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On the Scene

On the Scene, Summer 2013

Our stories are real stories, with names and details sometimes changed to protect identities.

Read the latest of our quarterly On the Scene newsletters to find out more about:

  • People whose lives have been changed with the help of The Salvation Army. Our stories are real stories. You will understand that for confidentiality reasons we often need to change names and a few other details that might identify a person
  • Latest Salvation Army news
  • Information and statistics on social issues
  • Helpful tips and advice for readers

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  • Autumn 2014 edition (564KB)
    • Fire-fighter brothers Jono and Tim, supported by Majors Ian and Kerry Spall, work to rebuild their lives after losing their home in the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires.
    • Long time philanthropists, migrants Henry and Jenny Ngai demonstrate incredible generosity in the wake of the Blue Mountains bushfires.
    • Survivors of cyclones Larry and Yasi, Linda and Victor demonstrate resilience and give back to their community in Innisfail, Qld.
    • The Salvation Army's Indigenous Community House gives young indigenous Australians the chance to "blossom" in a family environment, while remaining actively engaged in their culture.

    Previous editions

    • Summer 2013 edition (565KB)
      • Once a recipient of Salvos support herself, community welfare worker Rosemary Campbell takes great pleasure in organising Christmas for people struggling in the community
      • Dennis Wyndham began volunteering for Aged Care Plus after retiring, making a huge difference in people's lives
      • Nicole, a single mother, suffered from chronic dental and medical problems until she sought life-changing relief from The Salvation Army's Emergency Relief Program
      • Despite her young age, Leah Robinson was determined to become a foster carer, and with her family's support, offers long and short term care to children
    • Summer 2013 Special Bushfire Report (296kb)
      • When the October bushfires devastated New South Wales, The Salvation Army Emergency Service teams provided meals and comfort to affected residents and emergency service personnel. A Relief Support Centre has been set up in the lower Blue Mountains to assess the long and short-term needs of affected residents, including counselling and financial assistance.
    • Spring 2013 edition (1042KB)
      • Salvation Army Youthlink Café Horizons provides work experience and accredited vocational
        training to at-risk young people
      • New Zealand-born singer, Stan Walker throws his support behind the 2013 Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
      • While Salvation Army volunteer Carol has faced almost unimaginable loss over the years, she says she feels deeply privileged to be able to help others
      • The Salvation Army celebrates the fifth anniversary of its trafficking safe house service
    • Winter 2013 edition (450KB)
      • Major Hilton Harmer takes friendship and food to Sydney's inner-city boarding houses each week.
      • An innovative holistic welfare model known as "Doorways" has been developed by The Salvation Army to help long-term clients break free from welfare dependency.
      • The Centennial Lodge homelessness crisis centre in Cairns holds monthly breakfasts parties for children living at the centre with their mothers.
      • A few years ago, 24 year-old Bee was homeless. Now she is presenting and running youth homelessness workshops for students including those at risk of homelessness.
    • Autumn 2013 edition (560KB)
      • Salvos Alona and Karen moved to a low socio-economic area to support and provide practical assistance to those in need.
      • The Salvation Army, in partnership with Sony Foundation Australia, has launched a new youth and community centre to serve as a community meeting place in flood-affected Goodna.
      • Nine recovery services residents cycled 1000km around NSW teaching students about the dangers of addiction.
      • Homeless for 12 years, the completion of a barista course run by Salvos has given Barry the confidence to manage the café at one of our community centres.
    • Summer 2012 edition (537KB)
      • Originally coming to the Salvos for help with budgeting and life skills, single mum Hailey is now managing the Salvos Family Store.
      • James Cameron has been named Lake Macquarie Youth Worker of the Year for his work running the Salvos' mobile training centre.
      • Music therapy is helping support children with autism, multiple disabilities and behavioural issues.
      • The Oasis chapalincy program is shining light into the darkness for many of Sydney's homeless.
    • Spring 2012 edition (451KB)
      • While battling cancer and financial troubles, Jennifer and her husband Len began parenting their grandchildren full-time, finding ongoing care and support at the Salvos.
      • The Salvos in Lake Macquarie have opened a café with all profits going back to the Salvos' work in the community.
      • As a farmer's son, Mark experienced the disastrous effects of drought. He is now a rural chaplain with the Salvos and provides support to farming communities.
      • Many pensioners are seeking charity for the first time in their lives to help cope with the increasing cost of living.
    • Winter 2012 edition (615KB)
      • Once helped by the Salvos, Rebecca is now teaching disadvantaged youth at one of our centres
      • Love's triumph over tragedy - John and Charlotte found love following devastation in the Queensland floods
