Disaster Recovery

Sunday School for Survivors and Spiritual Care in Corpus Christi

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 23:21
Corpus Christi, Texas (September 24, 2017) - In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the residents of southeast Texas want so desperately to have life return to normal. However, the long and physically challenging process of cleaning and repairing damaged or destroyed homes takes a significant toll on the emotions and spirits of survivors. Laura McGrady and her seven children have received hot meals, a bed, cleaning supplies, and clothing [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Volunteer Gives Life-Saving Medical Assistance in Victoria, TX

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 19:05
Victoria, Texas (September 24, 2017) – Christy Stankee of Wheatland, Iowa, signed up for an Emergency Disaster Services training course with The Salvation Army almost on a whim. “I saw some information online about a class that was being offered near my home,” she said, “my husband encouraged me to check it out.” That was more than a year ago and Mrs. Stankee never anticipated where that decision would lead her. After [READ MORE]

From Midwest with Love

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 16:28
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2017) – Deb, William, Eve, Ray, Greg, Michele, and Arianna, along with their coworkers, are individuals who have never traveled to Collier County in Florida. In fact, up until two weeks ago, this community had never crossed their minds, yet their compassion, generosity, and warm thoughts will serve as a beacon hope for weeks to come. These individuals are employees of the Midwest Food Bank who packed 1,600 foods boxes that will be delivered [READ MORE]

Response, Relief, and Recovery in Collier County

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:59
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2017) – For the people of Collier County, what a difference two weeks makes. Today, puffy white clouds dot the baby blue sky and the 89-degree day is refreshingly cooled by a light breeze. Unfortunately, the day was not so pleasant fourteen days ago.  In fact, most Collier County residents had hunkered down, listening to the winds, rain, and storm surge of Hurricane Irma thrash their community and praying there would be something left when the storm [READ MORE]

Always There - Offering Hope and Help

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:30
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2017) – Long before Hurricane Irma ripped through her small, migrant community, a figurative hurricane ripped through Delia’s young life.  Six months ago, at the age of 14, her precious mother passed away and she is now being raised by her grandmother. “Of course, this is not what I want for Delia,” explained her grandmother, Valeria, “but such is life.  We make the best of it.  [READ MORE]

Midwest Food Bank Key Partner for The Salvation Army

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:27
Fort Myers (September 22, 2017) - The Salvation Army in Fort Myers has an ongoing partnership with Midwest Food Bank which has the ability to supply food on an ongoing basis. Midwest Food Bank has been an extraordinary partner as they’ve been able to provide a large number of food boxes that The Salvation Army will be distributing to families in affected areas. Currently, 720 boxes are staged and ready to go. Several more are in the pipeline and will [READ MORE]

Many Hands Make Light Work

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:20
Collaboration helps The Salvation Army and its partners Do The Most Good in the wake of Hurricane Irma Fort Myers, FL  – Bethany Quisenberry, Principal of Franklin Park Elementary School in Fort Myers, Florida stands in the school cafeteria abuzz with parents, children, and families enjoying a hot meal in the cool air conditioning and selecting non-perishable food items to take home.  “Having [READ MORE]

One Stop Shop Serves Fort Myers Hurricane Irma Survivors

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:46
ONE STOP SHOP SERVES FORT MYERS HURRICANE IRMA SURVIVORS U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s Staff Hosts Irma Recovery Assistance Centers

FORT MYERS, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s staff hosted a comprehensive recovery assistance center in Fort Myers on Thursday, September 21st to help residents affected by Hurricane [READ MORE]

Bonding, Blessings and Bracelets in Port Aransas, Texas

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:36
Port Aransas, Texas (September 21, 2017) - “When the hurricane hit there was no media here to let people know how badly we got hurt and how devastated our community was,” said 66-year-old Port Aransas resident, Bonnie Schmolbach. Bonnie and her husband were preparing to live out their retirement in Lorida, Florida. They had recently remodeled their Port Aransas home to sell and were just two weeks away from moving when [READ MORE]

Doing Good for Others - One Meal at a Time

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:36
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2017) – As a professional chef in luxury hotels for over 20 years, James Monahan is used to cooking with the finest ingredients for a clientele that enjoys the finer things in life.  Today, he may not be cooking in a luxury hotel with the finest ingredients but he is putting his professional skill set and compassionate heart to good use as a volunteer chef for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Irma relief effort in Collier County. [READ MORE]

From The Classroom To Field Service: The Salvation Army Cadets arrive in Houston

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:59
Houston, Texas - Only a few short weeks ago, a group of Salvation Army Cadets went about their normal routines at The Evangeline Booth College for Officer Training (EBC) in Atlanta, Georgia with little thought of severe weather, disaster recovery, or Texas.  Today, these same Cadets are serving on the front lines in the Houston Area Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.  While we all pray that Emergency [READ MORE]

Don't Know What We Are Going to Do, But I'm Glad We Have This Meal

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:14
Palatka, FL (September 21, 2017) - The first shooting star Jacob Wills ever saw was on the fifth night the power was out. Hurricane Irma plowed through his town days before, knocking down trees and ripping shingles off roofs. The night was a hot one, but the mosquitos were not out and it felt cooler outdoors. “Alex and I were outside looking at the stars and I started naming the constellations for him,” said [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army: Here to Serve

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:54
Disaster does not choose who it strikes. It affects the rich, the poor, the old, the young. Since Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida, The Salvation Army has served more than 18,000 meals to people in the northeast part of the state. But 18,000 is just a number; there is a story behind every meal. Perhaps it fed a first responder keeping communities safe during the storm. Or a storm survivor, digging through the ruins of their home. Or maybe it fed a person in a forgotten community [READ MORE]

Emotional and Spiritual Care: An Essential Need in Disaster Response

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:55
Victoria, Texas (September 20, 2017) - After a disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is immediately on the scene to provide food and shelter for first responders and survivors. In addition to the survivors immediate needs, the Army also focuses on the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of those impacted. Trained emotional and spiritual care staff and volunteers are often dispatched to work alongside The Salvation Army mobile feeding units as they minister in hurting [READ MORE]

MPOWERD and The Salvation Army Partner to Provide a Light in the Darkness

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:45
Corpus Christi, TX (September 20, 2017) Just as The Salvation Army prepared for the anticipated response which would be needed following landfall of Hurricane Harvey, other organizations and corporations prepared to help with relief efforts.  MPOWERD, along with its generous corporate partner Direct Energy, headquartered in Houston, donated thousands of Luci EMRG solar lights to be distributed in the hardest hit areas where power will take quite some time to restore. “Our [READ MORE]

In The Face of Utter Destruction, Faith Stands Tall in Texas

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:56
Victoria, Texas (September 20, 2017) - In the most rural outset of Victoria, Texas, George and Andrea Zdansky, 85 and 75 respectively, huddled together in their living room as Hurricane Harvey unleashed its fury, breaking tree limbs and claiming parts of the home for its own. During the storm, part of the roof over the living room flew off forcing the couple into the office until the chimney collapsed through the roof. Then they took refuge under the few stable [READ MORE]

Reaching the Unreachable - No One is Ever Forgotten

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 17:59
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2017) – When you still have critical needs more than a week after the storm has passed, when you feel like you're one of the last ones to have your power restored, and when you feel like the last one to be asked "how are you doing," you grow used to feeling forgotten. So, when you hear the sound of a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) making its way down your narrow street, which is partially hidden by tree [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Harvey Update Houston, Tuesday, Sept. 19

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:26
Houston, Texas (September 18, 2017) - Salvation Army workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Twenty-one (21) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to each serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to clean-up kits and other supplies. [READ MORE]


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