Salvation Army Texas http://www.salvationarmytexas.org The Official Site of The Salvation Army of Texas Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:56:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pure Imagination http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/pure-imagination/ Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:43:18 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=14102 For many people the arrival of summer brings back fond childhood memories of times spent at summer camp. Since the 1930s The Salvation Army in Texas has provided camp experiences for young people with more than 2,000 children expected to arrive at Camp Hoblitzelle in the coming weeks for a potentially life-changing week.

“Pure Imagination” is the theme for this summer with plans to excite young people through God’s word and the many outdoor opportunities available at Camp Hoblitzelle. Children from both the inner city and rural settings will have the chance to make new friends and go horseback riding, canoeing, swim, participate in arts and crafts, and climb the high ropes course. They’ll also enjoy three square meals a day, which isn’t always the case at home.

The summer schedule includes camp specifically for Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club members, Girl Power, Teen camp, and Music & Arts Conservatory. We are also excited about our second year of Camp Hoblitzelle Day Camp focused on delivering quality activities for school-age children from the local community.

The Salvation Army enjoys a fine tradition of music making and summer 2016 will include the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Music & Arts Conservatory, a six-week camp experience. Special guests and campers from previous years will come together for a homecoming weekend filled with music and memories.

God has wonderful things in store at Camp Hoblitzelle. Thank you for your support of The Salvation Army and making a difference in the lives of so many children and families this summer and all year round.

 

 

 

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Summer Camp Makes Lifelong Impact http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/summer-camp-makes-lifelong-impact/ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:51:09 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=14108 Growing up in a poor, dangerous neighborhood, Anita and her brothers were not allowed to play outside because it wasn’t safe. Their mother worked hard — supporting the family and caring for their ill father.

“I remember my father being sick all the time…we spent a lot of our childhood in hospitals,” said Anita. When the boys started having trouble in school, a social worker suggested The Salvation Army camp to Anita’s mom — a great benefit for the kids at no cost.

Going to summer camp opened up a whole new world for 8-year-old Anita and her brothers. At camp they were able to run outside and experience nature for the first time. They learned to swim and fish, and Anita’s favorite activity was arts and crafts.

Anita now owns her own business in Austin, and credits her time at camp for setting her on a path to success. Years ago she received a Salvation Army appeal in the mail, and has faithfully donated since. She said, “With the hope and joy that I still carry warmly in my heart for The Salvation Army, I decided 13 years ago to pay it forward. I donate to help send other children to camp so they can experience new adventures, grow and have a little joy just as I did.

“I’m grateful for what The Salvation Army did for my family. It made me the strong person I am today.”

 

 

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Partners Provide Support to Salvation Army Response http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/partners-provide-support-salvation-army-response/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:08:02 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=14261 Dallas, TX (June 8, 2016) – The Salvation Army in Texas continues to provide widespread response following flooding in and around the state, particularly in Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Montgomery Counties.

Eight Salvation Army disaster teams operating mobile kitchens are working around the clock to deliver much needed meals, drinks, cleaning supplies, and encouragement to those affected by flooding. Trained disaster crews have traveled from as far as Plainview, San Angelo, and Austin, to provide support to the work being done by local Salvation Army teams from the Houston area.

“We continue to see conditions improving in most areas of the state but there are still areas of concern along the Brazos River,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director, for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We are monitoring the situation and responding in communities that are just now seeing the water starting to recede.”

Several national and local partners have come forward to provide much needed support to the ongoing response effort. Target has generously donated $100,000 in Target GiftCards to be distributed by The Salvation Army in the hardest hit areas, while Walmart has provided supplies and food in various cities. AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization, have donated four truckloads of bottled water, given by Nestlé Waters North America, and comfort kits that have arrived in Southeast Texas for families in need. Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief organization has deployed their team of professional chefs to feed survivors and first responders. Additionally, local partnerships from companies including H-E-B, Chick-fil-A, and Boys & Girls Club, have provided meals and much needed volunteers.

