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Salvation Army 12.21.14

Dec 18, 2014|

AN INTERVIEW WITH MAJOR NANCY DIHLE WITH THE SALVATION ARMY ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO AROUND THE HOLIDAYS AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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This is metro scope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program my name's Gary blocks them and it's Christmas time. Can you know one of the most visible security as we see this time of year is the Salvation Army and they like to welcome back major Nancy dealing with the Salvation Army to metro scope financing. I dare to thank you for having me today I absolutely no one of the most familiar sounds of the season of the Salvation Army bell ringers are things going this year. You know we're doing OK I'm more into our last few days to prepare because fund raiser of the year and and yet as we see the economy is improving and we still are helping a whole lot of people so we need every nickel and dime that people are able to Sherron. Doesn't add up quickly and it Welker had to turn it around and help more people out. It's pretty amazing how every little bit helps right. It it is. You know you you lose track of how quickly those quarters that up but don't they Gillen and they're pair of great benefit to. And I think you probably excess large bills and your tennis as well or you know we do it up large you know until we don't turn any noise. We're grateful for all okay. That's fantastic deal on my favorite things about the when you look passable ringer a day at a store someplace they're always so nice and they always wishing Merry Christmas if you don't need or not that's as wonderful. Yeah. Yeah it's new people that then those are all volunteers. Yet well most of armed volunteers some of former page. What we find is that the people that are page. You wish to silencer that we cover all of our response from the people that are paid generally candidate people who would come to a different assistant. So it allows her prepared to help them in a different kind a way to get a little pay cash and they're able. And to provide their own needs to oral you know help with the Christmas with other people. How legal ringers are out there in the metro area. Boy that's a question I don't have an answer for us but let's also say if quite a few there are quite if you don't ringer incessantly to good round number. Yeah he I Canada April quick if you want me don't tell them to click OK now when you when people do make donations were those two nations go and look what do you use them for. Well it is the first and and most important used to that is tied to provide Christmas food and toys and clothes for families and seniors. And that's what are our primary target as if for the money and then any money that's left town were able to use under par programs to consider a run trucks a year. So this is this is your major fundraisers are correct that there are major general Tiffany here. What sort of neither are you seeing out there the Stanley here. Well wouldn't there's a much greater need to you know as this winter comes along we we find that more people hurt are needing shelter more people need to be gotten out of the rain another cold weather. On the economy starting to turn around but people still aren't back solidly on their sheet and so there's more need for people just for general assistance for food and you know a lot of people work hard and try to that the plan and prepare for Christmas spirit. You know taking care of other little gravity prevents them from putting money aside until. Some people who are actually starting to leave a light at the end of the tunnel are still leading a little bit helps this year. Like you say the economy is turning around what it does take a little bit of time. It doesn't yeah it does. Can you tell us a little bit about some of your Christmas programs for less fortunate. Time we have adoptive family gets operated it's an opportunity for. People who are able to share with other people whether it's a feeling your business or corporation. They can make contact with her and offered to pool their resources and to take on a whole family and provide. For a whole family. You know down there. Are always the case that the chair of people that are an exceptional need whether it for a lot of job from me may be one terrible parent an illness in the family. You know. Losing their home I'm not sure you mean there's there's a variety of different reasons where there's an exceptional need. And we train target those people and get those adoptive fathers and special assistance given to them so adoptive family is one component. And we provide general assistance for home which has the food and toys and I'm close. To a larger number of other families we anticipate helping around 3000 families this year with food and toys which. You know we also own provided assistance to seniors as well one of the things that we countless seniors. In the last few years particularly as the last downturn of the economy. A lot of seniors are having to choose between eating or doing Kursk their prescriptions on a regular basis. Or paying just a regular bills until they're just kind of having to make their money go further. And they just beat a little bit extra help can make it through the holidays that simple little things like a book of postage stamps or envelopes from them. Garbage bags simple necessities mean a whole lot to them. And sometimes just a little bit of help we can say is just really all somebody needs. Bryant is just a little bit any kind of pushes them over the edge and you know. The important thing is that it helps them feel that somebody cares about them. The salvation army's been helping people for a very long time how long have you been involved with the Salvation Army. I have been I'm 33 years and offered her why that's a long time. It is a long time permits to the end of beautiful. If that's what I. I. Think until a little bit about your history with us always. I hate it started with the Salvation Army in downtown Honolulu and have I was