Partners of the Columbia Chamber since 2011, The Salvation Army established a corps in Columbia, SC, in 1906 and has been serving people living in extreme poverty in the Midlands for more than 100 years. The Salvation Army, an international movement, works to ensure that human needs are met without discrimination.
Social Services programs provided by The Salvation Army focus on those living in the most extreme poverty in the Midlands. They work daily with those who are homeless and offer several homeless prevention initiatives. From serving daily meals to providing Christmas toys to families in need, The Salvation Army reaches out to those in our community who need assistance.
The Salvation Army was a first responder during last year’s historic flooding and continues to be a key part of the recovery and restoration of the Midlands. Initially, officers, staff, and volunteers served 55,788 hot meals and 51,663 cold drinks to people all across devastated areas. They prayed with people who lost nearly everything. They provided clean up kits and other resources to aid in efforts to rebuild lives. And perhaps most importantly, they instilled hope and let people know that they were not alone. The response began locally, but Salvation Army units from outside the Midlands area quickly arrived on the scene to assist in the relief efforts.
This July, The Salvation Army of the Midlands provided a free summer camping experience to 52 local children, ages 6-12, at Camp Walter Johnson in Denton, North Carolina. The children attended the 5-day program developed to be a positive environment for children to grow, learn and be encouraged while striving to meet spiritual, social, recreational and educational needs. Since 1974, Camp Walter Johnson has impacted the lives of over 55,000 children throughout North and South Carolina.
The Leveraging Literacy Free Afterschool Reading Program recently wrapped up for the year with an exciting ceremony at The Salvation Army where 25 students received certificates of completion, books from Richland Library, and sneakers from Innersole. The program meets every weekday when school is in session with a focus on vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension to increase student success.
This year, The Salvation Army of the Midlands…
- Helped serve 217,836 meals to the homeless
- Helped 3,102 families receive emergency basic needs assistance including rent, utility, water, food boxes
- Helped issue 953 clothing vouchers
- Helped distribute 1,905 hygiene kits
- Helped 3,833 children receive new gifts for Christmas
- Helped 1,724 families receive Christmas assistance
- Helped distribute 1,724 boxes of food to families at Christmas
- Helped 232 children receive new, well-fitting clothes, shoes, and school supplies through the Clothes for Kids program
- Helped 593 children and youth enjoy Salvation Army camp
Major Roger Coulson, an officer of the Salvation Army, is a regular attendee of the Chamber’s Issues Committee meetings, and a long-time proponent of a thriving Midlands. The Columbia Chamber would like to take the time to thank the staff and volunteers of The Salvation Army of the Midlands for their continued support of our community.
The Columbia Chamber is honored to present The Salvation Army of the Midlands as the December 2016 Partner of the Month.
To learn more about The Salvation Army of the Midlands, visit their website.
For more information about the Columbia Chamber Partner of the Month, or to nominate a current Chamber Partner, please visit our website.