Counseling and Financial Assistance Provided to Parkland Families

Broward County, FL – The Salvation Army has been providing financial assistance and grief counseling in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting,

The Salvation Army is one of the many federal, state, and local agencies stationed within the Family Assistance Center (FAC) ready to help. Majors Keath and Candice Biggers, Fort Lauderdale Area Commanders, reported to the center when it opened on, Saturday, February 17th, where 192 families impacted by the shooting sought assistance.

“To see so many families come to the FAC on its first day was heartbreaking,” said Major Keath Biggers, we feel blessed that we are able to help them, whether it be financially or by providing prayer and comfort.”

Major Robert Winters of Pasco County Corps, Major Holly Patterson of Bradenton Corps, Captain Enrique Azuaje, Miami Area Commander, and Major Marion Durham of Ocala Corps arrived Saturday evening and continued to provide assistance and counseling to those in need.  All officers are trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), a much needed resource to those grieving.

Throughout the week, the team was able to provide over $35,000 in financial assistance and gift cards to those affected.  The most common requests included reimbursement of lost wages, transportation costs, rent or mortgage assistance, as well as funeral support.

The FAC is scheduled to close on Friday, February 23rd, but The Salvation Army will continue to provide services and will continue to strategize with other service providers for longer term support needs.

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 ( 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.