2015 Amazing Raise

The Amazing Raise is our region’s 36-hour online giving challenge that inspires and empowers our community to support Central Virginia nonprofit organizations in an amazing way, regardless of where you call home. It gets even better – when you give during The Amazing Raise, you can help your favorite nonprofits win additional incentive prizes ranging from $500 to $15,000!

Over the last five years through the Amazing Raise, The Salvation Army has raised close to $10,000 through donors locally and across the country to support services and solutions to families and individuals working to overcome hardships here in Central Virginia.

Please visit this page on Wednesday, September 16 beginning at 6AM to make a gift to The Salvation Army during the Amazing Raise.

Salvation Army Petersburg Shelter Participating in 100 Day Challenge

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Petersburg is participating in the “100 Day Challenge”, a campaign to house homeless veterans, which began August 3, and will conclude on November 10, one day before Veteran’s Day.

Prior to the challenge, The Salvation Army Emergency Men’s Shelter (835 Commerce St., Petersburg, VA) was already serving a steady stream of homeless veterans. On a given night as many as 25% of shelter residents are veterans. In the shelter men receive meals, case management, referrals to other programs and fellowship.

“The ‘100 day Challenge’ puts the spotlight on one of the most vulnerable populations in the Tri-Cities, our homeless veterans,” said Jewel Farrar, Shelter Manager for The Salvation Army in Petersburg. “When men come through The Salvation Army shelter, we’re able offer them a stable environment and empowering employment and education preparation courses, business and life skills programs that help break the cycle of homelessness and prevent relapse. And this challenge is a great spark for collaboration with other agencies to serve the men who have served us.”

Since January 1, 2014, The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter has provided 450 men, 113 of them veterans, with resources connected to the shelter such as assistance with substance abuse, direct financial assistance, assistance with mental illness & treatment for stability, and collaboration with other local agencies assisting with employment and stable housing.

“A lot of soldiers aren’t equipped for civilian live when leaving the military,” said Charles Kelley, a U.S. Army veteran with more than 10 years of service who has received assistance from The Salvation Army. “These programs are beneficial to a lot of people. If The Salvation Army didn’t help me, I’d be in a pretty rough situation.”

The “100 Day Challenge” is part of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s initiatives for Virginia to be the first state to reach the federal goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

“We must renew our commitment to better serve our veterans in every community across the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe in a news release about the campaign. “Our labors on their behalf pale compared to the sacrifices these men and women have made in service to our country.”

Leading up the challenge, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), hosted a Veteran Housing Boot Camp on July 31 at the Petersburg Public Library. The Boot Camp gave Salvation Army staff and volunteers the opportunity to reevaluate their process for serving veterans and collaborate other service providers on the spot.

During the 100 Day Challenge, Crater District services providers have committed to reaching 75 homeless veterans and successfully housing 40 of them.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and Councilwoman Newbille Share News of Club Renovation

On Tuesday, July 21, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club welcomed Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, of the 7th voter district, to meet with nearby residents of the Club and share the news of the renovation project to begin at the Club in the fall of 2015.

The proposed renovation will add 7,000 square feet onto to the facility, allowing for enhanced programming for members but also allow for extended hours and programming to serve all members of the community. All parts of the Club will receive upgrades, computers, fitness equipment, HVAC, kitchen to be renovated, aquatics center upgrade and locker rooms redone. post_plan7.21.15

The first phase of renovation will include upgrading the aquatics center. Replacing the pool and mechanicals to make operable year-round, expand locker rooms, renovate kitchen and upgrade HVAC.

The renovation to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is expected to bring programming and possibilities for youth members but also for their families and our community.

Construction on phase one of the three phase project will begin in the fall and conclude in time for the aquatics center to be open for summer camp in 2016.

Club Summer Campers Participate in Clinic Hosted by Richmond Raider

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club summer campers participated in the Optimum Sports Speed and Agility Camp in early July. What made the two-day mini camp additionally unique was that it’s host, Ron Davis of the Richmond Raiders, is a an Advisory Board member with The Salvation Army in Kansas.

Campers gained valuable insight and feedback into proper techniques for running, sprinting and agility movement. Many strong points were observed such as: including age appropriate communication of instructions, various forms of motivation, a fun atmosphere for learning and explanation of the skills taught in relation to athleticism in sports.

Youth from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club participated in Optimum Prep Sports Speed and Agility Camp hosted by Ron Davis of the Richmond Raiders.

