Greater Valley Corps Community Center (Ansonia) P.O. Box 522
26 Lester Street
Ansonia, CT 06401
Office: (203) 736-0707; Fax: (203) 736-6017
Corps Officer: Major Theresa Burkholder
Directions: Click here
WEEKLY CORPS (CHURCH) PROGRAMING
Sunday - Morning Worship - 10:30 AM
Tuesday - Kids Klub - 5:30 PM
Wednesday - Family Night - 5:30 PM
Thursday - WOW! Women of Worth Ministries Group (Fourth Thursday of the month)
11 AM - 2PM (Ages 18 and up)
Seasonal Activities - Summer Residential Camp - Camp CONNRI Ashford, CT
* Community Care Outreach - Nursing Home Visitations (Easter and Christmas)
* Christmas Kettles - November through December
Social Services - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (All) Tuesday and Wednesday
Other Hours by Appointment
(Free pastries and breads) - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
* Donation Drop-offs - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
* Financial Assistance, Food Pantry - Tuesday and Wednesday
* Other Hours by Appointment
GREATER VALLEY HAS NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
(Major Theresa Burkholder giving new board member Rob VanEgghen a tour.)
ANSONIA – Major Theresa Burkholder, Greater Valley Corps Officer, welcomed Robert (Rob) J. VanEggen as a member of the Greater Valley Corps’ Advisory Board at their January meeting. Rob is President/CEO of DRS Seismic Consultants, LLC in Oxford, Connecticut. Rob is also the son of Robert Van Egghen, Sr., who is also a member of the board.
Major Theresa commented, “It is a pleasure to have Rob become a member of our advisory board. I look forward to working with him (and his Dad too) to help grow the Army’s outreach in the Greater Valley area. Rob brings a willing spirit and great enthusiasm to the table.”
The primary purpose of The Salvation Army’s advisory boards is to support the local Corps Officer/s. Officers rely heavily on the expertise of their board members to know the community and help them manage their business and programs effectively. Each advisory board of The Salvation Army is instrumental in developing goals and a strategic plan of action to achieve them by working with the Corps Officer/s.
GREATER VALLEY SALVATION ARMY LOOKING TOWARD SPREADING CHRISTMAS JOY ALREADY
(Excerpt from the New Haven Register. Please follow link to read full story by Patricia Villers, Register Staff.)
ANSONIA — The holiday season is always busy for the Greater Valley Salvation Army, Maj. Theresa Burkholder said Monday.
Last week, the Salvation Army served nearly 200 Thanksgiving meals at its Community Center on Lester Street and take-out meals for clients who couldn’t attend.
“It was at least a 10 to 15 percent increase over last year,” Burkholder said. Seymour and Oxford residents needing food assistance attended for the first time.
She said she was grateful to Bridgeport Rescue Mission for the food, and volunteers from Living Hope Church in Shelton for serving and helping seat guests. Looking ahead to Christmas...
GREATER VALLEY CORPS RECEIVES DONATION
Connecticut State Senator presents a check to The Salvation Army
NEW HAVEN – State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. presented a $500.00 check to The Salvation Army’s Greater Valley Corps Officer, Major Theresa Burkholder, at the recent New Haven County Sheriff’s Association meeting. Senator Crisco chose The Salvation Army as his designated recipient for the work it does throughout the Greater Valley area. Senator Crisco represents the Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, and Woodbridge communities.
Feeling honored, Major Burkholder responded, "I want to thank the Sheriff’s Association and Senator Crisco for their donation. Without their help and many other wonderful people and organizations like them, we would not be able to succeed in our mission. We are truly blessed to have such support."
MAJOR THERESA RECEIVES LILLIAN
Team, Inc. Recognizes Corps Officer for
(Major Theresa surrounded by her guests while holding the
TEAM, Inc. Lillian Chrostowski Award for outstanding work in the
ANSONIA – The Salvation Army's Greater Valley Corps Officer, Major
Theresa Burkholder, was the recipient of the TEAM, Inc. - Lillian Chrostowski
Award at the Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen at John J. Sullivan's on
October 17th. The distinguished award, presented at what was a wonderful 47th
Annual Meeting, is given "in recognition of a social service professional whose
outstanding work has had a profound and positive effect on the community."
