There are many ways you can make a difference.
The Salvation Army has several ways you can help.

On behalf of all those served by The Salvation Army, we thank you.

Herman L. Kriegshauser

It was 1979, when I was 47, that I was asked to serve on The Salvation Army Midland Division Advisory Board (TSA) by four of its board members who were also fellow members at the St. Louis Downtown Kiwanis Club. My first assignments was to serve on the committee overseeing the 54 bed Family Haven shelter for homeless women and their children, then located at 3744 Lindell Blvd. I served there as Committee Chairman three times. In recent years, the shelter was moved to West Page Blvd. and expanded to 74 beds. 

In this capacity I became aware of the many social problems faced by women and their children in adjusting to life in the modern society.  Many of these women had left high school before graduating and had children where the fathers were no longer present.  There I saw the TSA staff work with these women to help them obtain their GED, find housing and seek employment.  TSA has been a great support in changing the lives of many of these families.

Then, after the “Great Flood of 1993,” I became Chairman of the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) committee.  I spent time in Valmeyer, IL working with college students who had volunteered during their fall break to come to St. Louis to help the survivors of the flood. Since then, I have worked with our EDS Directors to see that we were prepared to meet the possible disasters that our division could face.

Now some 32 years later, I am extremely pleased to have had this opportunity to serve my fellow men, women and children in their time of need through my role as a member of the TSA Advisory Board.  I have met many dedicated men and women who also serve on TSA Advisory Board.  They have become life long friends and continue to provide me with the support. I know that what we do is well worth it. It has been a wonderful experience for me which I plan to continue in the future. Anyone who has the opportunity to serve on the TSA Advisory Board should not hesitate to do so, as they will be rewarded knowing they are helping in “DOING THE MOST GOOD.”