FULTON, NY – Fulton Rotarian Ray Czachor invited Majors Katherine and James Purvis from the Salvation of Oswego County to speak about the relaunch of the Salvation Army in Oswego County.
The Purvis are troubleshooters for the Salvation Army and are skilled at starting new programs and making changes in how the Army serves the needy population.
Under the new organization pattern, the Fulton location still provides 30-40 meals per day, 5 days a week while the Oswego location will hosts church services.
Major James stated they have three main programs currently in the works. “Bridging the Gap” which started in Springfield, Mass., teaches 12-17 year old first time offenders life skills with the goal of keeping them out of the criminal justice system.
Alcohol and drug prevention is also offered as a part of this service.
The program in Massachusetts has a 90% success rate.
The Salvation Army is partnering with the Huntington Learning Center to be able to offer tutoring to children in the areas of reading and math.
A Community Garden was also started in Oswego. This will be accomplished by partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Their goal is to make this a county-wide operation.
Because the majors serve all of Oswego County, barriers have been removed and they are able to provide many more programs and offer more services to the communities that are in need.
Major Katherine works out of Oswego and James is a self described “traveling man.”
Hours of operation in Fulton are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily.