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THE SALVATION ARMY

Results you can see:

Have you ever provided shelter and the chance to change ones life to a homeless person? “ If you’ve given to United Way you have.

 

The Salvation Army and United Way-Partners in Caring

The Salvation Army provided shelter and meals to over 600 homeless persons last year, along with the hope for a better tomorrow.  Through United Way, donations help provide services to the youngest and oldest citizens of Kay County and surrounding area.

“Have you ever dressed a child in warm clothing that had none?” If you’ve given to the United Way you have.  The Salvation Army has a winter coat drive each year to provide good, warm coats for children in our community.  The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by William Booth in London. His goal was to meet “human needs without discrimination.” The Salvation Army of Ponca City applies that goal to each individual who walks through the doors.  

Donating to United Way provides The Salvation Army with the opportunity to feed a hungry family who has not had a hot meal in many days.  The Salvation Army provides food assistance and often has a family come to the door at meal time that is offered a hot meal and a food basket to take home.  Donating to United Way will also help keep a family warm in the winter when they could not afford their heating bill as The Salvation Army helps provide utility assistance throughout the year to local citizens who face financial hardships.  

The newest program offered by The Salvation Army is the Boys and Girls Club.  BGC programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.  The Club is a place to learn and grow – all while having fun while offering a safe environment for children.  The Salvation Army Boys Club and Girls Club helps single parents keep a job by providing a safe environment for children to go while parents are working. 

More often than not those who come for assistance have exhausted all other avenues and feel no one cares. Some people need shelter, others need food, clothing, or utility assistance, and some just need a hug and assurance that things are going to get better.

“Working together with other agencies is a vital part of our program, says Major John Poff, Commanding Officer of the Ponca City Corps, and with the help of United Way this has made assisting so many in need a better process, making it possible for more clients to be given a hand up.”  

With follow-up case management and continued life skills counseling The Salvation Army applies these outcomes to encourage others in making changes in their lives. “Individuals and families are not helped and then forgotten, continues Poff. It is important for the community to know that by working together lives can be changed and those who feel there is no hope can once again see a future. The Red Shield Shelter and New Beginnings program offers this hope to the homeless. The Boys and Girls Club reaches out to our at risk youth. Our Social Services strives to get individuals back on track. Our League of Mercy offers a hug and smile to the lonely. Whether we are working a disaster, handing out Christmas gifts to needy children, or simply comforting someone who has lost a loved one, The Salvation Army of Ponca City strives to meet those human needs without discrimination. This is achieved with support from our United Way, a partner in caring.”

The Salvation Army Advisory Board members are Gary Bracken, chairman, John Bohannon, Jack Branstetter, Liz Cochrane, Evelyn Coyle, Robert Coffee, Lee Evans, Mary Beth Glass, Mike Grimes, Tom Hawkins, Robert Howard, Lana Jones, Stan Kistler, Steve Linville, Ken Luttrell, Gary Martin, Forrest Mertz, Marvin Musgrove, Gerald Nield, Perry Pederson, Bill Popplewell, and James Roland.

United Way helps support the following 15 member agencies: American Red Cross, Arthritis Foundation, Boy Scouts-Cimarron Council, Child Development Center, Domestic Violence Program of North Central Oklahoma, Girl Scouts – Bluestem Council, Golden Villa Adult Day Services, Helpline, New Emergency Resource Agency, Northern Oklahoma Youth Services, Peachtree Landing, ProTeens, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, The Salvation Army, and the YMCA.  Results you can see.

For more information on United Way and its member agencies call 580.765.2476.