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    Help The Salvation Army Give Homeless and Needy Children Christmas Presents

    Help The Salvation Army Give Homeless and Needy Children Christmas Presents

    Help The Salvation Army Give Homeless and Needy Children Christmas Presents

    “Please support disadvantaged children with a Christmas gift at the Angel Tree by visiting our table in the Inland Center Mall and fulfilling the wishes of a child till December 22nd,” said Major Braga.

     

    (Redlands, Calif.)  Giving a toy to a needy child. It is a small gesture but participating in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree will make this Christmas memorable for you as well as the children in need.  Without your help, some children won’t get anything for Christmas.

    “Just pick up an Angel Tree tag and buy a needy child the gift listed on the tag! The Angel Tree matches donors with hundreds of children who are relying on The Salvation Army this year to bring them a Merry Christmas,” said Major Adelma Braga, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino.

    The San Bernardino Corps Angel Tree is at Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino, 500 Inland Center Drive in San Bernardino, 92408.  Donations received here provide toys to children from 400 disadvantaged families in Big Bear, Blue Jay, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, the mountain communities, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, Loma Linda, Yucaipa, Mentone, Redlands, and San Bernardino.

    “Please support disadvantaged children with a Christmas gift at the Angel Tree by visiting our table in the Inland Center Mall and fulfilling the wishes of a child till December 22nd,” said Major Issas Braga.

    Shoppers find cards attached to the Angel Tree. These cards include the names and wish lists of needy children whose families cannot afford to buy gifts. Shoppers simply pluck a tag off the Angel Tree and head for the appropriate store to purchase their gift donations, then return it to the Angel Tree volunteers.

    Shoppers get to keep the card as an ornament to hang on their own Christmas tree, reminding them of their good deeds.

    “This is a great way to start a tradition with your family, by selecting a gift for a needy child together. The gifts are based on their wishes and for some children, it may be the only gift they receive all year,” said Major Braga.

    “Bicycles, board games, and clothes are just a few items on each child’s wish list,” said Major Braga. “Shoppers who participate in the program are encouraged to shop for more than what is needed on the list. I can’t think of a better way for local people including business owners and managers to help the community and spread the spirit of Christmas.”

    For more information on the Angel Tree call Steven Pinckney or visit the tree in the Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino.   Donors are asked to drop off turkeys, hams, canned food, cash, checks, or gift cards at the Salvation Army’s Corps Office at 838 Alta Street, Redlands, 92373. For more information call (909) 792-6868.

    To donate money by phone call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769).  Donate online at: https://sanbernardino.salvationarmy.org

    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church and offers holistic programs for individuals of all. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world.

    The Salvation Army has served San Bernardino since 1888.  The Salvation Army supports those in need without discrimination.  The Salvation Army serves the cities of Big Bear, Blue Jay, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, other mountain communities, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, Loma Linda, Yucaipa, Mentone, Redlands, and San Bernardino.

    Renaissance Man Cornelius Bryant Teaches Etiquette to Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center Residents

    Photo Caption: Davis Ashly, Rudy Salcido, Cornelius Bryant, Angel Cariel, and Randy Robinson have completed an eight-session course covering life skills, leadership and etiquette to men at The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps’ Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC).

    Photo Caption: Davis Ashly, Rudy Salcido, Cornelius Bryant, Angel Cariel, and Randy Robinson have completed an eight-session course covering life skills, leadership and etiquette to men at The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps’ Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC).

     

    “I’ve gotten feedback from the students and without exception, they all say that this is a course that should be offered again,” said Major Martha Sheppard, Co-director of The Salvation Army ARC.

    SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. — Cornelius Bryant, “The Renaissance Man,” has started teaching a second eight-session course covering life skills, leadership and etiquette to men at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). The weekly evening classes last eight weeks, with a break for Thanksgiving.

    Bryant’s students volunteer for the course. “At first,” says Bryant, “they are a bit shy and don’t know what to expect. But I work at getting to know each of them to start drawing them out, getting them to open up and contribute to our conversations. By week three, my students are turning into teachers.”

    The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers are 180-day residential work-therapy programs that provide spiritual, social, and emotional assistance to people who are recovering from alcohol or substance abuse issues and need a stable, supportive environment while they learn the skills and routines, they need to find gainful employment and permanent housing.

    About 120 program participants are 21 to 65 years old and must have passed a drug test and breathalyzer when they arrive. They need to perform a work therapy assignment for up to eight hours a day, six days a week to help them establish a good work ethic.

    Individual schedules can be adjusted to meet participant needs. The program also requires attending counseling sessions, educational classes, and worship services.

    Major Donald Sheppard and his wife, Major Martha, supervise the San Bernardino ARC, and Martha Sheppard had this to say about Bryant’s class: “I’ve gotten feedback from the students, and without exception, they all say that this is a course that should be offered again.”

    Major Sheppard collected written feedback from the students, who at this writing have completed six of the eight weeks. Major Sheppard notes that they are all great workers who have what it takes to get and hold a job. The problem is their attitude and ability to solve problems.

