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The Salvation Army in Haiti One Year Later, the Work Continues

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army in Haiti One Year Later, the Work Continues The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti spurred The Salvation Army’s largest disaster relief effort since the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005. During the past 12 months, The Salvation Army has provided the following services to the people of Haiti:

  • 7.9 million meals
  • 1.5 million gallons of fresh water
  • 83,000 mosquito nets
  • 27,000 clinic visits
  • 8,100 cots
  • 8,000 cleaning kits
  • 7,600 personal hygiene kits
  • 4,000 tarps
  • 4,000 solar lights
  • More than 5,000 tents
  • 606 transitional shelters

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the support of a generous public which has enabled us to provide this ongoing service.

To date, The Salvation Army has raised:

  • $29 million from domestic sources
  • $10.8 million through international affiliates
  • Approximately 50 percent of this money has already been utilized on immediate response efforts
  • The remaining funding will be allocated to long-term recovery projects

The Salvation Army has maintained a significant presence in Haiti since 1950 and has a number of long-term earthquake recovery projects planned for the next 3 to 5 years. For the latest updates on these and other programs, please visit http://www.salvationarmyhaiti.org/. The following long-term programs will be funded primarily through donor support. Some are already funded, while others are contingent on future giving.

School Repair and Construction – Rebuilding and renovation of more than 40 school buildings including upgrading facilities for handicap accessibility.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $6 million

Integrated Family Support – Providing support to impacted families through psychological/social counseling, vocational training, livelihood support grants and possibly permanent housing. The planned project will target Port-au-Prince and five other communities.

  • Duration of the program: 5 years
  • Cost: $3 to $6 million (dependent on funding grant)

Primary Health Care and Clinic – Rebuilding destroyed Salvation Army clinic in Port-au-Prince and support for expanding service.

  • Duration of the program: Determined by donor support
  • Cost: $1.75 million

Community Capacity Development – Intensive training for community leaders throughout Haiti to develop disaster response and project development skills.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $1.5 million

Psychological/Social Support for Children and Adolescents – Opening of nine multi-purpose units throughout Haiti to help young people manage emotional stress following the earthquake. Individual and group activities will include music and recreation programs.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $1.3 million

Vulnerable Children Support – Support for 300 children, some former residents of the destroyed Salvation Army children’s home in Port-au-Prince,through financial assistance to families.

  • Duration of the program: Determined by donor support
  • Cost: $200,000 annually

Temporary Classrooms for College Verena – Providing temporary facilities for 1,500 students in Port-au-Prince while damanged/destroyed buildings are reconstructed.

  • Duration of the program: 1 month
  • Cost: $192,000

Emotional/Spiritual Support for Women – Support groups for women to assist in managing the trauma of the earthquake and the continued emotional strain of living in poverty.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $156,000

Internally Displaced Persons Camp – The Salvation Army managed a camp of 20,000 survivors since the earthquake until the end of October when the primary camp management was turned over to a committee of residents. Financial support for the camp continues.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $50,000 annually

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

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. Throughout the nation, 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.

To DONATE and for more information, go to www.salarmydc.org.

SALVATION ARMY PROVIDES MEALS FOR STRANDED GREYHOUND PASSENGERS

January 11, 2011 1 comment

Atlanta, GA:- Monday’s record breaking winter storm forced school and road closures throughout metro Atlanta, and left over 150 passengers stranded at Greyhound’s Forsyth Street Station in Atlanta. Since Monday evening, at the request of Greyhound and City Officials, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Team has been providing meals and warm beverages to the hungry travelers.

According to The Salvation Army officials, Greyhound and City Officials reached out to The Salvation Army after icy roads, and road closures forced the shut-down of bus and restaurant service at the Station.

“When we arrived the passengers were hungry, and understandably frustrated with the weather and their situation,” says Janeane Schmidt, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Red Shield Shelter in Atlanta. “We immediately began handing out hot meals and beverages for dinner, and we returned Tuesday morning with breakfast.”

The Salvation Army will again provide dinner service on Tuesday evening, and will continue assisting until restaurant and/or bus services are restored.

For more information, or to make a monetary donation to The Salvation Army  visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Originally released on 1/11/11 by The Salvation Army Southern Territory

THE SALVATION ARMY FIGHTING CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN HAITI

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Haiti – As the cholera death toll in Haiti approaches 3,500 people, The Salvation Army continues to provide treatment to those who have been infected and prevention support to the wider community.

Hygenic and disinfectant supplies, essential in the fight against cholera, are being given out.  There’s more on The Salvation Army National Capital Area website.

2010 RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WRAP-UP

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Campaign ended 25% short of target as need remains critical moving forward into New Year

 

WASHINGTON, DC, December 31, 2010 –Major Steve Morris of The Salvation Army National Capital Area is releasing the final report on the 2010 Red Kettle Campaign.  This year’s campaign went from Nov. 12, until Dec. 24, 2010, a 38 day period.

Total 2010 Target Difference in $ Difference in % Difference vs. 2009
$1,191,594 $1,600,000 $408,406 25% 11% ($152,139)

 

Major Morris said, “The funds received will take care of The Salvation Army’s cost to provide holiday assistance for Christmas 2010.  The Army served more than 33,000 individuals during November and December including providing more than 5,400 meals for Thanksgiving and assuring 13,406 kids with gifts to open on Christmas morning.  We are very thankful that those in the Greater Washington area continue to support us with overwhelming enthusiasm.”

 

Red Kettle funds play an important role in helping the needy at what’s usually a difficult time of year.  Throughout the Command, Alexandria, Montgomery and Fairfax counties were among the hardest hit areas of the campaign where kettle giving was down by as much as 26%.    

 

Major Morris expressed concern, “We will have to see where this shortfall leaves us and how it will affect us moving forward.  Our hope is to maintain the same level of service and programs in 2011 since we know how vitally important it is to our clients.”

 

Morris extended his gratitude to The Salvation Army’s community partners. 

 

Morris said, “I’d like to thank every one of our community partners for giving The Salvation Army the opportunity to ring our bells in front of their establishments including Safeway, Wal-Mart, JC Penney and Giant.”

 

The Salvation Army received $270,000 in Red Kettle donations standing in front of area Giant Food Stores down nearly 60% from the $667,000 brought in from the bell ringing effort last year.

 

The Salvation Army is asking everyone planning to make a year-end gift to do it quickly as the need for donations remains critical and 2010 is nearly over.   Donating now will help to lessen the deficit leftover from the Red Kettle Campaign. 

 

Ways to Give

 

Here are some last minute giving options:

 

  • ·         SalArmyDC.org and click DONATE
  • ·         Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY – designate your gift for any National Capital Area Salvation Army location (i.e., Montgomery County, Fairfax County or Alexandria)
  • ·         Locally, call 202-756-2600 and ask for Area Command Donor Care
  • ·         Mail a check to:

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

2626 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20037

 

All Checks must be postmarked by no later than Dec. 31

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assists individuals and families throughout the year by providing a diverse range of social services in Washington, DC and Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.  Our services include providing food for the hungry, disaster relief, assistance for the disabled, an outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress or Picasa at keyword SalArmyDC.