Salvation Army Mobilizes its feeding trucks to serve tornado survivors in North Georgia

Dalton, GA (January 30, 2013)—The Salvation Army is on its way to serve tornado survivors and emergency personnel in North Georgia communities of Adairsville, Calhoun and Rome.

Lt. Lee Wilson is on the ground in Adairsville at the local Emergency Management Office and updating Salvation Army personnel. Major Art Fultz of Dalton, GA is making his way to the community of Calhoun to serve and Capt. Doug McClure is serving in Rome. The Salvation Army is assessing the needs for services and is in immediate communication with emergency managers of these communities.

“The Salvation Army is calling on the community first and foremost to pray! Please pray for survivors and emergency responders,” states Georgia Divisional Disaster Director Major Jim Smith. “We will also need you to join us in resource and financial support.”

Monetary donations can also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or by mailing it to The Salvation Army, Georgia Divisional Headquarters, 1000 Center Place, Norcorss, GA 30093.

The Salvation Army Responds to Alabama Hostage Crisis

Ozark, AL (January 30, 2013)—The Salvation Army has deployed a mobile feeding unit from Dothan to Dale County, Alabama to provide support to first responders at the site of a hostage situation. Since early evening on Tuesday, volunteers from The Salvation Army have been preparing hot meals and drinks at the incident command post in Midland City, AL.

Salvation Army officials responded at the request of law enforcement to provide for the physical needs of those attempting to resolve what has been described as a “very delicate situation” involving a child. Home and businesses surrounding the hostage location have been evacuated to ensure their safety and security. By sunrise on Wednesday, The Salvation Army had served over 250 hot meals.

Brenda Furqueron, Director of The Salvation Army in Dale County, said that “plans are already in place to serve as long as it is necessary.”

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared throughout the day on Wednesday in continued support of the hostage standoff.

“Our hope and prayer is that this situation can be resolved in a peaceful manner,” Furqueron added.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services. Please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

For more on this story, please visit the news article on dothaneagle.com.

Salvation Army Dedicates Three New Canteens in Missouri

Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson, left, addresses the crowd during the canteen dedication.
Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson, left, addresses the crowd during the canteen dedication.

St. Louis, MO (January 29, 2012)—Thanks to the generous support of partners United Way of Greater St. Louis and Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., The Salvation Army was able to purchase the canteens to better serve communities afflicted with disaster. The canteens will replace older models in St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and Joplin.

Major Lonneal Richardson, left, stands with Bill Sarvis of Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., and Lieutenant James Curry, Joplin. Beacon Roofing generously donated $100,000 toward the purchase of the Joplin canteen.

To celebrate the addition of the canteens, The Salvation Army hosted a dedication service today at Midland Division Headquarters. Representatives from Joplin, The Salvation Army, United Way, and Beacon Roofing were on-hand for remarks, as well as St. Louis Fire Department Chief Dennis Jenkerson, Advisory Board Chairman Mark Abels, and Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson.

Gary Dollar, United Way of Greater St. Louis, addressed the crowd during the dedication. United Way generously donated $50,000 toward the purchase of the St. Louis canteen.

The Salvation Army’s canteens help serve more than 200,000 meals, drinks, and snacks each year to those who are hungry. In addition to responding to disasters such as severe storms and tornados, the canteens are regularly used to provide meals, water, and clothing to St. Louis’ homeless community.

The purchase of the canteens was made possible by a $100,000 donation from Beacon Roofing, $50,000 donation from United Way, and the community’s generous support of The Salvation Army.

UPDATE – Salvation Army response to Australian brushfires continues

London, England (January 17, 2013)—As bushfires raged in parts of the Australian island of Tasmania in early January, The Salvation Army quickly deployed emergency response teams to assist affected communities.

The Salvation Army’s southern regional emergency services team initially served meals and refreshments to people in the Tasmanian state capital, Hobart, who were disembarking ferries from the bush fire-hit town of Nubeena. The response then grew to provide assistance in Sorell – the largest town that is close to the restricted areas – and, after a fire brigade escort, an emergency services trailer was placed in Dunalley and Nubeena. As well as providing assistance to people evacuated from their homes, The Salvation Army supplied food and drink to members of the emergency services and the military.

Financial assistance and counselling is also a major component of the Army’s response.

The Salvation Army’s Carlton Corps (church) – located between Dunalley and Sorell – was close to the fires but it escaped damage and became a drop-in point for people to collect clothing, blankets and food.

‘Initial assessments show the damage caused by these fires to be severe and we expect to be required by the Tasmanian community for the coming weeks,’ said Envoy Warwick Wilson, territorial emergency services coordinator. ‘We are committed to remaining in these communities for as long as we are required and will continue to provide emotional, financial and personal support to people affected. Our prayers are with these communities, particularly those in Tasmania and the extended Tasmanian community.’

