2016 Angel Tree Registration FAQ

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Cost of Homelessness

December 23, 2015 Leave a comment

I’ve been looking at the research on the cost of homelessness lately, and the numbers are pretty frightening. Once you’ve factored in things like police services and jail time, emergency shelter, ambulance, hospital and emergency room services, and then case management, mental health services and other long term supportive care, we spend a staggering amount on each homeless person every year. One 2014 study by the Colorado Homeless Coalition found that each homeless person costs around $43,000 per year. One HUD official confirmed in 2012 that $40,000 was the average amount that the government spends on each person across the country.

Trying to identify the number of homeless in Knox County is difficult, but a point-in-time 2014 Labor Bureau of Statistics report indicated that there were 861 homeless individuals in our county. Using that $40,000 average cost to our community, we spend approximately 34 million dollars each year as taxpayers supporting our homeless population.

As the Director of Development for The Salvation Army in Knoxville, I think in terms of return on investment. If you give us X dollars, I can provide a return of Y dollars. Of course, with our very low administrative costs, 82 cents of every dollar you give to The Salvation Army goes directly into programs in Knoxville.

Now, let me say this, monetary return on investment is important, and the ROI for our community on one person who completes The Salvation Army’s Transitional Housing Program and finds housing, freedom from addiction and gainful employment is huge in terms of the money saved by the taxpayer. However, let me take this a step further and share something that really bothers me. I read the Bible, and I’m convicted and heartbroken over and over by one particular story. This is the story of the lost sheep that Jesus tells in Luke 15:3-7.

“Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

This story breaks my heart. Yes, return on investment is important. Yes, numbers matter…BUT, what is the value of a lost sheep???

The stories of transformed lives at The Salvation Army remind me that you cannot quantify the value of a lost sheep who has found his or her way home. You see, the lost sheep have names…Kevin, April, Jenny, Bob, and the list goes on and on. Each of them has a story that I would be glad to share with you. Each of them found their way to The Salvation Army, and their lives have been transformed. They have been restored and made new. They are free from addiction. They are working. They have homes, and they are giving back. This is why I do what I do. You see, no dollar amount is too great to lead a lost sheep home.

As we near the end of this year, would you join me in helping to lead lost sheep home?

You can be a part of transforming lives by giving today at the link below.

https://app.mobilecause.com/f/ncr/n

Thank you.
~ David Harrell, Director of Development, The Salvation Army of Knoxville

Please call me at (865) 604-4399 if you would like to discuss a special year end gift.

You can find out more about the programs and services of The Salvation Army in Knoxville at http://www.salvationarmyknoxville.org.

You can find out more about homelessness in Knox County at:
https://knoxhmis.sworps.tennessee.edu/…/2014_Biennial_Study…

The Salvation Army Kicks Off Annual Red Kettle Campaign With Third Annual Concert

November 2, 2015 Leave a comment

The Rock the Red Kettle Concert is Presented By: Regal Entertainment, WIVK-FM, NewsTalk 98.7 and WNML-AF

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – November 2, 2015 – The Salvation Army is inviting the public to join in the celebration if kicking off its annual Red Kettle Campaign – a Christmas tradition since 1891. The third annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert will take place on Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. at The Square Room. The show will feature live music by the Grammy-nominated Rhett Walker Band from Nashville.

General Admission tickets are $25 while VIP tickets are $50 and include admission to a special, pre-concert reception in the Square Room. The reception will feature a meet and greet with the band, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a swag bag and early admittance to the concert. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.SalvationArmyKnoxville.org.

Last year, the six-week campaign raised just over $550,000. This year’s goal is $600,000. Proceeds from the concert will go directly to the campaign which supports the organization’s various programs throughout the year. This year, 100% of ticket sales will go directly towards the Red Kettle Campaign.

The Salvation Army’s Knoxville Area Command would like to thank its Rock the Red Kettle sponsors: WBIR, The Graham Corporation, Extrovert Media, Graphic Creations, McGaha Electric, Pilot Flying J and SmartBank.

For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 525-9401.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army Accepting Applications For Annual Christmas Assistance Program

August 31, 2015 Leave a comment

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – August 31, 2015 – The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for its Christmas assistance program for children beginning this week. Last year more than 1,600 children and over 100 senior citizens received Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree program.

Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. until noon, Tuesday through Friday, September 1–4 and from 1 – 3 p.m. on September 8-11 and 15-18 at The Salvation Army’s office at 409 N. Broadway.

Each family seeking assistance must bring ALL of the following items:

  • A Valid Identification Card for applicant and ALL adults in the household.

Acceptable forms of ID:

– U.S. Driver’s License      – State-issued Non-Drivers ID

– U.S. Passport                   – Employee or School ID

– Social Security Card        – U.S. Military ID

  • Proof of residence (utility statement, bank statement, pay stub, etc.).
  • Proof of ALL income, earned and unearned (pay stub, unemployment, SSI,

Pension, Veterans, Disability, food stamps, child support, AFDC, WIC, etc.).

  • Proof of rent, mortgage or subsidized housing.
  • Proof of other expenses:(car, medical, food, credit cards, loans, etc.).
  • ALL current utility statements (electricity, water, gas, electric, cable, phone, etc.).
  • Birth Certificates for children 12 years and under in the household and clothes sizes.
  • Guardian/Grandparents must present custody papers.

