56-year-old Maria Thomas recently visited The Salvation Army Service Center in Glen Burnie for utility assistance. In addition to the lack of power for her home, the having the lights cut off also meant that Maria would not be able to utilize her CPAP machine for her sleep apnea: a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.

Maria was also recovering from a recent brain operation, which often left her in a state of confusion so she was unsure as to how she could resolve her outstanding electric bill; that’s when Maria turned to The Salvation Army’s Family Service Center in Glen Burnie. On April 9, 2019, the client signed up for The Salvation Army’s Fuel Fund, which provides energy assistance to heat the homes of local residents who are in financial hardship.

In addition to providing Maria with a list of additional resources that could assist her, The Salvation Army diligently worked with Maria to verify her electric bill status and worked with other organizations on her behalf in the hopes of getting her lights turned back on. Maria’s electricity was restored just three days later on April 12.

The client returned to the family service center later that month for food assistance. With the center’s on-site food pantry, The Salvation Army provided valuable meal supplements for Maria with a variety of non-perishable food items.

 “Thanks for helping me. You helped me a great deal when I was in need. At the time, I did not feel I had any hope to get my electricity back on. You put me in the right direction and directed me as to what I needed to do. I am very happy. You took time out to help and gave me your personal time to get on the right track. Made me feel special. Taking time to make phone calls type up information for me. When I think about how I was in crisis and you took your time to help me, I want to cry.” – Maria

The Salvation Army operates five family service centers throughout central Maryland. These centers offer an array of social services to meet the immediate and short-term needs of thousands of individuals.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Janeen Johnally

954-729-6384

Janeen.johnally@uss.salvationarmy.org

BRASS HAT CAFE FIRES UP THE GRILL FOR SECOND ANNUAL
COMMUNITY COOKOUT

WESTMINSTER, MD (April 10, 2019) — The Carroll County community will receive a tasty treat this spring at Brass Hat Café’s upcoming Community Spring Fling Cookout.

Since opening its doors in April 2017, The Salvation Army’s complimentary bistro, Brass Hat Café, has provided 26,074 free, hot meals to over 6,240 households in Westminster.

To celebrate their second anniversary, Brass Hat Café, located at 300 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157, will host a Community Spring Fling Cookout on Wednesday, April 10 at 4:30pm. Guests will enjoy a free, outdoor BBQ, along with refreshments, prizes, and games for kids.

“Our one-year anniversary had such a great turn out and our customers were really looking forward to having another one,” said Nina Christian, Unit Director. “Over the past two years, the people we serve have become our family so we thought what better way to celebrate our second anniversary than to bring the family together again.”

With limited options to evening meal centers in Westminster, Brass Hat Café was designed to bridge that gap for people in need, no questions asked.

Brass Hat Café is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.  To learn more about Brass Hat Café, please call 410-876-9358.

 

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About The Salvation Army of Central Maryland

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in Maryland in 1885, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years. Nearly one hundred thousand Marylanders receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing, and shelter to the homeless, and after-school programs for underprivileged children through its partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of America. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in Maryland.

Lisa Turner, who previously lived in Arkansas, moved back to Havre de Grace on August 2, 2018 to be closer to her family and friends. She paid a moving company $3,000 to pack and ship her belongings to Havre de Grace. After a month without knowing the status of her belongings, Lisa realized that she had just been scammed.

Against Lisa’s request, the fraudulent moving company transported her belongings to Texas. In addition to the $3,000 she had already paid, the moving company requested her to pay an additional $2,000 to obtain her possessions. Amongst these items was her furniture, belongings of her two young grandsons (whom she has custody of), and her electric wheelchair.

Lisa connected with an attorney from the Maryland Crime Victim Resource Center. The attorney had a connection with The Salvation Army’s Southern Territorial Headquarters, who referred the case to Lt. Wendy and Bo Parsons, Corps Officers of Havre de Grace Corps.

After endless phone calls, emails, and paperwork, Lt. Wendy and Bo Parsons had PODS (portable containers) dropped at the storage facility in Texas, arranged to have Lisa’s possessions moved into the PODS, and then transported to Maryland.

On March 12, The Salvation Army’s Havre de Grace Corps received the PODS. Salvation Army personnel emptied the PODS into a 26-foot U-Haul truck, and personally moved Lisa’s belongings into her new home in Havre de Grace.

