150 DC Kids to attend Ballers Camp

The first DC Youth Ballers Camp is happening Thursday and Friday of this week, June 20 and 21, at Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium, which is located at  600 Taylor Street NE in DC. The Salvation Army and its community partners registered 150 DC kids for the two-day camp. Every child will receive top-of-the-line athletic instruction from several of the area’s football legends. Retired Washington Redskins players Santana Moss (@89WaystoGive) and Brian Mitchell (@BMitch), along with the Catholic University Cardinals football team, are teaming up to host the football campers. Young campers will also receive a tshirt, meals and snacks, and plenty of hydration.

The DC Youth Ballers Camp is designed to provide youth with the skills and attitude necessary to succeed in football. The camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The campers will learn from Moss and the Cardinals’ coaching staff, which is led by Head Coach Mike Gutelius. All football camp kids were registered last month at two local Salvation Army locations, Sherman Avenue Corps and Solomon G. Brown Corps, Beacon House, and by The Ward 5 Warriors.

Lunch is sponsored daily by local eateries Timber Pizza Company and Brookland Pint. Giant Food of Brentwood will provide free bottles of Gatorade to help keep kids well hydrated. Additional sponsors include the Metropolitan Police Department of DC, charity groups Inspiring Hearts and Ward 5 Warriors, and several individual Salvation Army donors.

The Salvation Army has a history of enriching children’s lives through character building programs and creative activities. We strive to find new ways to serve the community and look for ways to serve the community better with the help of local celebrities, churches, schools, and more. Our goal is to engage youth and help to shape them into good citizens.

Beacon House is a Northeast DC-based nonprofit with a mission to support young students in Ward 5 by providing a safe, nurturing community; increasing their academic enrichment; and helping them grow into healthy adults who will achieve their greatest potential. Ward 5 Warriors a community-based youth organization aimed at giving local children with positive outlets and empowerment through mentorship and athletics.

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army served more than 73,937 people last year through a wide array of services.  Our Officers, employees, and volunteers provide compassionate care to everyone in need of help without discrimination. We offer meals and services to the homeless and emergency assistance to individuals and families (rent, utilities, and food). Additionally, we provide transitional and supportive living assistance for mothers and their children and comprehensive addiction treatment for adults. The Salvation Army responds to natural and other disasters by providing emergency relief to first responders and all those in need of support during times of crisis. Learn more or donate today by visiting us at SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Connect with us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using keyword SalArmyNCA.

 

New Leaders begin National Capital Area Appointment

The Salvation Army is welcoming a pair of new leaders to the Greater Washington area this week. Majors Mark A. and Rhea Dawn Woodcock begin their new appointment on June 17, 2019, as the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command. The Woodcocks replace Majors James “Chip” and Leisa Hall, who spent the last three years in Washington and were recently appointed to be the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army Palm Beach County (Florida.)

Major Mark Woodcock will oversee the region’s $24M operation consisting of several dozen Salvation Army Officers, 130 employees, 10 corps community and worship centers, emergency social services program, and three specialty units.  Last year, The Salvation Army served 73,200 people throughout Washington, DC and Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties in Virginia; and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. Major Rhea Woodcock will lead the women’s ministry program, including the Women’s Auxiliary of Washington which raises over $100,000 annually for Salvation Army programs.

Prior to their appointment in the Washington region, Majors Woodcock served as the Divisional Secretaries for The Salvation Army Georgia Division for four years.

Major Mark Woodcock is originally from Salisbury, Maryland.  Rhea Woodcock is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. The two were married in 1980. They have two daughters, one of whom is a Salvation Army Officer stationed in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Woodcocks are 1987 graduates of The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College. Majors Woodcock are second and fourth generation Salvation Army Officers, respectively, and represent six generations of family service to The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army provides social service assistance, emergency shelter, homeless nutrition and outreach, addiction treatment, transitional housing, youth programming, and spiritual care to anyone in need without discrimination.

Lieutenants George and Ruby Keith are the new Corps Officers of The Salvation Army Prince George’s County Corps located in Hyattsville, Maryland. The Keiths appointment is effective on June 17, 2019.

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army served more than 73,937 people last year through a wide array of services.  Our Officers, employees, and volunteers provide compassionate care to everyone in need of help without discrimination. We offer meals and services to the homeless and emergency assistance to individuals and families (rent, utilities, and food). Additionally, we provide transitional and supportive living assistance for mothers and their children and comprehensive addiction treatment for adults. The Salvation Army responds to natural and other disasters by providing emergency relief to first responders and all those in need of support during times of crisis. Learn more or donate today by visiting us at SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Connect with us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using keyword SalArmyNCA.

First Salvation Army DC Youth Ballers Football Camp

Approximately 150 D.C. kids will get top-of-the-line athletic instruction from some of the Capital Area’s football greats! Retired Redskins players Santana Moss and Brian Mitchell and The Catholic University of America Cardinals football team are collaborating to host The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command’s first “D.C. Youth Ballers Camp.”

The camp aims to provide young campers with the skills and attitude needed to succeed. The Salvation Army has a history of promoting child development and enrichment through education inside and outside the classroom. With this memorable experience, we hope to set kids on a path to lead during plays and in their community.

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., campers will learn the best from Moss and the Cardinals’ coaching staff, led by Head Coach Mike Gutelius, at Cardinal Stadium on The Catholic University’s campus. Lunch will be provided to campers on both days by Timber Pizza Company and Brookland Pint, and Gatorade will be provided by Giant Foods. Campers were registered for the free camp in May through the Sherman Avenue Corps, Solomon G. Brown Corps, Beacon House, and The Ward 5 Warriors.

Beacon House is a Northeast DC-based nonprofit with a mission to support young students in Ward 5 by providing a safe, nurturing community; increasing their academic enrichment; and helping them grow into healthy adults who will achieve their greatest potential. Ward 5 Warriors a community-based youth organization aimed at giving local children with positive outlets and empowerment through mentorship and athletics.

NCAC names new Program Services Director

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is pleased to announce the return of Aleata G. Dawkins, MA, LPC/LCPC, NCC to the Area Command as the new Director of Program Services. Ms. Dawkins will oversee all of the program services offered including Harbor Light Center, the Turning Point Center or Women and Children, and the Anti-Human Trafficking Emergency Shelter.

Ms. Dawkins first joined The Salvation Army in May 2015. She has over 19 years of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to the position. Her most previous position was Divisional Pathway of Hope Specialist for the National Capital & Virginia Division.

Prior to The Salvation Army, Ms. Dawkins served as the Program Manager, Counselor, Coordinator and Non-Profit Trainer for some of Washington, DC Metro area’s largest non-profits. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Argosy University, Ms. Dawkins holds a master’s degree in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Washington, DC and Maryland. In conjunction with several other certifications, Ms. Dawkins is also a National Certified Counselor.

NCAC names Management Services Director

The Salvation Army is pleased to welcome Bradley Freedman as the Director of Management Services for the National Capital Area Command. Brad comes to The Salvation Army with more than 20 years of investment management experience at globally respected financial organizations. He will oversee the National Capital Area Command’s Finance, Property, Information Technology, and Human Resources departments.

Before joining the National Capital Area Command, Brad oversaw the operations of a boutique investment advisory firm in the area. Mr. Freedman was a member of the leadership team at Credit Suisse and worked as an analyst at Fidelity Management and Research Company and T. Rowe Price Associates.

Brad graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.