    “Bryant’s classes are teaching them a new mindset with the core lesson that the outer man is a reflection of the inner man, and it is the inner man that needs a new direction,” says Major Sheppard.

    Bryant’s curriculum covers communication skills, social skills, proper hygiene, personal grooming, proper attire, bathroom etiquette, accountability, consideration for others and dining etiquette.

    All nine skills smooth participants’ rough edges and add to their self-confidence and ability to present an agreeable appearance and manner. This improves the ability to create the friendly, productive relationships essential to getting and holding a job and reuniting with family members.

    Bryant says, “I founded this program to encourage, empower and equip people to accept responsibility for their actions and make positive changes from the inside out that will transform themselves and others.”

    Major Sheppard collected written feedback from the students, all of it positive. Due to their upbringing and life experience up to now, their approach to communicating with their peers has tended to be confrontational, which typically results in defensiveness and hostility. With the lessons from Bryant’s curriculum, they learn tact and a more collaborative approach.

    One of the lessons taught is dining skills. Upon completion, graduates will be treated to a special dinner and given a certificate of completion that can be added to their résumé.

    For more information call Cornelius Bryant at (951) 238-4720 or send an email to cornelius@TheRenaissanceManES.com.

    The San Bernardino ARC has programs for men only, and the Pasadena and Anaheim locations serve women.  For more information about The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program call (909) 889-9605.

    Photo Caption: Graduates family and Salvation ARC Officers join to celebrate the men’s graduation from the eight-session course covering life skills, leadership and etiquette.

    Photo Caption: Graduates family and Salvation ARC Officers join to celebrate the men’s graduation from the eight-session course covering life skills, leadership and etiquette.

    About The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man School of Life Skills, Leadership, and Etiquette was founded by Cornelius Bryant to encourage, empower, and equip people to accept responsibility for their actions and make positive changes from the inside out that will transform themselves and others.

    These changes are brought about by teaching a combination of life skills, leadership skills, etiquette, good manners, respectful behavior, realistic goal setting, strategic planning and proper work ethic.


    Research has shown that improvements in these areas lead to increased positive interactions within the family structure as well as society at large. Classes are provided for grades 6 through 12 and

    The Salvation Army Serves Thanksgiving Dinner

    Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals. The annual Thanksgiving meal brings in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves with a Thanksgiving dinner. The San Bernardino event serves about 200 people each year.

    Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals. The annual Thanksgiving meal brings in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves with a Thanksgiving dinner. The San Bernardino event serves about 200 people each year.

    “We’re serving a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, and pie,” said Naomi Goforth the program director.

    REDLANDS, CALIF.— This holiday season the San Bernardino Corps of The Salvation Army once again holds its annual Thanksgiving dinner to help needy families in San Bernardino.

    The San Bernardino Corps will serve dinner from 4:00 P.M to 6:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Hospitality House & Family Transitional Living Center, 925 W. 10th St., San Bernardino.

    “We’re serving a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, and pie,” said Naomi Goforth the program director. “We still need 500 turkeys and many side dishes,” Goforth added. “Whatever people have on their heart to donate, we need.”

    The Salvation Army encourages donations of turkey or ham, side dishes, and other food by calling (909) 888-1336 to plan, or to volunteer to help serve the Thanksgiving dinner.

    The annual Thanksgiving meal brings in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves with a Thanksgiving dinner. People come from all parts of the Inland Empire for the celebration. The San Bernardino event serves about 200 people each year.

    Volunteers help prepare the food and serve meals to the families. In recent years, dozens of volunteers have helped the San Bernardino Corps prepare and serve dinner.

    “Thanksgiving should be a special day for everyone, not just for those who can afford it,” says Goforth.

    Other Salvation Army Corps in the Inland Empire are also planning Thanksgiving dinners, although many of these will take place the day before Thanksgiving. To receive information about the dates and times for the dinners at other corps, or to volunteer please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or 1-800-725-2769.

    Donors are asked to drop off turkeys, hams, canned food, cash, checks, or gift cards at the Salvation Army’s Corps Office at 838 Alta Street, Redlands, 92373, for more information call (909) 792-6868.

    Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals. The annual Thanksgiving meal brings in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves with a Thanksgiving dinner. The San Bernardino event serves about 200 people each year.

    Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals. The annual Thanksgiving meal brings in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves with a Thanksgiving dinner. The San Bernardino event serves about 200 people each year.

    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church and offers holistic programs for individuals without discrimination. They serve the cities of Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Yucaipa, as well as Big Bear, Blue Jay, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, and other mountain communities.

    The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest charitable and service organizations and has been serving San Bernardino since 1888, supporting those in need.

    Photo Caption: Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals. The annual Thanksgiving meal brings in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves with a Thanksgiving dinner. The San Bernardino event serves about 200 people each year.

    Volunteer to Keep the Silver Bells Ringing This Holiday Season

    Earl Perkins Rings the bells to raise funds for The Salvation Army to help the Hungry, Homeless and Hopeless this holiday season.

    Earl Perkins Rings the bells to raise funds for The Salvation Army to help the Hungry, Homeless and Hopeless this holiday season.

