Salvation Army Units in Texas Prepared to Respond to Tropical Storm Nicholas

Dallas, Texas (September 13, 2021) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster (EDS) teams in South Texas are preparing to respond to potential heavy rain and flooding associated with Tropical Storm Nicholas. Salvation Army staff and trained volunteers, utilizing mobile feeding units, cleanup kits, and other supplies, are ready to serve impacted communities.
“We are carefully monitoring Tropical Storm Nicholas and have mobile feeding units and staff along the Texas coast prepared to respond, if necessary,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Many of our staff and trained volunteers are only just returning home from the first wave of response efforts after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana. The Salvation Army stands ready to serve as needed.”
The storm is currently moving slowly, skirting the Texas coastline, and is expected to make landfall in on Monday evening just north of Corpus Christi. “Heavy rain and potential flooding are the major concern in areas north of Corpus Christi, including Bay City, Freeport, Houston, and the Golden Triangle region,” said Migues. “We have units located throughout the area that can mobilize and respond very quickly.”
Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support ongoing disaster response efforts. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx
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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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi dedicates Sara & Dick Rathgeber Center of Hope

Despite the clouds and moments of rain, there was an incredible attendance for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of he Salvation Army Sara & Dick Rathgeber Center of Hope in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Attendees included Mr. & Mrs. Rathgeber, Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo, Victory Building Team, Turner Ramirez Architects, territorial leaders Commissioners Willis and Barbara Howell, divisional leaders Lt. Colonels Ronnie and Sharon Raymer, and numerous donors and supporters from the community.

Mayor Guajardo took a moment to remind everyone the importance of working together.

“This is a historic day,” she said. “We don’t have to say it, we all know it! Sitting here this morning, remembering how it was just an empty field, and now, here we are. As Mayor of Corpus Christi, I am so proud to be a partner in this coming to fruition, because none of this happens without every single one of us coming together – we all bring something to the table. It is our responsibility to help those who need help, and I am 110 percent behind The Salvation Army, working together to help our city move forward with His grace and His will to guide us along the way.”

The Salvation Army is uniquely suited to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of men, women, children, and veterans who seek shelter. The programs help individuals focus on their needs and successfully transition from homelessness into a home of their own. Case managers work with every individual and family to make the necessary changes to get back on their feet.

“We’re going to step off script for one moment,” said Commissioner Willis Howell during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “I learned last night from our friends Captain and Lieutenant Gesner, how they have had the scissors hanging in their office for three years, looking forward to this day and praying over the work taking place here in Corpus Christi. My wife and I are happy to stand up here, beside you, but we aren’t cutting the ribbon – you are!”

From there, it was a beautiful moment as Captain Patrick Gesner and Lieutenant Laura Gesner, who lead The Salvation Army as corps officers in Corpus Christi, took the scissors and invited Mr. Rathgeber to join them in cutting the ribbon and officially opening the building.

“I’m here to thank you, the officers and staff, and all those who helped make this possible” said Mr. Dick Rathgeber, the donor for which the center is named. “I’ve been associated with The Salvation Army for about 40 years, and I’ve gotten to know a lot of officers throughout this time. I quickly learned how this is not just a job to you, it’s a commitment. Now I like to help people in need, and I want to thank you all for hanging in there during the ups and downs of getting the money for this project, but you stuck with it and I thank you.”

The Salvation Army’s ongoing shelter program in Corpus Christi will continue to meet human need in the Center for Hope, but at an even greater capacity. The new shelter is double the size of the existing facility, with 120 beds available for individuals and families, and 12 designated for Veterans. Those coming to the Center of Hope will receive shelter, food, and case management, with the goal of gaining self-sufficiency and long-term, secure housing.

Currently, an average of 12,000 meals, 700 hygiene products, and 200 baby products are provided each month. The Salvation Army anticipates the delivery of additional services, with the aim to positively impact more lives than ever before in Corpus Christi.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Bend and Marriott TownPlace Suites

The Salvation Army of Coastal Bend would would like to recognize our amazing staff and the amazing staff at Marriott TownPlace Suites for making it possible in helping over 50 senior citizens from Cimarron Estates Senior Apartments. Due to the winter storm, the residents have been without running water for over a week and The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend has provided hotel vouchers and food boxes as they leave the facility. Also, a very special thank you to our donors for making it possible! It’s because of donors like you that we are able to keep serving those in need who live in our community.

The Salvation Army Coastal Bend is ready and prepared to respond to Tropical Storm Harvey

Barbecue Cook Off Benefits Culinary Arts Program

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Training people in the kitchen for a culinary career in Corpus Christi.
Seven teams participated in the first Salvation Army Longhorn Barbecue Cook Off in Corpus Christi on Saturday, July 25. Officially sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society, all proceeds of the event benefited the Culinary Arts Program at The Salvation Army.