      • Driven by hope - Brock, a Salvo from Brisbane, has been fixing up old cars to give to families in need
      • Music has helped homeless men reconnect with the community and build their confidence
    • Autumn 2012 edition (519KB)
      • A program in Queensland is providing school based suppport and work experience for young people with mild disabilities
      • The Salvos have established three new financial counselling centres in flood-hit areas in Queensland
      • A new innovative aged care centre in Brisbane is also home to five pet goats
      • Manly Street Pastors are helping curb alcohol-related violence on Saturday nights
    • Summer 2011 edition (2.1MB)
      • Minh unexpectedly became homeless and almost took his own life before turning to the Salvos for help
      • The Salvation Army has produced a new DVD, Still Standing, to help people impacted by natural disasters
      • An apprenticeship at a Salvation Army's plant nursery has given Damien confidence, skills and enthusiasm for the future
      • Doug and Ruby Smith, ages 62 and 72, run kids clubs, school breakfast clubs, a drop-in centre and welfare services in their local community
    • Spring 2011 edition (580kb)
      • Gary Raymond has helped save the lives of others through suicide prevention
      • Six months after disaster devastated Queensland, The Salvation Army has released a report documenting its relief efforts
      • Our rural chaplains are helping rebuild farming properties affected by the Queensland floods
      • Cooking classes are teaching rehabilitation participants how to eat cheaply and healthily
    • Winter 2011 edition (997kb)
      • Salvos support farming communities devastated by the Queensland floods
      • Free dental service - with the rising cost of living, many people are unable to afford dental treatments
      • Three men who were helped by the Salvos give back by volunteering with Queensland flood relief effort
      • Champions arise - Bee and Asher were helped by Oasis and now aim to educate the wider public on issues of youth homelessness
    • Winter 2011 Special Report (294kb)
      • Queensland flood relief - an outline of flood relief initiatives, including disaster relief and trauma counsellors
      • Christchurch earthquake and Japan crisis response
    • Autumn 2011 edition (719kb)
      • Flood Crisis - Salvos help those affected by the floods providing food, water and much needed moral support
      • Food4Life - providing affordable fresh food to forgotten communities
      • A remarkable journey - The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service reunited Alan with his birth mother
      • Circle of love - Stacey received life-changing support from a mentor through her turbulent teenage years
    • Summer 2010 edition (451kb)
      • Soul Sisters - Choir leader Gale Lamont says lives are being changed through the ministry of the Selah Soul Sisters
      • Disaster update - the latest on how The Salvation Army is helping in New Zealand and Pakistan
      • Expanding the 'heart of the outback - flood response from The Salvation Army Outback Flying Service plane
      • Gift of encouragement - an inspirational story of a brave woman dealing with the reality of breast cancer diagnosis
    • Spring 2010 edition (944kb)
      • Help when a whole town hurts - the devastation of floods hits fishing communities
      • Salvation Army couple honoured - Robbin and Paul Moulds awarded Order of Australia (AM)
      • Creating healthy communities for all children - The Salvation Army 'filling in the gaps'
      • Love from pain - a couple's story of how they were brought together at The Salvation Army
    • Winter 2010 edition (638kb)
      • Marked increase in homeless families
      • Celebrating the 'Sallyman' on a pilgrimage to walk the Kokoda Track
      • Elderly and Alone – caring for the vulnerable
      • Positive Lifestyle Program changing lives
    • Autumn 2010 edition (392kb)
      • Unbearable pain, unimaginable joy - a mother and daughter reunited after civil war
      • Living justice - Salvos establish legal service
      • Anger management in schools
      • Painting a brighter future
    • Summer 2009 edition (1,022kb)
      • 'Flying Santa' brings joy in the outback
      • Ron Wilson speaks of The Salvation Army's help after Cyclone Tracy in 1974
      • Sight on the streets - providing eye care to the homeless
      • Feeding beyond food in Wollongong
    • Summer 2009 Special Report (413kb)
      • Disaster response - Queensland fires, Kokoda flight tragedy, devastation in the Asia-Pacific region, emergency response in Taiwan and Victoria bushfire update
    • Spring 2009 edition (681kb)
      • A house of hope
      • Caring for men in our community - blokes, tools and mateship
      • True meaning of beauty
    • Winter 2009 edition (660kb)
      • Life-changing work of The Salvation Army First Floor Restoration Program
      • Equipping Indigenous job seekers
      • On the coalface of Rural Chaplaincy
      • Salvos bringing a message of hope in times of financial crisis
    • Winter 2009 Special Report (359kb)
      • Life after the Victorian bushfires - the Whittlesea story
      • Storm victims join forces to help others
      • Rebuilding lives after flood waters recede
    • February 2009 Special Report (761kb)
      • Victoria ablaze - caring at the coalface
      • Queensland awash
    • Autumn 2009 edition (517kb)
      • 'Hope for Life' - The Salvation Army's national suicide prevention and bereavement initiative
      • Anniversary of refuge for trafficked women
