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On April 25, 2015, a
7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal left over 5000 dead and twice as many injured.  The Salvation Army immediately mobilized emergency response personnel and supplies.  A call to pray for the survivors was sent, as The Salvation Army and The Salvation Army Vision Network,, sent teams to Nepal providing basic, urgent needs with shelter, food, water and other necessary relief items.

The Salvation Army has arrived on site in remote areas that have not received outside help. has sent a film crew to aid the community and speak to survivors.  The Salvation Army has headed to outlying areas including Sindhupal, taking shovels and axes to help villagers excavate bodies buried in collapsed buildings.  The devastated terrain has made it extremely difficult to reach these areas due to landslides and floods resulting from the most devastating disaster to hit Nepal since the 1934 Nepal Bihar earthquake.

Then on May 12th, a second strong earthquake hit the region, killing dozens and  injuring thousands of residents of a poor, mountain region in Nepal.  The Salvation Army Vision Network, has a crew on the ground recording stories of the great need for donations to help the people of Nepal recover.  You can donate by going to either or




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May 11-17th is National Salvation Army Week
National Salvation Army week has been celebrated since 1954 when it was declared by the United Stated Congress and proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. To The Salvation Army, National Salvation Army week is a time for us to thank all of our generous donors and volunteers who allow us to accomplish all that we do.
This year, 2015, this week has special significance because we are celebrating our 150th anniversary.  The Salvation Army began 150 years ago when a 36-year-old Methodist minister named William Booth and his wife, Catherine, began reaching out to drunkards, prostitutes and thieves in the slums of London, England. The Booths offered food, shelter, clothing, and a spiritual message. From there The Salvation Army brand was born.
The Booths later adopted a credo: “Soup, soap and salvation.” They served in that same order, concluding that people in need will not bother listening to the Good News until their most basic needs are first met. Today the credo still rings true. Across America and in 126 countries around the world, The Salvation Army continues to fight for millions of souls by providing services to the most downtrodden of those around us.
In Central Ohio and around the world celebrations are planned to commemorate our sesquicentennial. Please check our web site to learn how we are celebrating locally.

You’ve probably seen the advertising around town and heard all the buzz about The Big Give, the 24-hour on-line giving rally to benefit local non-profits.  You may have agreed to stick a Big Give car magnet on your car!  And you’ve probably received emails asking for donations from many
of the non-profits that you love.

We in the Development Department truly appreciate your support.  The Salvation Army in Central Ohio also needs your help spreading the word to people in your circles about how our organization needs their support so we can continue to meet basic needs in our community.   You can tell them all about the life-changing work you and your co-workers do each and every day.  You can share that in 2014, together, we served close to 110,000 of our Central Ohio neighbors in need.

You can explain that by donating through The Big Give, monetary gifts will be increased through a $1.3 million donor bonus pool.  After giving, donors will receive great deals from Homage, Piada, and Donatos.

The Big Give starts at 10AM on Tuesday, May 12th and runs through 10am on May 13th.  Best of all, it’s really EASY to participate.  Starting Tuesday at 10am, follow these easy steps:

CLICK on The Big Give banner when you visit beginning at 10AM on May 12th.SELECT The Salvation Army in Central Ohio.GIVE SECURELY using a major credit card, with a minimum of $20.  Columbus Foundation donors can also make a grant (minimum of $100) through their Donor Advised Fund or Supporting Foundation.

CELEBRATE knowing you are strengthening our community for all!  Share your experience and why you gave, and follow The Big Give at #BigGiveTCF

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Livingston Avenue After School Learning Center students and staff

As part of a recent Social Learning and Community Service project, students at The Salvation Army Livingston Avenue After School Learning Center made no-sew blankets for patients at Nationwide Children’s hospital. 23 students worked with staff over a three-day period to create warm, soft fleece blankets of comfort. The students really enjoyed the project and the chance to make a meaningful impact on the lives of other children in Central Ohio.

“One student, who was previously hospitalized herself for a medical condition, openly shared some of her experiences in the hospital,” shares Gabriella Cajuste, Livingston Avenue After School Learning Center Program Manager.  “She was very enthusiastic about the blankets potentially going to some of her friends who are still at the hospital.”

According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Volunteer webpage, patients share that the home-made blankets are a patient favorite because receiving something that is handmade is a great way to know that someone cares.

