Annual Vacation From Starvation Food Drive Concludes

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The 2016 Vacation From Starvation Food Drive concluded on June 12th. The food drive, which began May 23rd, offered shoppers at local HyVee grocery stores the opportunity to purchase two different bags of food that would be donated to The Salvation Army food pantry in Quincy. Shoppers would (depending on which food bag they purchased) receive an additional 5¢ or 10¢ on their Fuel Saver card.

Items in the food bags consisted of food essentials, ranging from potatoes, canned fruit, noodles, and more. Overall, 141 cases of food were purchased/donated at a total of over $2,800 during the course of the food drive.

The Salvation Army wishes to thank both HyVee locations in Quincy, as well as KHQA for their support in this year’s Vacation From Starvation Food Drive.

Hannibal Regional Hospital Makes Donation To Salvation Army

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The Hannibal Salvation Army food pantry received a generous donation from the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

During a Pack The Pantry drive, the group collected hundreds of items, including food, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and diapers.

Thank you, Hannibal Regional, and the women’s auxiliary for your support!

Monroe City MFA Makes Donation To Hannibal Salvation Army

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Employees of MFA Oil Company in Monroe City recently presented a check on behalf of the MFA Oil Foundation to The Salvation Army of Hannibal.

The $1,750 grant will be used to buy a new chest freezer and refrigerator for The Salvation Army food pantry at 302 Broadway in Hannibal.

Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller, and case worker, Melissa Meeker, accepted the check on behalf of the Hannibal Salvation Army which serves the counties of Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Shelby, and Lewis.

Salvation Army Kicks Off Summer Fan Program

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The Salvation Army will, again this year, distribute electric fans to those in need. The program will begin on June 13th, and fans will be distributed as they are available in both Quincy and Hannibal.

Persons applying for fans should bring a photo ID with them to their local Salvation Army Family Services Center. For those with children under 5 years of age in the household, a Social Security card or Medical card is also required. In Quincy, the Family Services Center is located at 501 Broadway. Hannibal residents should apply at the Family Services Center at 302 Broadway in Hannibal. The hours at both locations are Monday through Thursday, 1:00PM to 4:00PM.

Fan distribution will be prioritized for people over the age of 65, those with children under 5 yrs of age, and those who are disabled.

Fans can only be distributed while supplies last. Donations of new and gently used fans are currently needed now and throughout the summer. Donated fans may be dropped off at either Salvation Army Family Services Center in Quincy or Hannibal, or the Kroc Center in Quincy, located at 405 Vermont Street.

Monetary donations for purchase of fans are also much needed and may be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 75, Quincy, IL, 62306. Please designate donations as “Fan Program – Hannibal” or “Fan Program – Quincy”.

For more information, please contact Social Services Director Heidi Welty at (217)-222-2087

Quincy Salvation Army Receives $5,000 Grant From Ameren Illinois

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The Salvation Army has received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to help families pay a month of rent or other utilities in order to avoid being evicted and entering the cycle of homelessness.

“The Salvation Army is grateful to Ameren Illinois for granting us funds to help struggling families in our community pay rent or utilities for a month to help keep them in their homes. This grant helps our efforts to keep those in need from spiraling towards homelessness,” said Major Andrew Miller, Area Commander of The Salvation Army in Quincy, Illinois.

The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human needs without discrimination while focusing on faith. Provisions of food, clothing, shelter, rent and utilities assistance help families in need. For those who are homeless, Salvation Army provides shelter for families, and single men and women. Additionally, they provide life skill classes and assistance for finding and retaining employment, and suitable, affordable housing.

The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Chad Cloninger, Director Division II, Ameren Illinois, said partnering with non-profit organizations such as The Salvation Army of Quincy is an essential step in this program and in improving the quality of life in Ameren Illinois’ service territory.

“Many of our customers face fundamental challenges to their quality of life. We hope to ease those burdens with these funds,” said Cloninger. “We are proud to invest in organizations like The Salvation Army of Quincy that help our customers when they are facing many of life’s hardships.”

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

 

Changing Lives – Shelter and Family Services

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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.

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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.