The Salvation Army of New Jersey Honors Those Lost on 9/11

Liberty State Park, NJ (September 11, 2012)—On this day of remembrance, in Liberty State Park, The Salvation Army was privileged to serve breakfast to the New Jersey State Police and approximately 150 family members of the victims of 9/11. They then traveled by boat to take part in the remembrance ceremony at Ground Zero.

For Stephanie Baker and her mother Cindy South, serving breakfast to the families of the victims on this day has become a solemn tradition. Stephanie and Cindy have volunteered to serve in this way for the last ten years.

“We are honored to be here with The Salvation Army providing this outreach in memory of those who were lost and to support their loved ones left behind,” said Stephanie.

The Salvation Army’s John Berglund Remembers 9/11 on 11th Anniversary

It has been 11 years since terrorists hijacked four US passenger planes and crashed them into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C – killing 3,000 people.

The day marked one of the biggest news events in modern history and almost everyone will remember where they were when the story broke.What many people may not know is that The Salvation Army was the first relief agency to reach Ground Zero, reporting within a half-hour following the first plane crash at the World Trade Centre site.

Amid all the tragedy and the horror that took place in the days, weeks and months after, The Salvation Army was at the scene providing comfort and support to victims, families of victims and relief workers. John Berglund was responsible for emergency services in The Salvation Army’s Southwest Division when he was deployed to Ground Zero in 2001.

John told us how he and The Salvation Army responded to the disaster.

1) What was your role during the Salvation Army’s response to 9/11?
At the time, I was responsible for emergency services in the US Southwest Division, and during 9/11, I was deployed to the Greater New York Division to coordinate staff and volunteers serving under the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tent, where The Salvation Army operated a central commissary.

2) How many members of The Salvation Army were deployed at Ground Zero? And where were they from?
Throughout The Salvation Army’s nine months on scene, 7,000 officers and 32,000 volunteers/employees were deployed to the GNY Division, mostly from the US and Canadian Territories.

3) What kind of services/help did The Salvation Army offer at the time?
The Salvation Army provided feeding & hydration services 24/7 with the bulk of the fresh meals prepared through a Restaurant Revitalisation Programme which involved 250 or more local businesses. That community partnership kept affected restaurant workers employed while their neighbourhoods were closed during the lengthy recovery phase. In addition to food and hydration services, a myriad of supplies were distributed, emergency social services provided, including financial assistance, and the ‘ministry of presence’ applied at all points of service, including the New York City Medical Examiners office.

4) When was The Salvation Army first deployed? How long did this go on for?
At the time, The Salvation Army responded immediately with its traditional rapid canteen response, although today, non-governmental agencies are forbidden to self deploy due to safety and security concerns. The Army’s immediate response was followed with long-term recovery and rebuilding projects that continued through 2006.

5) Did the event, if at all, change your outlook on life or outlook on working for The Salvation Army?
The September 11th attacks scorched the outlook of all Americans, in my opinion, and perhaps intensified the call from the faith-based sector for more of us to get involved in the public square. Personally, September 11th helped my understanding of emergency services as community ministry, an expression of one’s faith in real time.

6) What are your lasting impressions of 9/11?
My lasting impression of Ground Zero is a surreal midnight image of a massive twisted steel sculpture flooded by intense light with flame and smoke smouldering from its depths. It’s the senses that I remember most — the sights, sounds, and smells.

7) Did you ever feel that you were risking your life?
No, but not out of bravado. If one is called to do this type of work, there is a genuine peace about it. That’s not to say that faith and reason aren’t partners, because in emergency services, they walk in tandem.

Like most, I’m mesmerised by destruction, but it is the human suffering that affects me.

From experience and training, I’ve learned to cope by staying physically fit, mentally balanced, and spiritually centred, and all three areas demand discipline if you are going to stay in the work. In short, human suffering motivates me to continuously improve my skill set, and remain focussed on the mission.

8) In the midst of such evil and suffering, what impact did it have on your faith?
I believe that we create evil out of ignorance, so the work inspires me to educate, to share both my life and faith experiences.

In the midst of suffering, I prefer to demonstrate my faith without words. I strive to be in the moment, and address the tasks at hand.

9) Can you describe the conditions at Ground Zero at the time?
The response work at Ground Zero was an extremely well organised national effort, bringing together the best of all sectors and underscored by unprecedented unity and intense remorse.

10) What kind of legacy do you think there is for The Salvation Army in New York following 9/11?
Incidents of national significance morph quickly into legend. The Salvation Army will always be noted historically for the service it provided in New York, but more importantly, The Salvation Army will be remembered by the individual lives it touched.

