Exciting Changes Happening at The Portland Salvation Army

Sep 21, 2021

New Computers for the Tools for Life Program, New Food Pantry and A New Mobile Feeding Truck

Portland, Maine (September 20, 2021) – The Salvation Army is excited to share new changes that are happening at their facility to better assist and serve those in need.  The organization’s Tools for Life program was established in 2010 to help individuals learn many critical living skills (many of whom are refugees and asylum seekers). 

The Salvation Army has a language lab where ESL students can practice English independently using a software called Pronunciator. Through the generosity of a recent donor, the Salvation Army has been able to expand its computer skills training classes from nine computers to 24.  The computer skills training helps students become proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

Portland Corps officers, Major Armida Harper and Captain Mike Harper expressed," We are so pleased to be involved with helping so many of the New Mainers become equipped with the skills and resources they need to assimilate into the fabric of society here as quickly as possible so that they can get jobs and get on firm financial footing.”

The Salvation Army was awarded $13,000 from the Good Shepherd Food Bank that has allowed the organization to set up a new and larger food pantry at their location on Cumberland Avenue.  The new client choice food pantry allows clients to select their own food instead of receiving a pre-packed bag of groceries.  This allows people to make food choices based on their own preferences and dietary needs, and avoids duplication of foods and ingredients they might already have at home, thus avoiding waste.

This grant enabled The Salvation Army to purchase a refrigerator and freezer to store fresh produce, dairy, eggs, and meats for distribution. A “to-go window” is being installed to serve clients who aren’t comfortable entering the building or to serve hot meals as needed.

The new mobile feeding unit will be used to provide outreach to the unsheltered population.  Also, the unit will provide meals and beverages to first responders and survivors affected by emergencies such as house fires and natural disasters.  The canteen will carry additional resources, including water, snacks, work gloves and hygiene products.

The organization is looking for volunteers to assist on the Emergency Disaster/Outreach Team serving the communities of Cape Elizabeth, Chebeague Island, Cliff Island, Cumberland Foreside, Falmouth, Long Island, Portland, Peaks Island, Scarborough, South Portland, Westbrook, and Yarmouth.  If you are interested, please visit www.salvationarmynne.org  and sign up under Volunteer in This Community or call 207-774-4172.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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