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May 20, 1989 | ELIZABETH J. MANN, Times Staff Writer
A new shelter for homeless women will open its doors next month, but only those with alcohol problems will be allowed to spend the night. It is the first program exclusively for women alcoholics in the area, and city officials say the slated mid-June opening will come none to soon. The 56-bed facility, housed in a remodeled hotel on East 5th Street, is a Salvation Army project. "You have provided a sign of hope, an indication of love and an expression of caring to those who are down on their luck," Mayor Tom Bradley said at a ceremony outside the building Friday.
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June 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Authorities were searching for at least two people believed to be trapped beneath the rubble of a  collapsed building in downtown Philadelphia after 12 people escaped with minor injuries, officials said Wednesday. The incident, which will be investigated, was being treated as an accident. There were no reports of any explosion at the site, and there was no fire, officials said. Parts of a four-story property collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets at about 10:45 a.m., Mayor Michael Nutter told a televised news conference.
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OPINION
January 1, 1989
Congratulations to Times staff writer Doug Smith and The Times for the heartwarming and inspirational story about Kenneth and Jolene Hodder, newly commissioned Salvation Army officers (Metro, Dec. 24). How fortunate we are to be blessed with such unselfish and committed young people in our efforts to cope with the myriad problems that beset our society today. Faith in our way of life should be immensely strengthened in knowing that people like Kenneth and Jolene Hodder will be leading the charge for a better tomorrow.
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May 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
As residents in the Oklahoma City area grappled with the aftermath of the massive tornado that wiped out homes and businesses in its 20-mile path of destruction, killing at least 24 people, relief organizations solicited donations to help. By and large, the charities expressed a preference for donations of money rather than goods. Monica Diaz of the Red Cross in Los Angeles said donating money "allows us to get the items that are needed the quickest faster. " PHOTOS: Powerful tornado slams Oklahoma Donations to the Red Cross will be added to the organization's disaster relief fund, a pot used for disaster aid across the country, not just for the Oklahoma tornadoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2010 | By Nomi Morris, Los Angeles Times
When Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth began preaching to the destitute on the streets of London in 1852, people didn't yet use light bulbs or telephones. Now, the faith-based social service charity, a potent symbol of Christmas tradition, is fully digital, recently streaming online a Christmas pop concert held in Glendale, collecting text donations via mobile phones, and developing an iPhone app with a ringing bell. The cornerstone of the electronic effort is the Online Red Kettle ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Western Corp. of the Salvation Army announced Thursday it will start providing domestic partners benefits. "Health care is a universal good, and the only way to access it is through employment," said San Francisco Division Cmdr. Richard Love. "We want to make health care as broad as possible." Currently, Salvation Army employees and their spouses in the Western states receive full health benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
Of Marilyn Quayle's many charitable endeavors, the one she said she cherishes most is the Salvation Army. "The Army has always been there helping people," Quayle told a small group of local volunteers and others Tuesday before she toured the Salvation Army's warehouse facility in Anaheim. The wife of former vice president Dan Quayle said it is the officers, their families and the volunteers who make the Salvation Army a special organization: "They're the most selfless people I've come across."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1999 | Larry Stammer
Commissioner John Gowan, 64, has been elected general of the Salvation Army, succeeding Gen. Paul A. Rader as the worldwide leader of the Christian evangelical and social services organization. Gowan, a native of Yorkshire, England, who grew up in the Salvation Army, served as division commander in Southern California from April 1985 to September 1986. Just before his election May 15, he served as territorial commander of the army in Britain.
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February 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
LaRon Armstead is a former college athlete, 6 feet 5 inches tall, 23 years old and physically imposing. Yet, standing outside Holmes Elementary in South Los Angeles, he is actually shivering - and not from the cold. He has returned to his old neighborhood for the first time in 10 years because an acquaintance has asked to see his childhood haunts. But he can't help himself. His body is physically reacting. "It's scary," he says, voice trembling. "It reminds me of who I was and who I was on track to be. " Armstead, the sixth of 13 children, was raised in the Pueblo Del Rio housing project, a place he says was shrouded by hopelessness, where drugs were sold at all hours and gunshots were part of the normal cacophony of life.
OPINION
July 29, 2012 | By Diane Winston
"Do something!" That was the command William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, gave his son upon seeing homeless men huddled under London Bridge. Booth was a man of action who, in his zeal to save souls, valued deeds over creeds. What would the 19th century Christian evangelist have done about the growing number of poor today, huddled in American cities, suburbs and on farms? According to a recent Associated Press article, economists expect that when the 2011 census figures are released this fall, they will show that poverty has climbed to 15.7%, its highest level in 50 years.
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June 1, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
So you think you understand National Donut Day? After all, how hard could it be to figure out a carb-laden pastry that even Homer Simpson adores. Guess again. It is not a day created by cops or sedentary office-bound workers. The celebration actually has historicity and a past wrapped not in spun sugar, but in patriotism and concern for the economically disadvantaged. Friday was the 75th annual celebration of the confection best known for its round shape - like what the eater eventually becomes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2011 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Last-minute shoppers at Fashion Island in Newport Beach won't hear one of the most familiar sounds of Christmas: the Salvation Army bell. Salvation Army workers and their red kettles are stationed outside Bloomingdales and Macy's at the upscale mall with an ocean view, but they have agreed to a request to not ring their bells. "You have to respect store owners, people," said Salvation Army Major Antonio Orta, who oversees the three bell ringers — their actual job title — on the property owned by the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. "We have to comply because we solicit on their premises," Orta said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
An El Monte man accused of preying on Chinese immigrants by charging them to join a fake U.S. Army unit is actually a charity-minded businessman who modeled his military group on the Salvation Army, according to his attorney. David Deng, 51, appeared in a Pomona courtroom Wednesday, shackled and wearing jail-issued clothing — a far cry from the smart military-type uniform he wore as the "supreme commander" of the U.S. Army/Military Special Forces Reserve. His arraignment was postponed to May 2, and a bail hearing was set for Friday, when his attorney said he'll argue for a reduction in his client's $500,000 bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2010 | By Nomi Morris, Los Angeles Times
When Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth began preaching to the destitute on the streets of London in 1852, people didn't yet use light bulbs or telephones. Now, the faith-based social service charity, a potent symbol of Christmas tradition, is fully digital, recently streaming online a Christmas pop concert held in Glendale, collecting text donations via mobile phones, and developing an iPhone app with a ringing bell. The cornerstone of the electronic effort is the Online Red Kettle ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2010 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
As Thanksgiving has approached, the Salvation Army in Compton has been overwhelmed with requests for turkeys from families that cannot afford them. But the organization has been hit hard by the same drop in donations that has plagued charities across the country. Capt. Ezekiel Guevara said he started the week with just one turkey in his freezer, far short of the 150 he was able to hand out last year and nowhere near the 500 he hoped to give to needy families this year. Guevara's story made the local news.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
For four years, Long Beach leaders have pinned hopes for turning around a troubled central city neighborhood on the Salvation Army's plan to build a world-class community center there. Then, last week, Salvation Army leaders announced that the project — which was to be funded largely by $76 million from the estate of Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald's entrepreneur Ray Kroc — was not financially viable. They cited insufficient local fundraising, escalating costs and liability concerns.
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