By 8 January – several days into the response in south-east Tasmania – Captain Craig Wood (Tasmania Divisional Communications and Fundraising Secretary) estimated that more than 5,000 meals had been served. Salvos Stores – the Australian brand name for stores selling used goods – is providing items at no charge to people in need.

‘The Salvation Army has been inundated with offers of help, both financial and material, and people volunteering to do the hard yards on the ground, such as helping farmers rebuild fences,’ said Captain Wood. ‘In the recovery centre in Hobart, we’ve had people coming off the ferries and we’ve fed them, we’ve talked to them, and we’ve been able to share a bit about the hope we believe in. People also ask us why we do what we do and we’re able to share why we are called to serve people.’

Meanwhile, The Salvation Army was also assisting communities in Victoria and South Australia affected by bush fires.

Donations can be made to The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Fund, which will assist the emergency work in Tasmania and other areas affected by bush fires, as well as supporting the response to other disasters that may arise. Go to www.salvationarmy.org.au for more details.

Chattanooga Salvation Army on standby due to potential flooding

Chattanooga, TN (January 16, 2013)—The Salvation Army remains in contact with local county emergency managers to stay updated on rising creeks and potential flooding. The Salvation Army has alerted its volunteers and its emergency mobile kitchen crew to be ready to serve local emergency managers, disaster teams, and residents as needed.

“Our promise to the community is to ‘Do the Most Good’ with time, money and resources entrusted to us by our neighbors. Serving food, beverages, and offering spiritual counsel at times of disasters is just one of the ways we carry out this promise,” states Major Algerome Newsome, Salvation Army Area Commander.

To support The Salvation Army’s disaster efforts, donations can be made by visiting www.csarmy.org, by calling 1-800-Sal-Army or by mailing The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

For more information please contact Kimberly George at 423-308-7715.

Vauxhall Helicopter Crash: The Salvation Army responds to incident in Central London

Vauxhall Helicopter Crash: The Salvation Army responds to incident in Central London, Photo credit: Sophie Docker, The Salvation Army

London, England (January 16, 2013)—The Salvation Army has deployed two mobile canteens to provide support at the scene of an incident involving a helicopter and a crane at Vauxhall in Central London.

The vehicles, despatched from London Central Emergency Response Team and London South East Division, were on hand at two sites in Vauxhall serving hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks to emergency services workers.

One was situated at Vauxhall Station surrounded by TV crews, emergency services and members of the public, while the other vehicle was situated on the opposite side of the crash site at Sainsbury’s in Wandsworth Road.

Six fire engines, four fire rescue units, a number of other specialist vehicles, 88 firefighters and officers from the London Fire Brigade, Met Police and London Ambulance Service are currently attending the scene of the crash near Wandsworth Road in South Lambeth.

The mobile units provided both refreshments and pastoral support to those involved in the rescue and response following the incident which took place at around 8am on Wednesday.

Vauxhall station, which was closed shortly after the incident, has now re-opened.

Source: salvationarmy.org.uk

Today Is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

It’s “National Human Trafficking Awareness Day” today. Below, see an article from our national blog on how trafficking is becoming a growing issue worldwide, and what you can do to help prevent it.

“Today the nation observes Human Trafficking Awareness Day, an opportunity to shed light on the growing issue of modern-day slavery worldwide and throughout the United States. The International Labor Organization estimates that worldwide 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor, trapped in jobs and exploitive conditions into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. Human trafficking can also be regarded as forced labor.

Just a few days ago, President Obama declared the entire month of January “Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month,” stating, “As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish…we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.”

Human trafficking is lucrative and fairly low risk; police arrest records show that young women can be sold to brothel owners in North America for as much as $16,000 each.

In the U.S., an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into this country each year, primarily for the sex industry. Traffickers typically lure women to the U.S. with false promises of jobs as waitresses, nannies, models, and factory workers. The victims are prevented from leaving by security guards, violence, threats, debt bondage, and/or retention of documents.

Data collected by the Human Trafficking Reporting System, which collects information from state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S., reveals that:

   82% of 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking between Jan 2008 and June 2010 were classified as sex trafficking cases;
   459 individuals (432 female/27 male) were confirmed to be victims of sex trafficking;
   83% of sex trafficking victims were U.S. citizens.

The Salvation Army firmly believes that the abuse and exploitation of human beings through any form of human trafficking is an offense against humankind and against God. This commitment emerges from The Salvation Army’s mission – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination – beginning when founders William and Catherine Booth began protecting women and children from the horrors of the industry in the late 19th century. In 2011 alone, The Salvation Army served 323 victims of labor and sexual trafficking through its victims’ assistance programs based in the United States.

The Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking (IAST) is a program of The Salvation Army that exists to help, create and equip the movement for the abolition of sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. This program helps develop and provide information and resources to help other Abolitionists in their efforts to educate the public about the devastating realities of sex trafficking and the effects of life in the sex industry. IAST’s website offers a plethora of resources and ways that you can get involved and join our efforts. Please visit www.IAST.net to get informed, to educate, advocate, and give back!

Join us today by reflecting on Proverbs 31: 8-9:

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

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Learn more about our fight against Human Trafficking at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.”

The Salvation Army – Providing Long Term Service to Sandy Survivors

Atlanta, GA (January 9, 2013)—The Salvation Army continues to meet material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families following Hurricane Sandy. Below is a list of services currently in operation in affected communities.

To make a donation to ongoing relief efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

NYC Restoration Centers & Disaster Assistance Centers (DRC) on Long Island
The Salvation Army continues to participate in FEMA assistance centers that are established
to assist all impacted communities. The Salvation Army is providing clothing/furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emotional & spiritual care, and information and referral services.
Most FEMA assistance centers are anticipated to close by February 15.

Multi-Agency Shelter Transition Task Force
The FEMA led program involves The Salvation Army and American Red Cross disaster case
workers who will be working in teams to interview the 2,200 families that remain in shelters and
transitional housing (hotels) throughout New York City and Long Island. The teams will ascertain
the requirements necessary to relocate these families into longer term housing. In addition to
FEMA and American Red Cross funding, The Salvation Army will ‘fill in the gaps’ to ensure that
the affected families complete the next step in their recovery plan. The Salvation Army will provide
financial assistance to assist with broker fees, security deposits, furniture, household items, and
basic living expenses. The program is an interim step before federal case management is
established, and it is expected to continue through February 28.

Franklin Shelter Warehouse & Emergency Supply Distribution
The Salvation Army continues to accept, warehouse, and distribute emergency supplies
for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Emergency supplies, new clothing, personal hygiene products,
clean-up supplies, and home furnishings will be distributed as needed throughout 2013.

Salvation Army Corps Community Center Emergency Services
Within the impacted zones, Salvation Army facilities are used to facilitate both families and
individuals who may or may not qualify for federal assistance. Services include: clothing/furniture
vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emergency supplies, emotional & spiritual care, and
information and referral services. Salvation Army facilities located in the impacted communities
include Bay Ridge & Bushwick (Brooklyn), Freeport, Hempstead, & Blue Point (Long Island), and
Stapleton (Staten Island). Services will be offered throughout 2013.

The Salvation Army/Habitat For Humanity Repair-Rebuild-Refurbish Program
The Salvation Army and Habitat For Humanity International are partnering on Staten Island to assist impacted homeowners with their ability to rebuild, repair, and refurbish their homes. The Salvation Army will facilitate the disaster case management process to identify and assist qualifying beneficiaries. Habitat For Humanity will facilitate the construction process. Both agencies will collaborate to secure home furnishings and major appliances. Similar projects are under consideration for Island Park and Mastic Beach on Long Island. The program will continue throughout 2013.

Federal Long Term Case Management Program
Catholic Charities is the lead agency to facilitate a federal long term case management program.
Once established, The Salvation Army will participate in the program’s Unmet Needs Round-table
process where specific cases are presented for assistance. The Salvation Army will attempt to
‘fill in the gaps’ and provide a safety net for families and individuals who remain in need with no
other options for assistance. The program will continue throughout 2013.

The Salvation Army Responds to Bushfires in Tasmania

In response to the bushfires affecting parts of Tasmania, The Salvation Army has deployed emergency response teams to assist the communities affected by providing emergency bedding, food supplies, clothing and financial assistance.

“Initial assessments show the damage caused by these fires to be severe and we expect to be required by the Tasmanian community for the coming weeks as they recover,”said Warwick Wilson – The Salvation Army Southern Territory Emergency Services Coordinator.

“We are committed to remaining in these communities for as long as we are required and will continue to provide emotional, financial and personal support to people affected. Our prayers are with these communities, particularly those in Tasmania and the extended Tasmanian community,”he said.

The Salvation Army is also on ground assisting communities in Victoria and South Australia as they respond to communities affected by bushfires as well.

Those wishing to support The Salvation Army are encouraged to visit www.salvationarmy.org.au.

For further information or media comment please contact:

Captain Craig Wood | Divisional Communications and Fundraising Secretary
The Salvation Army | Tasmania Division
Tel: 03 6278 7184 Mob: 0402 256 318

Photo courtesy of guardian.co.uk.