22 Jun 2020

Thrifty shoppers rejoice

The Salvation Army’s five family stores in the Worcester, Mass., area opened in early May to crowds of anxious shoppers. The local Telegram & Gazette newspaper said bargain–hunters were “just

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12 Jun 2020

Smiles keep her going

Emily Mercado was about to leave for the night when she took one more phone call. The social ministries coordinator at the Lynn, Mass., Corps, was finishing up another exhausting

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31 May 2020

Fishes and loaves

In mid–May, the Massachusetts Environmental Police thought something was “fishy” near the town of Fairhaven. They ended up seizing 250 pounds of fresh scup (porgy) fish from a suspected illegal

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22 May 2020

Welcome to Flag City

A week before the Fourth of July in 2018, Captains Justin and Marsha Barter arrived at their new appointment in Milford, Mass. “When I first arrived in town, I was

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14 May 2020

Soldiering on in unity

While many of The Salvation Army’s residential programs have closed because of COVID–19, the “Umoja” initiative at the Cambridge, Mass., Corps remains open. Umoja, a Swahili word meaning unity, is

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14 May 2020

In a hot spot

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has called the Bay State “a national hot spot for COVID-19 infections.” Chelsea, a city just across the Mystic River from Boston, had the highest rate

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30 Apr 2020

Thinking outside the food box

The Lynn, Mass., Corps Community Center has delivered thousands of food boxes to a needy community during COVID-19, but Captain Helen Johnson saw another need. Johnson said her own three

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