unbounded - The Salvation Army Bahamas
unbounded - The Salvation Army Bahamas
UNBOUNDED The Salvation Army Bahamas & Turks & Caicos Division #31 Mackey St. P.O. Box N-205 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Ph:(242)-393-2340 (fax): 242-393-2189 WWW.SALVATIONARMYBAHAMAS.ORG SEPTEMBER 2014 THE SALVATION ARMY BLIND ADULT MOP SHOP – PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED ADULT According to Sidney Al- Nestled in the confines of Ivanhoe Road, is The Salvation Army Blind Adult Mop Workshop. The workshop for the Blind gives blind and visually impaired adults the opportunity to work with dignity and pride. bury, Workshop Manager, Since 1949, the workshop has produced the finest mops for the local Bahamian market. All of the mops are manufactured by hand. Every employee receives full and equitable pay for their work. Their employment also provides the chance for a sense of self-reliance and independence. Educational and other selfdevelopment opportunities are also incorporated into the workshop's program. have always been a quality All of the workshop's net profits go right back into the community though the Army's varied social and welfare programs. When you purchase a mop made locally by The Adult Blind Workshop, not only have you acquired a quality household product, but you are also helping the community at large. If you have not done so before, please consider purchasing a Salvation Army Mops the next time you are in your local grocer or retail store! mony to Doing the Most GIVING HOPE The Salvation Army Mops product. In addition, the Army continues to do their part in affording blind adults in our communities the opportunity to have meaningful employment… what a wonderful testiGood. In This Issue... Blind Adult Mop Shop Faces of The Salvation Army T he Salvation Army, Freeport Grand Bahama Expansion Wish List Events Around The Army Trivia UNBOUNDED The Salvation Army Bahamas & Turks & Caicos Division #31 Mackey St. P.O. Box N-205 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Ph:(242)-393-2340 (fax): 242-393-2189 WWW.SALVATIONARMYBAHAMAS.ORG $450,000 expansion for Salvation Army, Freeport Corps Officers of The Salvation Army Freeport Corps have begun a $450,000 expansion process that will not only result in a larger facility, but a wider range of community programs and amenities, Captain Cheryl Compton has revealed. Construction on the building is officially underway following a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, August 5, and, if weather permits, Compton said, the building should be completed in December. The addition to the building will include two classrooms and a conference room with a capacity of 150 people. The four-phase project is five years in the making and is presently in its third stage. The expansion is a pricey undertaking, but, according to Compton, the organization was able to pay off the $450,000 bill thanks to generous donations from supporters abroad and here at home. “We had a $200,000 donation from our Salvation Army friends in the United States, but we raised the rest of it here,” Compton said. “Over half the money was raised right here on Grand Bahama island which is an amazing feat, because we know the economy has been down and yet people are giving. The community is really what made this possible.” But, she said, their fund-raising efforts are not yet completed. Compton said that the organization must acquire $82,000 before entering the final phase of development. Acknowledging that Grand Bahama residents have been overwhelmingly supportive of this effort, Compton said the organization intends to raise the money on island. She said the residents will be rewarded for their contributions once construction is finished, as the public will be welcome to enjoy the programs and services offered at the facility. When all phases of the project are completed, the location will feature an educational center, playground, walking and running track and exercise facility, in addition to its existing thrift store. “We’re going to put in a secure multi-age playground. It’s a beautiful design, so that people can come to a location where it’s safe to play with their children or to let their children play while they go and exercise, because we’re also going to be putting in an adult exercise area and a walking running track,” Compton said. “Over half the money was raised right here on Grand Bahama island which is an amazing feat, because we know the economy has been down and yet people are giving. The community is really what made this possible.” - Captain Cheryl Compton She is also hopeful that the community will support their effort to construct a baseball field at the rear of the facility. Compton said there is room for even more programs. (Previously Printed ,Freeport News, August 2014) If you or someone you know would like to support The Salvation Army Freeport, Grand Bahama program, please contact the office as follows: SALVATION ARMY FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA P.O. BOX F-44287 FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA PH: 242-352-4863 WEBSITE:HTTP:// WWW.SALVATIONARMYBAHAMAS.ORG UNBOUNDED The Salvation Army Bahamas & Turks & Caicos Division #31 Mackey St. P.O. Box N-205 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Ph:(242)-393-2340 (fax): 242-393-2189 WWW.SALVATIONARMYBAHAMAS.ORG A Conversation with a Lady of Action– Delicia Armbrister It was February 3, 2003 when Delicia Armbrister walked through the doors of the Salvation Army Headquarters as an employee. What was to be a position of Administrative Assistant to the Divisional Commander, soon became Receptionist, Accounts Officer, and Office Manager positions all rolled into one. Delicia (on the far right) working with NEMA Delicia recalls the then Divisional Commander coming to her one morning and saying ‘Ok its kettle time, I need you to begin organizing this.’ She remembers sitting at her desk minutes after her boss left, confused and nervous as she had no idea what to do or where to begin. She decided to inform her boss that she was unsure of executing this task. She recalls that he burst into a chuckle and said that he had forgotten that she was not on staff that long because of the way she had successfully blended into the work environment and executed other projects. Eleven years later, she is one of the leaders for the Christmas Kettle programme. When asked what has been the most rewarding part of her journey, Mrs. Armbrister without hesitation stated the suspended students and social assistance programmes. She recalled a few years ago when a homeless lady with two children came to The Salvation Army seeking assistance. Delicia immediately stepped into action by getting the lady and her children situated at the Women’s Shelter and organizing clothing and toiletries for them. Eventually, the lady was able to secure a job and find housing. The most remarkable part of this story is that the lady never forgot the generosity of Delicia and by extension The Salvation Army. Delicia noted that to this very day the young lady volunteers and donates faithfully to The Salvation Army. In looking to the future, Delicia stated that she would like to see The Salvation Army given crown land so that the Erin Gilmour School for the Blind would be able to accommodate more children from the Family Islands. She would also like to work on increasing awareness of The Salvation Army and its many programmes so that Bahamians realize that The Salvation Army is so much more Delicia (second from left ) working with than just a group of “Christmas Kettlers.” It has been 11 years since Delicia a group of RBC Volunteers started her journey with The Salvation Army and in her own words “ each day is a new beginning for me that I would not exchange for anything in the world right now.” Delicia is married to Larry Armbrister and she has two beautiful daughters and three grandchildren who alongside The Salvation Army, keep her joy lantern aflame! Our September Wish List Items... TRIVIA QUESTION Upcoming Events…. Friday September 19th Desktop Computers Washer/Dryer Who is the current DiGas Heater visional Commander Clothing Racks of The Salvation Army Pots/Pans/Kitchen Utensils Bahamas, Turks & Food Items for Feeding Pan- Caicos? Erin Gilmour School 65th Anniversary Dinner at the British Colonial Hilton.. try Paint Major Lester Ferguson PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TODAY! WE MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU TOO… International Surprise Speaker ! Tickets Available now for $65 only! WWW.SALVATIONARMYBAHAMAS.ORG THANK YOU!! WE CANNOT SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO ON BEHALF OF THE MANY FAMILIES THAT WE SERVE BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROSITY! Saturday September 27th Erin Gilmour School Fun Run Walk.. Great Prizes Registration Open Now!