The Salvation Army to Build New Thrift Store

NEW ThriftStoreGroundbreaking_webMembers of The Salvation Army Thrift Store Committee and city officials officially break-ground on the new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store to be located at 425 Broadway in Quincy.

On Monday, September 29, 2014 The Salvation Army, with help from city officials, broke ground on the empty lot at 5th & Broadway. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Kyle Moore, as well as former and current Salvation Army Board Members & Managers, Major Andrew Miller, representatives from Architechnics and Maas Construction.

In 2013, The Salvation Army purchased property between 4th & 5th Streets on Broadway in preparation for construction of a new Thrift Store. The sale of the property closed on Friday, October 11, 2013 clearing the way for The Salvation Army to begin construction of the new facility, which is being designed by Architechnics, Inc. of Quincy.

Located directly across 5th Street from The Salvation Army John Gardner Stevenson Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center, the new approximately 25,000 square foot Thrift Store facility will feature the ability to accept donations through a covered drive-thru donation center, increased floor space, and a modern storefront design with parking on-site. Upon the opening of this new facility, in the summer of 2015, The Salvation Army Thrift Store at 812 Maine Street will close.

“Our intention is to move the operations of our existing store from Maine Street to the new location, and it is important for the public to understand why we are building this new store,” stated Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller. “Our Thrift Store directly supports the homeless population, who rely on our Emergency Shelter. In fact, our store may be the only thrift store in the area that uses its proceeds solely for the purpose of funding a shelter. Our existing Thrift Store operations simply must be updated so that we can fulfill this need. “

Major Miller further stated, “This Thrift Store project is very different from the other recent projects we have completed in Quincy including the Kroc Center and the Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center. Those projects were largely funded through major donations and fundraising campaigns before we broke ground. We will be taking out a mortgage in order to initiate this project. That is how strongly we believe in it.”
The construction of the new store will serve to further consolidate The Salvation Army’s operations in Quincy into one central campus with its epicenter at 5th & Broadway, improving efficiency and reducing costs.

The Thrift Store is an important component of The Salvation Army’s operations, since proceeds from sales help fund The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Quincy. It is part of the “hand up, not a hand out” process which ultimately supports shelter residents in the long run. It is hoped that the new store, with better access and more parking, will help provide much needed additional revenue for the Emergency Shelter. The shelter provides emergency housing for families and single men and women. It is the only shelter within more than 100 miles serving both singles and families. The Family Thrift Store provides vouchers to area schools for teachers and administrators to share with families in need. Last year, 4,903 items of clothing and furniture were provided to qualified individuals through The Salvation Army Family Services and Emergency Shelter.

Breaking Ground on the Future

Artist rendering of the planned Salvation Army Family Thrift Store to be located at 425 Broadway in Quincy, IL.

 

It Pays to Ring Bells!

 

The Salvation Army hires paid bell-ringers to ensure that all kettle locations in Quincy & Hannibal are manned.

 

The Salvation Army is hiring bell-ringers for both Quincy & Hannibal this Fall for the Christmas Campaign season to ensure all kettle locations are manned consistently throughout the Red Kettle Campaign.

“If the kettles aren’t manned, it represents a significant loss to our efforts. People simply will not give at those locations, and they might think we don’t care. From a fundraising perspective, it just makes sense to make sure that all the kettle locations are manned to the best of our ability,” said Patty Douglas, Development Director.

Applications for Quincy and Hannibal are now available. Pick one up at the Kroc Center Welcome Desk at 405 Vermont Street in Quincy.

The positions are considered part-time, temporary, and applicants must be available from the “First Day of Kettles” starting Friday, November 14 and lasting through December 24.

For more information about the Red Kettle Campaign, please contact Alisa Elkins at (217) 231-5633 or alisa_elkins@usc.salvationarmy.org.

 

Both of Our Thrift Stores Accept Donated Vehicles

 

The Salvation Army gladly accepts donated vehicles. Why park it, when you can donate it.

The Salvation Army gladly accepts donated vehicles. Why park it, when you can donate it.

 

Do you have an older model vehicle that still runs but is unneeded or unwanted? Both our Salvation Army Thrift Stores now accept vehicles as donations!

When you donate your car, boat, motorcycle, truck or RV to The Salvation Army, you’re helping us heal broken lives and assist individuals on the road to recovery. Your used vehicle will help change the road ahead for someone who’s lost direction. Proceeds from the sale of your donated automobile are used to help fund The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and other family service programs in our area.

Please call (217) 224-5998 and we’ll pick up your car, boat, truck, motorcycle or RV at absolutely no charge and provide you with an IRS-approved receipt for your donation. Your tax deductible receipt will be provided at the time of pick-up and additional information will be mailed after your vehicle has been sold.

For more information contact:

Scott Andrews – Thrift Store Manager
Phone: (217) 224-5998
Hours: Monday-Saturday  9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Email:  Scott_Andrews@usc.salvationarmy.org

2013 Christmas Food Baskets and Toy Town Distribution

Distribution Dates for Christmas Food Baskets and Toy Town in Quincy and Hannibal

In Quincy, distribution of Christmas food baskets and Toy Town distribution of toys will take place on Wednesday, December 18th, from 9:00am to 8:00pm and on Thursday, December 19th, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The location will be at the rear of the old Motorola building at 1400 N. 30th entering off of Locust Street (in the Quincy Development Center).