Why is Major Theresa so deserving of this recognition?
CHILDREN GO ON 'SHOPPING SPREE'
(Excerpt from The Valley Gazette. Please follow link to read full story by Susan Hunter.)
ANSONIA — The beginning of the school year will be a happier time for about 20 Valley children who spent Monday morning shopping for back-to-school supplies and clothes at the Target store in Ansonia.
The Greater Valley Salvation Army hosted the children, ranging in age from kindergarten to eighth grade, for a Target School Spree shopping event. More about the participants...
15 ENJOY BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING SPREE AT ANSONIA TARGET
(Excerpt from New Haven Register. Please follow link to read full story by Patricia Villers.)
ANSONIA — Back-to-school time may not be the happiest of the year for some students, but 15 who went on a shopping spree Monday at Target were all smiles.
Target’s back-to-school spree was coordinated with The Salvation Army and Maj. Theresa Burkholder. She said she had selected children she knew would benefit most. More Target Shopping Spree details...
SCHOOL IS IN!
Bible School for The Salvation Army's Greater Valley Corps is in full
ANSONIA - When school is out, The Salvation Army's Vacation Bible School
is what is in. For some working families, school vacations are no fun at all.
Many parents must scramble to find childcare. If they do not find it, they have
to take time off from work or children are left home alone. If parents take
time off, bills do not get paid. What are these families from the Greater
Valley area to do? Could the answer be Vacation Bible School?
THE SALVATION ARMY'S GREATER VALLEY CORPS RECOGNIZED
FOR "EXCELLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY"
(The Salvation Army’s Greater Valley Corps’ Officer Theresa Burkholder accepting her award with employees Lynn Herbert - Food Site and Case Manager and Cheri Cerrone - Program Assistant.)
Derby - The Valley Council for Health & Human Services held its Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation on Monday, December 6, 2011, featuring a keynote presentation by Representative Rosa L. DeLauro. The breakfast meeting, which was generously sponsored by Naugatuck Savings Bank, was held at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby, Connecticut.
The Salvation Army’s Greater Valley Corps was presented with the Agency/Program of the Year Award, which is presented to a nonprofit agency or a program whose staff and volunteers exemplify excellence in the community and whose services have made a significant and lasting contribution to the health and well being of the residents of the lower Naugatuck Valley. Honoring a history of service...
Adult Group George and Eileen Colwell from Salvation Army!
George "Coke" and Eileen have given of their time at the Greater Valley Salvation Army since the Fall of 2008. They saw a need and stepped forward to offer their assistance in meeting a specific need. They first started with picking up bread and pastries from BJ's Wholesale and then distributing from the center three or more times a week. Their volunteer time soon increased to providing Leadership with the work involved in our Food Pantry Distribution; which includes, but, not limited to: application and review process for recipients, restocking shelves, packing food boxes, distribution to clientele to assist in meeting basic needs for the individual and their families. And, it doesn’t end there. They have encouraged others to assist in the ministry and a few of them are here this evening to share in the celebration. Their enthusiasm to give back to others has become a natural part of their daily lives as they extend their hands of service to assist in meeting the needs of The Salvation Army and the Greater Valley Communities we serve. The benefits that Coke and Eileen have received as a result of their service to others, is that they have found a new sense of purpose in giving their time and their overall health and activity has improved since they joined forces with The Salvation Army. The positive changes are evident and the Doctors are known to say Whatever you are doing, keep it up. The Colwell's are a true asset and a blessing to the work and ministry of the Salvation Army serving the Greater Valley since 1891.
||ANSONIA KIDS ARRIVE AT CAMP CONNRI
Through the generosity of donations from local benefactors, and a grant awarded from the Valley 2009 Neighborhood Program Small Grant application process, 15 Youth from the Greater Valley have attended Camp CONNRI during the Music / Fine Arts Camp and the Celebration Camp. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for your trust in us in order to have youth share in camping experiences.
The youth returned from Camp CONNRI and shared testimonials as follows:
Jennie Smith shared that she enjoyed all activities: Music - sign language - sacred dance - singing - "In the Love of Jesus" is her favorite song; Arts & Crafts - Independence Day Sun Catchers - various ways to make cards: tissue paper - 3-Dimensional - jewelry; swimming and hanging out with friends & meeting new people.
