A Message from Our Divisional Leaders


Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

It’s an active hurricane season and we urge you to prepare for potential impacts of Tropical Storm Guillermo and Tropical Storm Hilda. Major Mark Gilden is leading our Emergency Disaster Services [EDS] response and is monitoring both storms and preparing to respond to those who might be affected. To support our emergency disaster relief fund, please click here. Remember that 100 percent of all donations to disaster relief will go to efforts to serve the communities that are impacted.

In addition, our Saipan Corps and EDS are working diligently to respond to those affected by Typhoon Soudelor in Saipan. Residents are still left in the dark without electricity, running water, and fuel is being rationed with priority given to government employees. Yesterday, President Barack Obama declared Saipan a disaster area and has ordered federal aid to help in the recovery of lost homes, damages, and rebuilding of the infrastructure. As of today, more than 500 people are in shelters.

Our Saipan Corps officers and volunteers are working diligently to respond to those in need with food assistance, but there is much more to be done. We have set up a giving page that will aid residents in Saipan in recovery. We can assure you that 100 percent of your donations will go to our EDC efforts in Saipan. DONATE HERE


Earlier this week, we had a bittersweet celebration for one of our dedicated employees in Hilo. Pauline Pavao, the leader of our Family Intervention Services, is retiring with a strong record of helping at-risk youth in Hawaii Island. We are so thankful for her hard work to help numerous youth live safe and healthy lives. Mahalo nui loa to Pauline for putting our mission in action on Hawaii Island and best wishes for a wonderful retirement.

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

One Comment on “A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

  1. We are in the Salvation Army on the Isle of Wight UK and we would be in a terrible state if we had to face what you do at this time. This message is to let you know that we are praying for your safe keeping. God will be, and is with you at this frightening time. Much love in Christ. G.P>

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