Posted by The Salvation Army Central Virginia on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Think Pink Talent and Fashion Show 2015

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted their annual Think Pink Talent and Fashion Show. Female members of the Club put on a talent show and were inspired by guests of honor Delegate Delores McQuinn and Dr. Delores Whitaker. The Richmond Boys Choir performed. Advisory Council member, Kelli Lemon, hosted the event.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted their annual Think Pink Talent and Fashion Show. Female members of the Club…

Posted by The Salvation Army Central Virginia on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Veteran Lightens Burden for Others

Author Joseph Addison said “No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.”

When Sergeant Charles Kelley filled his duty over 10 years in U.S. Army support personnel, he ensured soldiers and their families were cared for so that those troops could focus on their mission.

So, when Charles’ family experienced a crisis, he invoked personal faith and a grateful heart while receiving temporary financial assistance through The Salvation Army’s Family Services Program.

During Donuts of Hope, we have celebrated the transformation, unconditional love and character our veterans have demonstrated.

We have been reminded that in the operation of God’s grace, the broken places can be healed, even if scars remain.

We thank you for helping those heroes feel God’s mercies, know His love, and look forward to tomorrow because of our Lord’s promise of presence.

This is the final story for Donuts of Hope 2015. Please visit DonutsOfHope.org to learn more or make gift.

A Veteran’s Character Shines Bright

The partnership between the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the U.S. Armed Forces helps children of military families face the unique challenges of military life. During the 20th anniversary celebration, veterans credited club experiences for their readiness in character while serving in military service roles.

As Regina rose to the rank of Sergeant Major, she set the example in courage, integrity, humility, and empathy; all part of the US Army’s 23 traits of character.

While involved in combat and peace keeping missions, Regina’s children were learning and applying those same values under the guidance of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club staff and volunteers.

True character is shown in how we act in any situation. We salute our veterans and youth mentors who in spite of adversity, still exhibit the fruits of the spirit in word and deed.

You have been a blessing as the heroes that wear the cloth of our nation and those that positively impact the hearts and minds of youth forge character, change lives and give for a cause greater than oneself.

A Veteran’s Unconditional Love

We look forward to recognizing those who have served, sacrificed and demonstrated the pinnacle of patriotism.

As we understand the depth of those experiences, let us aspire to the values our service men and women learn and share with their families and communities upon return: loyalty, duty, respect, honor and unconditional love.

Rodney is a loyal marine. He was not spared life’s struggles, but, he now practices the traits of unconditional love with the homeless and others who may be faced with challenges.

The power of unconditional love was exemplified as The Salvation Army Lassies and Volunteers worked 18 to 20 hour shifts to operate 1,000 canteens on 26 battlefronts during World War I. That compassion etched a place in the hearts of thousands of ordinary soldiers who gratefully received help and comfort in their darkest hour.

Jesus led with unconditional love and taught us it will have the final word.

This Memorial Day please allow us to thank you for rekindling the spirits of our veterans with your involvement and showing them their worth to the One who matters.

A Veteran’s Strength Through Christ

The Salvation Army Donuts of Hope campaign celebrates the connection between the donut and the support Salvation Army Donut Lassies offered to soldiers on the front lines during both World Wars. The campaign also raises awareness and support for Salvation Army programs serving veterans in our community, who today, find themselves fighting for housing, food and employment. Please allow us to share their stories of hope with you over the next three weeks.

Salvation Army Hoops for Health Interview on Alpha Media Radio

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host the 3rd Annual Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival on Saturday, May 2 at the Club on 3701 R Street in Richmond’s East End.

Check out the interview with information on Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival as well as information about The Salvation Army’s other programs and services in Central Virginia from April 5, 2015 on Alpha Media Radio n Richmond.


Kay Thomas (host)

Salvation Representatives

Christian Dundas (Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council)
Hugh Jones (Executive Director, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club)
Matt Pochily (Marketing & Communications, The Salvation Army)

Easter and Our Quiet Heroes of Faith

When Shekiah chose to find Ted in a crowd during The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club 60th Anniversary, it reminded me that at any given moment in time, Heaven can break out.

Who better to influence a teenager than someone who loves God and loves people enough to invest in their lives? As a father, successful entrepreneur, donor and volunteer, Ted’s faith has grown through challenges and triumphs. His belief has manifested itself in service that has fostered the spiritual, academic and emotional growth in a young lady’s heart and mind.

