Salvation Army

  Families that adopt children from foster care can sometimes need help adjusting to the new situation at home.  The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is committing 1.5 million dollars for post adoption services. The Salvation Army in Onondaga County will get a grant of 195-thousand dollars. Executive Director Linda Wright says these programs are essential to help create a lasting family unit.

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Nearly all homeless mothers in Syracuse likely have one thing in common:  They’ve experienced trauma as a child or adult.  That’s the conclusion of a study by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institute of Research.  It was funded by the Wilson Foundation based in Rochester.

The study found more than 90% of homeless mothers experienced trauma at much higher rates than the general public.  

  That means locally, as many as 450 women in the Salvation Army's Emergency Family Shelter last year likely brought a history of trauma.   

 The Salvation Army of Syracuse is actually training staff to better understand the traumatic backgrounds some of their clients are likely to bring to their family shelter.  Director of Emergency and Child Welfare services Liddy Hintz  says they’re also working with a mental health services program at St. Joseph’s hospital.  

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Preparations are well underway at the OnCenter for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau distribution on Monday.   Friday, a forklift operator unloaded a Wegmans truck filled with 19-thousand pounds of non-perishable goods including canned vegetables and fruit, juice, sauces, coffee, cocoa,  and tea.  That includes 27-hundred bags of potatoes, which Salvation Army Marketing Manager Greg Meitus says wasn’t expected.  

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  More than half the people over 50 in Onondaga County might soon be spending as much as a full-time job caring for sick or invalid relatives.  Elderly advocate groups released a study Tuesday that shows caregivers are in crisis.  

Don't Throw Away Those Old Sheets

Nov 15, 2013
America Recycles

Onondaga County is already rising above the rest of the nation to recycle paper, plastic bottles and metal cans.  

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Around 600 people today welcomed home ABC News Anchor and Reporter David Muir and helped raise funds for Salvation Army programs. 

Food, water, and home clean up kits are being handed out to flood victims in Oneida county and the Mohawk Valley.   The Salvation Army is helping Central New York families to stabilize and even rebuild after the floods. 

When I spoke to Incident Commander Major James Purvis, he was en-route to Oneida with over one thousand meals.

"We have about 500 hotdogs and some goulash that is prepared and we will be giving that out to the folks up there as well. Again, having the disaster kits, bottled water, potato chips, granola bars, fruit bars, all those things.”

Monday starts Salvation Army week nationwide...and here in Syracuse it means recognizing an agency that’s been here for 130 years.  Here's some of the history and the modern makeup of the organization.