Dallas, TX (8/30/18) – One year after Hurricane Harvey devastated much of the Texas coastline, The Salvation Army continues to meet with individuals and families struggling to survive and working to put their lives back together.
Throughout affected areas Salvation Army case managers meet with those in need, setting achievable goals and plotting a course of recovery towards self-sufficiency. Storm survivors can receive financial assistance and referrals to partner agencies and other non-governmental organizations. Eight warehouses serving as points of distribution across the affected region have been opened and these facilities are actively receiving, sorting and distributing a wide range of donated items.
Special efforts have been made by The Salvation Army to reach into underserved areas affected by Harvey. One such community is the city of Cleveland, located in Liberty County, north of Houston. Pastor Christine Shippey, founder of Covenant with Christ International, connected with Misti Townsend, a Regional Recovery Program Manager for The Salvation Army, and was desperately seeking a way to help survivors after local funding ran out. Reverend Shippey had recently secured a warehouse and delivery vans at the same time as The Salvation Army was seeking a location and a network to store and distribute goods to rural counties. “A wonderful partnership has developed between The Salvation Army and Covenant with Christ International under the guidance of Reverend Shippey,” said Townsend. “We are now able to deliver much needed supplies that can be distributed to those working so hard to put their lives back together in small, rural communities in this area.”
The Salvation Army represents a beacon of hope to many during times of disaster and crisis in their lives. In 1900 The Salvation Army National Commander, Frederick Booth-Tucker, requested that officers (pastors of The Salvation Army) from across the country go to Galveston, Texas, to help feed and shelter thousands of survivors after a major hurricane. This was the first organized disaster response effort by The Salvation Army.
Since then, The Salvation Army has responded to numerous natural disasters, transportation accidents, civil unrest situations and terrorist attacks. By providing beverages, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations.
The Salvation Army is proud of its excellent reputation and history of helping those in need. Our mobile kitchens were the first and only source of help and meals that many Harvey survivors had seen, even several days after the storm. Disaster staff and volunteers walked through devastated neighborhoods in Houston and other cities hand-delivering cleanup kits and drinks to residents working to clean out their flooded homes. Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care teams visited communities with the specific goal to speak with, listen to, and pray with storm survivors.
Motivated by the love of God and with a mission to meet human need, The Salvation army provides service in every zip code in Texas and is committed to stand by its brand promise “Doing the Most Good” as individuals and families work and hope to get life back to normal, one year after Hurricane Harvey.
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.