The Salvation Army in the Lehigh Valley
Happy New Year from The Salvation
Army of the Lehigh Valley. We are very excited about 2014 and the opportunities
we have to help so many. With emerging technology and ever increasing need, we
have the chance to help get so many people back on track. With the help of our
faithful donors, sponsors and volunteers, we plan to assist more people in this
new year than ever before.
Whether it’s embracing the homeless, uplifting the abused or
abandoned, training and mentoring the disadvantaged, providing character
building programs for youth, or assisting the displaced or elderly, The
Salvation Army's goal remains the same: serving the most people, meeting the
most needs, DOING THE MOST GOOD!
Many people think of the Lehigh Valley as a very prosperous
region. While it is true that there are prosperous areas, the reality is
that there is a great need for safety net services right here in our backyard.
Estimates from the U.S. Census' American Communities Survey show that in
2010, for the third year in a row, thousands more Lehigh Valley residents sank
beneath the poverty line, even as the U.S. economy showed tentative signs of
life. The growing need for emergency safety net services continues to
rise as our needs exceed our resources.
When you give to The Salvation Army, expect
change. Change in the number of teens finding mentors and staying in school.
Change in the lives of people devastated by fire and flooding. Change in the
violence plaguing our neighborhoods. Change in the lives of families torn apart
by drug and alcohol addiction. By addressing the whole person – physically,
emotionally and spiritually - The Salvation Army in the Lehigh Valley offers
hope and creates change.
The Salvation Army has been
blessed to serve the people of the Lehigh Valley because of the generous
support of our donors, volunteers, and community advocates. Through the recent
economic challenges, your support has enabled us to continue to serve our
neighbors in need 365 days a year. We pride ourselves on the fact that .84
cents of every dollar raised in the Lehigh Valley goes directly into services
for the public.
of all homeless in the Lehigh Valley are children.
20% of children living in Bethlehem are living in poverty.
unemployment rate in Easton has risen nearly 5% in the last decade.
80% of students in the Allentown School District live in low-income
middle class families face financial emergencies from time to time and
seek our services.
US Census Bureau reports that the poverty rate in Allentown is at a
staggering estimated 26.4%.
of the households who fall under the poverty level in Pen Argyl are
represented by married couples.