Riley Smith shared that he had a good time, really fun. Learned to play the guitar - liked timbrels - campfire was awesome & smores were great; made friends.
Makayla Eaton wrote, in a Thank You note, that "she had a lot of fun and made loads of friends. The Counselor's were very nice and very helpful. When I was there all the Kids and Counselor's were nice. I learned more about Jesus. Like Satan was an angel of Jesus and he turned against Jesus. Another is if you believe in Jesus He will always be with you".
Jazmin Marcano shared that she liked swimming & boating and she is ready to go back to camp again. She learned songs and more about Jesus and God.
When I next saw Asiah Martin, her immediate question was "When are we going back to camp?" and she shared that she liked everything. She learned to sing and pray, to share with friends that you went to camp with and share ideas.
Jontea McFaddon's favorite activities at camp were swimming, ice cream and the lunch room. She learned about Jesus and to respect staff members.
All of their camping experiences will enrich their lives. As they take what they've learned and apply it to their daily lives, in however small or large a part that may be, their encounters have made a positive impact upon them. Ultimately, the knowledge and inspiration to learn will carry them through their school years and beyond.
UNITED WAY PROMOTES FAMILY NIGHT/YOUTH PROGRAM
WITH THE SALVATION ARMY
ANSONIA - Valley United Way recently awarded a $1,500 Special Needs Grant to The Salvation Army's "Family Night/Youth Program." The program is designed to bring youth, parents and other adults together on a weekly basis to share in a nutritious meal and an agenda relating to improving education, building fellowship, enhancing community relations and encouraging community service projects. The idea behind providing a family dinner is to help educate, while helping to ease financial burdens at home, thus allowing money to be used on other essential items in a family environment.
The Salvation Army's Major Theresa Burkholder, the officer in charge of the Greater Valley Corps said, "It's truly amazing! Everyone looks forward to Tuesday nights for an evening filled with good food, great dialog and plenty of fun. We love to have families spend time with us instead of another night in front of the TV. Our primary goal is to provide an educational opportunity for our children, where they may engage in social interaction and grow in a comfortable and engaging environment."
Southern New England Division
Date: July 22, 2008
For Immediate Release
SALVATION ARMY WELCOMES NEW OFFICER TO ANSONIA
ANSONIA - Major Theresa Burkholder has been appointed to be the officer in charge of the Greater Valley (Ansonia) Corps effective July 1, 2008. Burkholder comes from The Salvation Army Eastern Territory headquarters (West Nyack, New York) where she served the preceding five years in the Audit Department. Theresa has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting. She has had 16 years of Officership within The Salvation Army. Theresa served in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware for 11 years and 8 of the years in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania as the Corps Officer.
The Salvation Army of the Greater Valley serves a five town area including: Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, Seymour, and Oxford. Every day in the Greater Valley area, The Salvation Army helps bind the wounds of modern-day life, offering food to the hungry and companionship to the hopeless. As long as people are discouraged, lonely, or needing a helping hand, our “Army of Compassion” will still have a mission.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food services, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support these services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, please visit www.salvationarmy-ct-ri.org.
WEEKLY CORPS (CHURCH) PROGRAMING
Sunday - Morning worship - 10:30 AM
Tuesday - Family Night - 5:45 PM
Wednesday - Kidz Klub - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday - Women's Ministries Group (Last Thursday of the month)
11 AM - 2PM (Ages 18 and up)
Seasonal Activities - Summer Residential Camp - Camp Connri Ashford, CT
- Community Care Outreach - Nursing Home Visitations (Easter and Christmas)
- Christmas Kettles - November through December
Social Services - 9:30 AM - Noon (All) Tuesday and Wednesday
Other Hours by Appointment
(Free pastries and breads) - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday - 9:30 AM
- Donation Drop-offs - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- Financial Assistance, Food Pantry - Tuesday and Wednesday
- Other Hours by Appointment
These are photographs at children from Ansonia Summer Enrichment Program
at Lake Quassy Park.
These photographs were from a church family bbq!
These are two of our members from the Ansonia Corps (Church).
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