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Getting ready in line to 'bat' in kickball at Temple Corps

Getting ready in line to ‘bat’ in kickball at Temple Corps

Yesterday, Ashley Kuenstler (our Content Specialist) and myself went out to our Temple Corps in St. Louis City to get some pictures of the kids in the evening programs that are offered there.

We got to spend the evening watching kids play kickball, while other tiny ones were in the Moonbeams character building program carefully creating hand-print art for their moms, and another group was practicing the National Anthem to perform for our Behind the Red Shield Gala this Friday.

Now, judging by the after-school programs and evening activities I had growing up, I was expecting chaos: TONS of kids, leaders shouting to get their attention, kids being mean to each other… just general rowdiness.

And I could not have been more wrong.

The kids were so well-behaved. They were so supportive of each other, and even during kickball when the tiniest of players had his turn kicking the ball (and his team expected he would get tagged out), the bigger kids were cheering him on and being very patient. All of them were having a blast. And when one child kicked the ball so hard that he homered into the street, the leaders very calmly and patiently brought all the kids together and they listened intently as he reminded them of the safety procedures when someone gets a home run and why their safety was so important. They all nodded in agreement, and went back to the game.

This made me smile so big. Our motto is Doing The Most Good, and yesterday, I saw the most good being encouraged in these kids by the amazing leadership at Temple Corps. We don’t have these programs for the sake of having them: we have them because they are needed. Kids need positive outlets in nurturing environments in all neighborhoods, and in Benton Park, we have that. We also have it in North City, Maplewood, and South City, and all over the county and the region. And for the kids in these programs, the benefits are priceless.

We need your help to make sure that our city corps have the after-school funding they need by voting for us to win $20,000. You can vote every day and know that it is going toward the betterment of these amazing kids in great programs. But we can’t do that without you. Stop by Monsanto’s Grow St. Louis Facebook page and vote for us every day through May 19th. 

On behalf of all the kids in our programs, thank you!


Real Life Hero Spotlight: Angie Hartley, Missional Connections Advocate

Angie Hartley, today’s Real Life Hero, serves as the Missional Connections Advocate at The Salvation Army’s Temple Community Center in South St. Louis City, a job this six-generation Salvationist feels that she was born for.

“I have the perfect job. Every day, when people come to Temple [Community Center], I make sure they know that they’re welcome. I visit them in their homes, pray with them at the hospital, and work to make sure that if they have needs, we are connecting them with the resources and programs we have available to help them. I never want someone to feel that they’ve been overlooked or forgotten,” said Angie Hartley, Missional Connections Advocate at the Temple Worship and Community Center in St. Louis.

The more than full time position requires Angie to work 6 to 7 days a week, caring for area clients and church members, a job that she is uniquely equipped to handle. Working daily with a very diverse population, many of whom are immigrants, Hartley communicates with clients and church members in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

In addition to her many diverse responsibilities, Hartley long oversaw Temple’s backpack program, which allowed The Salvation Army to provide food for 16 local families who struggled to be able to feed their children outside of school meals. The program was recently discontinued due to lack of funding, but still remains a cause she is passionate about, and was one of her favorite projects.

“I’m getting paid to be me. I love to reach out and tell people about the love of Jesus,” says Hartley, “The Salvation Army got its start with people who felt the same way. In 1865, William Booth saw people were shunned, people who needed to be reach. He said, ‘We have to meet their needs – soup, soap and salvation,’ and that’s what we’re still doing today. They won’t hear the love of God in what we say if their stomach is growling.”

To learn more about how you can dig in and help in your community, visit The Salvation Army’s volunteer page to sign up for volunteer opportunities. For more information on the programs at The Salvation Army’s Temple Community Center, visit their site for schedules, updates and location information.

A cup of cold water in Jesus’ name


By: Tom Kovach, Major Gifts Director

And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.  Matthew 10:42

Energizer employees help build a playground at The Salvation Army's Temple Community Center.

The sounds of laughter and the look of raw emotions on faces is filling the rooms inside a Salvation Army Education and Community Center as children and adults rejoice in the Lord’s blessing and the fellowship of each other. Smiles abound for some, tears of sadness or even joy for others or the journey to a new beginning starts today.   Stories are shared.  Prayers are abundant and many turn to The Salvation Army for hope.  These God-filled activities are repeated daily at our centers from South County to North City, Midtown to Overland and Maplewood to South City.

The Salvation Army takes tremendous pride in serving clients because we stress the importance of our fiduciary role.  Eighty two cents of each dollar contributed is spent for programs and services. The cornerstone of The Salvation Army includes a quality staff ready to serve the needs of these clients yet our demands our growing.  Much like a play or a movie, there are numerous, important supporting roles that play a vital role to helping change lives.

And that’s why you and your colleagues inside your company can help.  Our promise to you is simple: you will make a difference. 

No matter where you work or live, between your commutes from one destination to another, we are looking for volunteers from companies in St. Louis at any of our Salvation Army Community Centers.  I encourage you to get involved as an individual, your family or gather up a group of volunteers from your company.   Donating your time can be range from serving Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to the following:

  • Have numerous office supplies like pens, pencils, notepads, markers etc?  Donate them to The Salvation Army.  Our Temple and Euclid Corps have existing partnerships with the St. Louis Public Schools for instance.
  • At our Family Haven shelter, there are 20 rooms where women and children rest comfortably as they seek permanent housing. These clients stay in a room for several months. We are consistently looking for laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.
  • Clients come to us when they are seeking some form of counseling.  At times, these counseling sessions are designated for a parent(s) and because they can’t afford childcare, we are looking for volunteers to watch their children for an hour or so.  (All mandatory background checks are required for childcare). 
  • Instead of receiving gifts for a birthday or a special occasion, request monetary contributions be directed to The Salvation Army or ask friends/family to buy certain items. Each of our centers has a “Wish List” that we can provide for you.

    Ameren employees donated more than 400 hours in 2011 to bellring for The Salvation Army.

Help us help others!  Consider “Doing The Most Good” in 2012 and start the New Year off right with a thoughtful donation and volunteer.

…But what can I do?

We meet people every day that love the work we do in St. Louis, but are never quite sure where they fit in or how they can contribute to our mission and keep up with their own hectic schedules. Right now, we have a way that almost everyone can contribute and truly make a difference. Now through October 16th, you can go to www.STLGrown.com and search for “Salvation Army” and vote for us 100x every day. The top winners of the Monsanto Grown contest will receive a grant of $5K, $10K or $15K toward a program of their choice.

This year, we have chosen our job training program at our Temple Community Center, which has become critical for the unemployed in the city of St. Louis. Watch this blog over the next few weeks for profiles of the individuals we are helping through this program and others at our locations throghout St. Louis.

We thank you in advance for your vote and hope to announce our win in the coming weeks!

“You like me, you really like me!”

We were absolutely honored to win the “Best New Public Works Project” from the Riverfront Times last week! Wanted to share this awesome video about our KaBoom build with Energizer! Thanks again to our partners in this project!



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