Toolbelt 18: Dave’s Addicted: In Captivity

We don’t know how (yet) or why (yet) but Dave is being held against his will in an undisclosed detention facility. See what it’s all about! Follow along on twitter: #DavesAddicted, #MTKToolbelt

On This Day In History—May 30

On This Day In History: 1911, The Indianapolis 500 was run for the first time. Did you know that NASCAR driver, Morgan Shepherd, supported The Salvation Army by displaying our brand, on his #89 car at the 2011 Daytona Nationwide Series Race.

On This Day In History: May 24

On This Day In History: 1819, Queen Victoria, Britain’s longest reigning monarch was born.

Queen Victoria once called on Salvation Army General William Booth to enquire, “General Booth, what is the secret of your ministry?”

Salvation Army Today—May 24, 2012

This week’s episode takes a look at the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club, Arizona’s new Kroc Center, and the latest poverty studies from Australia and the United States.

Southern Spirit TV—Episode 18

See video from the Texas Divisional Development’s trip to the Kenya West Territory around minute 12:05.

The Salvation Army Supports NATO First Responders

Chicago, IL (May 24, 2012) – During the NATO Summit in Chicago on Sunday, May 20, and Monday, May 21, The Salvation Army served as the sole agency designated by the City of Chicago to provide hot meals, box lunches, hydration and snacks for nearly 7,500 law enforcement officers and emergency responders. Coordinated by The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division, the mass feeding operation was a combined effort involving Salvation Army officers and volunteers from three USA Salvation Army Territories: Central Territory, Eastern Territory and Southern Territory.

Beginning on Friday, May 18, and continuing through the afternoon of Monday, May 22, 372 Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers served 20,130 bag lunches, 8,560 hot meals, 41,560 snacks, 141,408 bottles of water and Gatorade™ and more than 34,000 pounds of ice. Food and beverage distribution took place at three fixed feeding locations and 18 different hydration stations.

Salvation Army staff and volunteers travelled from Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Volunteers performed a total of 3,962 service hours boxing lunches, preparing meals and serving law enforcement officials and first responders. The Salvation Army coordinated efforts with approximately 30 other city, state and federal agencies.

The Salvation Army Florida Division provided a state-of-the-art mobile field kitchen and experienced personnel capable of preparing more than 25,000 meals per day. The Salvation Army also deployed 10 canteens, four rapid response vehicles, three box trucks and one refrigerated truck.

“The Salvation Army has been a Godsend,” said William Schatz, Deputy Director of Critical Incident Review, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. “Their professional, continual support has been incredible and we appreciate what they brought to the table during a stressful time of long hours over several days. The Salvation Army doesn’t know the word ‘No.’”

“It was an honor for The Salvation Army to have the privilege to serve the dedicated and hard working men and women who were providing for the security and safety of our city during this historic international event,” said Major David Dalberg, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “The months of planning and inter-agency coordination truly paid off. The feeding operation needed to be flexible and responsive at all times. Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers worked diligently around the clock and performed at the highest possible level to provide sustenance and support to law enforcement and first responders who were often called into service at a moment’s notice.”

Leaders from around the world gathered in Chicago for this important diplomatic summit hosted by President Barack Obama. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held meetings in Chicago from May 20-21, allowing the city to highlight its economic vitality, arts and architecture and can-do spirit. This was the first time an American city other than Washington, DC, has hosted a NATO summit. About 2,000 journalists from across the world were in Chicago to chronicle the events.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

Joplin: One Year Later

Joplin: One Year Later
Posted on May 22, 2012
Joplin: One Year Later | Salvation Army – Missouri & Southern Illinois.

Joplin: One Year Later

The Crossleys stand on their newly poured foundation, anticipating the day when they can move into their new home.

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

Nearly one year after a historic tornado destroyed more than 7,500 homes and 500 businesses, Joplin residents are still finding their way back to normal.

“The mess has been cleaned up,” says David Crossley, manager of The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Joplin. “The debris is gone. You see rebuilding going on around town, and people are hopeful.”

Crossley, a 15-year employee of The Salvation Army lost his home when it was badly damaged in the storm. Emerging from a closet where they’d taken shelter, the Crossley family found their roof partially gone, their windows broken, live power lines on their car and no immediate hope for assistance. In the days following the storm, he and his family slept at The Salvation Army Community and Worship Center, at friends’ houses and at a motel.

Today, thanks to the aid of The Salvation Army, his church, family members and friends, Crossley and his family are hopeful their lives will return back to normal.

“We just poured the foundation on a home we are building. We hope to move into it in early June,” he reports.

As Crossley reflects on the long year his family has endured, he is struck by the progress they’ve made. “I was just thinking the other day, our wedding anniversary is coming up and last year we were living in a motel room with no idea where we were going to wind up. Now, we’re living in a comfortable duplex and building a home of our own. In just one year, we’ve lost nearly everything we had, and now we’re almost whole again.”

