The Salvation Army of Central Maryland Served 4500
As Baltimore’s Citizens Sought Justice
Baltimore, MD (May 3, 2015) – The Salvation Army of Central Maryland served neighbors from six mobile feeding canteens at North & Pennsylvania Avenues, City Hall, and other locations of the city this week as residents dealt with the aftermath of the recent Baltimore riots.
Requests from the Maryland Emergency Operations Center (MEMA) and The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives came after protests turned into riots last Monday evening. As a first responder in disasters and emergencies, The Salvation Army officers promptly returned to the sites of unrest Tuesday morning. They offered sandwiches, snacks, water, helping hands, listening hearts and prayer to residents and volunteers who began the clean-up and healing process that started this week, but will continue for months to come.
“The Salvation Army provides comfort in times of crisis.” Majors Gene A. and Rebecca Hogg, Commander and Associate Commander, remarked as they lead a service initiative for 4500 citizens that mobilized 309 volunteer hours, 10 emergency vehicles, and 43 Salvation Army officers and staff persons. The outpouring of support contributed to the positive tone that was set by peaceful rallies as the week went on.
The Salvation Army of Central Maryland Supports First Responders and Citizens on the streets of Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD (April 30, 2015) – Under the direction of Area Commander, Major Gene Hogg, The Salvation Army of Central Maryland is serving on the streets of Baltimore, assisting residents, praying, counseling, and working with The Maryland Department of Human Resources Feeding Task Force,
Salvation feeding units (canteens) are stationed at City Hall, Western District Police Station area, and North & Pennsylvania Avenues. In addition to serving sandwiches, chips, and bottled water, The Salvation Army is also working with corporate partners Papa John’s Pizza, McDonalds Corporation, and Subway.
The Salvation Army canteens are displaying “Prayers Offered Here” signage and have Bibles and Bible Verse tracts contributed by The American Bible Society. Nine volunteers have provided 5,000 snacks or sandwiches, prayed with 39 individuals, and distributed 53 Bibles.
Salvation Army counselors are hearing heartbreaking stories of schools and stores that have burned, and jobs that have been lost.
The Salvation Army of Central Maryland Supports Clean-Up
Serving on the streets of Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD (April 28, 2015) – The Salvation Army of Central Maryland is serving on the streets of Baltimore, assisting residents cleaning-up. A canteen, or mobile kitchen, has been deployed to the corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenue serving sandwiches, chips, and bottled water.
The request came from the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Tuesday morning which expressed a need for the Salvation Army to help residents and volunteers as they clean up.
Major Rebecca Hogg, the Associate Area Commander for the Central Maryland command, noted that residents are in shock about the destruction in their community. The Salvation Army has also offered emotional and spiritual care as many local residents are in need of a listening ear and prayer. “The Salvation Army provides comfort in times of crisis,” she said. “Whenever communities are hurting, we are there to put our arms around everyone and try to promote healing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the city of Baltimore.”
At the request of the EOC, The Salvation Army has placed two additional canteens on standby to offer food, water, and spiritual care at other locations being affected if needed.
The Salvation Army is at ground zero of Baltimore’s protests. Our intention is to help residents harmed by the riots. We are also providing food, water, and compassion — to protestors and police alike.
By these deeds, we hope to offer God’s peace in the presence of anger, and God’s love in the absence of understanding.
If you would like to support these efforts toward community healing, we welcome your prayers and contributions.