Hometown Football Star Vince Young, WWE's Mark Henry, Visit Harvey Survivors

The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Family Residence provides a place of safety and healing for women and children. Many are escaping domestic violence, crime, and generational poverty. Others moved here to escape Hurricane Harvey. While the families work to put their lives back together, some special visitors offered an evening of respite. 

“I’m a Houstonian. I feel the pain,” said Vince Young about the impact of the storm on his hometown. Young is a free agent, who played six years in the National Football League and college football for the University of Texas.  He, along with friend Mark Henry, a professional wrestler with the WWE, stopped by the Family Residence where they laughed and joked with dozens of children.

“I grew up with nothing.  My mom did the best job she could to make sure we didn’t know we were poor.  I had a happy childhood and I don’t want these kids to know about the strife,” said Henry. “I want them to persevere and have a smile on their face and know that there are people that care about them.” 

Henry arm wrestled with the kids, who were amazed that they were winning at the game against a man who stands 6’4 and weighs 400 pounds. “I saw a lot of smiles today and it warmed my heart,” he said.

Family Residence staff member, Ruby Preston, said it was just what the parents and kids needed during this difficult time. “It really brought some cheer into their life,” said Preston.

Before they went home, Young offered this, “Stay strong. It’s going to take some time as we rebuild.  Know you are definitely in our prayers.  We love you. Whatever you may need, we are here.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Off-Road Vehicles Assist Disaster Relief Efforts

Corpus Christi, TX (September 6, 2017)   Just as the military has specialized equipment, The Salvation Army also has specialized equipment to help carry out our mission.  When regular vehicles cannot complete the task, The Salvation Army’s special equipment provides a way to carry out disaster relief services in areas hardest hit by mother nature.

While serving the Coastal Bend area, The Salvation Army found areas where access was very limited and there was a need for hot meals.   Since standard vehicles such as our catering trucks and canteens (mobile feeding units) were unable to reach many who were cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, one of the pieces of our specialized equipment, a Polaris Ranger, was put into action to help deliver hot meals, snacks, water, share information and offer prayer.

The crew of the Ranger consisted of one driver and an Emotional and Spiritual Care Specialist.   The crew found they were often welcome due to The Salvation Army’s shield on the Polaris which opened “doors” even when “doors” were no longer attached.  While serving some of the residents in the area, the crew offered a cold bottle of water and a listening ear, sometimes all that was needed.    The Polaris provided access and a means of delivering resources that otherwise would not have been possible.

Major Claranne Meitrott, the ESC Specialist riding along on the Polaris, shared “I met people, expressing more concern regarding their neighbors’ loss than with their own, they would say, please check on…” With their permission, while offering prayer on their behalf, some prayed for her!

The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.  During emergency disaster response, Salvation Army personnel will do all they can and use every resource available to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by devastating storms.

Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane Harvey”) mails to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

Florida Disaster Services Team Returns Home in Advance of Hurricane Irma

Houston, Texas (September 5, 2017) – A morning routine at the parking lot adjacent to The Salvation Army Northwest Corps Community Center on Windfern Street has developed over the past week. Salvation Army mobile feeding units from Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas assemble each day in preparation for their role in providing relief to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. This morning the routine was disrupted when instead of stocking up with cases of water, food, snacks, and cleanup kits to head out to Houston neighborhoods, eight of the mobile feeding units headed back to Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma making landfall.

Property Manager Mike Lariviere and two volunteers from The Salvation Army Ocala left for Houston on August 29, finding blocked roads that caused them to take an alternate route 200 miles north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, despite their plans to join a canteen convoy heading to Houston from Pensacola. They eventually rolled into Houston late Thursday night and were at work the following morning, providing food and water via their mobile feeding unit, also known as “Canteens.”

“I’ve been on disasters at home, with two or three canteens,” said Mike, “but to pull in each morning and see up to 40 canteens lining up was overwhelming.”

Jumping on board the Ocala canteen, was a Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care volunteer. Stocked and ready to roll, Mike and the Ocala canteen headed to a Houston apartment complex that was flooded with water up to the second story. “It was great to see the residents’ reaction as we pulled up,” said Lariviere. After two days in that community, the Ocala canteen was sent to the Spring Branch ISD’s Darrell Tully Stadium following a call from a former Salvation Army advisory board member. “It was a staging area for first responders, many were former military, and they needed to be fed and comforted,” said Lariviere.

