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Belleville Corp to Host “Back to School Dress an Angel” Program

A note from Captain Anita Sells…

Dear Parent(s),

Greetings! It is time once again for The Salvation Army of Belleville to hold its “Back to School Dress an Angel” program, sponsored by our Women’s Auxiliary. Your child has the opportunity to receive a special new outfit, which he or she can pick out, along with a shoe gift certificate to Payless Shoes & a book.

If you would like to participate in this program, which is in its 21st year, please come to The Salvation Army on one of the days/times listed below.

Tuesday, July 26 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm

Wednesday, July 27 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm

Thursday, July 28 1:00pm-7:00pm

Please bring with you the following information:

1 – A Photo ID

2 – Social Security Cards/Birth Certificates/Medical cards for everyone in the household

3 – Proof of residence (a bill that has been sent to your hom/lease. You must live east of Highway 157).

4 – Proof of income.

 “Dress an Angel” will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2011, 9:00am-12:00pm. This program is designed for children who are ages 4 through 12. No one older or younger can be assisted. Please be aware that the children must be present on Saturday, August 6th in order to get assistance. If you have any questions, please feel free to call (618)235-7378 ext. 101.

Yours and His,

Anita Sells Jeanne Edgar

Captain President
Corps Officer Women’s Auxiliary

 

 

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Belleville tutoring program makes all the difference for local mother and daughter

By: Danielle Eickenhorst, Communications/Content Specialist, Midland Division

Danielle Lowery, like many single mothers has very limited financial resources and time. Between working full time and caring for her daughter, Danielle struggles to balance all of her priorities. At the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, Danielle found herself is a difficult situation. Her then 9-year old daughter Kelvi’s grades were faltering. In addition to needing a latchkey program that would help with her daughter while she had to work, Danielle was looking at the prospect of tutoring needs and she could not afford either program.

Wanting to help her daughter succeed, Danielle researched local resources. She enrolled her daughter in a tutoring program through their local school, and then sent her to an after-school program at the local Belleville Salvation Army corps.

“Before I found this program, I would get home from work and Kelvi would have 2 hours of homework each night,” said Lowery, noting that heavy course loads even in 4th grade, combined with general academic struggles made every night an ordeal. “We didn’t have time together,” she said.

Kelvi began working with Randy Broadwater of the Belleville Salvation Army community center each night after school. “They took time to help her with her homework. She used to be frustrated every night, but once they took the time to really focus on her and help her overcome the problems, her self esteem increased and she found she was able to do the work alone, and in a much shorter period of time.”

Kelvi continues to attend The Salvation Army’s summer camps and to work with Mr. Broadwater to ensure she doesn’t fall behind over summer break. Kelvi hopes to continue attending The Salvation Army’s after-school program in the fall, but doubts she’ll need as much tutoring thanks to her new-found confidence.

Danielle Lowery is grateful for the program that allowed her to attend to her daughter’s needs without putting additional financial hardship on their family.

“My daughter is an athlete and wants to go to college,” said Lowery. “She wants to get a scholarship for school, and we always knew it would have to be either academic or athletic. Now that she has such a great handle on her academics, I feel that she should be able to do either one.”

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