Actor Chad L. Coleman Comes Back to Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

It is especially exciting to share the video of actor Chad L. Coleman (The Wire, The Walking Dead) who was a member of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club growing up and in December came back to visit his old Church Hill neighborhood and the Club in the #BLX mini-docuseries from BET.


In the video Coleman visits with staff at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and says, “They continue to to invest in kids, just like when I was a little youngster.”

Coleman’s brother, Don, is Chair of the Richmond City Public School Board and active alumni member of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.

A Legacy of Adversity to Progress

Many of us have been through circumstances were we have called out to God for help…and Charles is no different but God’s healing and protection for him was something different…and we’ll share that in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.

Second Corinthians chapter four verses eight and nine say, ‘We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;’ and Charles experienced many of those but through faith in God and personal ambition he’s proving he’s not been crushed.

It was that ambition and self-motivation that led Charles to enroll in The Salvation Army’s A Step Up Program which included a certification class as a Personal Care Aide through a partnership with the Professional Career Institute.

A gift to the Online Red Kettle is one way to feel God’s presence and bring His blessing to Charles and other men, women and children who may face challenge but long to fulfill their potential. The Online Red Kettle closes January 31st. Thank you for allowing us to the share this story with you.

One parting note, on Monday, February 23, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker for a special speaking engagement to area youth on finding their legacy. Dr. Walker was the former Chief of Staff to Dr. Martin Luther King and is a graduate of Virginia Union University.

Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker to Speak at Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club – Feb 23

On Monday, February 23, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will welcome Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker for a special speaking engagement for youth and community members on finding their legacy and having a positive impact in their community.

During the event, Dr. Walker will reflect on his contribution to the book A Light Shines in Harlem: New York’s First Charter School and the Movement It Led and interact with a Richmond community leader panel during a discussion aimed at youth of the Club and other community youth and residents on finding their legacy and having a positive impact in their community.

Admission to the event is free, please RSVP via the form below or text WTWALKER to 51555. The first 50 attendees will receive a free signed copy of A Light Shines in Harlem and Dr. Walker will be available to sign copies of A Light Shines in Harlem and his books. Doors open at 10:30AM, the event will begin at 11:00AM and conclude by Noon. Admission is limited to 500.

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About Dr. Walker

Dr. Walker is a pastor, national civil rights leader, theologian, and cultural historian. He was Chief of Staff for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an early board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and founded a Congress for Racial Equality. A graduate of Virginia Union University, Walker began as pastor at historic Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, VA, where he entered the Civil Rights Movement. For 37 years Dr. Walker was Senior Pastor at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, New York, where he also co-founded the Religious Action Network of Africa Action to oppose apartheid in South Africa, and chaired the Central Harlem Local Development Corporation.

From Street Life to Jesus Christ

Amos grew up in the projects of Chester, Pennsylvania. At the age of 12 he began dealing drugs, crossing state-lines dealing and get involved with gangs. He’s been incarcerated a couple times, and though he was raised in a Christian home he didn’t Christ until he was in the back seat of a police car in Pennsylvania 15 years ago. Today, his life is much different and he’s having a positive impact on the youth of Richmond as Youth Pastor at St. Mark Church of God in Christ.

Boys & Girls Club Leadership Academy visits VCU Athletics

As part of the programming at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, the Club offers the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Academy, which teaches leadership & skills development opportunities focusing on filling leadership roles and post-secondary educational planning for teen members. On Monday, December 29, Boys & Girls Club Teen Program Coordinator Tyree Walker along with Advisory Council members JC Poma and Greg Burton took members of the Leadership Academy to visit The Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and talk with members of the Athletic Department and hear from Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. The youth also had the privilege of staying for the men’s basketball game against Cleveland State.

Finding God in Joyce’s Story

It is your kindness that has been the means that God has of touching Joyce with His love, of relating to His Word, of enabling her family to discover His saving grace.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosts King and Queen in Me Ball

On the evening of Wednesday, December 10, 2014, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted their annual King and Queen in Me ball for the participants in the program. The King and Queen in Me programs are two small group programs within The Salvation Army Boys & Girls which works with young boys and girls on developing the spirit, soul, and body. The King and Queen in Me ball is the culminating event of the program.

Giving Tuesday

Kelli talks about how making a gift to The Salvation Army on Giving Tuesday can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.

Striving for a Better Future

Tanika came to The Salvation Army in the summer of 2014 after bills had piled up and she needed help with her utility bill. While there, she asked if The Salvation Army offered education and job placement programs in the medical field.

