Kerrville Salvation Army to Implement Homeless Prevention and Re-Housing Program

(Kerrville, TX)-On September 1, The Salvation Army of Kerrville will begin implementing a new assistance opportunity in Kerr, Kendall, Gillespie, Real, Edwards, Bandera and Kimble counties in conjunction with The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program.

 Through The Salvation Army, the HPRP will assist individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with the goal of rapidly transitioning program participants to housing stability, whether through their own means or links to community resources and mainstream benefits. Part of the program will also focus on assisting participants to develop a plan to prevent future instability.

 The program will be sectioned into two phases. The first, homeless prevention will include financial assistance to families with children who are in rental based housing and in danger of becoming homeless within a two week period. The second, rapid re-housing will include financial assistance to re-house individuals and families with children who are homeless according to HUD’s definition. Priority will be given to individuals or families who are at the beginning of the homeless cycle.

 Individuals seeking assistance through the HPRP will be able to apply beginning September 1, 2009 at The Salvation Army in Kerrville. Those requesting assistance through the program must be prepared to meet with an HPRP caseworker for an initial consultation to determine eligibility.

 Applications and eligibility criteria information are available at The Salvation Army Social Service Office located at 855 Hays Street in Kerrville.

 Applications will be accepted through August 2010, or as long as funding is available.

Salvation Army Still Serving in Beaumont

(Beaumont, TX)- In an area used to having ample warning to an impending storm, Tuesday’s EF-1 tornado that hit the west end of Beaumont was a major shock. Most residents were thoroughly unaware of the twister that loomed overhead around lunchtime.  The sky was dark but not ominous and there was only a light sprinkling of rain. It wasn’t until the electricity went off in Beaumont that people began questioning where the storm was.

Rumors were buzzing that a tornado hit Park Dale Mall, just a few minutes from The Salvation Army Corps, and that cars were piled 3 deep in Wal-Mart’s parking lot. Now, there was no denying, a tornado indeed paid Beaumont a visit.

One thing people in Southeast Texas are learning is that when disaster strikes The Salvation Army will be there to help aid and assist those in need.

Within hours of the disaster, our mobile canteen was on the scene with water, snacks and a shoulder to lean on.  Fortunately no lives were lost, only a few injuries and damage was contained to a few businesses, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart were hit the hardest but several other stores suffered damage as well.

Tuesday night, The Salvation Army served around 240 snacks and drinks to restoration teams and store employees. Yesterday morning 125 snacks and drinks were given out and 125 hot dogs, chips and drinks were provided for lunch. “We’ll stay at least through Thursday,” promised Major Floiran Estrada officer in charge of the Beaumont Corps. “We want the people of this fine community to know that will not let them down, no matter what the circumstances.”

Salvation Army Rallies to Texas Tornado Site in Beaumont

(Beaumont, TX)- The Salvation Army of Texas has been busy this summer as in years past, preparing to respond to any potential storm threats during the 2009 Hurricane Season. “Yesterday, we were called to respond to a different kind of natural emergency in Beaumont, Texas” said Major James Taylor. “Hurricane season may be in full swing, but we are also ready and prepared locally to meet the needs of other storms and emergencies like this one, year round” he finished.

The Salvation Army was quick to deploy yesterday in response to the unexpected EF-1 tornado that ripped through a busy shopping area in Beaumont, Texas. A mobile feeding unit was sent to the most affected location, beside the local Wal-Mart and Kohl’s stores. Service to cleanup and repair crews began right away.

Major Floiran Estrada, The Salvation Army Officer who oversees the Beaumont area said that service will continue today to responders as needed. “Fortunately there were no fatalities or damage to residential areas,” he said. The Salvation Army will continue focusing services towards supporting cleanup crews and workers on site who are in need of refreshment.

Please visit www.salvationarmytexas.org/news/ to continue following Salvation Army response to the Beaumont Tornado. The number of individuals served through the mobile feeding unit will be posted later today.

Office Depot Donates Backpacks

Captain David Feeser accepted 300 backpacks with school supplies from Tammy Salter, store manager of the Office Depot at I-35 and Empire Central in Dallas, and other Office Depot representatives as part the company’s “Back-to-School Backpack Celebration” today.

The backpacks will be given to children from Salvation Army centers across the DFW Metroplex.

Thank you Office Depot!

Houston’s Annual Luncheon: Ben Stein

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Organized by The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board,
the event will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas Hotel
in downtown Houston. On behalf of The Salvation Army, luncheon
chairs Jim P. and Jane Wise will also honor Mr. William T. Slick, Jr. as the
annual event’s 2009 Honoree for his volunteerism, leadership, and loyal
support of The Salvation Army of Greater Houston as a life member of
its Advisory Board. All proceeds raised by this worthwhile charity event
will benefit the over 119,000 local men, women and children who rely
on The Salvation Army of Greater Houston annually.

Salvation Army Night at Minute Maid Park

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Celebrating 120 years of service in Greater Houston

The Houston Astros are honored to host “Salvation Army Night at Minute Maid
Park” on Wednesday, September 9th as they take on the Atlanta Braves.
Cheer Houston’s hometown team on as they honor our charitable
organization for the now over 12 decades of service in the Houston community.