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Mule Days Food Drive

Mule Days and Salvation Army teaming up to help those in need

March 22, 2016

The Bishop Mule Days Celebration is again teaming up with the Salvation Army in a food drive for local families in need.

The food drive will take place on Saturday, April 2, from 9am to 4pm in front of the Vons Super Market in Bishop. Look for the white Maverick horse trailer. Our goal this year is to fill the trailer with donated canned and dry foods!

For every $50 dollar donation, Mule Days will give a free Raffle Ticket to win the $6,500 two horse trailer and a general admission ticket to the Sunday, May 29th evening show when the winning ticket is draw.

Please come by and visit with the Mule Days crew and help the Salvation Army provide local needy families with meals.

cover photo by Gary Young

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Salvation Army Thrift Store Closing

The Salvation Army to Close Bishop Thrift Store

submitted by the Salvation Army

(January 8, 2016) BISHOP, CA:  The Salvation Army announced today that its thrift store in Bishop, CA will close effective Saturday, January 23.

The thrift store, located at 1180 N. Main Street in Bishop, has been operated by The Salvation Army Bishop Corps for several years.  Although local support of the store has been good, its has not been able to profit enough and the decision was made to close it.

“Making the decision to close this store was a difficult one,” said Lt. Cathie McCulley of The Salvation Army Bishop Corps.  “While the town of Bishop has been supportive of the store, it wasn’t enough to cover our overhead expenses.”

The Salvation Army has a long tradition of operating successful Thrift Stores throughout the country.  Each store, including the Bishop location, is operated to raise income for the social services and other programs The Salvation Army provides in the area.  If a Thrift Store operates without profit, it has the potential of effecting the local social service programs.

“Our main mission is to provide helpful services for those in need,” said Lt. McCulley. “Despite the thrift store closure, we remain committed to providing social service assistance, worship and fellowship offerings to the community of Bishop, and its surrounding area.”

The Salvation Army Bishop Corps, located at 621 W. Line Street, provides a variety of services to the Inyo County area, including assisting families and individuals in emergency situations with basic human needs such as emergency food, clothing, health services and shelter. Worship programs, a Sunday Community Breakfast, and emotional and spiritual counseling are also provided, as well as referrals to rehabilitation programs.  Seasonal assistance is offered through The Salvation Army during the holidays, providing meals, food boxes, coats and toys to families and individuals in need. The Salvation Army has a team of disaster response trained volunteers on stand-by, ready to deploy and assist with both local and regional disasters, including forest fires and large-scale accidents on Highway 395. In addition, The Salvation Army aims to eventually open an after-school program.

The thrift store space on Main Street had been leased by The Salvation Army.  In October, The Salvation Army announced that it was searching for a new building to purchase that would allow The Salvation Army to consolidate its worship, social services, and thrift store operations into one location. They are still working with local stakeholders to identify available options.

“Even though the thrift store is closing, its not necessarily a permanent closure,” said Lt. McCulley.  “If we are able to acquire a new building that can meet our space needs, we would revisit the idea of re-opening the store.”

Store will remain open through Saturday, January 23, pending available merchandise.  Donations will not be accepted after Wednesday, January 13. Daily shopping hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:30am to 5:00pm  (subject to change).

More information about the programs and services offered by the Salvation Army of Bishop can be found online at www.SalvationArmyBishop.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyBishop.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.  

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Salvation Army Places Building Project on Hold

Steep Increase in Project Costs Cited As Cause

Statement from the Salvation Army:

BISHOP, CA (October 27, 2015):  Due to increasing project costs exceeding available resources, The Salvation Army will put on hold plans to construct a new, permanent facility on Mac Iver Street in Bishop.  The Salvation Army met with key stakeholders yesterday, to review options to raise additional funds needed to fulfill the project budget, or to identify a suitable existing property for renovation to meet the needs for both corps and thrift store operations.

“The Salvation Army will continue to work with community leaders to determine the next steps toward finalizing this project,” said Lt. Col. Cindy Foley, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division.  “We’re hopeful the community can help us find a solution.”

The Salvation Army, which has served Inyo and Mono Counties since 1997, rents two locations in Bishop to operate its critical safety net services, worship programs, and thrift store operations.  The intent of the new facility was to alleviate the ongoing costs of leasing space, while providing an adequate space to meet the expanding needs of the community.

The Salvation Army provides a variety of services to the local community, including assisting families and individuals in emergency situations with basic human needs such as emergency food, clothing, health services and shelter. Volunteer job training, youth programs, marital and personal counseling are also provided, as well as referrals to rehabilitation programs.  Seasonal assistance is offered through The Salvation Army during the holidays, providing meals, food boxes, clothing and toys to families and individuals in need. The Salvation Army has a team of disaster response trained volunteers on stand-by, ready to deploy and assist with both local and regional disasters, including forest fires and large-scale accidents on Highway 395 (an example being the Round Fire earlier this year). And finally, The Salvation Army offers affordable goods through its Family Thrift Store, and sales from the thrift store help fund local programs.

Despite the delay of construction, The Salvation Army will continue operations in existing leased space on W. Line Street and N. Main Street.  All contributions toward the building capital campaign have been earmarked accordingly and are being held for when this project is ready to move forward.  No building capital campaign monies have been used to fund daily operations.
More information about the programs and services offered by the Salvation Army of Bishop can be found online at www.SalvationArmyBishop.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyBishop.

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Coats for Kids at Suddenlink

11th Annual Coats for Kids Drive

Join the KIBS/KBOV team this Friday, December 12th at Suddenlink for a live broadcast.  The not to be missed event will run from 10am to 12 noon this Friday.  Stop by and drop off a new or gently used coat.  All coats will be distributed to those in need.  The Salvation Army is once again handling the coat distribution.   When you make a donation you will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire, courtesy of Suddenlink (no purchase necessary).  The Chevy will be broadcasting live from 10am to noon at Suddenlink located at 201 east line street in Bishop.

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