Who better to remind us as adults of the presence of Jesus in our lives? As a young teen, Shekiah’s bright spirit is open to caring, supportive adults who she trusts will tap into her energy, passion and commitment.

Neither Ted nor Shekiah are super heroes. With Jesus as the example, they are quite heroes of faith who have accepted the awesome privilege of simply believing in and ministering to one another.

Their interaction reflects the power of the resurrection and the joy in our daily living. It may open our spiritual eyes as we gain the understanding of God’s eternal purposes.

Our giving spirits carry forth the message that Christ died so that we might no longer live for ourselves. He gave us a new focus as we live for Him and His principles.

This Easter, we honor you for being a vessel for someone’s healing, redemption, joy or progress… for becoming His extended hand to a world that needs you.

Connections of Two Remarkable People

In the last month, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club held their annual Youth of Year award ceremony and hosted Civil Rights Leader Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker for a discussion on youth finding their legacy. The two events are closely connected to the Club’s mission of educating and empowering youth who give back to their respective communities and we’ll share perspective on those connections in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.

Dove Arceneaux, a senior at Franklin Military Academy was recently awarded the title of 2015 Youth of the Year from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and in April will compete with other Youths of the Year from their respective clubs across the state to be regional youth of the year. Dove was also on hand at the Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Finding Your Legacy event to present Dr. Walker with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Community Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award and talked to us recently about some of the things she heard and a bit about herself.

And related to Dove’s comments on Club staff seeing leadership in her and through her work with younger kids after school at the Club, comedian Micah White talked about leadership during the panel discussion at the Dr. Walker Finding Your Legacy event.

In addition to education, Dr. Walker also emphasized the role faith played during the Civil Rights Movement and important role it plays in the lives of youth.

There was a ton of other great conversation around leadership, accountability, voting and leaving a positive impact on your community and we encourage you check that out on our website at SalvationArmyCentralVA.org.

Dr Wyatt Tee Walker Emphasizes Education to Richmond Youth

Planting Seeds for Salvation

At The Salvation Army, we have dozens of staff members and hundreds of volunteers who serve our program participants each in a different and unique way. Some of us plant seeds and others water seeds but it is always God who gives the increase. This week we have a feature on someone who has been planting seeds in a place where it’s not always easy to see a flower bloom.

Sixteen to eighteen hours a week, Malik Shabazz, an ordained minister and certified substance abuse counselor comes to The Salvation Army emergency shelter to meet with shelter residents and address their history with alcohol or substance abuse. Through a rough background of his own, Malik knows a flower may not immediately bloom but it’s planting the seed that’s important.

Malik is a firm believer in Romans 8:28, that says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to His purpose,” and knows that God was working all things together to give him a voice to be able to genuinely share with others and lift them up.

Malik went on to say that the substance abuse program is only as good as the resources which are poured into it and though flowers don’t bloom right away, it has been invaluable to its participants. Please keep Monday, February 23rd at 11am on your calendar for the Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker event at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls. This is going to be a great event where Dr. Walker and a Richmond community leader panel will talk with area youth about finding their legacy. More information is available at SalvationArmyCentralVA.org.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Member Signs National Letter of Intent to Play College Football

Nigel Chavis began attending The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club at nine years old. His mother needed somewhere safe for him to go after school while she was still at work. Nigel was a typical mischievous young boy. Every day Nigel showed up and participated in Club programing knowing he would be safe and have fun interacting with his peers. He also knew that if he chose to be a part of the activities of hanging in the streets with his peers, he may have become one of the many unpleasant statistics of his environment.

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Nigel signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I football at Norfolk State University. In the spring Nigel will graduate from Armstrong High School and be one of the first student-athletes to have gone on from Armstrong to play Division I football.

After signing his Letter Nigel said of the Club, “It’s been like a family. Everybody got along with each other. Going there after school kept me out of trouble.” He also attributed his academic success (he carries a 3.8 GPA) to the Club, “Power Hour {Club Tutoring Program} helped me keep focused on my grades from elementary school, middle school and into high school. It helped me keep my grades up.”

At the Club, Nigel participated in many programs including the teen program and attended college tours, etiquette classes, in-house basketball leagues, SMART Moves, Gentleman’s Club and as a score keeper for the annual Hoops for Health Basketball Tournament for his younger peers.

Nigel is just the first of many Club members to commit to college after graduation in 2015. We will continue to share those stories throughout the spring.

College Basketball Great Christian Laettner Gives Clinic at Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club