In a thank you letter penned to Lt. Wendy Parsons, Lisa wrote:

“As I shut down the house for bed -there on the floor by the front door was a small silver cross & it made me think of you. An angel on earth truly saved us with an army of warriors by her side!

Words can’t express how you have touched our lives. The boys have lost everything in their lives over & over before I got them. I was the one sustainable constant & I let them down. You made me a hero again. This undertaking was huge figuratively & financially! I just hope I can convey somehow that in meeting you I feel forever changed.

That true blessings & humanity do exist alongside the ugly we sometimes encounter but come with a greater force of goodness. Sincerely…thank you & The Salvation Army for making us whole once again.”

For Immediate Release

December 10, 2018

For More Information Contact:

Janeen Johnally

954-729-6384

Janeen.johnally@uss.salvationarmy.org

ANGEL TREE: HERITAGE TOYOTA CATONSVILLE TO GO ON $7,500 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE IN TARGET FOR HUNDREDS OF NEEDY BALTIMORE KIDS

BALTIMORE, MD — Heritage Toyota Catonsville’s holiday donation of $7,500 to The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s Angel Tree program will provide over 300 underprivileged kids in Baltimore with brand new coats, games, and toys for Christmas. Heritage Toyota Catonsville and Salvation Army personnel will go on a shopping spree at the Target in The Shops at Canton Crossing, 3559 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224, on Monday, December 10 at 11am. Representatives from Heritage will drive brand new Toyota trucks to pick up and deliver the coats to the Salvation Army’s warehouse for distribution.

What: Christmas Shopping Spree for Needy Children

Who: Heritage Toyota Catonsville and Salvation Army representatives will go on a shopping spree for the Angel Tree program.

When: December 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

Where: 3559 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

For additional information, please contact Janeen Johnally at 954-729-6384.

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About The Salvation Army of Central Maryland

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in Maryland in 1885, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years. Nearly one hundred thousand Marylanders receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing, and shelter to the homeless, and after-school programs for underprivileged children through its partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of America. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in Maryland.

 

“Saying that my kids are fans of the Ravens are an understatement. They are so excited to be here. My little one is in his [Ravens] jersey right now and my oldest one has been taking pictures of the players all night,” said attendee *Erika P.

On Monday, November 19, The Salvation Army partnered with former Baltimore Raven’s linebacker Jameel McClain’s 53 Families Foundation to host their ninth annual Thanksgiving-style community dinner in Baltimore. More than 70 volunteers, including the 53 Families Foundation, The Salvation Army, Maryland National Guards, and soldiers from the Joint Force Headquarters Fifth Regiment Armory, supported the event.

132 families, including 314 adults and 425 kids, attended this exciting event, all of whom are recipients of The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s Angel Tree program.

“To invite me to a place like this means the world to me because I’ve never been invited to a place where you can have fellowship with other people in the same situation as you,” said Wanda Robinson, mother of three. Wanda’s family has benefitted from the Angel Tree program for the past three years.

More than 20 former and current Baltimore Ravens players participated in the event, including Morgan Cox, Marshal Yanda, and Jacoby Jones. The players signed autographs, took pictures, and served dinner for the families. The dinner was catered by local chefs. Each family also went home with a gift bag of Thanksgiving fixings, some of which included vouchers to redeem a free turkey from The Salvation Army’s DMG Foods.

In addition to these families not having the financial resources to buy Christmas gifts for their kids, these families often do not have the means to enjoy other luxuries like a catered meal, or a ticket to a Raven’s game, which on average is $86 per person. For these families, especially the children, interacting with their home football team on a personal level at a catered event, is a once in a lifetime experience.

“I didn’t even have enough money for a stamp to mail back the RSVP card for this event,” said attendee * Erika P. “Families in need, especially families in Baltimore City, never get to attend events like this.”

*Erika is the mother of two children, ages two and twelve. In addition to receiving Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army also provided her family with 40 pounds of food, water, and hygienic products at the Feed the Children feeding distribution, this past October. This was her family’s first year attending the Thanksgiving event and she was visibly emotional to have been invited.

“I want to thank The Salvation Army for taking the time out to do all that they do for us. It meant a lot to bring my family here tonight. God sent The Salvation Army to me to help my family in our time of need,” said *Erika.

Click here to see more pictures of the event.