Salvation Army Unveils New Hometown Endowment Fund Campaign

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The Quincy Salvation Army has been serving the needs of the greater Adams County area for more than 122 years. And the Army plans to continue that tradition with the unveiling of a new Hometown Endowment Fund campaign.

The goal is to provide anyone who turns to The Salvation Army for help with the support and skills they’ll need to become self-sufficient. Over the years, the number of people we aid continues to grow; and with the dramatic increases in requests for assistance over the past several years, financial resources are seldom able to keep pace with this ever-growing need for assistance.

Enter The Hometown Endowment Fund — a special fund created to assure continuous and stable funding for the emergency shelter and family services programs offered by The Salvation Army. It makes available now, as well as in the future, a source of income to support programs that assist individuals and families in need. The Hometown Endowment Fund preserves the principal and provides earnings and interest to be utilized for operations and programs.

The fund is an ideal vehicle to provide the stability to grow along with the needs of the Quincy community and surrounding area, of which The Salvation Army works hand-in-hand with each day to meet the needs of those less fortunate. As long as there are needs to be met, The Salvation Army stands ready to serve, making a difference one life at a time, and, above all, doing the most good.

There are many ways in which you can contribute to the Hometown Endowment Fund. For more information on how you can donate, click here.

For more information on the Hometown Endowment Fund, please contact:

Patty Douglas – Development Director
Phone: (217) 231-5627
Email:  Patty_Douglas@usc.salvationarmy.org

or

Matt Schmidt – Gifts Advisor
Phone: (217) 231-5694
Email:  matthew_schmidt@usc.salvationarmy.org

 

Salvation Army Prepares For Grand Opening of New Thrift Store

Thrift Store Building Toward the Future

In 2013, The Salvation Army purchased property between 4th & 5th Streets on Broadway in preparation for construction of the new Family Thrift Store. Those who have driven past the intersection since the September 2014 groundbreaking have noticed the impressive new structure coming together at a rapid pace. Now, mere months away from the store’s grand opening, The Salvation Army looks to not only make an impact with the implementation of the new building and its services, but also to continue doing what it does best – give back to the community.

“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,” states Salvation Army Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller.

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The store, which is projected to open August 1st, will soon be taking donations. Items such as gently used furniture, clothing, and various other home furnishings will be accepted, most of which can be conveniently dropped off thanks to the addition of a new drive-thru donation center. The 25,000 square foot facility features increased floor space, a modern storefront design, and on-site parking — amenities which are lacking at the store’s current location.

Though operations at the store’s current 812 Maine location will cease once the new facility opens at 425 Broadway, The Salvation Army’s support of the community will only continue to flourish, with the new Family Thrift Store aiding individuals and families in need by providing vouchers to area schools for teachers and administrators to share with families, donating items of clothing and furniture to qualified individuals through The Salvation Army Family Services and Emergency Shelter, or as The Salvation Army simply puts it, “doing the most good.”

Breaking Ground on the Future

For developing information on the new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, please continue checking this page for regular updates.

National Salvation Army Week To Be Celebrated May 11th – 17th

 

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The 62nd annual National Salvation Army Week will be celebrated beginning May 11th, and concluding on May 17th.

Typically observed in the second week of May, National Salvation Army Week was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. In his proclamation he noted:

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

We’re thankful for this opportunity to recognize the 3 million volunteers who give of their time and talents to The Salvation Army each year and enable critical services to communities, families and individuals in need. That’s 8,000 volunteers “Doing the Most Good each day!

The Salvation Army is celebrating National Salvation Army Week in a variety of ways this week across the country. For events near you, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to find a list of locations.

Thank you to all of our supporters!

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.

 

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.