The Angel Tree program is open to children 12 and under or adults 60 and over. Registration for the Senior Christmas Assistance Program will take place on Thursday, October 1 from 9 a.m. until noon at The Salvation Army. No appointment is necessary. Applicants are encouraged to not wait until the last day, but rather to apply earlier in the week. Applications for Blount, Sevier and Anderson Counties will be held at a later date.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with the application process. For more information, call (865) 525-9401.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme Kickoff 4th Annual School Supply Drive

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – July 17, 2015 – The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme® Doughnuts are partnering to help provide local students with much needed school supplies during their 2015 “Stuff the Bus” campaign. The campaign will serve families in need by helping kids from across the Knoxville-area gear up for a successful academic year while also easing the high cost of school supplies for parents.

The “Stuff the Bus” campaign will kick off on Monday, July 20 and will run through Sunday, August 2 at The Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Farragut. Supporters are asked to drop off new school supplies at that Krispy Kreme doughnut shop only. All types of school supplies are needed, including: notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers and hand sanitizer.

As a sweet reward, supporters will receive one FREE Original Glazed® doughnut for a single school supply item donation and one FREE Original Glazed® dozen for each donation of a backpack that contains school supplies. The supplies will be given to The Salvation Army and distributed to youth through their Emergency Assistance Program.

About Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed(R) doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Today, Krispy Kreme can be found at over 740 locations in 22 countries around the world and approximately 10,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Visit us at http://www.KrispyKreme.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army Says Farewell To Area Commanders After Three Years of Leadership and Service To The Knoxville Community

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – June 15, 2015 – The Salvation Army has announced that after three years of service as the Area Commanders for the Knoxville Area Command, Majors Albert and Yvette Villafuerte have been reassigned to The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. The Villafuerte’s will remain in their current roles through Sunday, June 21. Replacing them as Area Commanders will be Majors Todd and Christine Smith. The Smiths come to Knoxville after serving as the General Secretary and Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries, respectively, of the Florida Divisional Headquarters in Tampa.

“We are excited to be doing the Lord’s work through The Salvation Army,” said Major Albert Villafuerte. We were accepted with open arms by a community who was eager to put their shoulder to the wheel and join in our efforts to see positive change in God’s children. Our short stay in Knoxville has been challenging and we have been rewarded with seeing the fruits of our labor as many families and individuals have been transformed and restored to a life of self-sufficiency full of hope and with a renewed sense of God’s Love for them.”

Since becoming Area Commanders for The Knoxville Area Command in 2012, Majors Villafuerte have developed and expanded the Command and its programs. Under their leadership, the Knoxville Area Command has grown in many areas including:

– Enhancing the organization’s programs and improving success rates by focusing on providing tools that equip, empower and educate its clients in the form of a Career Center computer lab all while reducing program service costs;
– Growing the Maryville Outpost into an official Corps status with a full-time dedicated Officer (Ordained Minister) with growing spiritual meetings;
– Increased membership and involvement of the Area Command’s Advisory Board and created a “Young Leaders” program;
– Expanded its social services program to Cocke County;
– Opened the annual Angel Tree Program up to include senior citizens

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army To Receive $6,000 From Women’s Fund of East Tennessee For Enhanced Job Readiness Training

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – June 8, 2015 – The Salvation Army and A Hand Up for Women, have formed a partnership to enhance the job readiness skills of the women residing in The Salvation Army’s Joy Baker Domestic Violence Shelter. The partnership stems from a generous $6,000 donation made by the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee to cover the cost of the training for one year. To commemorate the new partnership, there will be a check presentation in The Salvation Army’s gym at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. The organization is located at 409 N. Broadway, Knoxville.

“Our goal at The Salvation Army has always been to help transform lives by equipping, empowering and educating our clients,” says Salvation Army Area Commander Major Albert Villafuerte. “We are excited to venture into a new partnership with A Hand Up for Women and offer an enhanced level of job skills training to our clients within the context of our existing safe, secure and nurturing residential program. We believe this enhanced level of job readiness training will enable the women of the Joy Baker Center to obtain higher paying jobs with clear paths for advancement.”

The partnership with A Hand Up For Women offers a proven program of life-management and job-readiness skills, individual mentoring and membership in the life-long supportive community that is A Hand Up For Women.

“I am so impressed with the foresight used by the Women’s Fund when they proposed and funded our partnership with The Salvation Army,” said A Hand Up For Women Executive Director, Eva Pierce. “I look forward to serving women through this collaboration for many years to come. Together, we are walking alongside women as they move from dependency to self-sufficiency.”

For more information about National Salvation Army Week, please call (865) 525-9401.

About A Hand Up for Women

A Hand Up For Women is the Knox County site of a national ministry called Christian Women’s Job Corps. Founded in 1996 by the Women’s Missionary Union, CWJC started with two pilot sites, and has now grown to include over 150 sites nationwide, including some that are Christian Men’s Job Corps sites. The Action Institute has named A Hand Up For Women one of the most effective faith-based nonprofits in the country for three years in a row.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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