Marc Puente, Culinary Instructor, leads the Culinary Arts Program (CAP), an eight-week course covering food safety and sanitation, preparation and technique, knife handling, culinary vocabulary, execution and meal planning, presentation, and event planning. The program began in 2009 as an outreach to the community and provides hands-on culinary training preparing individuals for the job market. “Students come to us from The Salvation Army shelter and others in the city, and from the community,” said Puente. “There have been more than 50 graduates since 2009 and the program is tuition free.”

Bryan Rodriguez, a recent graduate of the program is now a full-time manager in the kitchen of the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi. Bryan came to The Salvation Army looking for assistance and was invited to join the CAP by Kitchen Supervisor and instructor, Sam Silva. “Bryan had a broken leg at the time and was generally down on his luck. He joined the program and it completely changed his life,” said Silva. “Bryan got his life together, retrained in the kitchen and is now employed as a sous chef and working on a culinary arts degree.”

Silva found The Salvation Army at a low point in his life. “I’d been laid off as an Executive Chef and saw the Kitchen Supervisor position posted at The Salvation Army. I didn’t know a lot about The Salvation Army back then but I can honestly say that this is the best job I’ve ever had,” he said. “Not only do I get to cook and be creative, but I also have the opportunity to teach and build relationships with the program participants and the people we serve.”

Residents at The Salvation Army Shelter are treated to the tasty results of the program. “As a chef you’re always looking for feedback on your food. Believe me, we get lots of feedback from the residents here!” said Silva. “Our kitchen is not a soup kitchen. People are treated with respect and we provide the best quality food possible.”

“The CAP is a true culinary course providing real marketable skills for real people to get real jobs,” explained Major Terry Ray of The Salvation Army in Corpus Christi. “Our last graduating class had 90 percent job placement within two weeks! This translates to individuals who are taking steps towards a career in food service that will empower them to never seek assistance again. Practical programs for people in need.”

The Salvation Army in Central Texas Responding to Memorial Weekend Floods

5/25/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 25, 2015) – Following intense Memorial weekend storms record flooding has devastated areas of Central Texas. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams are working closely with local partners to provide assistance to individuals who have been displaced from their homes.

An estimated 1,000 homes have been flooded in Hays County, Texas, where the Blanco River at San Marcos crested at just over 43 feet, rising an incredible 31 feet in the space of 24 hours. The mobile kitchen from The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, in coordination with the San Marcos Service Center, provided meals at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins Street, on Monday. More than 1,000 meals have been served over the last two days. Four pallets of water will be delivered by The Salvation Army at the request of the City of Blanco.

Emergency shelters previously activated to accommodate flood evacuees have now closed in Corpus Christi and Wichita Falls as flood levels recede. The Salvation Army mobile kitchens from San Angelo, DFW Area Command, Big Spring, and Midland provided 852 meals, 1969 beverages and 96 snacks on Sunday in Wichita Falls.

In Houston, The Salvation Army continues to assist at the American Red Cross Shelter (Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356) serving 146 meals, 301 beverages and 98 snacks on Sunday.

As statewide response continues The Salvation Army is appealing for financial donations to help support relief efforts. To make a donation please go to htttp://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

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 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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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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

February 5, 2010

 

 

 

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Texas Floods – The Salvation Army Providing Shelter, Meals and Emotional & Spiritual Care

5/24/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 24, 2015) – The Salvation Army is providing shelter, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by severe flooding in several Texas cities. Sunday saw increased response following more overnight rain.

Ongoing Salvation Army response efforts include:

  • Wichita Falls – Mobile kitchens and staff from Wichita Falls, San Angelo, DFW Area Command, and Midland provided 1,089 meals, 2,137 drinks, and 148 snacks on 5/23/15.
  • Wichita Falls – The Salvation Army Shelter (403 7th St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301) provided overnight accommodation to 39 people on 5/22/15 and 41 people on 5/23/15.
  • Corpus Christi – The mobile kitchen is located at Banquete Jr. High School – 4339 S. 4th Street, Robstown, TX 78339.
  • Montgomery County – The Houston Area Command mobile kitchen is assisting at the American Red Cross Shelter (Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356) by providing meals beginning 5/24/15. Salvation Army mobile kitchens from the Pasadena and Northwest Corps remain on standby.
  • San Marcos – The Austin Area Command mobile kitchen working with the San Marcos Service Center will be providing meals in San Marcos (San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.) beginning 5/24/15.
  • Van Zandt and Smith Counties – The Tyler Corps is continuing to support survivors following severe weather events.

