Salvation Army Texas Laundry Unit

Salvation Army Laundry Unit Deployed to Wimberley

Salvation Army Texas Laundry Unit

Meal Delivery and Distribution of Supplies for Survivors Continues

Austin, Texas (May 30, 2015) – The Salvation Army has deployed a laundry unit to Wimberley, Texas, giving flood survivors the welcome opportunity to wash their clothes. Emergency disaster services volunteers and staff continue to provide hot meals, cold drinks and much-needed hygiene supplies and food boxes to residents cleaning up from flooding.

The laundry unit is located at 100 Carney Lane in Wimberley (78676) and is a totally self-contained facility with its own electrical generator and on board water tank. The unit is air-conditioned with three washers and three dryers allowing people to wash clothes as often as needed. The Salvation Army furnishes all of the necessary supplies, and a monitor is on the scene, helping to maintain the unit and provide assistance.

The Williamson County mobile kitchen, operated year-round entirely by volunteers, provided roving meal delivery service in Wimberley on Friday. The San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 E. Hopkins, was very busy on Friday as The Salvation Army served meals to 1,588 and 3,973 drinks to flood survivors. Two mobile kitchens from the San Antonio Area Command provided service, with one of the units roving through the worst affected areas serving lunch.

The community has rallied to the support of their neighbors donating many basic necessities including diapers, wipes, toilet paper and hygiene items. The Salvation Army organized and distributed these items, as well as food boxes to families and even took care of four legged family members, by having much requested dog and cat food available.

The Salvation Army staff will be offering assistance at the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in the following communities:

Wimberley MARC – Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, Texas – Open 5/29/15-5/30/15 (8AM-8PM)
San Marcos MARC – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Claretian Hall, 624 East Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas – Open 5/31/15-6/1/15 (8AM-8PM)

Elsewhere in Texas, The Salvation Army provided drinks and snacks to people caught in flash flooding in Dallas and Houston after persistent, heavy rain. Meal service continued in Henderson by the Tyler Corps canteen.

Emotional and spiritual support is an integral part of Salvation Army disaster response. Salvation Army Officers (ordained pastors) and trained staff are available to listen to the often tragic experiences of disaster survivors and to provide prayer and counseling.

Please support the ongoing disaster work of The Salvation Army and help Texans affected by recent floods by making a financial donation at salar.my/floods by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply) Text HELP for help. Text STOP to unsubscribe.

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 flood relief, please visit: http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/and follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

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.

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 more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

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Stories from San Marcos, Texas

ruined furniture in mobile home yard in San Marcos
Austin, Texas (May 29, 2015) – The scene in front of The Red Cross Shelter at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 E. Hopkins on Thursday was a sea of volunteers wearing red Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services t-shirts. Salvation Army mobile kitchens (canteens), trailers and vans pulled up to the curb, one after another, bringing food, beverages and supplies to provide to the flood survivors.

In an effort to reach many of the people who need help the most, The Salvation Army mobile kitchen drove into areas of San Marcos that received the worst flooding. Residents who have lived through the devastating floods, and are now desperately cleaning up their homes, have been so grateful to receive meals, snacks and drinks from the Army. In many instances those served have been quick to share their stories and experiences.

James was in the process of stripping his mobile home as The Salvation Army canteen came by. The curb outside was lined with damaged furniture, soaked carpet and padding, and ruined mattresses. This heartbreaking image was repeated throughout the entire community. “There’s so little that I can save. I’ve torn out all of the carpet and even the insulation in the walls was ruined,” he said. “The water came so fast there was nothing we could do. In no time at all it had risen above the steps and was at the front door. I ended up with about nine inches of water inside the house. What am I supposed to do? Everything is ruined.”

A Salvation Army staff member ate lunch with nine year old Dwayne in the park adjacent to where the mobile kitchen parked. “I didn’t have to go to school today,” he said. “I stayed home to help my Mom clean up.” Dwayne explained that the water flooded his bedroom but that his three younger siblings and Mom were all ok. “It’s good that you guys are here and this is a pretty good sandwich,” he said, “but I don’t know if I’m going to finish the Oreos. They sometimes give me a tummy ache.”

