Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Update: Tropical Storm Alex

On June 29th, The Salvation Army DFW deployed a mobile feeding unit (canteen) from Fort Worth to Austin, ulitmately to be sent down to San Antonio.

Salvation Army officer, Lieutenant Correira, is stationed on this mobile feeding unit. Read his personal update about the current conditions and how the Army is responding to this tropical storm.

"The Salvation Army Fort Worth canteen has spent the morning purchasing supplies and coordinating with The Salvation Army Austin Disaster Response Team. At this time we will be heading to the Mobile Task Force staging area at the National Guard Armory for inspection and await deployment. Spirits are high and we are ready to respond! We are prepared to feed up to 750 meals working with The Salvation Army Austin canteen."

                                       Loading the mobile feeding unites.
                                Each unit can provide up to 750 meals!

Photos provided by Lt. Correira

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June Message

Dear Friends of The Salvation Army,

Greetings, and welcome to The Salvation Army DFW blog! Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. We hope you will take the time to browse through our blog and read about the programs and services we provide. Once a month, you will receive a blog post highlighting some of the wonderful things that happened during the month. You can also receive weekly updates by following us on Facebook: SalvationarmyDFW and on Twitter: SalArmyDFW.

May was an exciting time at the Army. We invite you to take a closer look by clicking on the links below for the stories and pictures:

As always, we thank you for your friendship, support, and faithfulness to The Salvation Army. God's very best to you in June!

In Him,

Major Ward and Captain Michele Matthews
The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Leadership

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lunch in Lewisville (Breakfast, too!)

No child should go with out food is the mission of the Amadi Grace Foundation. The foundation's "Summer Food Program" wants to make sure Lewisville children do not have hungry tummies!

To help the foundation achieve their goal, they are partnering with The Salvation Army Lewisville Social Service Center. The center opens its doors to provide an air conditioned facility for people to enjoy their meal. And of course, everyone is greeted by smiling faces.

Children ages 1 - 18, along with adult supervision, can enjoy a delicious and healthy meal.

Free Breakfast from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Free Lunch is available Noon - 1:30 p.m.

You might remember, The Salvation Army in Lewisville is busy passing out snack bags to day labor workers in the community. The program is still going strong and every morning workers eagerly wait for The Salvation Army van to arrive with breakfast pastries (generously provided by local Starbucks!) and cold water.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cooling Stations Now Open

Summer is here!! Extreme, hot temperatures are not to be taken lightly. Hot weather can be just as hazardous to a person’s health as freezing winter temperatures. When temperatures reach 100 plus degrees, The Salvation Army DFW operates “Cooling Stations” at each of their shelters and community centers. Citizens in the community are encouraged to stop by, cool off in an air conditioned facility and enjoy a cold drink of wate

Salvation Army Centers open seven days a week:

Carr P. Collins Social Services Center
(Parkland Hospital Area)
5302 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 424-7000

Mabee Social Services Center
Fort Worth
1855 E. Lancaster Ave.
Forth Worth, TX 76103
(817) 344-1811

The following Salvation Army Community Centers are open Mnday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dallas Temple (Love Field Area)
6500 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 956-6025

Oak Cliff
1617 W. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-5911 or 5914

Cedar Crest (East Oak Cliff)
1007 Hutchins Road
Dallas, TX 75203
(214) 941-7404

Pleasant Grove
8341 Elam Road
Dallas, Texas 75217

1508 East McKinney St.
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 566-3800

451 W. Ave D
Garland, TX 75040
(972) 272-4531

250 East Grauwyler Road
Irving, TX 75061
(972) 438-6553

207 Elm Street
Lewisville, TX 75067
(972) 353-9400

600 Wilson Creek Pkwy
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-6694

3528 E. 14th
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 423-8254

712 W. Abram
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 860-1836

Northside Corps (N. Fort Worth)
3023 NW 24th St
Fort Worth, TX 76106
(817) 624-3111 or 1637

620 Farley St.
Waxahachie, TX 75165
(972) 937-7727

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fiesta at Summer Day Camp!

Can you guess what today’s special post is about?

Here’s a hint….


That’s what the children have learned to say in the Summer Day Camp at The Salvation Army Oak Cliff Community Center. This year’s Summer Day Camp theme is all about teaching children about the different countries around the world.

For the first week, they kicked off the camp by learning about Mexico and its culture.

Children have learned basic Spanish words like hello and goodbye; along with learning how to count one to ten.

This art project was a “treat”. What’s the perfect craft to make when studying Mexico and its culture?

A piƱata!

Looks like the children had a blast! Look forward to seeing what country they will be studying in the upcoming weeks!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Special Guest

Look who stopped by this morning at The Salvation Army Pleasant Grove Community Center.

C.J. Miles from the Utah Jazz!

Miles, who grew up in the Pleasant Grove area, came by to hang out and shoot some hoops with the Summer Day Camp kids.

After helping the children refine their basketball skills, he stuck around to sign autographs.

  Everyone had a “ball”—thanks CJ for making an impact on the children at The Salvation Army.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We're Turning 1!!!

Happy Birthday to The Salvation Army DFW Blog!

Can you believe it's been one year since we started publishing stories on The Salvation Army DFW blog?

Here's a look at our first blog post:

After School Program a Success for Families in Pleasant Grove

We hope you enjoyed reading our stories and watching the videos. To celebrate we need YOUR help.

Leave a message in the comment box and tell us what future stories you would like to see on the blog. You never know.. your name and story might be featured on The Salvation Army DFW blog!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer Kick Off Week!

Two words can sum up all the fun at summer day camp at The Salvation Army Northside Community Center…

Field Trips!

The summer is action packed with lots of field trips planned for the boys and girls.

Jeanetta Searcey, director of child care, at the center explained that for many of the children, the field trips are once in a lifetime opportunities.

The Summer Day Camp kicked off this week with its first trip. Children learned about “Making Fresh Traditions” by touring Mrs. Baird’s Bakery.

Nothing beats the smell of fresh-baked bread and it was a wonderful learning opportunity…

The Children loved learning how the company makes bread and got to take away some of Mrs. Baird’s famous donuts! Yum…

After the field trip children enjoyed playing outside, making crafts, and eating snacks!

It's Here!

Summer Day Camp is an exciting time at The Salvation Army DFW!!!

This summer, we will feature special blog posts highlighting Summer Day Camp programs around the Metroplex.

Take a look at these two special Summer Day Camp programs and how it is impacting the lives of children!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Famous Doughnut!

National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year and follows on the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938. This event was created to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.