By the weekend, the media was reporting on the next building storm in the Atlantic– Hurricane Irma. The Ocala canteen team started getting calls from home and spent their limited down time “glued to the Weather Channel.” While it may seem too early to know for sure to what extent Hurricane Irma will impact Florida, The Salvation Army isn’t taking any chances. The Ocala canteen team got the word from Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services that they would be heading back to Florida today, meeting the convoy in Pensacola for their final orders by nightfall.

“It hurts to leave Houston because there is so much that is needed and so much we still don’t know about what will happen with Irma. And it could be a lot more than just Florida impacted,” said Lariviere.

The morning routine continues even as Florida operations are in full force. More than 20 mobile feeding units and teams now head out from downtown Houston each morning to meet essential needs in the Greater Houston Area.

Major Melody Davis, Associate Area Commander in Houston, encouraged them on their departure, “Florida needs you just like we did. With God before us, behind us, and beside us, The Salvation Army will continue to comfort and heal those in need.”

Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane 2017”) mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.

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Celebrity Magician David Blaine stopped by one of the Houston shelters to give a little cheer to Harvey survivors and take their minds off the situation, even if for a brief moment. Pictured to Blaine’s left are Tim Read, Sr., Mike Lariviere, and Renee Moore from The Salvation Army Ocala, Florida, now on their way home to Florida.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Harvey Update for Houston for Wednesday

Houston, Texas (September 6, 2017) – As the week began, assets and personnel from Florida serving in Houston were moved to Florida in preparation of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall later this week. In addition, the Incident Management Team (IMT) coordinating recovery efforts in Greater Houston moved its base of operations to The Salvation Army Area Command, 1500 Austin Street. The move, which involves more than 120 workers and 35 emergency disaster services vehicles, is a strategy to provide for a more central city location and greater operational efficiency.

Workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the affected area. Twenty (20) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to cleanup kits and other supplies.

The following Salvation Army locations continue to provide emergency shelter to families and individuals who have evacuated their homes:

  • Sally’s House: 1717 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • Family Residence: 1603 McGowen St, Houston, TX 77004

In the Greater Houston Area, The Salvation Army has provided:

Meals

  • 118,024 meals
  • 63,129 snacks
  • 85,420 drinks

Emotional & Spiritual Care

  • 4,576 spiritual care contacts

Donations Management and Distribution

  • 3,181 comfort/hygiene kits (per kit)
  • 1,648 infant supplies
  • 590 blankets
  • 1,094 cleanup kits
  • 2,160 clothing
  • 1,773 food boxes
  • 4,871 cases of water

Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane Harvey”) mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301

For more information about The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s efforts regarding Hurricane Harvey, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyHouston.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Giving Back and Doing Good in Victoria, Texas

Victoria, Texas (September 6, 2017) – Nine years ago, nine women gathered in friendship around a kitchen table. Conversation over coffee and sweet tea soon opened doors to dreams that would impact people far and wide for years to follow.

In the city of Granbury, Texas, there may not be a Salvation Army corps, but what Granbury does have is a group of ladies with Texas-sized ambition to pour their heart and soul into building their community of neighbors who live, work, play, and worship together.

The Salvation Army’s most treasured resource is the people who share its vision and values, and partner with them in their passion of Doing the Most Good. So, with the backing, support, and approval of The Salvation Army of Texas, and working closely with the local Salvation Army Service Unit, this group of dedicated ladies established the Women’s Service League of Hood County (WSL).

“Once I saw the good work the organization was doing for our community, there was no way I was not going to join,” says Sharon Grinstaff, current president of the organization.

It’s now nine years later and the group of coffee conversationalists has grown in number to more than 100. And as Hurricane Harvey prepared to slam the Texas coast flooding homes and destroying businesses, The Salvation Army called for trained and experienced volunteers to aid in the anticipated disaster relief. Without hesitation, three enthusiastic women from the WSL headed to the Texas Coast with Grinstaff at the lead. They traveled in their newly purchased, top of the line, and completely furnished Ford 450 Salvation Army Rapid Response Unit, affectionately called an RRU. A small character doll of Wonder Woman hung from the rear view mirror – an appropriate mascot for their journey ahead.