Jan Gunter, Communications Director for The Salvation Army in Austin, accompanied the mobile kitchen on Thursday. ‘My drive through a flooded neighborhood in Martindale delivering hot meals and cold water gave me a real sense of perspective. A woman was helping her 70 year-old parents, one of whom is on dialysis, clean up their house. Two women were optimistic about cleaning their friend’s couch because ‘only the skirt was under water.’ One woman said her elderly mother almost drowned. A veteran was thrilled that the VA had written him a check for $1,000, and he wanted all the veterans to know so they could get help also. Every yard had piles of flooded, ruined furniture. I got more than one hug from people saying a heartfelt, passionate, ‘Thank you’ which I certainly didn’t feel I deserved.”

The Salvation Army San Marcos Service Center, Austin Area Command and San Antonio Area Command staff will be offering assistance at the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in the following communities:
Wimberley MARC – Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, Texas – Open 5/29/15-5/30/15 (8AM-8PM)
San Marcos MARC – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Claretian Hall,
624 East Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas – Open 5/31/15-6/1/15 (8AM-8PM)

The Austin Area Command delivered 144 pairs of work gloves, 40 pairs of safety glasses, 2,000 vinyl gloves, and 4,000 masks to aid the clean-up in Wimberley and San Marcos.

Please support the ongoing disaster work of The Salvation Army and help Central Texans affected by recent floods by making a financial donation at salar.my/floods by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply).

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 flood relief, please visit: http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/and follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

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.

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 more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Canteen in Austin

How to Help or Get Help with Flood Relief in Austin and San Marcos

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Canteen in Austin

See  June 9 River Rising Blog post here.

Read June 1 press release for latest news.

How We Are Helping

Following the recent storms and devastating flooding, The Salvation Army is providing meals, drinks, snacks and emotional support to first responders and survivors in San Marcos. In addition, The Salvation Army has provided cleaning kits to families as they work to recover from the mud and destruction.

The Salvation Army has provided 20,097 meals, 32,893 drinks, 24,992 snacks, 2,418 comfort kits, 996 clean up kits and countless moments of emotional support.

Working with Volunteers Active in Disaster (VOAD), The Salvation Army is coordinating efforts and responding to the changing needs of our communities. We are prepared to continue serving food and drinks and supporting people in their recovery for as long as needed.

Read our latest updates on our News page (press releases) and our Blog.

How to Help

The quickest, easiest and most efficient way to help today is to donate funds

  • Financial contributions are the best way to assist The Salvation Army with helping those affected by the flooding.  Monetary donations allow the Salvation Army to purchase product to meet the most urgent needs. Monetary donations can be made at , by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or by mailing a check designated “Texas Flood Relief” to PO Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767.
  • You may also text TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply).
  • Donors are reminded that 100% of donations made to Salvation Army disaster relief efforts will go to this disaster relief effort.

■ $10 feeds a disaster survivor for one day
■ $30 provides one food box, containing staple
foods for a family of four
■ $100 can serve snacks and drinks for 125
survivors and emergency personnel
■ $250 can provide one hot meal to 100 people
■ $1,000 keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully
operational for a full-day

How to Get Help

If you have been personally impacted by the flooding, please call 2-1-1 to find the resources that are available to help you recover.

*We are providing the following information for those needing help but ask that you not call The Salvation Army for details as we do not have any further information.

Donation Distribution for those needing assistance:

*Hays County

Flood survivors are asked to go to the Bridges Gym at Wimberley High School located at 100 Carney Lane to receive donated clothing, bedding/mattresses, towels, hygiene products, diapers, basic needs, and food kits.  Showers are available. The distribution center is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Please visit this website for more information: http://haysinformed.com/

*Austin Disaster Relief Network
Disaster Assistance
Next to the San Marcos Activity Center (a tent has been set up)
625 E. Hopkins Drive
Need to stop in there to get a wrist band to obtain clothing, shoes, baby items, etc. from the Hope Family Thrift Store located in Austin. They can get the wristband at this location only.

