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Tidewater Area Command unveils new social service, admin facility

With generous community support, a successful capital campaign and years of planning The Salvation Army Thomas R. Lee Administration and Social Services Building is complete. On Sunday, July 23, a dedication ceremony began the celebration to commemorate the growth of The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command in Norfolk, Va.

The Thomas R. Lee Administration and Social Services Building serves as the new home for the area command, social services office and warehouse. The 15,405-square-foot facility allows The Salvation Army to better serve the needs of the community. It is a place specially designed to serve the needs of people in time of crisis, providing emergency shelter, food baskets or listening ears and open hearts.

The building will serve as the meeting place for the advisory board, the recently-chartered Women's Auxiliary of Hampton Roads and thousands of other volunteers who donate their time, talents and treasures to be a part of The Salvation Army.

The building honors the memory of Thomas Lee, a local farmer, business man and philanthropist. Before his death in 1998, Lee selected the Tidewater Area Command as one of six charities to receive a gift from his estate. In addition to a cash gift in excess of $1.3 million, Lee donated 5.01 acres to The Salvation Army. The land is now the site of the new administration and social services facility and will eventually be the site of the H.O.P.E. Village, a transitional housing program for women and children.

Deborah A Myers, chair of the Tidewater Area Command Advisory Board, welcomed special guests, including past area commanders.

Commissioner Max Feener, Southern territorial commander, shared a message, "Let's Talk About Jesus" at the holiness meeting held at the Norfolk Corps on the property across the street from the new building.

Major Gene A. Hogg, Tidewater area commander, asked attendees to join him in expressing gratitude for the privilege of service to others.

"In times of crisis, we've been blessed to lend a hand to our fellow neighbors with compassion, dignity and God's love.," Hogg said. "May the generosity and resources of our community allow us to continue our good work. We invite all to celebrate the opening of The Salvation Army Thomas R. Lee Administration and Social Services Building as it serves as a place of comfort and hope for Hampton Roads residents." Grace Ramos

Commissioner Max Feener, territorial commander (above) and Major Gene Hogg, area commander (right), speak at dedication ceremony for new Tidewater facility.


Our ailing health care system needs reform

Editor's note: The following article was written by Henry E. Simmons, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., president of the National Coalition on Health Care.

Our health care system is under duress - besieged by three huge and interlocking problems, any one of which would be reason for alarm: rapidly escalating costs; a huge and growing number of Americans without any health coverage; and an epidemic of substandard medical care.

Health insurance premiums are rising rapidly. Between 2000 and 2005, health insurance premiums for employers increased 73 percent - overall inflation increased only 14 percent during this period. Workers are paying more of the costs for their health insurance and health care.

The second major problem the health care system faces is the huge and growing number of Americans without health insurance. According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans without health insurance rose to 46 million people in 2004.

The third major issue our system needs to address is that despite the fact that America spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world, we have worse medical outcomes based on several measures. A study by RAND researchers found that only 55 percent of patients receive the right medical care.

What can be done to address these major problems? The National Coalition on Health Care, a non-partisan, non-profit alliance composed of purchasers, providers, consumers, pension programs and faith-based organizations - including The Salvation Army - believes that the problems can only be solved through comprehensive, integrated reforms at the national level. Specifically, we believe that three key public policy changes must occur:

  • Every American should have health insurance that covers a package of core benefits.
  • Health care expenditures must be better managed to slow down the rate of increase in costs to be in line with increases in other sectors of our economy.
  • A comprehensive and concerted national effort should be launched and sustained to improve the quality and safety of health care.

The Coalition believes that the lack of health insurance coverage for nearly 20 percent of our citizens presents a significant challenge to our nation's values of independence, opportunity, fairness and equality. Even those who have health insurance coverage are at risk. The upcoming mid-term congressional elections provide an opportunity for The Salvation Army's soldiers, congregants and volunteers to engage Congressional candidates and ask them: What are you proposing to do, if you are elected, to address the problems of increasing costs, decreasing coverage and poor quality of care - and in a systemic way?

Unless you ask that question at candidate forums and town hall meetings and demand action through follow-up communications with your elected officials, we will continue to witness more Americans living in peril.

You can make a difference by telling the candidates your are concerned. Action is needed now.


The Job Board

Salvation Army employment

 

Emergency disaster services

operation manager/trainer

Tampa, Fla.

 

Assists the divisional emergency disaster services director in the overall management and dedication of resources in the achievement of the EDS department mission. Qualified candidates must have a two-year college or technical school degree from an accredited college or university and four years' experience in fleet maintenance with disaster services management experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. If interested please forward resumes to Michelle Frank at Florida Divisional Headquarters via e-mail (michelle_frank@uss.salvationarmy.org) or contact by phone at (813) 383-5682.

 

 

 

 

 

 






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