Salvation Army Tri-Cities Holds Christmas Kickoff

Local politicians including Senator-Elect Rosalyn Dance and Delegate M. Kirkland Cox gather at The Salvation Army Christmas Kickoff at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights on Saturday. The event marked the beginning of the Red Kettle campaign and Christmas season in which The Salvation Army expects to serve close to 1,400 children from the Tri-Cities with Christmas gifts and raise nearly $100,000 to support year-round services.

Salvation Army Christmas Kickoff at Short Pump Town Center

On Friday, November 14 The Salvation Army Central Virginia Area Command celebrated it’s partners who assist with the Christmas Assistance program and kicked off the Christmas season.

Salvation Army Christmas Kick-Off

The Salvation Army of Central Virginia will hold a kick-off ceremony Friday morning (Nov. 14) at 10:00AM at Short Pump Town Center (11800 W. Broad St, Richmond). Open to the public, the event is expected to draw officers, donors, and friends from The Salvation Army and the Christmas partners to be recognized.

This year’s theme will spotlight how donations given to The Salvation Army are giving hope to local families and restoring lives for women and men who previously saw no light at the end of the tunnel.

“Christmas gifts of time, talent and treasure allow The Salvation Army to feed the hungry, prevent homelessness, and enrich the lives of children,” said Major Timothy Carter of The Salvation Army. “With great community generosity at Christmas, we are able to provide solutions and transform lives year-round.”

Throughout Central Virginia, The Salvation Army assists individuals and families still struggling to make ends meet. Many who walk through our doors are in need a help to avoid eviction or utility termination, while others are in need of groceries or clothing.

Partnerships that will be recognized for supporting The Salvation Army in providing Christmas Assistance to Central Virginia families in need include the Angel Tree program with NBC12, Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Richmond Christmas Mother Fund, Coats for Kids with Puritan Cleaners, Fox Holiday Socks with Fox Richmond, ESPN 950’s Holiday Cheer and Gear and Martin’s. Support from Page Auto Group assists The Salvation Army with transportation needs during the Christmas season, providing vehicles to transport bell ringers and pick-up gifts. Other individuals, companies and retailers who support The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign will be recognized at the event as well.

A kick-off celebrating partnerships, donors and volunteers to The Salvation Army’s Tri-Cities Service Center in Petersburg, VA will be held on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00AM at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights. The event is expected to draw the mayors of the Tri-Cities, respectively, and Virginia Senator-Elect Rosalyn R. Dance.

Individuals and organizations who volunteer to ring a bell for The Salvation Army during the Christmas season are also appreciated and needed, to sign-up to volunteer at a kettle location, visit For supporters wishing to ring the bell at home or work, The Salvation Army offers a virtual kettle through an online portal. At users can start and manage their own virtual Red Kettle to support The Salvation Army. This Online Red Kettle allows supporters to still give if they cannot locate a kettle in the community and get more involved.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, September 30, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in the East End of Richmond, VA celebrated their 60th Anniversary as a chartered club with Boys & Girls Club’s of America.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, September 30 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will celebrate the Club’s 60th Anniversary of investing in futures beginning with an open house at 4:00 PM and program beginning at 5:00 PM.

For 60 years, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has been investing in the futures of Richmond’s youth and developing them into caring, intelligent, compassionate adults rooted in family and community. At Tuesday’s event, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will also announce it’s commitment to improving the Club’s aquatic center for the benefit of Club members and the East End community.

“We’re looking so forward to gathering with friends and supporters on Tuesday to thank them for their support over the past 60 years,” said Hugh Jones, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “The past 60 years have set a great foundation for us to work with youth, and the community, through the years ahead.”

Confirmed attendees for Tuesday’s event include Richmond’s Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Dana Bedden, Richmond School Board Chair and Club Alum, Don Coleman, and Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille of Richmond’s East End 7th District.

Love Kitchen Visits Salvation Army and Tri-Cities Service Center gets Cleaned Up

Little Caesars Love Kitchen

On Sunday, September 21, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a 52-foot a pizza kitchen on wheels which travels across the continental United States and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors, visited The Salvation Army to serve dinner during the Community Meals program. Plus, the West End Community Church (above) volunteered that evening to serve salad, dessert and serve the pizza.

Tri-Cities Clean Up

On Saturday, September 20, 40 soldiers from Fort Lee & Combined Arms Support Command volunteered at The Salvation Army Tri-Cities Service Center in Petersburg, VA helping spruce up the property and rearranging the office.

Opportunities for Youth

At The Salvation Army, we try to provide dynamic transformative programs to the families who come to us for assistance, whether that assistance might be a warm meal, help with their rent or mortgage, or a roof over their head when they have nowhere else to go. That transformation really comes though when we’re able to connect families from one program to another…and a true transformation can be seen in the story of Aleondra, a 15 year-old who came through our women’s shelter with her mom and brother and left inspired for the future thanks to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.