Fact Sheet—Hurricane Irene 8-31-11

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyEDS, www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter and Facebook.

The Salvation Army’s critical relief services in the Carolinas, New York and Vermont continue as thousands of individuals are impacted by significant inland flooding, power outages and deteriorated infrastructure.
• The Salvation Army has deployed more than 70 emergency response vehicles and resources to the most impacted areas post Hurricane Irene throughout the east coast, including damage assessment teams and mobile canteens that are each capable of serving more than 1,500 meals per day.
• Assistance in impacted areas for evacuees and emergency responders has included sheltering and offering blankets and pillows, providing food and water, emotional and spiritual counseling and damage assessment.
• Salvation Army teams have deployed 37 mobile canteens throughout the coastal region of the Carolinas to provide food and drinks to community members.
• In the Outerbanks of North Carolina have deployed to feed more than 2,400 people stranded on the barrier islands with food, water and other immediate needs.

The Salvation Army is deploying dozens of teams and mobile canteens to heavily affected areas to provide for immediate needs, as well as plan long-term recovery efforts along the east coast.
• The Salvation Army has served more than 135,000 meals, snacks and drinks to individuals states impacted be Irene, from the Carolinas to New England.
• The Salvation Army has deployed six mobile canteen units to eastern New York cities, including Schenectady, Delhi, Roxbury, Margaretville, Fleischmanns and Schoharie, that are dealing with inland flooding and limited resources such as food and drinking water.
• The Salvation Army is providing one semi-truck load of drinking water to the counties of Essex, Clinton and Schenectady, as well as staging 2,000 clean-up kits in Oneonta, NY.
• Two canteens have been deployed to Ludlow and Rutland, VT to assist in feeding flood evacuees and emergency responders.
• For recovery efforts, 155 clean-up kits have been distributed; with 1,000 more kits to be delivered to eight impacted areas in the Mid-Hudson region and another 1,000 kits to be delivered to Nassau OEM for distribution on Long Island.
• In response to state emergency requests, The Salvation Army is deploying two mobile canteens in Franklin County, MA. Mobile response workers are offering aid in various cities including Greenfield, Turner’s Falls, Shelburne Falls, Charlemont, Montague, Bernardston, Northfield and more.
• The Salvation Army will distribute 1,000 clean-up kits in flood impacted areas throughout New Jersey.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks should be sent to Disaster Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designated “2011 Hurricane Season.”
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called upon to serve.
• Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, but also help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.

• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

Salvation Army Statements

Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary
• “As we look past Hurricane Irene, we cannot forget the devastation and growing need the storm has left behind in communities throughout the East Coast, from North Carolina to Vermont.”
• “Pockets of individuals have been without food, water, power and other resources for days. The Salvation Army will continue to meet the needs of these communities until everyone is back on their feet.”

Lieutenant Christopher Williams, Emergency Disaster Services: Ludlow, Vermont
• “I am devastated by the flooding that has knocked out bridges and destroyed roadways in these towns. We are able to provide more than 30 lunches to residents and bulk food for the town and will return tomorrow for more distribution and assistance.”

Captain Daniel Brunelle, Corps Officer Greenfield, Massachusetts
• “We have our mobile canteens going site-to-site doing feeding and handing out cleanup kits.”
• “We’re investigating the low-lying areas and offering support, distributing food and cleanup kits where needed.”

Major Willis Howell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina
• “All service opportunities present unique challenges, and the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia are no different. Response and assessment are fluid processes, evolving based on reports for need, available resources and often times pure geography.”

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Fact Sheet—Hurricane Irene 8-29-11

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyEDS, www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter and Facebook.

Mass care and feeding for thousands of evacuees and first responders continues to be the top priority.
• Salvation Army damage assessment teams throughout the East Coast are still receiving significant requests for mass care after widespread power outages, downed power lines and trees and localized flooding.
• Thousands of evacuees are housed in shelters across the region, especially those who live in low lying areas prone to storm surge.
• As reports come in from the northeast, The Salvation Army is focusing resources inland as the region manages flooding events.

The Salvation Army is already serving thousands living in regions impacted by Hurricane Irene.
• The Salvation Army has served 15,000 meals to first responders and evacuees in New Jersey.
• Nearly 14,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served in Greenville, Washington, Elizabeth City and Morehead City in the Carolinas.
• In Norfolk and Spotsylvania Counties, VA, The Salvation Army has already served more than 6,400 meals, snacks and drinks and provided lodging to 265 people.
• More than 5,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served at multiple shelter locations throughout Maryland and West Virginia.
• In Connecticut, The Salvation Army has served hundreds of meals to evacuees at shelters as well as to first responders.
• The Salvation Army is feeding at numerous shelter facilities throughout Massachusetts and other parts of New England.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks should be sent to Disaster Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designated “2011 Hurricane Season.”
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called upon to serve.
• Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, but also help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.

• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

Salvation Army Statements

Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary
• “The initial damage reports are leaving us cautiously optimistic that there has not been widespread structural damage or injuries.”
• “But flooding remains a problem, particularly in New England, and there is a significant response ongoing. It is critical that we provide the base of support for damage assessment teams, rescue personnel and survivors to ensure everyone weathers the fallout from this storm safely.”

Major James LaBossiere, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Northern New England
• “Although the severity of the storm has been downgraded, we are taking it very seriously and have alerted our personnel to be ready to move quickly to the areas where they are most needed.”

Major Willis Howell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of the Carolinas
• “We know this is going to be a long recovery process and The Salvation Army is dedicated to needs of North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic Coast.”

Major Lewis Reckline Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Tidewater, VA
• “We’re very fortunate that Irene was not devastating as originally predicted. However, there are still residents, tourists and first-responders that will need supplies, food and support and that is what we aim to do now.”

The Salvation Army in Uganda Supplies Water and Food as Drought Takes Hold

Uganda – The Salvation Army in Uganda is responding to the drought crisis that is developing in some parts of the country. As is being seen across the horn of Africa, people are dying because of a lack of food and water.

In central eastern Uganda, thousands of families have had poor harvests for the past five years, either because there was too little rain or – at other times – because there was so much rain that floods have destroyed the crops. The Salvation Army has been working in the area, distributing food to needy families – in some places The Salvation Army is the only non-governmental organization providing food.

Following recent landslides in a mountainous region, food was distributed to 680 families.

Staff from The Salvation Army’s command headquarters and International Emergency Services visited villages in the Namutumba district near Mbale to assess the needs of 4,000 families. Projects are being arranged for food and sanitation goods to be supplied. Boreholes will be drilled to ensure water is available to the most needy of families, even as the drought takes a greater hold.

The most urgent need is for water in two medical clinics. Mothers have been bringing malnourished children into the clinics, but more than 80 have died this year alone. A water bore for the main clinic will help to boost survival rates.

The message from the Uganda Command and International Emergency Services is simple: please pray for the situation and support this work in any way possible.

Report from International Emergency Services
International Headquarters.

Photographs are available here.

Donations to the Africa Disaster Fund at International Headquarters can be made online at http://www.salvationarmy.org.

Back-to-School

New shoes for a new school year!

Amarillo
Shoes & Socks Fund
Do I get to keep them Miss?” A pair of hopeful shiny eyes flashing back at me needs an immediate answer. “Of course you do you, sweetheart,” I explain. “These are for you to wear with your new socks the very first day of school.”

Every year for the past four decades, The Salvation Army at Amarillo has provided brand new shoes and socks for thousands of Panhandle children. This year more than 800 kindergarten through twelfth grade young people will get to go back-to-school shopping at Wal-Mart and pick out the shoes they want.

Every year at this time, Frances Powell is honored as the person who commandeered the Amarillo Globe News Foundation’s Empty Stocking Fund to contribute to the local Salvation Army and thus entrust the annual Shoe and Sock Distribution in our care. “Her legacy lives on in the lives of these children,” according to Major Cheryl Grider. “We are privileged to carry on this tremendous tradition.”

“We love our part too in getting these kids ready for school,” says Clint Walker, store manager of Wal-Mart. We have our employees volunteer with the registration process then we dedicate one cash register for two days just for these children and their parents.”

The aisles are alive with the sound of giggling, excited little ones, test driving their new shoes up and down the rows of the store. It’s Christmas in July and a great new start to a great new school year.

Galveston
Curves, Barbara Oberholtzer owner is conducting a school supply drive with members of Curves in Galveston. A school supply drive was conducted last year and The Salvation Army in Galveston benefitted from the proceeds.

El Paso
Sally’s Bus
The Salvation Army in El Paso is pleased to announce the results of our annual drive to collect school supplies and clothing for needy children that reside in the emergency family shelter located at 4300 East Paisano, and throughout El Paso. Many people are not aware that we house up to 100 individuals nightly, of which two in three are children.

This year we partnered with Bassett Center, Premiere Cinemas, the El Paso Independent School District, and last but by no means least Immanuel Christian School.

The athletes from the boy’s football team and girl’s volleyball team manned the kettles for us over a three day weekend from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, and collected more than to $2,100. The kettles were set up beside a school bus loaned to us by the El Paso Independent School District located at the west entrance to Bassett Center. School supply donations were also received at the same location in an effort to stuff the bus, in which we received over 2,000 donations.