Brazoria County

The Salvation Army of Freeport is coordinating response efforts with three mobile kitchens, a field kitchen operated by Mercy Chefs, and one Rapid Response Unit (RRU) to provide feeding and hydration to first responders and residents. Distribution of clean-up kits, food boxes and hygiene kits is ongoing and 10 tents were provided for DPS check points.

The Salvation Army is serving meals at the following locations:

  • Angleton ISD Shelter 1800 Downing Angleton
  • Angleton High School 1 Campus Drive
  • Angleton Fire Station, Angleton EOC 111 East Magnolia Street
  • Roaming S of 35 to CR332
  • Brazoria Fairgrounds
  • Roaming 521
  • Red Cross & TSA Shelter CR 332, CR409 and 35

 

The Salvation Army is also providing roving services in the housing subdivisions of Holiday Lakes, W. Columbia and Angleton.

Fort Bend County

The Salvation Army Houston Area Command is operating three mobile feeding units and a RRU and is currently serving in the following locations:

  • 110 Hwy 90ALT, Richmond
  • 1600 Ave D, Rosenberg
  • Rivers Edge
  • Roving various neighborhoods in Richmond and Rosenberg
Montgomery County

The Salvation Army Pasadena Corps continues to respond with food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care as well as distribution of cleaning supplies, hygiene products and household food boxes to those in the Kingwood area.

Hidalgo County

At the request of the City of Mission, The Salvation Army in McAllen has been feeding first responders and residents in neighborhoods damaged by recent storms. This proved to be a community effort as the local H-E-B donated food, snacks and drinks, and even delivered ready-made lunch bags, while volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club helped prepare food in the Corps kitchen and served on the mobile kitchen along with Salvation Army staff and volunteers.

All Salvation Army units across the division have been briefed of the current situation and have been placed on increased readiness.

Total assistance provided since May 28:

Meals                13,805               Clean-up Kits                309

Drinks              12,562               Comfort Kits                303

Snacks              11,408               Tarps                            14

Donations to support the ongoing Salvation Army response efforts can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online at http://tsatx.org/TX_Floods

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

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Multiple County Response Ongoing http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/multiple-county-response-ongoing/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:49:06 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=14254 Dallas, Texas (June 1, 2016) –  The Salvation Army Texas Division continues to support widespread response efforts across Texas due to the recent severe weather providing food and hydration services to first responders and residents as well as distribution of cleaning supplies.

Salvation Army staff is involved in the State Operations Center and in several local Emergency Operations Centers. Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas said, “Coordinating a large scale response of this kind is very challenging particularly as many roads are closed due to rising water. Entire towns are being asked to evacuate but many people do not want to leave their homes. The Salvation Army is committed to helping those affected in what could be a long-term response effort, involving multiple units over a large area.”

After sustained heavy rain that began before the Memorial Day weekend several counties in the state, particularly between Austin and Houston, are facing widespread flooding and the threat of rivers cresting near or above record levels.

Brazoria County

The Salvation Army of Freeport, in preparation for the forecasted flooding, has a team on stand-by to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care. Several cities including Wharton, Rosenberg and Simonton are under mandatory evacuation orders.

In partnership with Mercy Chefs and county emergency management, The Salvation Army has deployed a kitchen to the city of Angleton to support feeding operations in Brazoria County.

300 food boxes, 6 pallets of water and approximately 400 clean up kits have been staged at our facility in Freeport to support response efforts.

Staging of additional staff and other resources is being considered based on forecast.

Brazos County

The Salvation Army of Bryan/College Station has representation at the City of Bryan EOC and continues to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and residents affected by the current severe weather.

Chick-fil-A in Bryan has donated lunch sandwiches in support of the relief efforts and Walmart provided a van load of snacks, drinks, water and tarps.

Fort Bend County

The Salvation Army Houston Area Command is establishing an Incident Command Team at Houston International Corps to respond in Fort Bend County by providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care.

Stephens County

The Salvation Army delivered water, at the request of DDC Abilene, to the City of Breckenridge due to their water plant not functioning.

