Friends, partners, stakeholders, and supporters of the Augusta Area Command:
Here it is! It is the year 2020, and we are excited about the possibilities in this new year! Storm and I, with Lt. Tre’von King, have been here in the greater Augusta area for over six months. We have learned a lot, accomplished a lot, dreamed a lot, and have hope for so much more in the coming year!
What Has Gone Before
- It would be remiss of us if we did not thank Captains Philip and Elaine Canning for the work they did to pave the way for what the Command is accomplishing right now. For three years, the Cannings poured their hearts and souls into the work of the Army in Augusta, and the results are starting to show. We also want to honor Lts. André and Débora Periera for their work developing and growing the Congregational Life programs at the Kroc Center. We wish them well in their new appointments!
- The Command would not be where it is today without the stalwart support of Divisional Headquarters in Atlanta. Lt. Colonels Mockabee and their team have stood beside this Command and made truly amazing things happen for us. They have provided guidance and financial support to keep us headed in the right direction.
- We are truly honored by a loyal group of donors and supporters who have been with us since the beginning. They support programs and services across The Salvation Army Command that genuinely impact people’s lives daily.
- We also have tremendous community supporters like the United Way, the EOA, the City of Augusta, the Community Foundation, and many others who help us to accomplish our mission of Doing the Most Good!
- The Corps (church) family at the Kroc Center has been very welcoming and supportive! They are becoming more and more engaged every day in the life and witness of The Salvation Army to the surrounding community.
- The employee team for the Command is becoming a stronger, mission-focused, OTHERS-centric group of individuals who want to see a change in the greater Augusta area! Every day, we receive reports of the work of the team at the Center of Hope with the shelter, kitchen, social services, and job skills programs. Some great work is being done in those programs. Both of our Family Stores, led by their leadership teams, have taken off in the past four or five months and shown increases. The Kroc Center is a beacon of light in the Harrisburg Community offering programs for people from all walks of life to become part of the fellowship. Some departments work in the background and never get their deserved attention. We are grateful for our Facilities crew, the IT guys, the Finance ladies, the HR Power Team, the crew in Development, and Marketing. You may not always see them, but they are always there!
- Our leadership team that leads the various departments and programs of the Command are a committed group of individuals who genuinely exemplify putting the team first! During our monthly meetings, the focus is always on how to improve the Command and how to make a difference in our guests’ lives. We are blessed to have a group of leaders who make a difference!
- Last, but certainly not least, we have a fantastic group of Advisory Board members who make it their mission to serve this community through The Salvation Army! From all over the greater Augusta area, these leaders meet multiple times throughout the month in various committees and board meetings to make The Salvation Army what it should be in this area.
Moving Into the Future
- For decades, the Center of Hope has represented one of the largest areas of assistance for sheltering and homeless services. However, over the years, the facility has aged and been transformed numerous times to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. It is time for a new Center of Hope. Somehow, someway, we need to make this a priority and make this happen! There are preliminary discussions and plans in place. We have hopes and dreams. This will happen in the future, and the future is now!
- For the past eight years, the Kroc Center has been a part of the fabric of this area. Many wonderful events and life-changing experiences have been held at the Kroc Center. Individuals and families from all over the area come here and feel at home. Looking ahead to celebrating our 10th year in 2021, we know that it is time to start building on and improving the programs at the Kroc Center. We have some great ideas for expanded services and programs in the future. You definitely belong at the Kroc Center!
- We are renewing our commitment to the work and ministry potential of the Family Stores. While generating necessary funding for the Center of Hope, these programs also represent hubs of volunteerism, service, and ministry for the area surrounding them. We want to build on the excellent work already being done at the stores and increase the influence of the Family Stores in the greater Augusta area.
- Did you know that the name of The Salvation Army could have been called something else? It is true. When William Booth, our founder, read a printer’s proof of the 1878 “Christian Mission” annual report, he noticed the statement “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Crossing out the words “volunteer army,” he penned in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army. It is part of our history! And, while the name, “The Salvation Army”, has stuck ever since, it is essential to note that even then the part and influence of the volunteer was incredible. All of our board members are volunteers. Our church leaders are volunteers. People are serving every day as volunteers to make a difference in this community. We need you. We need more volunteers who want to come alongside this Command and make a difference every day in the lives of men, women, boys, and girls. We want 2020 to be the year of the volunteer!
Mission Minded Focus
The mission statement of The Salvation Army is as follows:
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
In Augusta, based on this mission statement and our unique programs, we have developed the following three mission priorities for the Command:
- Building stronger faith – through a commitment to ministry to people in all programs and areas
- Building healthy families – physically healthy families through the Kroc Center, emotionally healthy families through our Center of Hope, financially healthy families through the Family Stores, spiritually healthy families through our Worship and Growth programs.
- Building better community – through an active partnership with other organizations to better serve our people and through an efficient collaboration of resources
You will be hearing more and more about these mission priorities in the coming year! All of what we do at The Salvation Army needs to be seen through the lens of these priorities that reflect the mission of The Salvation Army.
While we plan and prepare for 2020, we know that 2021 is just over the horizon. 2021 will be a year of celebration for the Augusta Area Command. It represents two significant milestones for us. First, we have served the greater Augusta area since 1891. We will be celebrating 130 years of continued services in 2021. Secondly, it is also the 10th year of operation of our beloved Kroc Center! With those two milestones in the same year, it is a reason to celebrate! We are planning a special time of reflection and celebration in late July 2021 to honor these milestones and prepare for the next phase of our growth and service. We want you to be a part of it. We have many people to thank and invite! It will be a great time!
Thank you for taking the time to read this New Year message for the Augusta Area Command! We have big dreams for 2020! On behalf of Storm, Lt. King, and myself, we ask for your support in prayer as we continue Doing the Most Good to fulfill the mission of The Salvation Army! Please feel free to share this message with anyone who you think could help further the mission of The Salvation Army in the Augusta area!
Happy New Year’s! We look forward to working and partnering with you in 2020!