Meals for our Homeless Neighbors being served as planned tonight (June 2)

The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol will continue to operate as planned even as the District of Columbia continues to enforce a curfew in response to the ongoing protests resulting from the death of George Floyd. The restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis will also not affect the Grate Patrol’s hours and services. Meals will continue to be served 7 days a week at the usual locations within Washington D.C. starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm. In order to accommodate those in need, the Grate Patrol will remain at the first stop (Union Station) longer than usual. Depending on any road closures/protests, some planned stops may not be accessible by the van. If you are planned on utilizing the services of the Grate Patrol, please take this into consideration.

Founded in 1983, the Salvation Army has been providing hot meals and helpful services through the use of a mobile feeding canteen. The Grate Patrol, which is named after the heating grates where many of the homeless congregate, serves 120-150 meals every day of the year. In addition to feeding the homeless, the Grate Patrol provides longterm solutions such as life planning support and access to housing and veteran benefits, substance abuse support, and medical care for those who need it.

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army assisted 33,811 people last year through a wide array of services. We offer emergency rental, utility, and food assistance, a homeless nutrition program, transitional housing for young mothers and their children, comprehensive substance abuse treatment, disaster relief, and youth enrichment through music and arts education. To make a donation or find help for yourself or someone you know, visit SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or YouTube 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.

Always prepared to serve

Submitted by Karen Yoho, National Capital & Virginia Division
April 15, 2019

The motto “Be Prepared” took on a new meaning for Salvation Army Lieutenant Alphonso Hughes this past weekend. Most days you will find Lt. Hughes in northern Virginia, where he serves as an assistant at The Salvation Army Alexandria Corps, but last week a family emergency called him home to Columbus, Mississippi. Late Saturday evening, April 13, as tornadoes hit a couple of towns over in Monroe County, Lt. Hughes was in contact with the Columbus Corps to see what help he could provide to their staff and volunteers. “I knew their lieutenant was at women’s retreat, so I wanted to help. It happened really fast and we were told to ‘just go!’” explained Lt. Hughes.

While he and youth evangelism and outreach director, Melvin Franklin, could not get the mobile feeding unit into storm ravaged neighborhoods, they were able to set up a distribution site. They selected a location that was easily accessible to first responders and members of the community. In addition to providing water and snacks, neighbors came by with donations such as tarps that could be distributed to those in need.

By Monday morning, all local officers were back on the job and an EOC was established. Even though Lt. Hughes was not needed on the front lines, he came back to the Corps to help make sandwiches and pack supplies. “You never know when you are going to be called to God’s service. This reminds me to always be ready,” shared Lt. Hughes. “Even when I was going through personal worries for the issues my family is facing unrelated to the storm, God provided me an opportunity to step outside of that and share his love with other people.”