How to Donate Goods

The Salvation Army is NOT able to accept clothing or other donated items.

Those interested in making a Corporate donation should contact Kate Jauch at The Salvation Army, (214) 956-6215.

Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts. All goods donated at Salvation Army Family Stores will be sold to fund the Adult Rehabilitation Center, a free faith-based recovery program.

To donate in-kind goods (clothing, food, etc.)

Hays County Disaster Center
200 Springtown Way (old Target store)
San Marcos, TX
9 am – 5 pm – Monday – Saturday

Austin Disaster Relief Network
1905 S. Capitol of Texas Hwy 78746
9 am to 9 pm Monday – Saturday
2 – 9 PM – Sunday

Volunteer

To learn how you can be trained to volunteer during a disaster, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Visit the Volunteer page of our website to check for all available volunteer activities which may become available.

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

First Lady Cecilia Abbott Lends Her Support to The Salvation Army

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott stopped by this week to lend her support to The Salvation Army and the work we do year round and especially now during our disaster relief efforts. Lt. Colonels Henry and Dorris Gonzalez received a generous donation from her and presented her with a commemorative Texas 125th Anniversary book and the Austin annual report.

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

 

The staff gathered to meet Mrs. Abbott who shared with us her gratitude for all the work of The Salvation Army in Austin and around the great State of Texas. We were honored to be able to have a casual visit with the very authentic Mrs. Abbott and her team.

Thank you for your support of The Salvation Army USA, Mrs. Abbott!

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Canteen in Austin

Clean Up Begins in Austin and San Marcos As Salvation Army Service Continues

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Canteen in Austin

Austin, Texas (May 27, 2015) – After record flooding in Central Texas, residents of San Marcos and Austin have begun the arduous work of cleaning up their homes and communities. To support this effort The Salvation Army on Tuesday delivered 200 clean up kits along with 120 food boxes and 1,200 hygiene kits for distribution to those affected by the floods in San Marcos.

The Salvation Army mobile kitchens, deployed from Austin and San Antonio, served meals, snacks, and hydration throughout the day to people visiting the Red Cross Shelter in San Marcos. Food was also delivered by pickup truck to areas of the city that experienced some of the worst flooding. Staff and volunteers offered sandwiches, snacks and drinks to homeowners working to salvage their belongings from their soaked homes.

John and Cassie attended college in San Marcos and now live and work in the area although neither of their places of employment were open for business on Tuesday due to the flooding. They live in an upstairs apartment and watched in horror as the water levels rose over the weekend and flooded their downstairs neighbors’ homes.

“We wanted to help wherever we could and drove around until we saw The Salvation Army set up here at the Activity Center,” said Cassie. “We asked if they needed any help and have been working here most of the day.” The couple provided valuable extra support to The Salvation Army mobile kitchen staff. “Our cars were flooded but otherwise we were lucky not to be affected by the flood and it feels good to be able to help our neighbors in San Marcus,” added John. “Thanks to The Salvation Army for all they are doing.”

In Austin, The Salvation Army emergency shelters for those experiencing homelessness, which are open 365 days a year, took in additional women who arrived at the shelter in recent nights because of the torrential rains. The Salvation Army is working with Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to assess the needs in Austin, and the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) canteen is on standby to provide food, hydration and emotional support as needed to Austin neighborhoods impacted by the Memorial Day flood.

The Service Extension program is one of the great strengths of the Texas Division of The Salvation Army, boasting more than 250 Service Units and nine Service Centers in communities across the state. Service Extension staff is carefully monitoring the situation in Wimberley, Gillespie County, Blanco County, and Lampasas County. Case Management and Emergency Assistance will be coordinated by the San Marcos Service Center.

The current Salvation Army disaster response in Texas began on April 26 and has now continued for 31 days. So far, service has included:

14,511 Meals
20,979 Drinks
10,229 Snacks
Nine Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens)
96 Persons Sheltered
Emotional & Spiritual Care to 449 individuals
638 cleanup kits
172 comfort kits
2,963 hours of employee and volunteer service

These efforts are possible through the monetary donations of generous and concerned citizens in our communities who want to help. 100% of all donations to support the flood are allocated to disaster relief. To make a financial donation to support ongoing Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts in the region, 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.