stationed there for ten years. In the Hawaiian and Pacific islands and into Seattle. And mail in Portland and most of the time I can you work with the Salvation Army recruiting. I'm but in this particular point that I find myself kind of coordinating. Salvation army's work in the Portland metropolitan area. Does that quite an adjustment coming from Honolulu to rainy Portland. Yeah that was just with that it was quite an adjustment. But I love it doesn't home for me. The northwest at home. Awesome yeah snowy Christmas is overlooking the services to this does the Salvation Army provide for the parliamentary of year round well. Interestingly enough come a lot of people don't realize that that we provide aid down approximately 400 deaths per night can do men and women in recovery and maybe maybe they're homeless we have programs for that parenting team. A shelter for just victims of domestic violence. We have counseling him like a guilty to support these programs there afterschool programs for kids on the team. Musical development and sports programs character building programs for children there's just so wide variety of services. In addition to our regular food and a utility assistance that people are are pretty much aware that we provide. That's really great so far reaching it where it. It covers everybody from babies all the way to seniors and. Fantastic. If somebody was in need of help how can they you get a hold of the Salvation Army in and get some assistance. The best thing to do with the just called it Salvation Army phone number that's closest to them and they will be up to provide their zip code because we we provide our assistance based on that co that's how are finding work. And they'll be directed to the appropriate office. And they just need to go during business hours then and fill out an application and take their ID firms themselves and their family members. Okay great. I'm a volunteer opportunities if somebody wanted to volunteer of the Salvation Army and achieved except the. We would really possibly go to the volunteers. If there's a coordinator in our our main office in happy valley in her name is Amy Clark Kent. If they can reach Amy and I vital 37943200. And also they can actually parent volunteer opportunities better web site which is. On www. I Salvation Army are Portland dot org. Demo here let's say right now there's a big button with those has volunteer inherent error has also another big but this is making gift. He can donate online. You cannot donate online and also you can make donations at the bet the event there's Salvation Army kettles how long are the kettle ringers out there and. They are out all the way through the 24 front and if any. Tell work would be happy to take a donation and would would happily smiling Alicia Mary recruitment over. No way to why should people give to the Salvation Army. Well I don't believe her because I am a product test of its conservative than the com I I was a young child who had two parents. But both of them were found not skilled and so they had to work a lot of hours to support a family of seven. And the Salvation Army provided for us not just physically with food that they provided caring adult and programs that help people. Come occupied while her parents were working and provided some of their emotional I'm development that are parents were unable to provide. So my own personal experience as. These are great programs and their fourth inventing and. Let's that's wonderful to share your story thank you for that. Do you have another Christmas story that he could tell us about held the salvation army's hope somebody at Christmas time. I can't you know a week and a father of four that came men and needed some assistance. And he needed help early on an ongoing basis for he was working about fifty hours a week until support he has had four children. Mom is basically absent both physically and she's not really able to provide any kind of emotional arc or. Social support. And dad really just needed help and teach you would come too much regularly during the year just such forward on some assistance tickets became involved in her programs. But at Christmas time we identified him as one of those families that needed some special support. And then we were able to provide a wonderful critical for them but not just to employees and close. We had a group of volunteers then who came in and don't go to toys and wrapped up and and made a beautiful package to get to the father. So that he didn't have to do all of this himself but he has the people that came alongside of him to help provide Christmas for this family. It was great forward the death and the kids but it was a wonderful opportunity for the volunteers can see how important your work quiet. Well it sounds really nice and it it was a great experience. The very in the heart warming story cannot. How many families does the Salvation Army help out the same year. Done this year are are budgeted amount we we anticipate helping about 3150. Families. But remember that also includes seniors because we killed seniors have a family. That that would end up being about 121000 individuals so that's how moms and dads and kids and seniors. Pretty significant amount of people yet and the best creative that we can help out his listeners and and supporters of the Salvation Army is to make donations that the kennels. They're always a definitive Fred Meyer always seemed Fred Meyer let's go to. It is Brett Myers has been wonderful to the Salvation Army they're great partner of our. Rituals a little bit doubts over the about some other programs at the Salvation Army offers a lot of programs for veterans. Give us veterans program. It's important idea of the program. Initially they were downtown and they've been moved out to the Beaverton area. I'm in a facility where they have individual. Apartments. And there are homeless veterans who understood their opportunity to kind of get reconnect with its society. There around taken off on living on the streets where does program is available to them their spouses and their families. And so when you go out there you'll see older veteran