     

    “This is a wonderful way to help disadvantaged people in our community, simply by volunteering as bell ringers,” said Major Isaias Braga, commander of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino.

     

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— The “miracle” of Christmas is repeated through the joy of caring and sharing. The San Bernardino Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org) seeks volunteers to Keep the Bells Ringing in the cities of San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Rialto, Loma Linda, Colton, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Bloomington, Mentone, Grand Terrace, Muscoy, Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

    The nationally recognized shiny red kettles are an integral part of the Christmas scene, with lots of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.

    “This is a wonderful way to help disadvantaged people in our community, simply by volunteering as bell ringers,” said Major Isaias Braga, commander of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino. “We’re looking for individuals, families and groups to spend a day at one of our more than 30 locations in our area.”

    The Salvation Army begins ringing its bells this year on   Monday November 13th, from 10 am through 6 pm and continues Monday through Saturday until Christmas Eve.

    Many volunteers ring two hours at a time, but groups are asked to provide ringers who can work in shifts for an entire day. Anyone who would like to donate a few hours of their time can volunteer. Individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Where does the money raised by the ringing bells in San Bernardino go? The Salvation Army provides emergency services including food, housing for homeless or displaced families, clothing and showers, as well as assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available.

    “Last Christmas, The Salvation Army provided 650 holiday food baskets to families and 1,400 children received 5,500 toys,” said Braga. On Christmas Eve, The Salvation Army hosts a Christmas Dinner that provides a delicious meal to approximately 300 people. Donations raised by volunteers who Keep the Bells Ringing help make this possible.

    To volunteer to Keep the Bells Ringing, call The Salvation Army at (909) 888-1336.

    To donate to The Salvation Army online, go to: www.salvationarmyusa.org. To donate by phone call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769).

    Photo Caption: Majors Isaias and Adelma Braga welcome donors to The Annual Red Kettle Kickoff. This year’s event is Wednesday, November 15th, at 5:30 pm at the Bear Springs Events Center,  27923 Highland Avenue, Highland, CA 92346. Click here for tickets.

    Photo Caption: Majors Isaias and Adelma Braga welcome donors to The Annual Red Kettle Kickoff. This year’s event is Wednesday, November 15th, at 5:30 pm at the Bear Springs Events Center,  27923 Highland Avenue, Highland, CA 92346. Click here for tickets.

    Pete Van Helden – Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, will deliver the keynote address at the kickoff event for The Salvation Army’s Annual Red Kettle campaign. It all happens on Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30 PM at the Bear Springs Events Center, 27923 Highland Avenue, Highland, CA 92346

    Buy your tickets today at $250 per person.  A table of 8 is just $1,000.  https://give-sc.salvationarmy.org/event/the-salvation-army-or-san-bernardino-red-kettle-kick-off/e429128/register/new/select-tickets

    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church and offers holistic programs for individuals in need without discrimination. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has served San Bernardino and the Inland Empire since 1887. The San Bernardino Corps of The Salvation Army serves Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, and San Bernardino.

    Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local service number is (909) 888-1336.

     

    Stater Bros. Markets CEO Pete Van Helden Delivers Keynote Address at The Salvation Army 2023 Red Kettle Campaign

    Photo caption:  Pete Van Helden – Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, will deliver the keynote address at the kickoff event for The Salvation Army's Annual Red Kettle campaign. It all happens on Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30 PM at the Bear Springs Events Center, 27923 Highland Avenue, Highland, CA 92346

    Photo caption:  Pete Van Helden – Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, will deliver the keynote address at the kickoff event for The Salvation Army’s Annual Red Kettle campaign. It all happens on Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30 PM at the Bear Springs Events Center, 27923 Highland Avenue, Highland, CA 92346

     

    “We are delighted to have Pete Van Helden, Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, serve as the keynote speaker for the 2023 Red Kettle Kickoff,” said Major Isaias Braga, Commander of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino.

     

    REDLANDS, CALIF.— Pete Van Helden, Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board, will deliver the keynote address at the kickoff event for The Salvation Army’s Annual Red Kettle campaign.

    The “miracle” of Christmas is repeated through the joy of caring, sharing and donations to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles. The ringing of the Silver Bells begins with The Red Kettle Kickoff. This year’s event is Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30 PM at the Bear Springs Events Center,  27923 Highland Avenue, Highland, CA 92346. 

    “Like the Salvation Army, Stater Bros. Charities has a long history of supporting those in need in Southern California,” said Van Helden. “To many people, the Salvation Army’s red kettles represent hope during the holidays, and that’s why I’m honored to serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Red Kettle Kick-Off.”

    “We are delighted to have Pete Van Helden – Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, serve as the keynote speaker for the 2023 Red Kettle Kickoff,” said Major Isaias Braga, Commander of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino.

    “Stater Bros. Markets has supported the mission of The Salvation Army for decades. We are honored to serve the same community,” he added.

    Van Helden began his career at Stater Bros. Markets in April 2013 when he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. He was promoted to CEO in January 2016. In 2019, Van Helden was appointed to the Board of Directors of Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc., and in October 2022, Pete was elevated to its Chairman of the Board.