Together with private donations, fundraisers, and help from The Salvation Army, the WSL was able to purchase the emergency disaster RRU to expand their desire to help people in need in Granbury and beyond.

Joining Grinstaff on the RRU serving in Victoria, Texas are Carol McKernan, and Laura Viscelli. “At some time, we all need help or support,” says McKernan. “And to be in a position to do this – to give back and do good – it’s a wonderful feeling.”

When it comes to conveying the core fabric of The Salvation Army and all it represents, the ladies of the Women’s League of Hood County stand taller than Texas. Wonder woman would be proud.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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"Thank you. This is a God-send"

Beaumont, Texas (September 6, 2017) – “This is so wonderful, but I can only drink my meals,” Sherry said as the volunteers loaded her car with boxes of food and cases of water.

A life-long resident of Beaumont, Texas, Sherry waited in line for more than an hour as staff and volunteers manically filled the cars of Harvey survivors in front of hers. When it was her turn, she quietly and politely told the hot and tired volunteers that what she really needed was meal-placement drinks.

“I’ve been through plenty of storms in my 79 years, but never anything like this. This is just awful.”  Sherry had been trapped in her home by high-water for three days. When she was able to get out of her neighborhood, the stores – the ones that were open – didn’t have what she needed. “When I heard about you-all’s distribution, I knew I had to try.”

When her car pulled through the line, the volunteers placed her off to the side and called over Major Amy Edmonds.  Major Edmonds, currently stationed in Louisville Kentucky with The Salvation Army, came to Beaumont as part of the Emotional & Spiritual Care team for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey response in Texas’ Golden Triangle.

Major Edmonds spoke with Sherry to determine the need and the best way to meet it. With a better understanding of what Sherry’s condition required, Major Edmonds quickly found a solution among the donations, thanks to the committed volunteers who had spent hours sorting donations into different categories and neatly stacking them.

“Thank you! This is a God-send,” Sherry said with as much animation as she’d yet shown. Of course, she is correct.   It is because of the love of God and through His strength that The Salvation Army can respond to events like Harvey – giving hope with food…or food replacements.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Coach – We Want to Help!

Corpus Christi, TX (September 5, 2017) – Salvation Army volunteers are known as the ‘Army behind the Army’ in locations all around the world. They mobilize and move forward, mentoring at-risk children, feeding community members, providing hope to people in the most need. When large scale disasters strike, The Salvation Army works very quickly to provide emergency disaster services with the help of our Army of volunteers. This week in Corpus Christi, Texas, a group of young volunteers were ready to roll up their sleeves and help any way they could.

Coach Stephanie Street (Coach) is the Cross Country and Girls Soccer Coach for Ray High School in Corpus Christi. They have a history of helping The Salvation Army; during a water crisis last winter, Coach and several students helped The Salvation Army distribute water to residents. When the students heard about Hurricane Harvey’s imminent arrival to the Corpus Christi area, they asked Coach what could they do to help The Salvation Army. Coach’s advice – “Stay safe and we will find out what we can do afterward.”

Coach reached out to The Salvation Army and learned that there was a need to clean and prepare a warehouse identified to store supplies such as food and water as well as the canteens (mobile feeding units). Immediately Coach, along with other athletics staff, student athletes, friends and family members, went into action to clean the warehouse. They worked all day to ready the warehouse for the arrival of supplies the next day.  Over the Labor Day weekend additional help was needed to unload a truckload of water and again the students were ready to support.

“I saw a nightmare become a dream in a matter of hours. At first, I didn’t think there was any way the space would be usable,” said Lieutenant Nicolas Arroqui, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army of Fayetteville, Arkansas. “Then I saw different teams come together for one purpose: the community.  You could see in their smiles that they were loving every second! And we love them for the selfless hearts and the joy they shared.”  

“Coach has a heart of gold.  She loves her students, her friends and her community like no one else,” said Arroqui. “She gives everything of herself to serve others. Working along-side Coach Street has not only energized me, it has energized our entire Incident Management team.”

Since that first day, Coach Street has volunteered daily at the warehouse and has struck up a wonderful friendship with Lt. Arroqui and other team members.