Travis County

The Salvation Army Austin Area Command – the Williamson County volunteer disaster team provided food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and residents in the affected areas of southeast Travis County.

Washington County

Cots, blankets, water and hygiene products have been delivered to the town of Brenham in support of shelter operations.

Brown County

The Salvation Army of Brownwood is prepared to provide food, hydration and emergency shelter in partnership with local emergency management, CERT, American Red Cross and the County Health Department.

All Salvation Army units across the division have been briefed on the current situation and are on stand-by.

Donations to support the ongoing Salvation Army response efforts can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online at http://tsatx.org/TX_Floods

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

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Salvation Army Responds to Memorial Weekend Storms http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/memorial-weekend-storms/ Tue, 31 May 2016 13:29:26 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=14236 Dallas, Texas (May 29, 2016) – Intense storms have resulted in damaging tornadoes, heavy rain and yet more flooding affecting numerous communities in Texas over the Memorial weekend. The Salvation Army has mobilized disaster teams to provide relief, basic necessities, and emotional and spiritual care to affected communities.

As of Sunday morning, May 29, 17 counties and multiple cities in Texas were experiencing moderate to major flooding. The Texas Division is currently supporting response operations in Bryan, Conroe and Brenham, and Salvation Army staff is manning the State Operations Center which is at Level 3 – Increased Readiness Conditions. As flood waters rise in the coming 24-48 hours it is expected that additional support and response will be required in the Houston area, in Freeport where 700-800 homes are estimated to be affected, and in several Service Extension Unit areas.

Disaster volunteer Dwayne Walters is the coordinator of The Salvation Army Bryan College Station disaster response team. Dwayne and his wife, Diane, have already been deployed for several weeks since January this year, serving tirelessly during disaster events in Dallas, East Texas, Austin, and El Paso. On Thursday afternoon the Walters’ home town of Bryan was hit by a tornado and around 30 houses were affected along with significant flooding in the city. “By Thursday evening we deployed the Rapid Response Unit and were providing roving assistance in the impacted areas,” said Dwayne. “Our team consists of Advisory Board members, volunteers, and young people from the Corps and it is a privilege to be serving people from our own community. We will be out here as long as these folks need our help.”

In addition to Bryan College Station, the Texas Division is supporting current response efforts in Montgomery and Washington County, providing food, hydration, cleaning supplies, and spiritual care to first responders and residents.

The Salvation Army has been called upon to respond to an unusually high number of disaster events in Texas over the last 12 months, providing more than:

  • 91,000 Prepared meals
  • 140,500 Drinks
  • 84,00 Snacks
  • 5,000 Individuals assisted
  • 8,850 Clean up kits
  • 12,500 Comfort kits
  • 3,200 Food boxes
  • 13,500 Cases of water

The Emergency Disaster Services team in the Texas Division will be carefully watching the weather in the coming days and several additional units are on stand-by and are prepared to respond if necessary.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Making a Difference http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/making-a-difference/ Tue, 10 May 2016 16:08:37 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=14127 More than 1,300 children will enroll in day camp programs at 18 Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club locations in Texas this summer. Clubs provide a safe, supportive environment and a summer of opportunities for each child to grow educationally, spiritually and physically.

While every Boys & Girls Club site and program is unique, all provide daily schedules full of fun and exciting activities for children from 5-17. Programs include arts and crafts, outdoor and indoor recreation, music lessons, performing arts, and sports. Educational opportunities are also included to help prevent summer learning loss.

The EverFi digital learning system sponsored by Target is new at many locations for summer 2016. The system not only provides academic support but also focuses on critical life skills, engaging young people in dynamic and interactive courses such as internet safety, financial literacy, careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and much more.

As with all Salvation Army programs the spiritual component is an important part of the summer day camp curriculum. Club members receive daily spiritual input and a week-long Vacation Bible School.

Many of the young people who attend Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs are from low or medium income families who may not be able to afford to visit places like the zoo or local water parks. Groups have weekly field trips to special events and locations including amusement parks, museums, sporting events, fire departments, and trampoline parks.