    In 2022-2023 The Salvation Army served 26,013 People, 24,012 households that included 110,768 meals and 12,822 households receiving groceries. The Hospitality House provided 34,761 nights of shelter to families and children experiencing homelessness; 2,146 at-risk children participated in educational and recreational programs.  

    Donations from the Red Kettles help make possible Christmas, holiday food baskets for around 500 local families. On Christmas, a Christmas Dinner that historically provides a delicious meal to about 200 people.

    The Salvation Army of San Bernardino serves the cities of San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Rialto, Loma Linda, Colton, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Bloomington, Mentone, Grand Terrace, Muscoy and Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

    Donations may always be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. For local information call (909) 792-6868.  Donors may drop off turkeys, hams, other food, cash or gift cards at the Salvation Army’s Corps Office at 838 Alta Street, Redlands California, 92373.

    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino County since 1887. The Salvation Army supports people in need without discrimination. To donate go to: www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. For local information call (909) 792-6868.

    The Salvation Army of San Bernardino serves the cities of San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Rialto, Loma Linda, Colton, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Bloomington, Mentone, Grand Terrace, Muscoy and Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

      

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     Stater Bros. Markets CEO Pete Van Helden Delivers Keynote Address at The Salvation Army 2023 Red Kettle Campaign

    REDLANDS, CALIF.— Pete Van Helden, Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board, will deliver the keynote address at the kickoff event for The Salvation Army’s Annual Red Kettle campaign.

    The “miracle” of Christmas is repeated through the joy of caring, sharing and donations to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles. The ringing of the Silver Bells begins with The Red Kettle Kickoff. This year’s event is Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30 PM at the Bear Springs Events Center, 27923 Highland Avenue, Highland, CA 92346.

    “Like the Salvation Army, Stater Bros. Charities has a long history of supporting those in need in Southern California,” said Van Helden. “To many people, the Salvation Army’s red kettles represent hope during the holidays, and that’s why I’m honored to serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Red Kettle Kickoff.”

    “We are delighted to have Pete Van Helden – Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, serve as the keynote speaker for the 2023 Red Kettle Kickoff,” said Major Isaias Braga, Commander of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino.

    “Stater Bros. Markets has supported the mission of The Salvation Army for decades. We are honored to serve the same community,” he added.

    In 2022-2023 The Salvation Army served 26,013 People, 24,012 households that included 110,768 meals and 12,822 households receiving groceries. The Hospitality House provided 34,761 nights of shelter to families and children experiencing homelessness; 2,146 at-risk children participated in educational and recreational programs.  

    Donations may always be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. For local information call (909) 792-6868.  Donors may drop off turkeys, hams, other food, cash or gift cards at the Salvation Army’s Corps Office at 838 Alta Street, Redlands California, 92373.

    BIO

    Pete Van Helden – Stater Bros. Markets Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

    Pete began his career at Stater Bros. Markets in April 2013 when he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. He was promoted to CEO in January 2016. In 2019, Pete was appointed to the Board of Directors of Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc., and in October 2022, Pete was elevated to its Chairman of the Board.

    Pete began his supermarket industry career in 1976, working as a courtesy clerk for Rosauers Supermarket in his home state of Montana. In 1978, he relocated to Bozeman, Montana where he joined Albertsons as a clerk. During his tenure at Albertsons, Pete held a variety of leadership positions in operations, merger integration and dual branding, was President of Jewel/Osco stores in Chicago, and served as President and CEO of all California stores.

    In 2006, Pete joined Supervalu through the company’s partial acquisition of Albertsons.  While at Supervalu, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Retail Operations and was responsible for overseeing the operations of 1,100 stores in 36 states.

    Pete holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has also completed the Executive Business Program at Stanford University in addition to the Food Industry Executive Program at the University of Southern California (USC). The USC Marshall School of Business named Pete the 2018 Executive of the Year for the Food Industry Management Program.

    Pete is Director Emeritus of the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), having served as its president in 2010. He also previously served as chairman of the TOPCO board of directors. Currently, he is a member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Council and the San Bernardino International Airport Authority Technical Advisory Committee.

    Pete is currently the CEO of Stater Bros. Charities, the philanthropic arm of Stater Bros. Markets.

     

     

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    Helping Homeless Families Get Back in Control of Their Lives

    “All of us who are part of the Hospitality House team love being able to help families, get back in control of their lives.”

    (San Bernardino, Calif.) The San Bernardino Salvation Army Hospitality House stands ready to house homeless families and single women who need temporary, stable shelter. Their target population also includes multi-generational families, and single men with children as well.

    “The Salvation Army Hospitality House serves as a safe refuge that provides residents with a supportive, caring environment and all the resources they need to deal with a wide variety of personal and/or family problems. It all starts with an emergency shelter that can keep participants safely housed for 30, 60, or 90 days, depending on their circumstances,” says Program Manager Naomi Goforth.