Just two months after the epic storm, Lieutenants James and Jamie Curry became officers in Joplin. Lieutenant Jamie reflects on life in her new hometown, “Any other place I have ever lived, I’ve never had the experience of stepping out my front door and seeing something different than the day before. Almost an entire year has passed since the tornado, but it still seems like last week to the residents here. While there are significant changes to the landscape as buildings are rebuilt, the emotional toll is still ever present.”

The Currys and their team have been hard at work as part of the Long Term Recovery Committee, a consortium of nonprofits and service agencies working to handle long-term survivor case management. “We have the benefit of seeing first hand how God can work, even in a disaster. There are success stories that come through our doors each day, and when these individuals get helped, it renews their desire to help others.”

Residents of Joplin rebuilding after the storm.

Crossley says that in some ways that storm has been a blessing. “It brought my family closer, and I think it brought many of us in the community closer. Whenever we had a need, The Salvation Army or one of its partners was there to meet it. God’s love has been manifested in so many ways in these days of recovery, and I am so grateful.”

Lt. Curry observes, “There is a greater sense of community among the people of Joplin. As is the case in many catastrophic events, everyone is affected in one form or another which creates in itself a genuine sense of comradeship. Joplin is no different.”

Dana Ross, Case Manager for The Salvation Army Joplin Relief Center, says “We have formed some amazing partnerships. We are one of the primary social service providers for this event, and through these partnerships we can connect our clients with just about anything they need.”

The Salvation Army was recently awarded a contract with Missouri that will allow it to continue long-term case management with residents through May 2013. In the coming weeks, long-term plans will be released detailing The Salvation Army’s strategy for long-term recovery and investment in Joplin.

San Francisco Salvation Army Receives Special Delivery from FedEx

San Francisco, CA (May 21, 2012)—FedEx Corp. made a very special delivery last Friday to The Salvation Army, Golden State Division during National Salvation Army Week. As part of the company’s commitment to supporting disaster relief efforts around the world, FedEx donated a custom Disaster Response Unit (DRU) to The Salvation Army, the first vehicle of its kind to be used in San Francisco. The new canteen will help Salvation Army workers and volunteers better serve the community by providing meals to needy and displaced residents during and after natural disasters.

“At FedEx, we are fully committed to disaster relief and recovery through our transportation network and are known for making critical deliveries in times of need,” said Rose Flenorl, manager, Global Citizenship, FedEx Services. “Through the donation of this new Disaster Response Unit, we hope to help The Salvation Army continue to deliver much-needed food and aid to San Francisco-area residents in times of need.”

The co-branded DRU, valued at $100,000, is one of 15 units that FedEx has donated to The Salvation Army global fleet during the past five years. It is outfitted with the latest equipment and technology to assist disaster response personnel in helping community members during and after emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, floods or other weather-related disasters.

The custom-designed and built unit features a fully functional kitchen where workers and volunteers can prepare meals and feed approximately 2,500 people per day. It is also outfitted with a GPS tracking device which keeps Salvation Army commanders aware of the unit’s exact location at any given time. In addition to assisting personnel during disaster situations, the unit will participate in The Salvation Army’s street outreach program, which serves approximately 750 unsheltered people per week.

“Mobile feeding units are the main pillars of The Salvation Army’s disaster response capability and other local feeding efforts,” said Major Wayne Froderberg, emergency disaster services coordinator, The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division. “These Disaster Response Units, like the one donated by FedEx, allow our responders to be among the first on the scene of a disaster and help ease the devastation experienced by so many involved.”

The canteen donated for use in the San Francisco area represents over $1.5 million dollars in vehicles that FedEx has donated worldwide in the past five years. In addition to the donation last week, units have been presented to the following U.S. cities — Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Memphis and Boston — and are in use abroad in San Juan, London, Mexico City, Sydney and Winnipeg.

About FedEx

FedEx Corp. provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $42 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit

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 more than 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 support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

Flood Response in Eastern Europe Begins with Basics

Eastern Europe (May 17, 2012) – The Salvation Army in Georgia is providing assistance to families affected by floods. At least 350 families around Lagodekhi – near the country’s eastern border – lost crops and livestock after torrential rain caused flooding. Floods in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, also brought devastation, with five people known to have lost their lives.

Conditions mean that transporting heavy goods is very difficult, so the initial plan is to provide small food packages of basic products such as rice, sugar and oil. Captain Oleg Murzanov has been working with the local government in Lagodekhi which has identified the worst-hit families and will direct the response. Salvation Army team members have also visited the site and interviewed local representatives to assess the need.

In Tbilisi, team members are providing ongoing support – including food and bottled water – to 30 families affected by flash floods. Rubber boots and plastic containers for water have been purchased for distribution so that people can begin to clean their flood-hit apartments.

One person commented: ‘The Salvation Army really is a Salvation Army!’

An initial sum of US$8,000 has been sent to Georgia from The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services.

Toolbelt Episode 17: Tshirts and June Resources

It’s a regular episode of the Toolbelt, and this show features a Skype interview with the creative, Fulton Hawk, sharing the background of WARdrobe:Army Apparel and what it represents and why it exists. Also featured in this episode? That would be resource releases for June on Ministry Toolkit. Stay to the end to see if you got mentioned as a Rockstar!