“One particularly rewarding aspect of the summer program is when former club members return as Junior Staff members,” said Alesia Lane, Director of Operations for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Texas.

“It is great to see some of our older teens return and show the desire to give back to the program and community by motivating and mentoring the elementary and middle school students. That’s what Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs are all about — creating productive citizens who want to make a positive contribution to their community.”

 

 

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Hands Across Texas – Martha’s Library http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/hands-across-texas-marthas-library/ Tue, 10 May 2016 16:03:16 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=14120 Hands Across Texas Martha's LibraryMartha Anthony has been a part of The Salvation Army Pleasant Grove Corps in Dallas since the early 1960s. She has faithfully served more than 50 years volunteering at The Salvation Army, and for the last 10 years, Martha made it her mission to make sure that every child in the After School Program can read.

She attends every day and spends time with children on a one-on-one basis to make sure that they are reading at the appropriate level.

In her honor, The Salvation Army has established “Martha’s Library,” where children will have the opportunity to enjoy the gift of reading for many years to come.

Martha is relocating to be closer to her family and will be missed greatly. However, her legacy will last forever.

Thank you, Martha, for your tireless years of service and for truly Doing The Most Good!

 

 

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Mend it Like Beckham http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/mend-it-like-beckham/ Tue, 10 May 2016 15:59:34 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=14114 David Beckham grew up in Waco, Texas, the son of a Baptist minister. “My father passed away when I was 15 years old and at that point I decided that I was going to live life my way, without any rules. I wanted life to be a party and I lived like that for 20 years,” said David.

During that time he worked, and lost, many jobs mostly in the food and beverage industry as his life and increasing drug addiction spiraled out of control.
The Salvation Army of Texas Adult Rehabilitation“I eventually reached a point where I was earning $35k a year and was supporting a $35k-plus drug addiction,” said David. “I couldn’t pay any of my bills and was living in a place with no power or water. I didn’t have a car, and I was evicted four times in one year. Ever dollar I made went to smoking crack.”

In November 2012, David hit rock bottom. After being released from jail on a theft charge, he was living in a tent by a set of railroad tracks in North Dallas. “I was homeless, jobless, and was only supporting my drug habit through theft. I knew that unless something changed I would be going to prison,” said David.

That night David broke down and surrendered his life to God. “I knew nothing about addiction and recovery but I did know that if I was to reach a point of recovery, God was going to have to be involved in my life.”

David checked into The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Dallas. The center provides a no-cost six-month drug rehabilitation program. “I didn’t know anything about the Army but one of the first things I learned about was their disaster work. The idea of ministering to someone at their time of greatest need really spoke to me. That was the beginning of my heart opening up to the incredible ministry of The Salvation Army.”

David successfully graduated the rehabilitation program and secured a full- time position at the ARC, staying there for two years. “The Salvation Army has completely changed my life. Over time God has made it clear to me that I am called to full-time ministry,” said David.

In August 2016, David will arrive at Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, Ga., to begin a two-year seminary course to become a Salvation Army Officer (pastor). “I can’t wait to get started,” said David. “I’m excited to learn more about God’s word and also about ministering to people.”

David’s thoughts about the future: “I see myself serving, being happy and having peace in my life.”

 

 

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Doing The Most Good by Joining Forces http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/doing-the-most-good-by-joining-forces/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:10:34 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=13970 Dallas, Texas (April 25, 2016) – In times of disaster, The Salvation Army is grateful to collaborate with so many wonderful partners. The recent flood in Houston is no different.  Houstonians, area companies, and organizations have rallied around The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command to help provide relief and comfort to flood survivors.

