Ask ten people what they associate with The Salvation Army, and the most common answer is Christmas Bell Ringers. But the Salvation Army has programs that reach far beyond the traditional Christmas Bell Ringer program. These programs range from providing meals to alleviate hunger, temporary housing, to community centers and more.
The Salvation Army tagline is Doing the Most Good, and that aptly sums up the goal of all their initiatives.
For more than 25 years Aspen Insurance Agency has had the privilege of serving countless Coloradans and Colorado Business Owners. And just as we have thrived we feel it’s important to participate and help our community thrive.
Our goal is to work in close collaboration with a non-profit that provides a broad range of services to the less fortunate. And that’s why we’ve chosen to partner with The Salvation Army.
Helping the Less Fortunate in Colorado
Denver and the state of Colorado has one of the hottest economies in the US, which could lead you to think that poverty is not an issue. But according to Lieutenant Jessica Pearce the Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Denver Red Shield Community Center, they helped 750 families at Christmas in 2015, and it increased to 1,000 in 2016. And that was just at their location which is one of six in Denver. The Aurora location helped more than 1,500 families at Christmas last year and could do more with more donations.
Yes, the Denver market is booming, but the boom has more to do with people moving to Denver because of a good job. What hasn’t changed from Jessica’s perspective is the people who live here, that don’t have access to the right experience to get those good paying jobs. Now they are faced with an even higher cost of living because of the boom.
According to TalkPoverty.org, Colorado had an 11.5% poverty rate in 2016 with more than 14.4% of all Colorado Children living in families who had incomes below the poverty line.
So yes the need is real.
Salvation Army Services
The Salvation Army has been in Denver since 1887. Today Denver has 6 locations, and there are seven additional locations in Greeley, Fountain, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Broomfield, Grand Junction, and Pueblo.
While The Salvation Army can provide a wide range of services, the actual programming varies with local needs. It is not a one size fits all approach. Each location provides services that “Do the Most Good” for the individual community.
General Salvation Army Services include:
- Adult Rehabilitation
- Veterans Affairs Services
- Prison Ministries
- Elderly Services
- Combating Human Trafficking
- Missing Persons
- Hunger Relief
- Housing and Homeless Services
- Christmas Assistance
- Youth Camps & Recreation
- Kroc/ Red Shield Community Centers
- Emergency Disaster Services
The Salvation Army delivers services through a variety of programs. As you review the list, you may recognize the names of some of the programs.
Red Shield Centers/ Kroc Community Centers
Not all youth are given the same privilege to succeed in athletics, education, and the arts. These centers are dedicated to providing underprivileged youth with a chance to explore, cultivate and thrive through low-cost or free programming.
Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, began a legacy of hope when she entrusted The Salvation Army with $1.5 billion to build 27 community centers all across the country. She dreamed of a network of “Kroc Centers,” each providing opportunities in arts, education, and athletics for children, adults, and families in under-served communities.
Denver is home to a Red Shield Community Center located at 2915 N High St, Denver, CO 80205. Here, children and families are engaged through art, basketball, homework help, boxing, fitness programs (like yoga and Zumba) day camps and more. This location also serves the community through social services providing emergency food boxes, help at Christmas time with food and gifts, energy bill assistance and the Pathway of Hope.
Pathway of Hope
Dedicated to providing individualized services to families with children who want to break the generational cycle of crisis and vulnerability. Pathway of Hope seeks to address the causes of poverty by helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education.
Harbor Lights Center
Focused on helping people who have fallen captive to substance abuse. Each center provides detoxification services, residential treatment, transitional housing, and outpatient treatment for men and women.
The Denver Harbor Lights Center is located at 2136 Champa St., Denver, CO 80205
Adult Rehabilitation Center & Salvation Army Family Stores
When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at Salvation Army Family Stores. The proceeds are used to fund Adult Rehabilitation Centers that help people struggling with addiction find help, hope, and a second chance at life.
Housing and Homeless Centers
Group homes, emergency shelters, and transitional living centers provide housing, food, and overnight lodging for varying amounts of time to those in need.
The Salvation Army serves more than 56 million meals to anyone in need through its many soup kitchens, sit-down meal programs, food pantries, mobile meals and community gardens.
Meals are served daily at Crossroads Shelter, while emergency food boxes are given out at any Salvation Army Corps.
The “miracle” of Christmas has repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless.
Donations and financial assistance provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, including families of prisoners.
Join Aspen in Supporting The Salvation Army
As part of our ongoing support, Aspen will donate $10.00 to the Salvation Army for every referral we receive. It’s a great way for all of us to help our community thrive. We will also participate in supporting other programs and will keep you up-to-date on how you can join in with Aspen.
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