Meeting Human Needs in His Name on the Texas Border
The mission statement of The Salvation Army clearly states the organization’s commitment to “meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” This practical ministry of The Salvation Army is in operation as volunteers and staff work to provide emergency assistance to immigrants who have crossed the Texas border.
At the request of Border Patrol and several other public agencies, The Salvation Army is working closely with a number of VOAD partners (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) to ensure that humanitarian needs are being addressed for families and individuals who have been processed by the Border Patrol and are awaiting transportation to their various destinations. Food, clean clothing, hygiene products, showers, and other services are being made available in the towns of Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Laredo and El Paso, communities where The Salvation Army has historically served for decades.
It is estimated that up to 500 individuals are being served daily on the Texas border with the greatest concentration being in McAllen, Laredo and El Paso. The Austin disaster services team out of Williamson County, which is active in local and state disasters, has been deployed to serve in McAllen. Salvation Army volunteers from the Austin area are serving alongside volunteers and staff from other relief agencies, feeding nutritious soup to 160 to 200 individuals each day.
“The Salvation Army is working with both government and partner agencies to provide emergency support, basic necessities, and relief in South West Texas to immigrant children and families,” said Major Richard McConniel, Divisional Secretary of The Salvation Army, Texas Division. “All around the world people come to The Salvation Army at their times of greatest need for help. The dynamic crisis along our country’s border is yet another call for our staff and volunteers to live out our mission, to meet human needs in the name of Christ without discrimination.”
Donations supporting the work of The Salvation Army on the Texas border can be made by mailing a check to PO Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767, with the notation “Disaster – TX Border Assistance” or by credit card at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/texas-border-assistance. For information on how to join volunteer disaster services team in Austin, visit SalvationArmyAustin.org.
The Salvation Army in Austin serves more than 20,000 men, women and children a year through its twelve locations in Travis and Williamson Counties, providing basic needs, shelter, employment services and rehabilitation. Find us at Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin or @SalArmyAustin.