With a record 16 inches of rain in the Houston area, donations, help, and volunteers from Mercy Chefs, Renaissance Food Group, Cox Media Group – 93Q, Convoy of Hope, UberEATS, Garden Highway Foods, Country Legends 97.2, 107.5 The Eagle KSBJ, Harvest Time Church, Pei Wei and others, have assisted The Salvation Army in distributing:

  • 7,638 meals
  • 9,605 drinks
  • 9,526 snacks
  • 1,267 clean-up kits
  • Prayer with 1,021 individuals

Working together to serve others in their desperate time of need is a privilege. Salvation Army disaster teams from Texarkana, Tyler, Conroe, Pasadena, DFW (Plano), Houston Northwest, and Kerrville have all made their way to Houston to provide much needed service and relief to those affected by the flood.

Meal service and clean-up kit distribution:

GREENSPOINT AREA

A roving canteen (mobile kitchen) will be on Green Road, between Wayforest Drive and Imperial Valley Drive throughout the week based on need, providing sack lunches and clean-up kits to the apartments located in the area.

PINEHURST

Pinehurst by Magnolia (in Montgomery County). Delivering dinner for 125 people Monday night as well as meals to this area for the remainder of the week. Clean-up kits also available. Currently, this area has no electricity.

BEAR CREEK AREA

Two snack trucks will be roving in the Bear Creek area for the remainder of the week.

MEYERLAND AREA

Meals and clean-up kits will be available at two apartment complexes in Meyerland: 5550 N. Braeswood Blvd and 4605 N. Braeswood Blvd.

 

Financial donations to support the ongoing flood relief work of The Salvation Army in Houston can be made at http://tsatx.org/houstonfloods, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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Salvation Army Teams Work Together in Houston Relief Effort http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/blog/houston-relief-effort/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:37:48 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/?p=13938 Houston Relief Effort

Dallas, Texas (April 20, 2016) – Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers in Houston are working together to provide emergency assistance to those affected by extensive area flooding.

More than 400 meals and 40 clean-up kits were distributed to residents of two apartment complexes again on Wednesday by the disaster team from The Salvation Army Pasadena Corps while the Northwest Corps mobile kitchen served 450 meals in the Greenspoint area. Meanwhile, the mobile kitchen and team from Kerrville, who made the four hour trip to Houston on Tuesday, established fixed meal service at the Harvest Time Church in Greenspoint distributing more than 250 meals and 150 clean-up kits.

Captain Lacy Parrish, from Kerrville, reflected on her day of service – “It has been a long and busy day working disaster response in Houston, serving meals to many individuals and families and handing out cleaning supplies. We’ve been so blessed to serve the people in this community. We’ve heard their stories of tragedy and loss. We’ve laughed and cried with some, but most importantly, we’ve prayed with many and shown the love of Christ.”

Meal service and clean-up kit distribution will continue on Thursday, April 21, at the following locations:

  • Harvest Time Church, 17770 Imperial Valley Dr, in the Greenspoint area – 9 AM snacks and water, 11:30 AM lunch, 5 PM dinner. Clean-up kits also available.
  • Cypress/Fairbanks area, roving mobile kitchen service and clean-up kits.
  • Apartment complexes located at 5550 and 4605 North Braeswood Blvd – lunch and dinner.

Staff and volunteers at The Salvation Army Northwest Corps Community Center, located at 12507 Windfern, continue cooking and preparing meals to be loaded and delivered by the mobile kitchens. Several regular church activities have been canceled and church members have volunteered their time to help in food preparation and delivery.

Four sites have been designated as donation collection sites in the Houston area. Only non-perishable food items, new towels and blankets, hygiene items, diapers, baby wipes and water are being accepted.

  • Bee Busy Wellness Center:  8785 W. Bellfort, Houston TX 77031 (Mon–Fri 8:30 am – 7:30 pm, Saturday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm)
  • Loving Word Fellowship:  170 Rittenhouse, Houston, TX 77076 (Mon – Sat 8:00 am – 6 pm)
  • LAMIK:  2610 Greenbriar Dr., Houston, TX 77098
  • (Tues – Sat 10:00 am – 7:00 pm)
  • Community of Faith:  1024 Pinemont Dr., Houston, TX 77091 (Mon – Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Donations to support the ongoing flood relief work of The Salvation Army in Houston can be made at http://tsatx.org/houstonfloods, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

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