Please follow us at twitter.com/SalArmyAustin, and facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s regional response to Central Texas flooding:
ON-LINE: www.salvationarmyaustin.org
MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.

The Salvation Army is not able to accept donated goods for disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

“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.

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 more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

 

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The Salvation Army Continues to Support Flood Survivors and First Responders

Volunteer, Cindy Wells, gives her spare pair of sandals to a Texas State student who lost everything in the Blanco River flood

Salvation Army Volunteer, Cindy Wells, gives her spare pair of sandals to a Texas State student who lost everything – including her shoes – in the Blanco River flood

Disaster Team Ready to Serve in Austin to Meet Needs that Developed from Memorial Day Floods

AUSTIN, TX (May 26, 2015 – Updated at 5:15 p.m.) – As recovery continues following devastating flooding along the Blanco River, Salvation Army staff and volunteers from Austin and San Marcos provided meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and survivors at the emergency shelter in San Marcos and in flooded neighborhoods. The mobile kitchen unit (canteen) distributed 950 meals, 1500 snacks, and more than 1000 coffees and waters Sunday and Monday to grateful residents displaced by the floods.

Meals were provided by The Salvation Army and a number of San Marcos restaurants who donated food and drinks, including Chipotle, Papa Johns, Potbelly, Jimmy Johns, Starbucks, Big Kahuna and Kent Blacks BBQ.

With the addition of historic flooding in Austin on Memorial Day, the Salvation Army Austin canteen has returned from San Marcos to Austin in order to adequately care for the needs that developed in Travis and Williamson counties through these new floods. Salvation Army canteens around the State of Texas have been on standby, and some are now making their way to San Marcos to assist with the recovery there. If needed, additional canteens from around the state will come to Austin to support recovery efforts in Travis and Williamson counties.

At the San Marcos recreation center yesterday, volunteer Cindy Wells selflessly offered her spare pair of shoes to a Texas State student who had lost everything in the flood. Even though the shoes were not an exact fit, the student was thrilled to be able to put them on her bare feet. She walked away, relieved to have shoes on her feet, a gift from this kind volunteer who was old enough to be her grandmother.

The Salvation Army is committed to serving in these communities as long as needed as residents and businesses continue to recover.

Please follow us at twitter.com/SalArmyAustin, and facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s regional response to Central Texas flooding:
ON-LINE: www.salvationarmyaustin.org
MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767
Donors are reminded that when you donate to The Salvation Army for a disaster, 100% of those donations go toward that disaster.

The Salvation Army is not able to accept donated goods for disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts.

CONTACT: Jan Gunter, Communications and Community Relations Director, Cell: 512.944-0572;  Jan_Gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

“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.

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 more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

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Salvation Army Austin Responds to Historic Flooding in Hays County

Salvation Army Canteen - San Marcos - flood relief

Mobile Feeding Unit Providing Food and Hydration for People Sheltering in San Marcos

AUSTIN, TX (May 24, 2015) – The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (canteen) from Williamson County (Austin Area Command) is providing food and hydration for more than 300 survivors seeking shelter at the San Marcos recreation center. The Salvation Army is coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and survivors affected by the devastating flooding along the Blanco River.

Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Austin states, “”The flood devastation along the Blanco River has impacted thousands of Central Texans. The Salvation Army is honored to serve and to provide sustenance to survivors and first responders involved in caring for survivors and coordinating efforts. We will stay as long as we are needed to provide not only food and drink but also emotional and spiritual support.”

All Salvation Army units across the State of Texas continue to be on standby as flooding and storm damage continues throughout the region. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at twitter.com/SalArmyAustin, twitter.com/SalArmyTexas, and facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized:

• Donors are encouraged to give online to support Texas storm relief at SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN).
• Donations in the form of checks designated to Texas Storm Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 1000
Austin, Texas, 78767
• Donors are reminded that when you donate to The Salvation Army for a disaster, 100% of those donations go toward that disaster.