The donations will be used to help more than 420 children in El Paso to include those residing at The Salvation Army emergency family shelter, children at the Child Crisis Center, Dame La Mano, the two Corps Community Centers operated by The Salvation Army (Citadel and Temple), La Posada and the ladies at Villa Maria.

Premiere Cinemas will continue their fundraising efforts throughout and through Tax Exempt weekend. Individuals wishing to donate school supplies can drop them off at the theater located inside Bassett Center.

San Antonio
Shoe-In
For the past thirty years, The San Antonio Area Command has hosted a very popular Back to School event, the “Shoe-In”. Working with the Counseling staff at 270 elementary schools, applications are completed by parents who just cannot make another purchase for their children. The Salvation Army provides 1,800 – 2,000 pairs of shoes to about 1,000 families in one day at the Hope Center. Two hundred fifty volunteers, in three shifts, fit shoes on the feet of these children, encouraging them in a fun and friendly manner. The volunteers assure us that they receive as much a blessing as the children receiving the shoes. Knowing that they have helped make the burden of poverty a little less stressful is the highlight of the year for some of our regular volunteers.

There was a family that consisted of three rambunctious boys, ages 10, 9 and 7, and one sweet, shy 5 year old girl. The volunteer measured the girl’s foot first, and then went to bring back three pair of shoes for her to try on. She shyly indicated that she only wanted to try on the white and pink pair. The volunteer asked if she wouldn’t like to try the others. “No, I like this one”.

The boys were next. They were not nearly as reluctant to try on more shoes. After three and four pairs each, they finally had the shoes they wanted and were ready to go. Once more, the volunteer asked the little girl if she’d like to try on one of the other styles. Again, she shook her head and stood to leave.

Fumbling in her pocket, she pulled out a little bundle of papers and, head downcast, she handed a dollar bill sized paper to the volunteers. As they unfolded the papers, they found crayon colored drawings with her sweetly written note, “Thank you for my new shoes, I never got some before”.

Midland
The Salvation Army in Midland distributed school supplies from their Disaster Canteen at a city park on Thursday, August 18th.

Brownwood
The Salvation Army Service Center in Brownwood school supplies to 391 area children in 2010 and hope to be able to provide help to even more children this year, having registered more than 500 young people this year. They rely on local donations from individuals and businesses to support this program.

Fort Worth
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in Fort Worth donated 100 backpacks containing school supplies for children served by The Salvation Army. Children at the Northside Community Center received backpacks from Corps Officers, Majors John and Linda Queener, after sharing a prayer asking God’s blessing on the backpacks and supplies.

Women’s Auxiliary president, Gloria Walker, was on hand for the backpack distribution.
“I wanted to cry when the children came into the chapel because I just know how special it is for children to have something new, something of their own,” Walker said. “It’s just really rewarding for the Women’s Auxiliary to be a part of that.”

The backpacks and school supplies were purchased through funds raised at the Women’s Auxiliary annual garage sale in March.

The Salvation Army Helps Emergency Services and Communities During UK Riots

London, England – The Salvation Army is assisting the emergency services, residents and local communities in the aftermath of unrest in London and other parts of the country. Salvation Army emergency mobile response vehicles have been deployed and, on the advice of the emergency services, been situated in secure areas.

In north London, Haringey Council asked The Salvation Army to run the reception area of a Community Assistance Center for residents and businesses in Tottenham and Wood Green. From 9am to 8pm, every day for at least the next 11 days, The Salvation Army is also providing pastoral support and refreshments to those giving professional advice and services at the Tottenham Green Leisure Centre.

Major Muriel McClenahan, The Salvation Army’s director of emergency services in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, worked the first shift at the center. She says, “We are working closely with Haringey Council to support local residents and businesses as they rebuild their lives and the community after the turmoil of recent days. Salvation Army staff and volunteers are offering practical and emotional support to all who require assistance, including people who have been traumatized, made homeless or suffered other loss as a result of the unrest.

“There are dozens of people bringing donations and leaving in tears at the goodness that is felt. There are many young people here, helping to sort out the donations.”

The Community Assistance Center will help local people with a wide range of issues – from emergency housing for residents whose homes were damaged by the disturbances to advice from a team of social workers. The center will also act as a focal point for the many offers of donations which have been made by both businesses and individuals in the community.

Major McClenahan adds, “Where it has been safe to do so, and with the guidance of the London Fire Brigade, Salvation Army emergency relief teams have been providing food, drinks and support to emergency services personnel as they respond to fires and incidents. We are continuing to monitor the situation and are ready to respond as required by the authorities and emergency services.”