    At intake, each new arrival is assessed by trained Salvation Army intake staff.  Once the scope of a client’s needs has been determined, each family is given a detailed individualized case plan and assigned to a case manager who will maintain close contact during their entire stay.

    Each family’s case plan includes comprehensive goals and objectives that cover their intake, transition to permanent housing, help finding a steady job, legal advocacy, child welfare aid, and education. Every resident is treated as an individual with individual needs and every case is different and gets a customized case plan.

    Amanda and her six children are graduates of the Salvation Army Hospitality House. They now live in there own apartment

    Amanda and her six children are graduates of the Salvation Army Hospitality House. They now live in their apartment

    “People who come to Hospitality House may have been sleeping in their cars or were recently released from a hospital. At intake, each new resident gets clothing, bed linens, hygiene products, and a chance to take a breath after whatever ordeal they have just gone through,” says Goforth.

    “I didn’t know what I was going to do,” says one recent Hospitality House graduate.

    “I’m a single mom and I lost my job during the pandemic. Thank goodness, at least my 15-year-old car was paid off and when we were no longer able to pay rent, that’s where we slept. I heard about Hospitality House from a friend and the people there have helped me find a new job, secure a place to live, and even got me enrolled in a course that’s going to add to my skill set so I can advance in my new-found career.”

    Goforth says, “Our residents don’t just sit around and spin their wheels. They actively work on their case plan. Our case managers are good at finding each individual’s motivation to resolve their homelessness and get back on their feet.”

    The Salvation Army Hospitality House Program Manager Naomi Goforth

    The Salvation Army Hospitality House Program Manager Naomi Goforth

    “Sometimes, that may include a referral to one of our partner agencies for things like mental health services, substance use, and legal aid. Whatever they need, we can either provide help in-house or get them connected to the right providers,” says Goforth.

    As current resident K.L. notes, “I had a pretty bad rent history and I knew not many landlords would want to take a chance on me, even though I now have a decent job. But the Salvation Army has helped me reestablish a better tenant history and now I have a place lined up to move to when my stay here ends next week.”

    In 2023 The Salvation Army served 26,013 people and 24,012 households, serving 110,768 meals, and donating groceries to 12,822 households.

    The Hospitality House provided 34,761 nights of shelter to families and children experiencing homelessness; 2,146 children participated in educational and recreational programs.

    To talk with a Hospitality House representative, call (909) 888-4880 or visit the website at SanBernardino.SalvationArmy.org/ 

    Learn More About the Salvation Army’s Mission

    About the Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. To donate, call 1-800 SATRUCK.

    The Salvation Army of San Bernardino serves the cities of San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Rialto, Loma Linda, Colton, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Bloomington, Mentone, Grand Terrace, Muscoy and Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

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    Southern California Gas Company Donates $100,000 to The Salvation Army to Give Free Food Boxes to Hungry Families

    Photo caption: Contents of an average food box, meat, vegetables, bread, beans, oil breakfast food, and more

    Photo caption: Contents of an average food box, meat, vegetables, bread, beans, oil breakfast food, and more

    “In 2022, the San Bernardino Corps provided groceries to 10,318 households. The donation from The Gas Company will allow us to serve another 2,000 people a month,” said The Salvation Army’s Major Isaias Braga.

    REDLANDS, CALIF. In 2022, the San Bernardino Corps provided groceries to 10,318 households. But food insecurity has dramatically increased in the San Bernadino Valley.

    To help ease the burden The Southern California Gas Company has made a $100,000 donation to The Salvation Army of the San Bernadino area to help provide meals to hungry families.

    “The donation allows us to expand our food disruption service from three Thursdays a month to four Thursdays a month beginning this June. Our extra distribution day will take place at the San Bernardino Airport on the fourth Thursday of each month,” said The Salvation Army’s Major Isaias Braga.

    Photo caption: Hungry people receiving meals at the 4:45 pm free dinner at the Hospitality House at 925 W. 10th St., San Bernardino CA 92411

    In The Salvation Army’s most recent food distribution, they were able to serve 144 families with 518 people.

    “This was just one day and thanks to SoCalGas we can continue to offer these services four weeks a month and help fight food insecurity to more than 2,000 individuals,” said Major Braga.

    “SoCalGas understands that many families and seniors are experiencing hardships. Food insecurity is a critical issue that is impacting many people in the communities we serve, said Kristine Scott, Senior Public Affairs Manager for SoCalGas.

    The “Fueling Our Communities” grant is one opportunity to demonstrate SoCalGas’ commitment to investing in our service area communities. We are proud to partner with The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps to help those in need.”

    The Salvation Army serves food for a family of five to last for a week, and if the family is larger than five the family receives two boxes. “We serve hungry families once a week, four weeks a month on the first week from The Redlands location and the other three Thursdays at our warehouse in San Bernardino,” said Major Braga.

    For more information or to sign up for the FREE food program please call (909) 792-6868.

    Donations can be made online at SBCSVA.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY, specifying that you want your donation applied to San Bernardino Corps in California.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Majors Isaias (left) and Adelma Braga.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Majors Isaias (left) and Adelma Braga.

