homeless and Ill, He Was Rescued by Your Kindness

Thanks to a generous bequest, The Salvation Army expanded its services by opening the Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Salem. Community kids and adults have access to fitness and recreation facilities they wouldn’t otherwise be able to enjoy. Thank you for all the many ways you help us continue Doing the Most Good in Salem. God bless you!

Thank you for giving! Your donations form the foundation of everything we do.

For two and a half years now, The Salvation Army has given Roosevelt the support and care he needs to stay healthy and off the streets. “The Salvation Army helps you in so many ways,” he says thankfully. “I am so glad to have come here.” Even the seemingly small contributions you make to The Salvation Army can make lifechanging differences for the men, women, and children we serve. Please accept our deepest thanks for your generosity.

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When a Single Mom Needed Help, Your Compassion Lifted Her Up

Meeting Needs in Salem — in Many Different Ways

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B

ecause of YOU, here are some of the amazing ways The Salvation Army is serving our neighbors in Salem …

t’s hard to watch anyone struggling to make ends meet. But when a parent with innocent children depending on her anxiously reaches out for help, it’s all the more heart-wrenching. For single mother Nicole, her only concern was protecting her two little girls. Nicole had been working for a local credit card company to support her family. However, recent changes in financial services laws drastically reduced the demand for people in her field. Just like that, Nicole and many others in her department were out of a job.

The Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter One of the most visible and frequented ministries of The Salvation Army is its Lighthouse Shelter, originally opened in 1957. This facility has housed many individuals and families in need over the years. The Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter features an 83-bed facility, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides shelter for men, women, and children. All thanks to your support!

“The Salvation Army is very much needed and really helps in the community.”

Nicole was frantic — wondering how she and her daughters would ever get by. Like many in her situation, Nicole contacted a number of local agencies to see where she might get some help. With hope in her heart, Nicole came to The Salvation Army. And because Nicole had already received support once before through The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop program, she knew her crisis would be handled with care. Once inside The Salvation Army, Nicole found a compassionate ear. She explained not only her recent layoff, but also that the father of her two daughters was not paying the support he owed. Although Nicole had a job interview scheduled, she needed assistance to hold her and her daughters over. The Salvation Army was more than happy to lend a hand. “I appreciate that The Salvation Army not only provides immediate support,” says Nicole, relieved, “but also works with you to help you reach your goals.” Thanks to the kindness of donors like you, The Salvation Army was able to provide food and financial support for Nicole and her daughters.

Nicole found the compassion of friends like you at The Salvation Army, and the help she and her daughters needed to get by.

In addition to the much-needed assistance, The Salvation Army also lifted up Nicole’s family in prayer. “I really appreciated that they prayed for me and my family,” says a grateful Nicole. “It really helped me out, and is something you don’t generally experience with other agencies.” In the past year, our Salvation Army division has helped more than 317,000 individuals with some form of emergency assistance — everything from food, utility and rent support, and clothing, to transportation vouchers and similar needs. Furthermore, The Salvation Army’s dedicated staff helps clients take meaningful steps toward self-sufficiency.

The Salvation Army in Salem provides family services including: food baskets, clothing, furniture, and assistance with utilities, medical care, and transportation. Much of this help would not be possible were it not for the support of friends like you throughout Marion and Polk Counties. Whether you donate financially or through volunteering, we thank you for all you do!

Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

“The Salvation Army is very much needed and really helps in the community,” reflects Nicole. “I’ve been witness to their acts of assistance.” Our success is only possible with the generous support of donors like you. God bless you for helping The Salvation Army fulfill our mission to lift up our neighbors in need.

The Red Shield dates back to 1896, and serves as the trademark for The Salvation Army’s social services. The phrase “on the wagon” was coined by men and women receiving the services of The Salvation Army. Evangeline Booth, founder William Booth’s daughter, drove a hay wagon through the streets of New York to encourage alcoholics onboard for a ride back to The Salvation Army. Hence, alcoholics in recovery were said to be “on the wagon.”

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Movie actors Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Mae West, and Joan Crawford have all appeared in movies with Salvation Army characters. The 1966 Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever” is John Lennon’s nostalgic reference to a Salvation Army orphanage called Strawberry Field in Wooton, England. Lennon is said to have played with childhood friends in the trees behind the orphanage when he was a boy. The Christmas song “Silver Bells,” first sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie The Lemon Drop Kid, was inspired by the imagery of Salvation Army bell-ringers standing outside department stores every Christmas season.

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oosevelt, 53, found himself unemployed and homeless after a number of troubling personal issues and struggles got the better of him. Worse still, he was suffering from gout, glaucoma, and high blood pressure — and had no way to treat his conditions. He tried staying at a local mission, but his health continued to worsen, as he wasn’t receiving the care he needed.

Family Services

Your abiding compassion and faithful support of The Salvation Army give hope to the many who find themselves lost and in desperate need each year.

Desperate and weak, Roosevelt came to The Salvation Army for help. “It was a relief,” he sighs. Giving him more than just a bed, The Salvation Army helped Roosevelt file for disability benefits, manage his benefit payments, and keep regular appointments to see a doctor. “This is the best place to go,” Roosevelt says of The Salvation Army.

