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Where kids can be kidsAtlanta Area Command helps restore hope to lives of children displaced by Hurricane Katrina

The Salvation Army is being creative with its long-term service for the victims of Hurricane Katrina by creating a program to meet the needs of a very specific population-the children impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The Salvation Army is hosting Camp Hope Restored, a special four-day summer camp in Jasper, Ga., where all campers will have the opportunity to swim, canoe, enjoy arts and crafts, go horseback riding and have fun with other children who have experienced the same hardships as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

"We are very happy to be able to provide this program for these children," said Major James Seiler, The Salvation Army's Atlanta area commander. "As a result of Hurricane Katrina, thousands of children, along with their families, have had their lives uprooted and many are still dealing with serious issues affecting everyday life. These children have not had the opportunity to enjoy a typical carefree, childhood summer and we simply want them to just be kids, enjoy themselves, have fun at camp and know that someone cares about them."

As one young mother said, "Without The Salvation Army's Camp Hope Restored, I could never have afforded to send my children to a summer camp! I am so thankful my children have this opportunity. This is the first time my children have been away from home since Hurricane Katrina and I really think it will be good for them."  Carla Daniel

South shares its Katrina experience at Bolivian event

Christie Sutton of THQ is shown with the Majors Cruz, Army officers stationed in LaPaz, Bolivia.

By Brooke Redwine

Southern Spirit staff

Bolivian military and governmental factions and relief organizations took part in a training program taught by a network of U.S. relief organizations, including The Salvation Army. The Disaster Preparedness Conference - recently held in La Paz, Bolivia - invited speakers who could draw from their experience in the Gulf coast response to Hurricane Katrina last year.

In cooperation with the Mississippi State Partnership Program with the Republic of Bolivia, the USA Southern Territory sent Christie Sutton, EDS administrative services manager, to lead seminars alongside representatives from the Mississippi Southern Baptist Convention and the American Red Cross. Sutton gave participants an introduction to The Salvation Army, including its structure in South America; an overview of the Incident Command System, its positions and management principles; a description of the Volunteer Management System and how it can be implemented in the region; an explanation of liaison officers' roles in disaster and lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina.

Bolivia has been frequented by hail storms, flooding, mudslides and forest fires in the last five years. Due to a non-centralized government response plan, the Bolivian relief organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to respond to local and regional disasters without having a primary coordinating entity. Another challenge faced by Bolivian relief workers is finances. Bolivia is one of the poorest and least-developed nations in Latin America, which exacerbates the struggle to find volunteers and then to provide those volunteers with food and lodging.

Of the Army's influence at the Bolivian conference, Sutton said, "I believe The Salvation Army had a great impact on the success of this conference, and I look forward to hearing of the fruits of our labors."

Facilitated through the Mississippi Civil Defense and the assistance of the American Embassy Military Group in La Paz, Bolivia, the Mississippi State Partnership Program looks for ways to develop existing social programs in Bolivia. Several conference attendees, which included divisional director of Women's Ministries - Major Remedios Gutierrez Cruz of the Bolivia Altiplano Division - said they came away from the conference with a deep respect for the Army's disaster response system. He explained the extent of the Army's EDS program in La Paz and said the conference provided her an opportunity to enlarge the breadth of the division's disaster response partnerships.

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Waco's Harrison recognized for distinguished service

Janet Harrison of the Texas Division received the 2006 National Award of Excellence in Corrections for The Salvation Army at the recent American Correctional Association Congress of Corrections. Major Ronald Foreman, national social services secretary, made the presentation at an awards banquet attended by Harrison's peers from all four USA territories.

Harrison has served The Salvation Army for more than 30 years. She has served in many capacities and is currently the administrator of the Comprehensive Sanctions Center in Waco, Texas. Under her leadership, the center is consistently rated as excellent in program and operations. In 2002, the Bureau of Prisons awarded the center a perfect report for the year.

Harrison is known for her strong backing of clients, encouraging them in job training, employment, living responsibly and productively and being accountable. She takes much pride in her work to support people transitioning from correctional facilities back into the community. Above: (L-R) Major Ronald Foreman, national social services secretary; Janet Harrison; Kim Ogilvie, Texas divisional social services director; Major Dorine Foreman, associate national social services secretary; and Kevin Tomson-Hooper, Southern territorial social services secretary.

_______________________________________________________________________ __________The Job Board

Salvation Army employment

Music instructor

Houston, Texas

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in youth ministries, music or related field, or any equivalent combination of training and experience providing the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have valid driver's license.

The music instructor will coordinate and support all area instrumental music programs in the area, assist in the development of performance education and training with the Boys & Girls Clubs and create internal performance opportunities, coordinate the development, rehearsal and performance of area brass band and assist the performing arts coordinator in recruiting volunteers as instructors or support staff.

Send letter of application and resume to:

Margaret_Hero@uss.salvatio or fax to (713) 752-0590.




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