Across the country Salvation Army personnel are meeting with community leaders and local authorities to offer support to rebuild shattered communities. A Salvation Army Emergency Response Unit was on duty in Salford, Manchester, for three and a half hours during Tuesday night (9 August) serving refreshments to fire fighters and providing pastoral care and support. Salvation Army teams are also helping with the clean up in parts of the Wavertree and Toxteth areas of Liverpool.

Report by:

Ann C. Stewart
Senior Press Officer, The Salvation Army
United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland

The Salvation Army/MHA-NYC Provide Alternative Site To View 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

New York, NY – Members of the 9/11 community, not invited or unable to attend the national 9/11 10th anniversary ceremony near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, will have an alternative gathering place, courtesy of The Salvation Army Greater New York Division and the Mental Health Association of New York City.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011, The Salvation Army, in partnership with MHA-NYC’s 9/11 Healing and Remembrance Program, will welcome survivors, displaced residents, first responders, and 9/11 volunteers from all agencies, as well as families of victims not attending the World Trade Center ceremony, to its 1,347-seat Centennial Memorial Temple on West 14th Street for a few hours of reflection in a safe, quiet and comfortable environment.

This “Family Support Center” will feature live streaming of the entire national 9/11 memorial ceremony projected on multiple monitors including on a 20-foot-by-11-foot screen in HD in a press-free environment. Refreshments will be served and supportive services, including child care, mental-health services, and massage therapy, will be available to all who attend.

The Salvation Army location will be the only site featuring a live presentation of the national ceremony in a private theater with these kinds of amenities.

The Family Support Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. (with the live streaming beginning at 8) until 1 p.m., and guests can arrive and leave at any point during those hours. The gathering is free, but all attendees are required to register ahead of time by calling the Healing and Remembrance Hotline at 1-866-212-0444.

“Due to space limitations and security, a sizable segment of the 9/11 community has never been included in the national annual memorial service,” said Lt. Colonel Guy D. Klemanski, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Greater New York Division. “What we are providing is a quiet, relaxing alternative site where these people can come together as a community, receive support, and give support to each other on this solemn occasion.”

WHO: The Salvation Army Greater New York Division and the Mental Health Association of New York City’s 9/11 Healing and Remembrance Program.

WHAT: A “Family Support Center” for members of the 9/11 community not invited or not wishing to attend the national 9/11 10th anniversary ceremony near the World Trade Center site, featuring live streaming of the World Trade Center site ceremony in a press-free environment.

WHEN: Sunday, September 11, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. (Guests may arrive and leave at any point during these hours).

WHERE: The Salvation Army Greater New York Division’s Centennial Memorial Temple (which is accessible to people with special needs) at 120 West 14th Street, New York, NY (between 6th and 7th Avenues).

This Is What The Salvation Army Did During 9/11 . . .

• The Salvation Army was among the first agencies to arrive at Ground Zero after the attacks, and the last to leave when operations formally ended there nine months later.
• The Salvation Army’s response to 9/11 officially came to be known as “Operation: Compassion Under Fire,” during which The Army would provide food, hydration, supplies, grief counseling, financial assistance, referrals, and more, to hundreds of thousands of emergency workers, families of victims, and others impacted by the terrorist attacks.
• By the time recovery efforts ended, The Salvation Army had served more than 3 million meals at Ground Zero and other relief sites, utilizing the efforts of more than 7,000 Salvation Army officers and staff and more than 32,000 volunteers, representing a total of almost a million volunteer hours.
• At the end of 2001, The Salvation Army created the World Trade Center Recovery Program, a long-term recovery program providing intensive case management to people who had lost family members, their homes and/or their jobs. This program lasted until the fall of 2006.

. . . and This Is What The Salvation Army Does Today

The Salvation Army, in the greater New York area, provides and operates:
• Emergency disaster services in the event of large-scale disasters.
• Food pantries and soup kitchens.
• Shelters for homeless men, women, families and veterans.
• Services for adults and families coping with HIV/AIDS.
• Group homes and programs for the developmentally disabled.
• Adult Rehabilitation Centers, providing a residential program of counseling and work therapy for men and women working to overcome addictions. (Salvation Army Thrift Stores support the ARCs program.)
• Day care centers.

About The Salvation Army Greater New York Division: An integral part of the community for over 130 years, The Salvation Army in Greater New York operates more than 100 community and social-service programs, serving more than 750,000 people, regardless of race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation. For more information, visit our website at: SalvationArmyNewYork.org.

