Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. That sums up The Salvation Army’s service to God and His people all across the world. Here in Omaha, it means that we work tirelessly to transform lives and, ultimately, the community we love so dearly.

It means people of all ages, creeds and lifestyles receive help and hope through the countless programs offered at a growing number of Salvation Army locations throughout the metropolitan area.

It means we go wherever needed. In 2014, tornadoes ravaged Pilger and floods devastated communities throughout the Midwest. As is often the case, we arrived early to clean up, provide much-needed food and minister to those affected by these disasters – staying long after many others had left to help rebuild.

It means day or night, we’re here to help, as is evident in our on-site housing programs, Winter Night Watch and other emergency services.

This annual report is a tribute to the officers, employees, volunteers and supporters who are dedicated to transforming lives in our community. Thanks to your efforts, the Army’s mission to meet human needs without discrimination is being vibrantly lived out every day. We are grateful and humbled by your service.

May God bless you today and always,

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Majors Greg & Lee Ann Thompson

 

Few years have been as eventful for The Salvation Army in our community as 2014:

The capital campaign to replace the Lied Renaissance Center raised more than $28 million, and work has begun to create a welcoming, adaptable campus environment that will serve our mission for many years to come.

The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is now fully endowed with a $68 million fund.   An additional $7 million gift from the Joan Kroc Estate will fund a renovation that adds space to accommodate the Kroc’s growing membership, programs and service to the community.

The second woman to lead the international Salvation Army, General Eva Burrows was known as “the people’s general” for her lifelong devotion to serving the poor and transforming lives. In her honor, the new Salvation Army Burrows Center for Help and Hope recently opened its doors on Northwest Radial Highway, offering material assistance, seasonal services and more to low-income families and individuals and a “home base” for dedicated Salvation Army case managers.

In the planning, partnership and generosity required to make these dreams a reality, the support of our community has never been more evident than in the past year. On behalf of the advisory board, committee members, Salvation Army staff and volunteers, a heartfelt thanks. Along with our gratitude, you have our commitment to honor your support by doing our very best to Do the Most Good together in the coming year.

Fred Hunzeker
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Chairman, Advisory Board