The Hannibal distribution will take place on Friday, December 20th from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Admiral Koontz Armory at 301 Warren Barrett Drive in Hannibal.

All distributions are by appointment-only, for families who have approved applications on file with The Salvation Army.

Toy donations are still needed through Sunday, December 15th, and can be dropped off in the bins at collection sites located in Quincy at the KHQA Studio, HyVee Stores on Harrison and Broadway, Dollar General at 6th & Maine, Family Dollar at 6th & Broadway, Quincy Medical Group, Farm & Home, Walmart, Y101/KICK-FM, or the Kroc Center. Hannibal collection sites are Walmart and the former White Star Laundry building.

Last Christmas, 16,050 toys were distributed to 1,705 children.

Longtime Salvation Army Supporters Honored at Event

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L to R: Advisory Board Chair, Jo Kirlin, Charles “Chuck” Scholz, Marvin Purdy, Senior Kroc Officer, Major Andrew S. Miller

Charles Scholz, Marvin Purdy, & John Hark Receive Distinguished Awards

On Friday, September 20, The Salvation Army recognized two of its most distinguished supporters during the September Advisory Board meeting held in the Meadows Conference Rooms at the Kroc Center.

Mr. Marvin Purdy, retired Quincy Firefighter and longtime Advisory Council member, received a ‘Certificate of Life Membership’ award from Advisory Board Chair, Jo Kirlin and Senior Kroc Officer, Major Andrew S. Miller.

Mr. Charles W. Scholz received a ‘Certificate of Membership Emeritus’ award for his outstanding civil support of The Salvation Army. Mr. Scholz has been involved in many Army functions over the years such as the Christmas Committee , Kroc Steering Committee, and currently, the Advisory Board Council.

John S. Hark, right, chairman of the Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council, receives a plaque naming him a Salvation Army member emeritus from Salvation Army Major Andrew Miller.

Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council Chairman John Hark was honored Monday, Sept. 30, by receiving the designation of Salvation Army member emeritus. Hark served 41 years for the City of Hannibal and Marion County, Missouri.

The title of Salvation Army member emeritus is awarded to only about four people each year in the 10-state territory including Hannibal.

Major Andrew S. Miller and John Hark, Photo/ Bev Darr / Hannibal Courier Post

 

We’d like to thank all three of these gentlemen for their unwavering support of The Salvation Army and congratulate them on their awards. Together, they have helped make a valuable difference in the lives of individuals in our community.

Changing Lives – Shelter and Family Services

Emergency Shelter SignThe Need:
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Quincy, Illinois is the only shelter within more than 100 miles that serves both families and single men and women.

Progress on the new John Gardner Stevenson Family Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center has been completed, and as of March 22, 2013 operations are being held at the 501 Broadway building. The Grand Opening Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00pm. Video of the dedication ceremony can be found here. The new building is located diagonally from the Kroc Center, making it much easier to coordinate programs once held several miles away from each other. It can house up to 16 people with rooms dedicated to single men & women as well as families. Our Family Services and Food Pantry are also located there.

What would you consider a priority for your family?
Would you put food at the top of the list? Or perhaps a roof over your head, utilities, prescriptions, or something else? For many people, through no fault of their own, these questions have become something to lay awake at night and worry about.

For most of us, the thought of coming to The Salvation Army for assistance would be unimaginable, but for a growing number of families it is a part of survival. Some who felt they had everything six months ago now realize they have very little to support themselves after a job loss.

That’s where The Salvation Army steps in to help. Through your generosity, we have been able to help families throughout our region answer these questions in this unforgiving economy.

According to the terms of Joan Kroc’s designated bequest, No Kroc dollars may be used for direct service to clients, such as food, clothing, shelter, etc. or for the building of transitional housing or emergency shelters.

IMG_9832Program Mission
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter and Family Services programs strive to bring about positive changes to individuals and families who are homeless or are in need of basic necessities.

Applying the gospel of Jesus Christ, physical and spiritual needs are met without discrimination. Guidance and support is given to assist those we serve to lead self-sufficient lives, which in turn will strengthen family and community.

What we are doing
To help prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless, Family Services offers daily breadline, transportation, furniture, clothing, food pantry, rent and utility assistance, prescription assistance and more.

For those who are homeless, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter, provides crisis intervention by offering temporary housing to families and single men and women. Assistance is provided to help shelter residents find and retain employment and locate affordable housing.

Both programs provide life skills classes, case management, Christian counseling and referrals to other agencies who might further assist in meeting the clients’ needs.


Sturhahn Jewelers Marks 101st Anniversary with Food Pantry Donation

Giving back to the community is a tradition with Sturhahn Jewelers and this year is no exception.  To mark their 101st anniversary, the Sturhahn Family will unload 101 bags of groceries to benefit the Salvation Army Food Pantry at 9:30 Monday morning October 22nd.