Your donation makes a real difference.

• A $50 donation feeds five disaster survivors for one day
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

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.

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 more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

Salvation Army responds to storms in Texas with food, hydration and emotional support

Local Salvation Army Disaster Services Team on Standby

Salvation Army responds to storms in Texas with food, hydration and emotional support

Volunteer Team in Williamson County Prepares to Respond to Emergency Needs in Texas

AUSTIN, TX (May 22, 2015) – As storms continue to threaten the region and flood and weather warnings are in place for the Memorial Day weekend, The Salvation Army Austin Area Command disaster response team and mobile feeding unit (canteen) out of Williamson County is officially on standby to provide support to those impacted by storms across the State of Texas. The State Operations Center in Austin continues to be in operation and Salvation Army liaisons are available to coordinate with other state agencies and voluntary agencies in multiple response efforts.

The local disaster services team is preparing by stocking up on nonperishable food supplies in the canteen operated by volunteers in Williamson County. Once they receive a call to deploy, they are prepared to depart within one hour to any location within the state of Texas or farther if needed. They will provide meals, hydration and emotional support to first responders and survivors.

Across the State of Texas The Salvation Army is providing care in an increasing number of flooded and storm-damaged locations including Van, Mineral Wells, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, Corpus Christi, Wichita Falls and Gainesville. See more information about the Texas response at this link.

To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts in Texas please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief. Whenever you donate to The Salvation Army disaster relief effort, 100% of your donations go to support that disaster.

You can support the work of The Salvation Army in Travis and Williamson Counties by making a donation or by volunteering. Please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, call (512) 634-5902, or mail your donation to PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767. Please follow us at Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin., and Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.

Contact: Communications and Community Relations Director,  Jan Gunter, Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572

 

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.

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 more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org. Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

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“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


disasterrelease 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

 

Children from the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, operated by The Salvation Army, attend summer camp

The Salvation Army Is Sending Children Experiencing Homelessness or Poverty to Summer Camp

 

Children from the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, operated by The Salvation Army, attend summer camp

Children from the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, operated by The Salvation Army, attend summer camp

Local Individuals, Companies and Organizations are asked to Support this Effort

AUSTIN, TX (May 19, 2015) – More than 125 local children ages 5 through 16 who are experiencing homelessness or poverty will attend summer camp starting June 15. Many of these children are living in Salvation Army Austin emergency shelters, and some are living at home but because of financial constraints would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend summer camp. Camp is important for every child, and it is especially important for these children who are facing great challenges. The Salvation Army is asking for the help of individuals, companies, churches and organizations to raise $135,000 to cover the cost of camp fees, transportation, staffing and supplies to give these children the gift of summer camp.

“As you can imagine, going to camp is a big deal to local kids who are living in shelters or in poverty,” says Stacy Schwarz, Assistant Social Services Director. “It’s one gift The Salvation Army of Austin can offer them while their parents are busy each day working, studying or training to improve their employment.”

Summer camp provides stability and structure in the midst of chaotic times for these children. Activities include team building, swimming and swimming lessons, exploring the great outdoors, playing sports and games, studying nature and wildlife, talent shows and lots more! Day camps for children living in shelter, and overnight camps for children from The Salvation Army service center run from June 15 through August 21.

In addition to providing wholesome and nurturing activities, sending these children to camp means that their parents can continue to work to provide for the family. While parents are working, going to school and taking necessary steps toward self-sufficiency and stability, they have the confidence of knowing that their children are being well cared for through these camping experiences.

The Salvation Army is inviting the community to help these local families by donating online at SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/Austin), to help reach the $135,000 fundraising goal. In addition to paying for camp registration, staffing and transportation, the funds will go to purchase basic supplies such as swimsuits, shorts, sunscreen and all the small items children need to attend camp since these children may not have much more than the clothes on their back. To learn more about the camp drive, visit http://bit.ly/CampForKids.

The deadline for donations is June 15. Should you wish to donate by mail, please mark your check “Summer Camp” and send it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767. For online giving: SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org.

CONTACT: Jan Gunter, Communications and Community Relations Director, Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944.0572