      • New garden brings new life
      • Providing a 'family' in Byron Bay
    • Summer 2008 edition (366kb)
      • Braver, Stronger, Wiser - Salvos' Christmas gift to remote Australians
      • Red Frog Crew - Supporting Schoolies
      • New program equipping Indigenous men and women to gain employment in the mining industry
      • Christmas care shines bright in darkest times
    • Spring 2008 edition (916kb)
      • A generation of hope for a troubled community
      • Dream Flight - Children enjoy a special day away from their struggles
      • Lives of destruction now filled with direction
      • Food for Thought - providing a hand up, not a hand out
    • Winter 2008 edition (537kb)
      • Connecting with technology - reaching troubled youth with mobile technology outreach bus
      • Fighting youth homelessness - the Salvos respond to findings of the National Youth Commission Inquiry
      • From "hell to hope" - education transforming young lives
      • Faith into action - how two people's sacrifice helped transform a community
      • Families facing homelessness - interest rate rises put pressure on families
      • Flood response continues - need still great months after floods in Queenslan
    • Autumn 2008 edition (512kb)
      • Responding to suicide devestation - a new suicide prevention and bereavment support service
      • Bringing hope for life - two new courses to assist with suicide prevention
      • 100 years of suicide prevention - continuing a legacy of work
      • More support for rural communities - The Salvation Army increase its response to drought-affected families
      • A door and a bridge to recovery - Peter never expected he would need the Salvos one day
    • Summer 2007 edition (589kb)
      • Bringing Christmas spirit to inner-city streets - ministering to the homeless
      • Bringing Christmas joy to the bush - music, sausage sizzles and gifts for locals
      • Behind the scenes of this year's Christmas Appeal - Petra's struggle for survival
      • Daring to dream - bringing hope to Indigenous youth in Moree
      • From city squats to red carpet - ensuring street kids' pasts don't determine their futures
    • Spring 2007 edition (694kb)
      • NSW storm and flood response - assisting those impacted by the disaster
      • Thredbo disaster - Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Thredbo landslide
      • Community barbecue lifts spirits following the NSW storms and floods
      • Legacy of Salvation Army member lives on through the Tom Quinn Community Centre in Bundaberg
    • Spring 2007 Special Report on Aged Care Building Program (413kb)
      • The Salvation Army Aged Care announce a $300 million redevelopment
      • Existing Aged Care Plus facilities and proposed redevelopments
    • Winter 2007 edition (520kb)
      • A bright and shiny future - The true story of Neill from our Red Shield Appeal ads
      • Remembering Australia's worst train disaster - 30 years after Granville
      • Beating the streets - 'Drumming' up self-esteem with Brisbane youth
      • New pathways - A new vocational training centre for homeless youth in Sydney
      • Experience of a lifetime - Joel was about to be expelled from school, but after Salvation Army camp he returned with a completely different attitude
    • Autumn 2007 edition (552kb)
      • In hot demand - Salvation Army teams respond to bushfire emergencies
      • 'We're all in this together' - The Red Shield Appeal has a new theme
      • Heartbreak in Paradise - Meeting the needs of refugees in Auburn
      • 'When hope dries up' - Our rural chaplains report on a startling trend emerging in some drought-affected areas
    • Autumn 2007 Special Report on Tsunami Rebuilding (515kb)
      • Progress report - two years after the tragedy
      • Babu's story - Babu is providing for his family again
    • Summer 2006/07 edition (631kb)
      • A bright new start - Toby's change from an angry young boy into a top student
      • New Salvo plane - A generous gift aids our Outback Flying Service
      • The StreetNet bus - Technology linking the homeless to loved ones at Christmas
      • Starting to heal - Serious childhood abuse left Graeme hating school, but 40 years later he's back in the classroom and loving every minute
    • Spring 2006 edition (751kb)
      • Devastated fishing families - NSW drought creates crisis for fishers
      • A land of droughts and flooding rains - Cyclone Larry relief update
      • Socks, jocks and friendship - Valuing homeless men at Foster House, Sydney.
      • A lifetime bond - Thredbo survivor Stuart Diver tells how the Salvos helped in his time of need
    • Spring 2006 Special Report on International News (519kb)
      • Indonesian Earthquake update
      • Mumbai train bombing response
      • Salvation Army officially registered in Poland
    • Winter 2006 edition (513kb)
      • Children in crisis - The Beacon Youth Services, Townsville Faithworks
      • Port Arthur - 10 year anniversary
      • The hidden suffering - Domestic Violence on Sydney's North Shore
      • How to keep living - Two brothers share how they coped with losing their father in the Port Arthur tragedy
    • Autumn 2006 edition (555kb)
      • Feeding the hungry - Sydney Streetlevel Food Market
      • Help us keep our history alive!
      • Friendly faces on lonely days - Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre
      • From executive living to destitution - Pindari Women's Service, Brisbane
    • Autumn 2006 Special Report on Tsunami rebuilding (491kb)
      • A new home for Silvester's family