Did You Know? The Salvation Army flag is the only flag, other than the U.S. flag, to have flown on the moon.

Homeless and Ill, He Was Rescued by Your Kindness

Thanks to a generous bequest, The Salvation Army expanded its services by opening the Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Salem. Community kids and adults have access to fitness and recreation facilities they wouldn’t otherwise be able to enjoy. Thank you for all the many ways you help us continue Doing the Most Good in Salem. God bless you!

Thank you for giving! Your donations form the foundation of everything we do.

For two and a half years now, The Salvation Army has given Roosevelt the support and care he needs to stay healthy and off the streets. “The Salvation Army helps you in so many ways,” he says thankfully. “I am so glad to have come here.” Even the seemingly small contributions you make to The Salvation Army can make lifechanging differences for the men, women, and children we serve. Please accept our deepest thanks for your generosity.

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Dear Friend, We can see it in the longer days, warmer temperatures, and buds on the trees — spring is finally here! Although the blessings of a new season are something we can all be thankful for, one thing that doesn’t change with the seasons is the need in our community. So many of our neighbors are coming to The Salvation Army for help. In a time of ongoing economic uncertainties, many folks are still hurting. That’s why we are so grateful for something else that doesn’t change with the calendar: your compassion and generosity. Friends like you are the reason The Salvation Army in Salem can continue Doing the Most Good — just as we have since 1886 — for people in need, all year long. Because you care, we can feed people who are hungry, shelter the homeless, help families that are struggling to make ends meet, offer programs that benefit children and the elderly, comfort those who are broken in spirit, and so much more. Your generosity makes all of this happen. And your continuing support — whatever the season — ensures that people in need, right here in Salem, will have a place to turn to for help … and hope. Thank you … God bless you … and have a wonderful spring! God bless you,

Major Kelly K. Pontsler Marion and Polk Counties Coordinator

4

Changing Lives

When an Illness Threatened Their Stability, Your Support Gave One Couple a Steady Hand

th nniversary A Edition 5 2 1 l a i c e p S

Spring 2012

the salvation army of Marion and Polk Counties News and inspiration about lives you and The Salvation Army are changing together.

W

Spring 2012 The Salvation Army of Marion and Polk Counties

hen everything seemed to be falling apart, Janet knew she had to reach out for help.

Home in Foreclosure. Rice for Dinner.

Janet’s husband had worked as a butcher at the same shop for 21 years. Now, the new owners Janet and her husband were reducing his health insurance have renewed hope for coverage. The the future, thanks to you. timing couldn’t have been worse: Janet’s husband had just been referred by a walk-in clinic to the hospital ICU with a severe case of pneumonia. His condition was so advanced that he nearly died.

How You Helped Carolyn Hold On Through Hard Times

C

arolyn was coping with a mother who was terminally ill and a son who had gotten into trouble with the law. Then she was laid off from her job.

Having suffered the twin financial blows of paying their medical bills out-of-pocket and lost wages, the couple was in dire straits. They had fallen behind on their mortgage and needed their propane tank partially refilled. And their electricity was about to be shut off.

She began looking for another job, with no luck. Her unemployment benefits were her only income, and at first, it was difficult to manage. Then it became impossible.

Janet came to The Salvation Army, anxious for any help we’d be able to provide. Thanks to compassionate donors and friends like you, we cheerfully agreed to lend her assistance in making her electric bill payment deadline. We also gave her food assistance to help ease the situation. Janet’s husband has fully recovered, and the two have renewed hope for the future, thanks to your kind support. On behalf of all the men, women, and families whose lives you touch through the mercy of your contributions, God bless you! Thank you for giving people emotional and practical support during extremely stressful times. You’re the reason they can turn to The Salvation Army!

She fell behind. Soon after, the bank began foreclosure on her home. Desperate for help, Carolyn came to The Salvation Army. SA-SLM-12077

A Message from the Major

“There was so much stress and worry. I was going to lose my home.”

“At first, it just hadn’t dawned on me to go there,” she says. “After all, I used to donate. If there were any other way to get my bills paid, I wouldn’t go. I know there are other people in worse shape than I am. But then I thought, maybe now is your time.” At The Salvation Army, Carolyn received food assistance and help paying a bill. “That day I went to The Salvation Army, I broke down crying,” she says. “I had only rice for dinner the day before.”

Carolyn used to support The Salvation Army, just like you do. She never thought she’d be the one to need help. Fortunately, friends like you were there for her when she came to our doors jobless, hungry, and defeated. Your kindness helped restore her hope!

Carolyn is still looking for work, and getting by is a struggle. But she’s managing — and she appreciates the help The Salvation Army gave her. “They were a blessing,” she says. “I thank God that they were there. I’d never had it where there was nothing else I could do.” Carolyn is just one of too many of our neighbors who have lost jobs in the poor economy. Your gifts to The Salvation Army are helping them in their time of greatest need. Thank you for your compassion — and for being a good neighbor.

The Salvation Army • Marion and Polk Counties P.O. Box 7047 • Salem, OR 97303 • PHONE: 503-798-4801


2012 Spring Marion-Polk Salvation Army Newsletter