    The Salvation Army serves Meals for the Hungry Sunday through Friday at 4:30 pm at 925 W. 10th St. in San Bernardino. Listen to the testimony of people who are served.

    People need your help. Please give today at SBCSVA.org.

     

    Listen to the testimony of people who are served by the food disruption service. 

    Mona: https://on.soundcloud.com/emvQr  

    Eric: https://on.soundcloud.com/HQ2Zh 

    Margie https://on.soundcloud.com/cLiyJ

    Watch videos of people who are served at the Hospitality House.

    Marlene and Lou

    https://youtu.be/h33Q1uHjH9k

    Dorthy and Javier 

    https://youtu.be/KFAp2sP9kss

    Rios 

    https://youtu.be/NK8NgTuoKCc

    B-Roll: Cars in line long Salvation Army B-Roll, https://youtu.be/mh8p1ZsQzwQ

    B-Roll: Cars in line long Salvation Army B-Roll, https://youtu.be/mh8p1ZsQzwQ

    B-Roll:
    Loading food boxes for the hungry

    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

    The Salvation Army may provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available.

    San Bernardino Corps Serves: San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Rialto, Loma Linda, Colton, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Bloomington, Mentone, Grand Terrace, Muscoy, Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church and offers evangelical programs for boys, girls, and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1885, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 792-6868.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Donates 20 Tons of Food to The Salvation Army

    Left to right: Salvation Army officer, Sam Valdez, President Matthew Johnson of San Bernardino The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. , Salvation Army Major Adelma Braga, Major Isais Braga,  Lonnie Gallaher, Stake Communication Director for the Church in San Bernardino, Salvation Army officer Mike Delgado.  In front of old donated by the church to serve the hungry in the san bernardino area.

    Left to right: Salvation Army officer, Sam Valdez, President Matthew Johnson of San Bernardino The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. , Salvation Army Major Adelma Braga, Major Isais Braga, Lonnie Gallaher, Stake Communication Director for the Church in San Bernardino, Salvation Army officer Mike Delgado. In front of food donated by the church to serve the hungry in the san bernardino area.

    Major Isaias Braga, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army San Bernardino/Redlands Corp, said, “The Salvation Army is privileged to receive a substantial food donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints San Bernardino Stake. This partnership is essential for fulfilling the Salvation Army mission in our region.”

    REDLANDS CALIF. The San Bernardino Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints has donated a semi-truck full of nonperishable food to The Salvation Army San Bernardino Citadel summer food program. Nearly 40,000 pounds of canned and packaged foods will arrive at The Salvation Army warehouse Thursday morning, July 6.

    Lonnie Gallaher, Stake Communication Director for the Church in San Bernardino, said, “We are grateful to be able to support the good work the Salvation Army has been doing in the community for years.

    Many members of our Church serve as Salvation Army volunteers at the Food Distribution site. When we found out from one of them, that the food program needed a boost, we were ready to help,” said Gallaher.

    The partnership between the two churches strengthened noticeably two years ago when The Church of Jesus Christ members helped out with The Salvation Army’s annual toy drive.

    “The Bishops’ Central Storehouse in Salt Lake City over-produces nonperishable food as part of our ongoing effort to be prepared for any emergency. Canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, packaged cereals, pasta, and grains…everything is centrally processed and ready to meet any need that may arise,” said Gallaher.

    The Salvation Army’s Business Administrator, Steve Pinckney, said “Our partnership with the The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints has been a blessing. Like our own, the Church of Jesus Christ is dedicated to humanitarian needs, including feeding the hungry.”

    The Salvation Army food distribution program can provide a healthy meal for a hungry neighbor for just $1.28. “We can serve meals to 140 families a week,” says Pinckney, “and with an average of four people per family, the total is over 2,200 meals a month.”

    The San Bernardino Stake of the Church includes most of the City of San Bernardino, Crestline, Running Springs, Lake Arrowhead, and a sizable portion of the City of Highland. This dovetails with The Salvation Army’s San Bernardino Corps, making the partnership a natural fit.

    Matthew Johnson, President of the San Bernardino Stake, said, “We, as a church, strive to follow the admonition of the Savior Jesus Christ, to feed the hungry, offer a drink to the thirsty, take in a stranger, to clothe the naked and to visit those who are sick and afflicted. Through the donations of Church members, we can offer assistance to those in need.

    Photo caption: Salvation Army Major Adelma Braga, Major Isais Braga, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, Communications Director Lonnie Gallaher, Salvation Army officer Sam Valdez. In the truck Mike Delgado. In front of food donated by the church to serve the hungry in the San Bernardino area.

    Photo caption: Salvation Army Major Adelma Braga, Major Isais Braga, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, Communications Director Lonnie Gallaher, Salvation Army officer Sam Valdez. In the truck Mike Delgado. In front of food donated by the church to serve the hungry in the San Bernardino area.

    “We believe in assisting with no regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality. We strive to work with other organizations, faith, and community based, to offer relief and support in helping God’s children to meet basic needs as they strive to become self-reliant.”

