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Friday, November 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Deadline to apply for holiday assistance from Salvation Army extended

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Press release:

The local Salvation Army has extended the deadline to apply for Christmas toys and food. Applications for the Christmas Toys and Food Baskets will be received until Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m.

“The recent snowstorm has made it very difficult for families and individuals to come into the office and we want to make sure every family and individual has the opportunity to apply," Major Patricia Kurtz said.

Those who wish to apply must bring picture ID, proof of household income, and proof of household expenses. Acceptable forms of documentation are: receipts, bills, bank statements, checkbooks, and letters from the Department of Social Services.

For more information contact: Major Patty at 343-6284 or e-mail at [email protected].

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm

If needed, cold weather shelter available for the homeless

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The Salvation Army and United Methodist Church are ready to provide shelter to those who need it in very cold weather, said Robert Kurtz, with the American Red Cross, yesterday following a meeting of homeless-aid advocates.

The Red Cross facility would house the men and the church would take in families.

The goal is to be ready to provide shelter when needed starting Dec. 1, but the real deadline is any night when the temperature drops as low as 10 degrees.

The coalition of church leaders, community activists and social service workers actually started meeting a year ago with the goal of ensuring there were services available for homeless people in Genesee County during cold weather.

There were originally more than 100 members, but the numbers dwindled and only recently the group has seen a resurgence in participation.  

Some of the newer members yesterday raised questions about the 10-degree threshold for opening shelters: Why can't something be done sooner with cold weather coming on fast? Why can't a permanent shelter be located immediately?

Mary Rice, with Pathstone, who was chairing the meeting, explained that the 10-degree standard was adopted because that's the standard in Rochester and Buffalo.

While Kurtz said in an emergency, shelter could be provided now, the coalition is still looking to raise funds for cots and other materials. 

The issue of a permanent shelter is far more complicated.

Rice said she's spoken with volunteers in Lockport who worked for two years before successfully opening a shelter there.

There are a number of tasks to completed before opening a permanent facility, from forming a board of directors and appointing a treasurer to finding a location and getting proper approvals, plus dealing with all the logistics involved in providing warm beds and meals to those in need.

The cost of the project would easily get into six figures.

After the meeting, some of the folks attending who have experience dealing with the economically insecure in Batavia suggested there aren't many people in need of shelter locally. On any given day, there are no more than five people Batavia without shelter at night, they say. Typically, those who face economic insecurity live within a network of people in similar circumstances. They will share shelter when available ("couch surfing" as it's called) and even share food stamps and other resources to support each other.

There have been times in recent years when shelters have been opened on cold winter nights in Batavia but nobody has shown up looking for a warm bed.

The meeting ended with some acrimony. A gentleman who identified himself as living in the camp previously covered by The Batavian didn't like the coverage. He didn't like the pictures being published. He didn't like some of the comments left on Facebook that were mean spirited toward whomever was living in the camp (the identity of occupants and location of the camp were not revealed). He was concerned his employer wouldn't like the coverage and the comments, though he admitted he hadn't talked with his employer about it. A couple of members of the coalition expressed their own displeasure with the coverage and a couple of members defended it.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Salvation Army's Ladies Night Out to feature movie, popcorn, snacks and fun

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The Salvation Army will host 'Ladies Night Out' starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. If you need a ride, one will be provided.

There will be a movie to enjoy "Mom's Night Out," plus popcorn and movie snacks. Giggling is virtually guaranteed, but not mandatory.

It's all free.

This will be at the Salvation Army headquarters at 529 E. Main St., Batavia.

If you need a ride or want more information, call 343-6284 or e-mail Captain Patty at [email protected]

Event Date and Time

September 19, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Salvation Army's Mobile Pantry Program starts next month

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The Salvation Army's Mobile Pantry Program begins in April. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday of every month through December at the Salvation Army headquarters, 529 E. Main St., Batavia. You are welcome to come early at 9:15 a.m. for coffee and conversation.

The dates of the Mobile Pantry Program are:

  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 2
  • Aug. 6
  • Sept. 3
  • Oct. 1
  • Nov. 5
  • Dec. 3
Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Photo: Two companies join forces for donation of food items to Salvation Army

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Muller Quaker Dairy and the local Edward Jones office came together Thursday to drop off seven baskets of canned and boxed food donated to the Salvation Army's annual holiday food drive. Pictured are Michael Marsh, with Edward Jones, and Julie Flynn, from Muller Quaker.

Information and photo submitted by Robin Ettinger.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

Craft Show

 

Craft Show
October 19, 2013 from 9:30 – 3 p.m.  at the Salvation Army building
529 East Main St.  Batavia, NY 14020
30+ dealers
No Admission
Food available
Sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary to benefit student scholarships

Event Date and Time

October 19, 2013 - 9:30am - 3:00pm
Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Photo: Bell ringers at Tops for Salvation Army 'Red Kettle' campaign

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If you've been to Tops in the past couple of weeks you've seen members of your community there ringing little red bells as part of the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Today, members of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia volunteered in shifts to ring bells and maybe even sing Christmas carols, as Allison Chua and Ross Chua are doing above.

The Salvation Army always needs volunteers to help support the campaign. To volunteer, contact Patricia Kurtz, at 343-6284 or e-mail at [email protected].

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Batavia PD, Salvation Army collecting toys, clothing for holidays

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Press release:

The Batavia Police, in partnership with Salvation Army, are collecting items to help those in need this holiday season.

Police officers as part of their normal duties meet families in unique situations and see firsthand the need for basic clothing needs such as socks, pajamas and other items. The Batavia Police Department is asking the citizens of Batavia to join us as we help supply these items for the Salvation Army to distribute.

There will be a collection container at the City of Batavia Police headquarters located at 10 W. Main St. We will be accepting new clothing items and of course new toys for those children of our community in need. Items will be collected through Dec. 14. Feel free to stop by and drop off.

Thank you, to the citizens of Batavia, for your support and have a safe and happy holiday season.

Photo: Officer Eric Dibble and Chief Shawn Heubusch, by Det. Rich Schauf.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Mega rummage and bake sale at Salvation Army Community Center

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A Mega Rummage Sale and Blow Out Bake Sale will take place at The Salvation Army Community Center on Friday, Oct. 5.

It is located at 529 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia.

The rummage sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include toys, books, linens, housewares, bric-a-brac, and much more.

The bake sale is from 9 a.m. to noon and will feature sweets, coffee and apple pies.

For more information or to donate, call 343-6284.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Salvation Army's free annual Summer Block Party is July 5

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Press release:

The Salvation Army would like to invite the community to its free annual Summer Block Party to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. The location is 529 E. Main St. (across from Tulley's Restaurant).

There will be games, hot dogs, snow cones, dodge ball, basketball and prizes. Parents will also be able to sign up their children for the Summer Super Sparks program.

For more information contact: Major Patty at 343-6284 or email at [email protected]

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