The Salvation Army operates four After School Learning Centers in Central Ohio, providing academic support, achievement test preparation, tutoring and mentoring to students from Columbus City Schools in grades 1-8.  There is also a summer enrichment and recreation component.


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By Sarah Touvell, Direct Housing Team Lead

My journey to become a social worker has been a long pursuit. I grew up in an environment in which race, socioeconomic status, and social justice were never talked about or even acknowledged. Despite being surrounded by diversity, there were a lot of things I did not understand about my peers and the rest of my community.

When I entered college as a pre-physical therapy major, I was still ignorant of many social problems. As I pursued knowledge and understanding, my eyes were open to a lot of new ideas through my friends and the organizations that I became involved in. A passion started to ignite inside me, and I realized that I was pursing the wrong career. I had a friend that was a Social Worker and as she talked to me about what being a social worker meant and what she did, I knew then that social work was exactly what I wanted to do.

Soon after I began my undergraduate social work classes, which confirmed that social work was the right career for me. I enjoyed going to class, because I truly cared what I was learning about. My passion for social work has just continually become stronger since that day.

I want to educate people about different cultures, and transform their hearts and minds. I want to help people that I had previously been ignorant about. I want to comfort those who do not have the privilege of not thinking about race, socioeconomic status, and social justice. These are the goals I hope to accomplish as a Social Worker. My life has been transformed as I have pursued this passion of mine.

This transformation began when became an intern for the Salvation Army and has continued through serving as the Multicultural Chair of my sorority, serving as a volunteer with SON ministries and by being a friend to people who are different than myself.

It has been a long journey, but as I reflect on all that I have learned and all that I have experienced, I am filled with joy.  I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am currently in pursuit of my Masters Degree in Social Work so that I may be the best Social Worker I could possibly be.

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For the 60th year, the National Association of Social Workers recognizes March as National Social Work Month.  It’s a time when we can recognize the work of dedicated staff and our Salvation Army case worker’s who are on the front lines each and every day, serving those in need.

Finding shelter for the homeless, feeding the hungry and bringing hope to the hopeless has been the work of The Salvation Army since its beginning in 1865.   As we celebrate The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary, we can see the origins of our work still rings true today.

Brian Kubala is a Case Worker in The Salvation Army in Central Ohio’s Jobs to Housing Program.  Recently he helped Kim, a single mother of three, move into an apartment.  She was connected to our Career Enhancement Center and she was able to develop work skills through job readiness classes.  She was able to secure employment in order to support her family.

Kim shared, “I was truly blessed to be a part of the program and to have workers who went above and beyond their job expectations in order to help me succeed.”


Rad more about The Salvation Army’s 150 Anniversary.


By Isabelle Beecy, The Ohio State University Journalism student

This past semester, I was able to intern with the Salvation Army in the development department. Many other departments, like the housing and anti-human trafficking departments, have interns that assist with the vital day-to-day work that helps so many people in our community.  For me, an internship was a requirement to graduate but this experience has allowed me to test the waters of the real world.  As my time comes to a close, I wish it didn’t have to end.

From being nervous the very first time I came to the office to today, it’s been an extremely fun experience and one that I’ve learned from. I’ve been able to go to meetings, write Facebook and Twitter posts, write blogs for the website, look into finding groups to volunteer here, and so much more. My internship supervisor even invited me to go with her to a radio interview with Sunny 95! These opportunities likely would never have come around had I not been an intern at the Salvation Army.

The people I’ve worked with here at the Salvation Army have been some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. They’ve explained things to me that I didn’t know (and maybe should have) and treated me with lots of respect as well as giving me more responsibility than many interns probably get. For example, I’ve been able to help edit programs, find people to invite to events and to volunteer, and create content for the website and the organization’s social media accounts. On top of that, they took the time to ask me about my day and got to me on a more personal note. For that, I truly thank them.

I’m incredibly sad that my time here at the Salvation Army has come to an end. I will truly miss coming in to the Salvation Army and getting to interact with the people in this department. While it hasn’t always been glamorous or fancy – there has still been copying and other routine internship duties – I wish I could keep coming back to intern here. If there was a way I could still be as involved with the Salvation Army as I am now, I would be a very happy girl. The thing I will likely miss the most is the sense of community among the people within the departments.  Co-workers wander in and out of offices, shout across the hallway to each other to just talk, and asks about details of each others’ personal lives and families. This showed me that everyone genuinely cares about each other.  This is truly a special place.