Northern Division celebrates two national awards
Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army’s Northern Division
Roseville, Minn. – The Salvation Army Northern Division has won two 2017 National Social Services awards. Salvation Army locations across the country compete for the awards given by our national office.
Program of the Year
The Harvest Hills program in the Twin Cities won Program of the Year. The program supplies eight units of permanent-supportive housing in Anoka County for previously-homeless families. The program serves a vulnerable population who struggle to afford rent and have at least one family member living with health issues.
Harvest Hills supplies each family with a beautiful three-bedroom duplex, while also providing caring, holistic support from a certified social worker who helps them reach their goals.
The program received a $5,000 prize to help support its mission.
Excellence in Service
Joanne Johnson Lee, who serves as service extension director for The Salvation Army in Minnesota and North Dakota, won for Excellence in Service. Outside of the Salvation Army Worship and Service Centers that exist in most big cities, staff and volunteers operate a rural network called The Salvation Army Service Extension Program.
“I could not be more pleased or proud of our dedicated staff who work tirelessly to support the people in our community,” said Terry Hildebrandt, Twin Cities Social Services Director. “It’s wonderful for them to be recognized on a national level.”
About The Salvation Army
Since 1886 the Twin Cities Salvation Army has been a safety net for thousands of people, providing food, housing, financial assistance and more, without discrimination. Each year we serve 187,000 people in the metro area, providing 1,300 hot meals daily and sheltering nearly 900 every night. The Salvation Army relies on 20,500 volunteers who give 160,000 hours of service annually. Please join The Salvation Army by volunteering or making a donation to support your local community.