 

“With heavy rain expected today and tomorrow, we are ready to support emergency relief efforts any way we can,” said Major Chris Flanagan, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Houston. “The Salvation Army is here to help those most in need in our community.”

All Salvation Army units in the Texas Division are on standby at this time while Service Extension Regions 1-4 (East Texas/ North East Texas/ Central West Texas rural communities) are continuing to assess the potential needs in their areas. The Salvation Army is monitoring developments in the State Operations Center and is coordinating with other nonprofit organizations and state agencies.

The Salvation Army response is expected to continue for the foreseeable future as flood levels rise swelled by persistent rain in Texas. To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

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 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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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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

February 5, 2010

 

 

 

Statewide Flooding Prompts Increased Salvation Army Response in Texas

5/23/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 23, 2015) – Record flooding in several Texas locations has seen increased statewide response from The Salvation Army.

In Wichita Falls the flood level crested at 21.3 feet on Saturday and with more rain anticipated water levels may reach as high as 27 feet. On Friday The Salvation Army provided 189 meals and shelter to 39 individuals who have been evacuated from their homes. Manpower and equipment have been deployed from Salvation Army locations in San Angelo, DFW Area Command, Big Spring and Midland.

“The Salvation Army will have five mobile kitchens in the city feeding our neighbors by the end of the day,” said Captain David Swyers, Wichita Falls Commanding Officer. “The two canteens already responding with meals, snacks, and emotional and spiritual care are being met with great gratitude. As the waters rise The Salvation Army will be here to serve the needs of the community.”

In Central and South Texas disaster response units from the Austin Area Command and New Braunfels are providing additional support to area shelters, as are the Laredo team in Crystal City and Cotulla along the border. The mobile kitchen from Corpus Christi has been operational since Wednesday, May 13, after widespread flooding and continues to serve the affected communities of Banquette, Agua Dulce, and San Diego.

Meanwhile, support following recent tornadoes continues with the Tyler Corps serving in Van Zandt and Smith counties. Volunteers and staff from Texas Service Extension Region’s 2 and 3 are working with survivors providing Case Work and Emergency Assistance in Van Zandt, Eastland and Johnson Counties.

Salvation Army response is expected to continue for the foreseeable future as flood levels rise swelled by persistent rain in Texas. To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

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 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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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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

February 5, 2010

 

“By The Grace of God We Are Still Standing” North Texas Storms Continue

5/22/2015

For Immediate Release

                              Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Christina Lopez and her family were at home on Tuesday evening, close to Bridgeport, Texas, when they received an emergency warning about a rapidly approaching tornado. The family left their mobile home and huddled together in a truck under a large tree as moments later the tornado tore through their small community.

“We were bouncing all over the place in the truck,” said Mrs. Lopez. “I was helpless as I watched the tornado rip my house apart. There was nothing I could do about it.” The Salvation Army mobile kitchen from Dallas Fort Worth Area Command provided lunch, snacks and drinks to Mrs. Lopez and her family on Thursday as they worked tirelessly to sort through the wreckage of five homes that were destroyed. When asked if the family would like some bibles in addition to the food she responded, “Absolutely! We’ll take them. It’s only by the grace of God that we are still standing.”

Dangerous storms continue to move through the North Texas area and are forecast to remain through the weekend. Flooding is a major concern throughout the state and all Salvation Army Disaster Response Units are on standby preparing to assist local areas, and beyond if necessary.

Wichita Falls and Gainsville are major areas of concern this evening with record flooding expected. A mandatory evacuation was put in place for approximately 150 homes in Wichita Falls as area power was switched off on Thursday morning. The Salvation Army has been activated as an emergency shelter and will also be feeding those affected in the community at the Point of Distribution Center with the assistance of the mobile kitchen from San Angelo. The Salvation Army of Sherman is on standby for deployment to Gainsville.

Wednesday and Thursday also saw continued Salvation Army meal service in Van, Mineral Wells, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, and Corpus Christi.

To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

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 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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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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

February 5, 2010

 

Corpus Christi Stolen Salvation Army Kettle Found

CORPUS CHRISTI – A Salvation Army kettle that had been stolen from a local shopping center a few days ago has been recovered.

It was found in the middle of the street at Erwin and Mueller by a woman and her daughter as they were driving to school.

The little girl saw the kettle and said, “Look Mom, it’s the stolen kettle we saw on the news!”

Police arrived and confirmed it was the stolen kettle.

A representative from the Salvation Army arrived to claim the recovered kettle.

Story at kztv10.com.