Daniel the young men and women veterans who've just come back from serving. Who just have had a hard time landing and they're they're in they're getting on their feet back underneath him. Getting their families. Reappointed and reestablished. The idea is that they can be they're short term or long term and but the the ultimate goal is to get them back out I'm in living independently and functioning fully and into society. And there's also some women and children shelters to. They are we have a parenting teens program that it that it Salvation Army operated for for decades. And it's started as a home for unwed mothers and as society changes to our needs change. And go nail the program really is. I'm teaching girls who are already parents. How that tied it. Parent positively to children that they have. So they're going to school they're learning how to parents and also element learning skills so we'll help them. Also be able to graduate or who leave the program and be able to function which as a member of society. You say you've been with the Salvation Army for 33 years is a correct. What sort of changes have you seen during your time. Well there's been a huge increase in the amount of need it you know it used to be that does that put. People were employed and you know that when they were employed they would be able to make mincemeat and we have a lot of people that are underemployed they work a lot of hours that they. Don't have medical benefits they're not eligible for state benefits or federal benefits like food stamps or or control cars. And purchased not able to make ends meet and so people that used to be. Donors and they would give him five or ten dollars. Or twenty dollars a year. Or I'm they did find themselves in need of service personnel and so it's kind of that cycle of they were able to get before now they need help enrich the idea I really is that once they get back on their feet they'll be able to get back again. Yeah let's and that's and they circle isn't. It is that that really has pledged should be about it's it's truly we wanna consider it just. An opportunity to help fill in the gap where they need it until they're able to get back on their feet again is truly a hand. And not a handout to. We're talking today with major Nancy dealing with the Salvation Army no Nancy how long. The salvation army's been around for quite a long time. We're celebrating their 150 year in 2015. Internationally. Just as you know interestingly enough. Some of the same issues that we've been talking about now we're for the very reasons why Williams for the start of the Salvation Army in London England although she Mexico. And we find yourself supporting this same Gallup group in society today. Can be could you tell us a little bit about the history of the Salvation Army. Well that and the William this started the Salvation Army because he's in the agency's it people that were disenfranchised. From society people didn't want them around because they may not have looked tripe. Or active right horse smelled right. And he wanted to place for them to go where they would feel safe and they would feel like they were welcome. And though. If he went into one of the toughest part of England as it and and at I started offering services there. And as he did it it just grew into a huge amount any huge weight and it. Quickly moved from London over cable and escape to an end to where it's actually an internationally. And not 125 countries today. Well early history yeah you know it goes goes quite a ways and it's it's and the purchase there around the world can. Feel like you say some of the problems that burden the people were facing back then there's still facing today in the Salvation Army is there to help out right. If we wanted to help out what's the best way to do it. Has listeners. I'm the best way to do it did at Christmas time that the dropping gift and the cattle. Or I'm volunteer services. You know when we have volunteers that help has reduced term play Contra which then allows him to turn those dollars back into service to people. And again if someone's not able take care of financially. Again I just have two or three or four fighting their hours since early significant. So and did so there volunteer opportunities where you can actually do some work with the Salvation Army. They are all kinds of volunteer opportunities there's things that come our relate directly to working with scared that. Packing food boxes of delivering food boxes. I'm just stick in there are certain area of different kind of activities and opportunities for before people can volunteer with. Both things that require a lot of physical ability and things such as simple as answering the telephone and being a friendly greeting on us on the telephone line. So as we can do as we're approaching the end of the year it's almost the end of 2014 the start of 2015 can you believe that I can't Kyra really happen. Interview are giving is something that's important to the Salvation Army. Yes that is for the Salvation Army depends on a generous donor or donors and we're so grateful to the people who consider giving into the Salvation Army at the end of the year. This year we lost almost two weeks of bell ringing because of the way the holiday the Thanksgiving holiday itself. And it it would be really helpful to other people help us make up the difference is keeping services going on for people in our community. I guess we kind of forgot about that there's where we are kind of missing a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas kind of a short holiday season. It is the sort holiday season and and because that's our major fundraising time when you lose six days like that it makes a big difference. And so we would amber just really grateful to the people who think about the Salvation Army and are willing to guess and help Pakistan helper community. Yes so will encourage our listeners to doing a little bit more this year because it's it is a short season thank you very master a couple of the amount appreciated. Can you tell us a little bit about camp the camp that's always terming provides. Campus so wonderful