    Major Isaias Braga, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army San Bernardino/Redlands Corp, said, “The Salvation Army is privileged to receive a substantial food donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints San Bernardino Stake. This partnership is essential for fulfilling the Salvation Army mission in our region.

    This initiative reveals the deep concern The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints has for the less privileged of our community, for which we are very grateful. Also, the volunteer support received from the church members is crucial and enables us to alleviate hundreds of families that come to us weekly experiencing food insecurity.”

    Salvation Army's Sam Valdez unloads food from the load.

    Salvation Army’s Sam Valdez unloads food from the load.

    For more information call (909) 792-6868. Donations can be made online at SanBernardino.SalvationArmy.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY, specifying that you want your donation applied to the San Bernardino Corps in California.

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    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Donates 20 Tons of Food to The Salvation Army

    REDLANDS CALIF. The San Bernardino Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints has donated a semi-truck full of nonperishable food to The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps summer food program. Nearly 40,000 pounds of canned and packaged foods will arrive at The Salvation Army warehouse Thursday morning, July 6.

    Lonnie Gallaher, Stake Communications Director for the Church in San Bernardino, said, “We have been working with The Salvation Army here for years. Many of our members serve as Salvation Army volunteers and we found out from one of them, that the food program needed a boost.”

    The Salvation Army’s Business Administrator, Steve Pinckney, said “Our partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints has been a blessing. The Church of Jesus Christ, like our own, is dedicated to humanitarian needs, including feeding the hungry.”

    Matthew Johnson, President of the San Bernardino Stake, said, “We, as a church, strive to follow the admonition of the Savior Jesus Christ, to feed the hungry, offer a drink to the thirsty, take in a stranger, to clothe the naked and to visit those who are sick and afflicted. Through the donations of Church members, we can offer assistance to those in need.”

    For more information call (909) 792-6868. Donations can be made online at SBCSVA.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY, specifying that you want your donation applied to the San Bernardino Corps in California.

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    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

    The Salvation Army may provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available.

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church and offers evangelical programs for boys, girls, and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1885, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 792-6868.

     

    SVA-PR-1235.4 Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints Food Donation

    For More Information Call

    Carl M. Dameron @ (909) 534-9500

    Or email Carl@DameronCommunications.com

     

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    Salvation Army Path to Prosperity Program Prepares Men for Good Jobs

    The court mandated that parolee Tyler enroll in a substance abuse program. He chose The Salvation Army and now says, “It’s okay to be sober. The program completely changed how I make decisions. And doors have been opening. I want to see how far I can go.”

    The court mandated that parolee Tyler enroll in a substance abuse program. He chose The Salvation Army and now says, “It’s okay to be sober. The program completely changed how I make decisions. And doors have been opening. I want to see how far I can go. ”

    “The Salvation Army in San Bernardino is proud of the valuable impact the Path to Prosperity brings into the lives of its participants as they are encouraged and supported to work their way back to lifetime stability. We especially appreciate the generosity of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for supporting this program.”

    REDLANDS, CA. Serving the cities of San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Rialto, Loma Linda, Colton, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Bloomington, Mentone, Grand Terrace, Muscoy, Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs, The Salvation Army’s Path to Prosperity Program is a transitional residential living program that lasts six to 24 months for men who have completed a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program and now need further assistance to start or resume a productive, substance-free life.

    During this program, men have the opportunity to adapt to a stable, secure living environment away from any former contacts or relationships that were part of their prior substance abuse lifestyle. They enjoy the benefits of regular case management along with educational opportunities that range from completing a GED to enrolling in a community college vocational certificate program and even a four-year college degree major, along with assistance in finding and holding good employment.

    “I ended up coming to Pathways. That was the biggest blessing I was able to receive in my life,” Path to Prosperity graduate Jose recalls. Lost, and wanting to make a change, Jose decided to put his trust in God and enter the program. After a couple of months, he began working and going to school. He has gained the skills and confidence to become a productive member of society.

    When men come out of rehabilitation for their drug or alcohol abuse problem, many lack the skills to secure and hold a job. Path to Prosperity serves to prepare these rehabilitated men to gain the education and skills that they need to get and hold onto a good job.

    Many of the men find that once they have been in the program for a while, their goals change; they find dreams and talents they didn’t know they had. For men enrolled in college programs, each semester finds Path to Prosperity students on the Dean’s List.

    Recent program graduate Jose went on to say, “I was looking for guidance, which I didn’t know, and the staff here helped me with that.”

    The Salvation Army Hospitality House Program Manager Naomi Goforth

    The Salvation Army Hospitality House Program Manager Naomi Goforth

    Program Director Naomi Goforth says, “Path to Prosperity takes men coming out of rehab and works with them so that they can return to their families and homes with the skills they need to maintain lifetime stability.”

    She goes on to note that the Path to Prosperity program’s structure makes the initial transition fairly easy for participants. The real challenge is getting the men back into the real world, which is unstructured and full of random events that can knock a person off their newly established routine.

