Salvation Army EDS Services Transition to Long-Term Recovery in Texas

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) immediately responded to Hurricane Harvey along the Texas coastline providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first respondersA month into the extensive relief efforts, The Salvation Army is now beginning to transition from emergency response to long-term recovery including Points of Distribution (PODS) and case work.

As power has gradually been restored in affected communities and people have returned to their homes to assess damage and salvage what they can of their belongings, The Salvation Army has been there to provide practical and emotional support. Mobile feeding units are delivering hot meals and snacks to survivors, while also providing clean up kits, hygiene kits and food boxes to residents beginning the lengthy process of recovery.

“The Salvation Army response to Hurricane Harvey is the largest disaster effort we have seen in years,” said Laurie Fried, Long Term Recovery Program Manager for The Salvation Army in Texas. “The long-term recovery of storm survivors is now the focus of The Salvation Army. Through case work with individuals and families we will help identify their needs, develop their long-term recovery plans, connect them with available community resources, and help meet their long-term recovery goals, one step at a time.”

To facilitate the enormous undertaking of consultation with survivors, The Salvation Army will be hiring an additional 20 case workers in the coming months. Staff will be strategically placed at Salvation Army units in Houston, Galveston/Texas City, the Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur), Freeport, Victoria, and Corpus Christi. The Salvation Army will continue to work closely with partner agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations as they support recovery efforts, and provide referrals to survivors where appropriate.

“Residents of communities affected by Hurricane Harvey are facing months and years of recovery ahead,” said Fried. “We have been blessed by the support received from donors and corporations and The Salvation Army is committed to be here to help the recovery process as long as we are needed.”

As of September 28, The Salvation Army has served 839,213 meals, 849,692 snacks, and 890,673 drinks statewide in response to Hurricane Harvey. Emotional Spiritual Care Officers have ministered to 50,082 first responders and survivors.

You can support the ongoing relief work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at to, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555.

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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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.