life changing opportunity for kids and we have a beautiful facility out in pouring Warrick and it's called camp currently. And every year we had about a 180 kids every week they come out they have an opportunity for outdoor activities. They love the pool they look hiking going fishing in the extreme. There's something about being in a little group of kids it was very it was a couple of adults that care about them. They built a little it's kind of a little quiet nice feeling they've become maps camera for the weekend. There are things that are as simple as the kids learning how to it's have table manners because they didn't eat family style. You know please and thank you and don't take everything when it comes by the first time that make sure everybody has that. It's something as simple as that to learning how to jump off of the diving for it or learning how to this year and sit candidate. Who leads on that campfire it just gives kids an opportunity to do things that they wouldn't have opportunities to almost anywhere else. Campus it's a life changing thing for kids. It is wonderful opportunity and it's that way further if the young kids to come and also the teenager's death still works there. Because there have been their leaderships of kilter tell her to date they learn how to work with people they learn how to stand up in front of people in pocket shares her story. It's it's just an amazing experience has. Yeah I campus it's it's hard to. Hard to explain exactly what you get out of camp because it's it's so personal but it's it's so light to ending its wonderful. You know what's amazing is that kids to roll and in most of them came in on cancer process. And they're really pretty scared because they're out of what's normal for them and it's pretty dark out there at night you know they don't know what health care. But here's what happened by the end of the week there's a tear since they're getting back on the ball because they've invested so much made such good friends. And so they can how much fear and they go home with happiness with all those good memories about what campus sol delta. That's wonderful. Can you speak a little bit about the Salvation Army female emergency shelter. I can tell me if this is right downtown or have to burned my bridge and it's it's a wonderful developing programs. Would you please provide death for women who don't help played particularly at night and there there are. Fifty ballots are currently. We have a waiting list every night of 200 women who are trying to can offer the streets but we only have a certain number of does that were allowed to have. But here's the good thing in the winter who we are given an exception to this city and we have a a warming shelter they can come in at night against the inside. That's an additional thirty women. But they're really good news is we've had through as a major donor this year. Been able to open that Canaveral Florida single residency grounds such. And they're gonna open as of January. And so there's 42 women that people now be able to be offered this street and be inside. Have their own room and a place to prepare could work and their personal items of and then be able to look for housing and a look for pork and found what they know that they are they can have a place to go. It's a life changing opportunity for these women. You know I would amount to move the boot. Just feeling safe from his did that goes a long ways. It does and not a physically that people having their things that territory and taking care of pinot. But it's not all about things but sometimes that's what helps identify who we are. And when every day every moment of every day you have to worry about yourself and you know whether or not you can have a attempting to put on tomorrow because it is somebody gonna take its posters don't do things that really damage someone's psyche. And this gives them an opportunity to be inside with the parents saying put away and then they can go away safely and look for employment. And find a way. Don't find other housing once they get their feet on the ground it really doesn't like change her. And that's all helps with donations in the last little bit of time we have here and into let's talk about how people can help out the Salvation Army to stand here. I'm the best thing they can do is first of all drug money in the cattle at its most appreciated and it's most well used. We about 82 cents out of every dollar goes directly back into the service to people we talked to them about those services whether it's a bit and shelters. And that does its that we provide each night or it fits oratory but given to people. I'm 82 cents out of every dollar goes back into the service. Also volunteering and giving it a day or two or three or four hours. I'll tell policy that employment cost that's really significant. And there's a variety of different opportunities there's working with seniors working with kids. On to something as simple as helping arm trying to clear out leaves that into plants plants and things that if you don't have to pay a landscaper and employee did cute it can help beautify your facility and also I'm reduced confidence. So it's anything like that. It is is really valuable to us. And when you make a donation that one of the titles for the Salvation Army get a very cheery Merry Christmas. Yes you do it when you put a coin and you can expect change and someone's life. So that's fantastic. Major Nancy dealing with the Salvation Army thank you so much for being on the scope today. Thank you so much for the opportunity. You know Christmas Merry Christmas here god bless you. Metro scopus and Entercom communications public affairs program my name's Gary and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like let others know about. You can email me at metro scope @entercom.com. Remember cantor comes starts the need for you can go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also we like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast page at microscope PDX dot com. Thanks for listening to mr. scope and enjoy your weekend. 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