“I wanted to help The Salvation Army help others and bring our community back together,” said Coach Street. “When the Ray High School community showed up to support The Salvation Army as well, it demonstrated that we are all in this together.” 

Thanks to Coach Street, and others from Ray High School, The Salvation Army can serve the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Coastal Bend more efficiently and effectively.

Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane Harvey”) mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army of the Carolinas Closely Monitoring Hurricane Irma

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 5, 2017) –The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is closely monitoring weather conditions as Hurricane Storm Irma moves closer toward the United States. Initial preparations are being made for response across North and South Carolina. In a disaster, The Salvation Army coordinates with community agencies and emergency management to strategically provide meals, drinks, and spiritual and emotional care to first responders and disaster survivors.

 “We have alerted all Salvation Army locations to closely monitor the storm and to be ready for localized response in their service area,” said Mike Patterson, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina. “We pray that our preparations will not be necessary, but we are ready when called by our emergency management partners.”

During times of disaster, The Salvation Army of the Carolinas has 20 mobile feeding units ready for disaster response.

The Salvation Army encourages all residents in potentially vulnerable areas to review personal safety plans, become familiar local evacuation zones in coastal counties and locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes. Information is available at www.scemd.org and www.readync.org. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Continues to Serve through Labor Day Weekend

Houston, Texas (September 5, 2017) – As the efforts of The Salvation Army in the Greater Houston Area have shifted to recovery and the Incident Command (IC) moves to downtown Houston following the Labor Day weekend, The Salvation Army continues to provide shelter and staff mobile feeding units throughout the Greater Houston Area. Workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the affected area.

Twenty-two (22) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to cleaning kits and other supplies.

The following Salvation Army locations continue to provide emergency shelter to families and individuals who have evacuated their homes:

  • Sally’s House: 1717 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • Family Residence: 1603 McGowen St, Houston, TX 77004

In the Greater Houston Area, The Salvation Army has provided:

  • Meals
    • 102,131 meals
    • 51,626 snacks
    • 70,887 drinks
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care
    • 3,781 spiritual care contacts
  • Donations Management and Distribution
    • 1,432 comfort/hygiene kits (per kit)
    • 1,302 infant supplies
    • 582 blankets
    • 2,104 clothing
    • 1,600 food boxes

Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane Harvey”) mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301

For more information about The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s efforts regarding Hurricane Harvey, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyHouston.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Deployed To Houston For Hurricane Harvey Relief

Louisville, Kentucky — “Others” has been the rallying cry and focal point for The Salvation Army since its inception more than 150 years ago…and never is it better displayed than in times of disaster.

Specialized equipment and trained personnel from across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee mustered in Memphis to travel together into the relief effort after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread destruction and historic flooding.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of serving in disasters, from localized tornadoes or flooding to long-term responses after 9/11 and Katrina.  We have always been where the need is, and there is clearly a need from Harvey’s devastation,” said Major Jim Arrowood, the Divisional Commander (leader) for the Kentucky/Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army.

Working closely with local, county, state, and federal officials, Salvation Army personnel ensure resources and services are focused where needed most.   Pulling from a network of strategically placed equipment and a host of trained responders, The Salvation Army is able to respond effectively and efficiently in times of disaster. 

Even as the canteens and personnel were on the road toward Texas, we weren’t certain of their exact destination.   “The situation is changing literally hour-by-hour; water recedes in one area while still rising in another,” said Bo Sells, the Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky and Tennessee.    Weaving through the state — around road closures and through security – the much-needed resources arrived in Houston; already at work serving survivors in the northeastern part of the city.

Representatives from Salvation Army commands in both Kentucky and Tennessee made up this initial contingent:  Kentucky—Madisonville (1), Henderson (1), Frankfort (1), Danville (1), Paducah (1), and Ashland (1); Tennessee –Memphis (2), Jackson (1), Nashville (2), Murfreesboro (1), Chattanooga (2), and Bristol (1).   This group of trained staff accompanied and manned equipment from:  Frankfort, KY; Danville, KY; Hazard, KY; Clarksville, TN; Memphis, TN; and Nashville, TN.

Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “Hurricane Harvey.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted. 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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