11) You have helped support others in other disaster zones, where else have you worked?
I have worked in many incidents over the years, including earthquakes, floods, forest fires, heat waves, hurricanes, mud slides, tornados, tsunamis, war and winter storms. The last catastrophic incident was the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, when International Emergency Services (IES), SAWSO, the Caribbean Territory, and the US Southern Territory came together to launch one of The Salvation Army’s largest emergency responses to date.

During Hurricane Isaac last week, I served as a federal liaison, and represented The Salvation Army in the recently opened US National Response Coordinating Centre in Washington DC.

12) 11 years on are you still working with families/people affected by 9/11?
The Salvation Army’s World Trade Centre Recovery Programme provided long-term intensive case management to people who had lost family members, homes, and jobs. The program was the longest running provider of case management services when it concluded in 2006. The Salvation Army remains involved in annual 9/11 memorial services throughout New York City and the surrounding areas.

Relief to Recovery in St. John Parish

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 10, 2012)—In addition to The Salvation Army’s first aim of meeting basic needs of those affected by Hurricane Isaac, the organization will distribute cleanup kits, comfort kits and food boxes to residents of St. John Parish on Monday, September 10. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the assistance will be given at the Home Depot parking lot in LaPlace. As more resources are secured, more assistance will be made available.v

“We’re helping those living in one of the most affected areas,” said Major W.D Owens, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in New Orleans. “This is the central theme for why we do disasters: extending our hands to help those in need in the name of Jesus.”

An original FEMA letter and a government-issued ID are required to receive the cleanup and comfort kit assistance. No ID or documentation is needed for meal/water service at Salvation Army mobile feeding units.

Hot meals and cold drinks are served from mobile feeding units to disaster survivors and first responders. The Salvation Army will often provide additional sleeping space in their shelters. The non-profit’s officers, along with trained staff and volunteers, provide pastoral and emotional comfort by listening and maintaining a ministry of presence.

Thus far in the greater New Orleans area, The Salvation Army has served 75,635 meals, 84,417 drinks, and 51,468 snacks, provided emotional and spiritual care to 3,395 individuals and distributed 2,100 cleanup kits and 1,650 comfort kits.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

FEMA Leader Visits The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Operation

Jackson, MS (September 7, 2012)—FEMA’s Mississippi Federal Coordinating Officer
(FCO) Terry Quarles visited with the representatives from the Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana Division of The Salvation Army at their Relief Operation Headquarters in Jackson, MS.

Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, Bill Feist provided Mr. Quarles with an overview of The Salvation Army’s response efforts within the Division as a result of Hurricane Isaac.

During the visit, Mr. Feist and Southern Territory Disaster Services Director, Jeff Jellets, demonstrated The Salvation Army’s mobile resource tracking system as well as provided a tour of an emergency communications trailer, feeding kitchen, and shower trailers.

The FCO’s visit to The Salvation Army’s Relief Operation reinforced the important role of the voluntary agencies as a critical partner in emergency management. Mr. Quarles expressed his appreciation for The Salvation Army’s hard work and dedication while extending an open invitation to the Mississippi Joint Field Office.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/6

Canteen Dispositions for 9/6/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 6, 2012)—The Salvation Army will increase the number of feeding sites in Laplace on Wednesday. Four units and a truck with cleaning supplies will respond to the area. Cleaning supplies will be available as supplies last. Additionally, one feeding unit will deploy to the north portion of Plaqemines parish on Wednesday. The unit will rove the Parish as well as serve at the staging area for residents returning to collect their belongings.

Pastoral care teams are also available to pray and counsel with residents overwhelmed by the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (2 Units and cleaning supplies while they last)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

Oakville Mission Baptist Church
11280 HWY 23
Belle Chasse

The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70895

*Head of Island
Highway 42 & Highway 16
Maurepas, LA

*Highway 190 & Highway 43
Albany, LA

*Highway 22
Killian Town Hall

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

On This Day In History—September 5

Today in 1880, Edward Saunders and John Gore started The Salvation Army in Australia from the back of a greengrocer’s cart in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. When Gore said, “If there’s a man here who hasn’t had a square meal today, let him come home to tea with me,” little did he realize that within a century, The Salvation Army would feed hundreds of thousands of Australians each year.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/5

Canteen Dispositions for 9/5/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 5, 2012)—The Salvation Army will increase the number of feeding sites in Laplace on Wednesday. Four units and a truck with cleaning supplies will respond to the area. Cleaning supplies will be available as supplies last. Additionally, one feeding unit will deploy to the north portion of Plaqemines parish on Wednesday. The unit will rove the Parish as well as serve at the staging area for residents returning to collect their belongings.

