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The Salvation Army is Love: Insights from an Advisory Council Member

I grew up with first-hand knowledge of the Salvation Army after being taken, along with my siblings, by the state and placed in our grandmother’s home. My grandmother was a supporter of The Salvation Army and had to rely upon its services to help clothe and feed us.

One way I decided to give back as I got older was by becoming an advisory council member of The Salvation Army of Cleveland County. I lived out of country for many of my adult years, so when we returned to Oklahoma I decided to get involved in volunteering to pay back the awesome care received as a child. I have been most surprised at the extent of homelessness and need in Cleveland County since becoming a council member.

Throughout my tenure serving on the council, I have enjoyed watching the programs grow, especially the Red Shield Club, working with the officers and staff, and being part of the progress over the last few years. The program The Salvation Army of Cleveland County offers I am most proud of is the Red Shield Club. If we care for the children and teach them to care for and respect others they will in turn provide for a better society as they become adults.

The one word that personifies The Salvation Army to me is LOVE… there is truly no discrimination towards any person in need! I wish that others knew about the commitment of the officers and staff to make Cleveland County a better place to live and raise a family.

Although my awesome siblings and I, nine brothers and two sisters, experienced a troublesome childhood, we all grew into caring, respectful and giving adults due to a Godly grandmother and thanks to the assistance provided by The Salvation Army! Together we are “Doing the Most Good” and I feel blessed to be involved with such a caring and generous organization serving the people in our community.

Betty Goss, Advisory Council Member
The Salvation Army of Cleveland County

To make a gift to support The Salvation Army’s many programs and services, please text HopeOKC to 41444 or go online https://app.mobilecause.com/form/drynoA

 

Staff Spotlight – Andy Hale

AndyAndy Hale was just having a casual conversation with a guy at the gym but little did he know it put into motion something bigger for him, his wife and their three children.

That conversation brought him to be the director of the Oklahoma City Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club where Andy directly impacts 70 youth each day with recreation, education, spiritual & character development activities, protecting them from drug abuse and gang violence.

But Andy isn’t new to youth ministry. With a background as a college basketball coach, he has a deep-rooted passion for inspiring young people to be the best they could be both in sports and life.

“Being a basketball coach at three different universities, I always represented the institution with pride and dignity,” said Hale. “I in turn encouraged each student athlete I worked with and influenced to do the exact same.”

Growing up on the south side of Oklahoma City, Andy has truly found a position that perfectly intersects his past experiences and passion – creating a safe, fun environment for inner city kids where their lives can be positively affected each and every day.

“God will put me where He wants me, when He wants me there.”
His total faith in God’s timing and plan shows through as he talks about his family, the Club’s kids and the community surrounding them.

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of our young people, you can:

  • Volunteer as a mentor, coach a sports team, teach a life skills class, lead an arts & crafts activity or entertain the kids with a musical or theatrical performance.
  • Provide snacks, prizes, arts & crafts and sports equipment for our youth to use while at the Club. Items can be dropped off at 2808 S.E. 44th, Oklahoma City, OK  73129.
  • Click the Donate Now button above and financially support our Boys & Girls Club.