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Team Rubicon and The Salvation Army Partner to Continue Rebuilding After Irma

Team Rubicon and The Salvation Army Announce Partnership to Rebuild Homes and Lives in Collier County

The organizations will work together to rebuild 30 homes damaged by Hurricane Irma

Naples, FL (September 19, 2018)  Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, and The Salvation Army officially kicked off their partnership to help rebuild lives and homes that were impacted by Hurricane Irma. Over the next year, as part of Team Rubicon’s South Florida Rebuild Program, the two organizations will work together to identify and rebuild 30 homes damaged by Hurricane Irma in Collier County, Florida.

For its piece of the partnership, The Salvation Army will identify homes that meet established criteria for assistance as well as handle client services and case management. Team Rubicon, led by the military veterans of Cohort 8 of their Clay Hunt Fellows Program, will manage the construction and rebuild of these 30 homes.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of providing disaster relief and recovery around the world,” says Ashley Jones, Director of Social Services and Disaster Recovery for The Salvation Army. “Although it has now been one year since Hurricane Irma impacted Collier County, so many of our residents continue to rebuild. We are proud to partner with Team Rubicon in an effort to make sure all those in the community who need help receive it.”

In March 2018, Team Rubicon launched its home rebuild pilot program in Houston, Texas to support long-term recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This South Florida Home Rebuild Program will be built on the success and lessons learned from the Houston pilot.

“Team Rubicon is excited to launch this Home Rebuild Program in South Florida and for the opportunity to help get families impacted by Hurricane Irma back to a sense of pre-storm normalcy,” said David Venables, Deputy Director of Rebuild at Team Rubicon. “It’s a privilege to partner with The Salvation Army on this project. This organization brings deep community ties, resources and know-how that will help us rebuild homes and lives in South Florida.”

The launch of this program in South Florida marks a return to Collier County for Team Rubicon. Soon after Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm, Team Rubicon launched a response operation to provide immediate disaster relief. Now, the organization is returning to Collier County to address on-going, long-term recovery needs in impacted communities.

Team Rubicon boasts an 80,000-strong, highly-skilled volunteer force that helps communities stabilize and recover after a disaster. Since its 2010 inception, Team Rubicon has responded to over 285 disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.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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The Salvation Army A Shelter in the Storm for SC Community

CONWAY, SC (September 19, 2018) – A line of U-Haul trucks snaked their way into the little residential community called Rosewood, S.C., joining the other U-hauls already backed into numerous driveways along the cozy winding streets. Rosewood’s residents saw what rising flood waters did to their homes during Hurricane Matthew two years ago, and were taking preemptive action against the same rising rivers due to Hurricane Florence.

Adult residents rallied the youth into bands that roamed the neighborhoods giving an abundance of helping hands to friends and neighbors moving furniture and valuables into their rented U-Haul trucks. All the while­, a Salvation Army canteen was parked in the midst of the buzz of neighborhood activity handing out water and hot meals to those working to save what they could of their community life.

“My bishop told me you guys were here and I came running,” says one of the residents who asked to remain un-named. “We have a family of six and we need these meals.”

Her family lost everything during Hurricane Matthew. Two years later, after failed attempts to secure governmental and other funding to repair their home, their bank accounts were drained and they were dependent on help from friends and their church. “Since Matthew flooded our home, we spent everything on an apartment and house repairs,” she says, “The drywall is up, but it’s not finished, we don’t have all our electrical outlets yet, and we are using blankets for curtains.”

They moved back to the Rosewood community in July looking forward to picking up the pieces of their lives and getting settled back into a normal life. Her main concern now is for the kids. “It’s just not fair,” she said, “We spent everything to get back into our house, now it’s happening again – we just want to shelter the kids from the fear and memories of what happened during Matthew.”

While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program addresses many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, but it is also flexible.  Services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

“We tried to get help from many places during Matthew, but the only people that helped us was The Salvation Army,” she said. “You did what you said you’d do and fulfilled your promises then, and we are so very, very grateful that you are here now. You guys are our shelter in these storms.”

How to Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed. 

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Mail checks to: The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate ‘2018 Hurricane Season – Florence’ on all checks.

To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

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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Unable to Work but Able to Serve

Washington, NC (September 18, 2018) – While many of us would welcome the opportunity for a day off, Edwina Barrera in Washington, N.C. kept on working even though Hurricane Florence forced her to take five days off at her usual place of employment, the highways that crisscross the southeast.

Before Hurricane Florence came to the coast of North Carolina Barrera sat behind the wheel of her tractor, hauling a trailer load for C.R. England. Reports on the what was then a category 4-5 storm reached the trucking company, so they urged drivers to head their rigs back to Smithfield Foods in Kinston to hunker for the storm. “I was thankful to get home Tuesday before we got flooded,” said Barrera. There was some relief when the hurricane’s strength was decreasing as it made landfall in North Carolina on Thursday, but the rains overwhelmed the Neuse River and smaller creeks. Kinston quickly flooded, as did the lot where Barrera’s tractor was waiting out the storm. 

“I was devastated because I couldn’t work,” said Barrera. “If the wheels don’t go, I don’t get paid.” A flooded truck lot, impassable roads, and closed schools meant this soldier of The Salvation Army Washington Corps couldn’t just sit home and wait. “I had to do something for these families who were suffering.” She pulled her Salvation Army soldier’s uniform out of the closet and headed to the Corps. She joined the rest of the crew to board the Washington Corps canteen that was headed 45 miles east to Scranton. Located at sea level on the Pungo River, Scranton experienced significant flooding and lost power, meaning people were hungry and needed a helping hand.

“We fed 101 people lunch today and they were so thankful and appreciative,” said Barrera. “Living so close to the water meant they have been through this before, but extending them some hope after this storm helps them to see the light.” Her truck remained in the lot again on Tuesday, so she was back on the road with The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit. While serving lunch she received an alert that her truck was ready to go. By nightfall, she headed to Newport News, Virginia, with her next load.

“I am sorry not to get paid from my job, but serving them the first hot meal they’ve seen in several days and seeing them smile makes volunteering worth it!”

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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