The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Host Annual Lift & Love Tea

Women from Family Residence and Sally’s House enjoy three-course meal, tea and Zumba


No matter what your past has been, it does not dictate what your future holds. Only you and God know what your purpose is. Fight for that purpose.

This was the recurring theme at this year’s Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary “Lift & Love” Tea that took place on Tuesday, March 21st, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel.

Every year the Women’s Auxiliary invites women from The Salvation Army’s Family Residence – women and children’s homeless shelter, and Sally’s House – women’s emergency shelter and residential recovery program, to enjoy a three-course meal, hear inspirational words, and drink tea; of course.

Inspirational Words of Hope and Support

This year’s co-chairs were Kathy Goossen and Ginger Blanton. They welcomed more than fifty guests to the tea including members of the Women’s Auxiliary Executive Committee. The Chaplain for the Women’s Auxiliary, Sidney Faust, gave the devotional and was followed by remarks from the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, General Manager, Jacques Drovencourt, who has been a treasured supporter of The Salvation Army for many years.

After enjoying their meal, guests had the opportunity to hear Bridgett Tyler speak. Tyler spoke about the difficult times in her life, including a six-month stay at the Family Residence. She spoke about her journey and of not letting her past determine what the future has in store for her. Today she has been employed at a bank for over twenty years and she spoke proudly about the success of her two grown daughters. “Ladies, hope will get you through these trying times. I love you and I want you to know that just as I am on this stage sharing my story with you, you too will be on this stage sharing your story in the future.”

Zumba Time

To conclude the event, The Salvation Army Associate Area Commander, Major Melody Davis, and Family Residence’s Program Manager, Shirah Villegas, led a four-song Zumba session where guests wore their new headbands, Lift & Love t-shirts, and socks –gifts from the Women’s Auxiliary. Davis and Villegas also spoke about why they became certified Zumba instructors and the importance fitness has had in their lives.

Upcoming Events

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is a volunteer, educational and fundraising arm of The Salvation Army in the Greater Houston Area Command.

On April 18, they will host their annual major fundraiser Reflections on Style Luncheon and Fashion Show. The following day, the Chic Boutique Showroom opens to the general public, from April 19 to the 22nd, at 1111 Uptown Park Blvd. This four-day sales event consist of high-end clothing and accessories at an affordable price.

All proceeds from both events benefit The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s year-round programs and services.