Pastoral care teams are also available to pray and counsel with residents overwhelmed by the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (3 Units and cleaning supplies while they last)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

St. Bernard Parish
Lafitte – Roving

LaPlace
Ascension of Our Lord Church
799 Fairway Drive

Plaquemines Parish
Roving

The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70895

*Gardere Lane
Ball Park
Baton Rouge, LA

*Head of Island
Highway 42 & Highway 16
Maurepas, LA

*Highway 190 & Highway 43
Albany, LA

*Highway 42
Killian Town Hall

Lamar Dixon Expo
Gonzales, LA

Colyell Baptist Church
Highway 42
Livingston, LA

*Highway 42 & Satsuma Road
Livingston, LA

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jourdin Shores Estates
At the Club House
6383 Pontiac Dr
Kiln, MS

Oak Harbor Subdivision
Pearlington, MS

First Pentecostal Church
123 Kendrick Lane
Picayune, MS

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

On This Day In History—September 4

Today in 1895, The Salvation Army began its work in Japan.


Doing The Most Good….in Japan!

The Salvation Army Makes Relief Mission to LaPlace, Louisiana

New Orleans, LA (September 4, 2012) — Starting over is never easy. Starting over three years from retirement can leave even the grizzliest of storm veterans searching for hope.

Dan and Darlene Brown have lived in the same LaPlace, La. neighborhood for over 32 years, never once experiencing flood waters. Raising their children in the same neighborhood that their grand children now roam and play.

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina gave only a glancing blow to residents of Laplace, Hurricane Isaac dumped several feet of rain and pushed Lake Ponchartrain into the community approximately 25 miles from Downtown New Orleans.

What Katrina spared, Isaac ravaged.

Waking up about midnight on August 28, Dan realized that Isaac was no Katrina. With six inches of rain already creeping under the doors and walls, Dan began grabbing important papers and mementos. After running down the street to his daughters house, Dan returned with a truck to salvage all that he could. By 3 A .M. over three feet of water had inundated the house.

“I guess after 32 years this is what it feels like to be homeless, but we will rebuild, we will return to our home,” stated Dan.

While Katrina and Isaac had their differences in how they impacted LaPlace, there is one commonality: the presence of The Salvation Army.

Following Katrina, The Salvation Army used a vacant LaPlace shopping center as the hub of Katrina relief operations in the Greater New Orleans area for many months. At one point over 100 canteens were positioned for service each day in LaPlace as well as serving as a hub for disaster distribution.

“Following Katrina the residents of Laplace embraced The Salvation Army and welcomed us with open arms,” stated Major Ronnie Raymer, one time Laplace Incident Commander and now Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army’s Alabama, LouIsiana, Mississippi Division.

Today, The Salvation Army returned to LaPlace.

This time, with a different mission: a mission to feed, hydrate and comfort the community that happily embraced The Salvation Army seven years prior. Residents like Dan and Darlene. Residents with a resilient attitude and can’t keep me down spriit.

Salvation Army feeding units served over 1,200 meals to LaPlace residents on Monday. With more feeding units and cleanup kits arriving on Tuesday, The Salvation Army hopes to meet the needs of more residents beginning their clean up after flood waters have just begun to recede.

Grateful residents like a single mother named Shannon, who lost everything in the flood and are searching for answers in their darkest days, yet found reason to smile as she received her hot meal and prayer from The Salvation Army.

“The joy I saw from the crew caused me to smile and know that someone cared,” Shannon stated. “I will be back tomorrow.”

And so will The Salvation Army, with additional resources and a strengthened resolve to minister to Laplace the thousands rebuilding their lives and dreams.

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go towww.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/4


Canteen Dispositions for 9/4/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 4, 2012)—The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (2 Units)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

St. Bernard Parish
Violet

Jefferson Parish (2 Units)
Celebration Church
2001 Airline Highway

Slidell, LA
Bayou Liberty and Palm Drive

Killian, LA
Colyell Baptist Church

Head of Island, LA
Intersection of Highway 16 and Route 22

Killian, LA
Killian Town Hall
27378 Highway 43

Gonzales, LA
Lamar Dixon Center

Killian, LA
Bethlehem Church
Highway 43

East Baton Rouge
7361 Airline Hwy
Albany, LA
Intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 190

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jourdan Shores Estates—Ice and clean up kits as well as food to this location as well

At the Club House
6383 Pontiac Dr
Kiln, MS

Shoreline Park
Roving

Pearlington Fire Department
16006 Washington Street
Pearlington, MS

West Chester Subdivision
North Beech Street
Picayune, MS

The Salvation Army Jackson County Shelter
3217 Nathan Hale Avenue
Pascagoula, MS

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
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The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.