    Often, the men will still have legal requirements to fulfill, and the Salvation Army stays in touch with graduates to check on how they are doing. In some cases, program graduates move into positions with The Salvation Army. Recent grad Gabriel now repairs donated items and attends regular Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to stay clean and sober.

    Recent grad Gabriel now repairs donated items and attends regular Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to stay clean and sober.

    Recent grad Gabriel now repairs donated items and attends regular Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to stay clean and sober.

    Last year, Sean was homeless. Now he has his family back again. “I’m a glassblower now and I only wish that I had known about The Salvation Army sooner,” he says. “The Path to Prosperity program is like one big family.”

    The court mandated that parolee Tyler enroll in a substance abuse program. He chose The Salvation Army and now says, “It’s okay to be sober. The program completely changed how I make decisions. And doors have been opening. I want to see how far I can go.”

    Path to Prosperity works with probation and parole officers. A designated case manager manages each individual participant according to his case requirements. No one gets lost in the shuffle.

    Goforth says, “The Salvation Army in San Bernardino is proud of the valuable impact the Path to Prosperity brings into the lives of its participants as they are encouraged and supported to work their way back to lifetime stability. We especially appreciate the generosity of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for supporting this program.”

    For more information call (909) 792-6868. Donations can be made online at SanBernardino.SalvationArmy.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY, specifying that you want your donation applied to San Bernardino Corps in California.

    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

    The Salvation Army may provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available.

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church and offers evangelical programs for boys, girls, and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1885, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY, specifying that you want your donation applied to San Bernardino Corps in California.

     Our local number is (909) 792-6868.

    National Salvation Army Week Spotlights Help for the Hungry, the Homeless and the Hopeless

     

    In 2022, the San Bernardino Corps served 23,218 people, 22,268 households, served 105,981 meals, and provided groceries to 10,318 households. The Hospitality House provided 31,534 nights of shelter to families and children experiencing homelessness; 1,612 children participated in educational and recreational programs.

    REDLANDS CALIF.  National Salvation Army Week delivers a series of special events that shines a light on how the corps helps the hungry, the homeless, and the hopeless in the greater San Bernardino area.  From Monday, May 15th, to Friday, May 19th, all five days will feature prayer vigils including San Bernardino, Colton, Redlands, Highland,  and Grand Terrace. Additional activities are on tap.

    From 12:15 to 12:45 pm on Monday the 15th, the San Bernardino County Government Center at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave. will host a prayer vigil. From 4:00 to 5:30 pm, The Salvation Army Hospitality House at 925 West 10th St. will serve a free community meal for the hungry, homeless, and hopeless.  There is also a tour of the homeless shelter to show how the program serves its residents and present a live stream with participant testimonials on Facebook.

    On Tuesday the 16th, Redlands City Hall at 125 West Vine St. will host a prayer vigil from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. The San Bernardino Corps Path to Prosperity program will conduct a tour of its Transitional Living Center at 838 Alta St. from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, along with a live stream and participant testimonials on Facebook.

    Wednesday the 17th events include a prayer vigil at Rialto City Hall, 150 S. Palm Ave. from 10:00 to 10:30 am along with a proclamation from the city. The City of San Bernardino will proclaim its City Council at 301 North D St., San Bernardino, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

    The Salvation Army is also having a Community Resource Fair on Wednesday at Meadowbrook Park, 250 N. Sierra Way runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. All are invited to get acquainted with the many community resources that are available to help people in need.

    Thursday features two prayer vigils, one at the City of Grand Terrace City Hall, 22795 Barton Rd., Grand Terrace, and the other at Colton City Hall, 650 N. La Cadena Dr., Colton.  The times for both vigils will be 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Also on Thursday, the San Bernardino Corps will provide a tour of its Food Distribution Warehouse at 363 South Doolittle Dr. and will include a live stream and participant testimonials on FaceBook.

    Wrapping up the week on Friday the 19th, the last of the prayer vigils will take place at Highland City Hall, 27215 Baseline Rd., Highland, from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Also on Friday, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, The Corps’ Hospitality House at 845 West Kingman St. will host a tour of the facility that will include a live stream and participant testimonials on Facebook.

    The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps started up in San Bernardino in 1887. Today it serves San Bernardino and Redlands, Bloomington, Calimesa, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highlands, Loma Linda, Mentone, Muscoy, Rialto, Yucaipa, Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, and Running Springs.

    In 2022, the San Bernardino Corps served 23,218 people, 22,268 households, served 105,981 meals, and provided groceries to 10,318 households. The Hospitality House provided 31,534 nights of shelter to families and children experiencing homelessness; 1,612 children participated in educational and recreational programs.

    National Salvation Army Week serves to acquaint the greater San Bernardino community with the Army’s programs for the needy, providing an up-close look at how the Salvation Army serves the community by providing aid and comfort to so many needy people for so many years.

    Donations can be made online at SBCSVA.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY, specifying that you want your donation applied to San Bernardino Corps in California.

    For more information call (909) 792-6868.

    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

    The Salvation Army may provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available.

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church and offers evangelical programs for boys, girls, and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1885, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 792-6868.