Demolition Begins at The Salvation Army’s Port-au-Prince Compound In just two weeks, these long-standing Salvation Army structures will be leveled to make way for significant rebuilding

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Demolition begins today at The Salvation Army’s Delmas 2 compound. Over the next two weeks crews will tear down all of the buildings at the Port-au-Prince location with the exception of the temporary classrooms, kitchen, and the old College Verena, where the primary health care clinic and school administration offices are now housed.

“For more than 60 years, The Salvation Army has been housed in these buildings on Delmas 2. That all changed on January 12, 2010,” said Major Ron Busroe, Haiti Recovery and Development (HRD) Director. “With the demolition of the old and rebuilding of the new, The Salvation Army will begin a new era in serving the people of Haiti.”

While school is closed during the Carnaval holiday, crews will tear down buildings closest to the temporary classrooms, clinic and school administration. Demolition of this area will be finished and security walls built before students return to class on Monday, March 14. Crews will then demolish the old Divisional Headquarters.

Demolition is the first step in rebuilding physical structures and equipping the Army to better serve the Port-au-prince community. When completed, the compound will house a new College Verena with buildings for kindergarten, primary and secondary school children, school administration buildings, a new primary health care clinic, an integrated family support service building and a corps building that will seat 3,000.

The Salvation Army Opening Shelter for Tallahala Creek Flood Victims

Laurel, Miss. – The Salvation Army in Laurel will be partnering with Mississippi Department of Human Service (DHS) and the American Red Cross to operate an emergency shelter at The Salvation Army in Laurel at 205 N. 13th Avenue. Residents affected by the flooding of Tallahala Creek are welcome to stay in the shelter.

The Salvation Army will provide the shelter space, emotional and spiritual care, and mass feeding for the emergency shelter as well as the nightly residents of the Men’s and Women’s Lodges. The American Red Cross and Mississippi DHS will provide the additional manpower for the operation of the flood shelter.

Those needing shelter are reminded to bring the following items for each member of a family: prescription and emergency medication, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items.

Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled.

“The Salvation Army will be providing care and compassion to Jones County residents affected by these floods. We are grateful to DHS and the Red Cross for their continued partnership in meeting the needs of flood victims in South Mississippi,” stated Captain Bill Mockabee of The Salvation Army in Laurel.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. 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.

Premiere Cinema Supports The Salvation Army

Premiere Cinema 18 presents check of $3,157.64 to The Salvation Army of El Paso

El Paso, Texas—On Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM Premiere Cinema 18 at Bassett Place Mall will present a check for $3,157.64 to The Salvation Army in El Paso, Texas. The staff and management at Premiere Cinema are strong supporters of The Salvation Army and its programs within the El Paso community which includes the homeless family shelter located at 4300 East Paisano.

The homeless family shelter serves an average of 90 individuals daily of which two in three are children. The shelter provides a safe comfortable location for families, along with all the basic necessities, as The Salvation Army works with the family to meet our primary objective of sustainable housing upon exit from the shelter. Program services provided which support this objective include, but are not limited to: an after-school program which focuses on homeless children, parenting and life skills, and financial literacy.

Over the past two months we have been successful in placing close to 70% of the families we serve in housing. In doing so, we work with each individual family to overcome obstacles, be the obstacles real or perceived.

The Salvation Army Serving Tornado Victims in South Louisiana Mardi Gras Celebrations turn to clean-up in South Louisiana

Lafayette, LA – The Salvation Army of Lafayette, LA has deployed a disaster response team and mobile feeding unit to the town of Rayne. Around 12:45 P.M. on Saturday a strong thunderstorm began moving across south Louisiana spurning several tornadoes. Power outages, structural damage, and multiple serious injuries have been reported. Additionally, a gas line rupture has also been reported in Rayne, La. as a result of the storm, forcing the evacuation of much of the town.

A Mobile feeding unit will be present today at the Rayne Police Department to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to residents.

Mobile feeding units and a pastoral care team will work throughout the day on Saturday to ensure that residents of Rayne can focus on recovery, while The Salvation Army meets their physical and emotional needs.

Beginning around 12:00 P.M. on March 5, 2011 a strong super cell thunderstorm began dropping severe weather on a line stretching across south Louisiana. The Salvation Army responded immediately to multiple sites damaged by reported tornadoes.

“The Salvation Army will be providing care and compassion to Acadiana residents affected by these storms. We eagerly desire to reach out to the hurting residents of south Louisiana during this Mardi Gras season,” stated Captain August Pillsbury of The Salvation Army in Lafayette. “A celebratory season does not mean that pain and suffering will subside, but we pray our presence will bring the hope of a brighter tomorrow.”

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. 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.

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