CONTACT:
Denise Richardson
Director of Communications
(o) 212-337-7487
(c) 347-869-6942
email: denise.richardson@use.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army Flag Flies in Togo

Togo – The first Salvation Army officers appointed to the west African country of Togo have arrived, bringing with them their three children and the new Togolese Salvation Army flag. Captains Hervé Michel and Naty Dorcas Ahouyanganga, originally from the Congo (Brazzaville) Territory, travelled by road to their new appointment from Accra in Ghana, where they had been preparing for their pioneering ministry. The work in Togo – officially known as the Togolese Republic – is overseen by the Ghana Territory.

The Salvation Army began work in Togo in April, initially under the oversight of Major Rockson Oduro, Divisional Commander of Ghana’s Volta Division. While in Accra, Captains Ahouanganga had opportunity to spend time with Major Oduro as well as staff from Ghana Territorial Headquarters.

A quarters in the town of Atakpamé has been renovated and prepared for the incoming officers. Their main task will be to coordinate and assimilate several current expressions of Salvation Army worship. These comprise some existing independent congregations with no previous denominational affiliation, and some which have been established by Salvationists who became soldiers while living in Ghana before returning to their home in Togo. There are also outposts established through initiatives from the neighboring Volta Division in Ghana. Other opportunities to expand the Army’s mission are emerging in Lomé, the capital city of Togo.

Currently these various expressions are widely spread across the country – north, south, east and west, with Atakpamé in the center. One of the initial challenges facing the captains is to bring cohesion and unity within these diverse groups.

Report by Colonel Charles Swansbury
Ghana Territorial Commander

For pictures please click here.

The Salvation Army Prepares for Tropical Storm Emily—Tropical Storm Emily expected to skirt eastern Florida in the next few days

Tampa, FL — The Salvation Army of Florida is preparing should Tropical Storm Emily make landfall on Florida.

With 42 mobile canteens (kitchen on wheels), two field kitchens, a field communications unit, shower trailers, a command center and more than 700 trained disaster volunteers, The Salvation Army continues to prepare if Emily or another storm makes landfall in Florida this hurricane season.

Coincidentally, The Salvation Army of Florida is holding a previously scheduled emergency disaster services training and public information officer workshop today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) in Tampa. The training and workshop is intended for Salvation Army development and public relations professionals who may be deployed if disaster strikes.

“Personnel from across Florida are participating in this week’s training which focuses on integrating with emergency management utilizing the National Incident Management System,” said Kevin Smith, The Salvation Army of Florida’s emergency services director.

The goal of this week’s training is to empower Salvation Army employees while teaching them about national emergency management standards, Smith said.

“Bringing these folks together helps The Salvation Army to strategize on the best communication methods to let people know when and where we are serving,” Smith said. “We will talk about using traditional media as well as finding ways to engage the ever-changing social media world.”

Media is welcome to visit The Salvation Army’s Tampa warehouse, 930 E. 139th Ave (off Nebraska between East Fletcher Avenue and Bearss Avenue.) today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday) to interview, get photos or video. Wednesday’s training is from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday’s training begins at 8:30 a.m. and should conclude around 4:30 p.m.

Media Contact:

Dulcinea Cuellar
Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
(813) 376-0836
Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.com

Salvation Army Farm Gears Up for Olympic Host Role with International Mountain Bike Event

London, England – The Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Farm, in Essex, UK, stepped up its preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games by hosting an international mountain bike competition on Sunday, July 31st. The competition was a trial run for when the venue hosts the Olympic mountain biking in August 2012.

The sold-out Hadleigh Farm Mountain Bike International attracted more than 4,000 spectators to see 82 of the world’s top mountain bikers get to grips with the London 2012 course. France’s two-time Olympic champion Julien Absalon won the men’s race and described the course as “difficult technically and also physically.” The women’s race was won by Catharine Prendel from Canada.

The mountain bike course sits on part of The Salvation Army’s 900-acre Hadleigh Farm, which has a long history of helping unemployed people and adults with special needs into training and employment. The land was bought in 1890 by Salvation Army founder William Booth as the location of a farm and training center to help poor people from industrial London.

Today the site includes The Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Employment Training Center – providing employment and life skills for a wide range of vulnerable adults – as well as tea rooms run by the trainees which are open to the public and a rare breeds center that attracts thousands of visitors a year. Trainees from the center helped to make signs for the viewing area of the mountain bike course.

The Salvation Army and Essex County Council are developing legacy plans for the course to ensure not only a great event in 2012 but also long-lasting benefits for the local area and community.

A short video clip about the event and the work at Hadleigh Farm can be found by clicking here. Find out more about Hadleigh Farm and its association with London 2012 at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/london2012

Author: International News