“Our business anniversary is the ideal time to say thanks to a community that has been so good to us, says Sarah Stegeman of Sturhahns.  “Because our area food banks are especially low right now, this seemed like the natural, and right, thing to do.”

Last year Sturhahn Jewelers celebrated their landmark 100th Anniversary by giving 100 gifts to 100 unsuspecting people in Quincy over a 10 week period.   “That was fun to make someone’s day who least expected it, Stegeman says. So this year, if we can help put food on a table, we’ll remember how very fortunate we are to live and work in such a great community.”

The Sturhahn family and the 101 bags of groceries will be received by Major Dan Jennings, Senior Officer of the Kroc Center, at 9:30am, October 22nd at the Family Services Center at 6th and Broadway.

New Hannibal Location and Family Store

A new location has been opened combining our Hannibal Family Services Center  and a new Hannibal Family Store! The Family Store opened in December of 2011 and the move of the Family Services Center took place in April of 2012. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Family Services Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The location at 302 Broadway in Hannibal replaces the former location on 9th Street.

The same services, including the food pantry, are offered at the new location. People applying for food or other assistance may be individuals or families. Registration is required with a photo ID and food is provided every 90 days. Additional assistance includes rent and utility assistance.

The Family Store is accepting donated items to sell including clothing, household items and toys. Donations may be made at the store. Proceeds from the sale of your donations are used to help fund The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and other family service programs in our area. Large pieces of furniture can also be picked up. To make arrangements for a pickup, please call Scott Andrews at the store, (573) 248-8008.

 

The Hannibal Family Store and Services Center
302 Broadway
Hannibal, Mo
(573) 248-8008

 

The Salvation Army “Adopts” Berrian Elementary School

We just wanted to share from the blessings we have been experiencing here in the Quincy/Hannibal region. What a joy it is to now begin to develop partnerships and watch our vision grow as to the impact we can make over the course of a child’s life with the Kroc Center at the center of it all. In creating places and spaces for youth development, we are seeing the dream unfold before us. My dream is to watch us create the framework for lifelong impact as we walk with children and their families through the transitions of their development. This framework has just begun to solidify as we have identified one of our new partners in our neighborhood.

As part of our plan to build relationships in our community we have officially adopted our first school. Berrian Elementary School is located about a mile from the Kroc Center, and 91% of the children attending qualify for free lunch. Understanding what that translates to for income guidelines you can understand our desire to reach out to these neighborhood families with inspiration and hope for a future beyond their circumstances.

As an introduction to our Kroc Community, we held a Christmas Party for the school at our center. With the model proposed by Major Dan Jennings we took the adopt-a-school concept and ran with it. Lt. Linnea Forney took four Dollar Store gifts to the school and allowed each of the 235 children to select a gift for their mother and father, or guardians as they may be. With the selections made we moved quickly to take deliver of the gifts returning with a hand full of staff and alongside the teachers helped each child wrap the gifts for their parents. Last night the school staff arrived at our Worship Theater with the gifts set, and then the families began to come.

And come they did. While we sent a bus to assist with transportation needs, we only needed to pick up 18 individuals. As we filled our Worship Theater, the overflow began to quickly fill the balcony as well. When all was said and done we had 583 in our worship theater. We had a few introductions of our officer staff and their School staff, then turned to the children to sing Christmas songs and to share a bit of poetry. I then shared a short message about the Joy of Giving.

Using the Kroc Gift as our example of joyful giving, we transitioned to the joy of giving by the children to each of the parents present. I expressed our gratitude for such a gift to our community and invited them to join us in enjoying all that this Community Center has to offer them and their children. We shared our desire to partner with them to provide an environment for youth development and an incredible future for our children. Major Dan Jennings then shared the Quincy Kroc vision of Inspiration, Instruction and Involvement and the invitation to visit us on Sundays for church.

From there we moved to the Meadows, where Christmas melodies filled the air as brilliant visuals danced on the overhead screens. The simplicity of cookies and juice allowed for conversations to linger into the next hour as this strange new building began to become a warm inviting space for the families and school staff present. This was the first of our open door activities with Berrian School. We look forward to many more updates as we continue to build on the foundation now begun.

- Lt. Rich Forney

“The Institute” Estate Planning Seminar

The 19th Annual Estate & Charitable Gift Planning Institute
For Professional Estate Planners

TOPIC: “More Uncertainty Than Ever: Estate Planning With A Foggy Crystal Ball”

September 14, 2011 at The Crossing
Guest Speakers: Ann B. Burns and Charles A. “Clary” Redd

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Registration Begins at 8:00 AM

In these times of unprecedented uncertainty, everyone involved in estate planning is seeking more  guidance than ever. Ethical considerations, fiduciary liability issues and staying abreast of current developments can be challenging, but Ann and Clary are here to help!

Agenda:

9:30 – How Ethical Rules Govern the Conduct of Estate Planners
10:30 – Looking Through the Crystal Ball – What’s New and Noteworthy
Noon – Lunch
1:00 – Identifying and Avoiding Breaches of Fiduciary Duty
3:00 – Q & A

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