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National Salvation Army Week is May 13-19

May 13-19 The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads and across America will celebrate National Salvation Army Week as first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.

On Thursday, May 16th, The Salvation Army will host an event for the homeless community at the Men’s Hope Center Shelter in downtown Norfolk. During the event The Salvation Army will provide food and toiletry items to homeless men and women to help combat the rising temperatures the summer months bring.

Also on May 16, The Salvation Army will announce the opening of a Men’s Transitional Housing program to be housed at the Men’s Hope Center Shelter. The 12 bed wing of the shelter will offer men the opportunity to stay up to 90 days, requiring them to obtain full-time employment, participate in case management, life skills training, substance abuse counseling, and financial management. The purpose of the program is to fill the gap between emergency shelter and permanent housing and is expected to serve nearly 50 men annually.

In 2012, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command served more than 1,500 individuals through the Men’s Hope Center Shelter and more than 21,000 individuals through all social services programs while providing Christmas assistance to more than 42,500 individuals. Nationally, The Salvation Army served more than 30 million Americans in 2012.

During National Salvation Army week, The Salvation Army will continue its outreach to the Lexington Park community of Norfolk on Saturday, May 18. Beginning at 11 AM The Salvation Army will assist in cleaning up the neighborhood, serve meals from the mobile kitchen, offer games and activities for local youth, and offer prayer and ministry to the community.

During his presidency, Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

The Salvation Army of Virginia and DC Begins Sandy Related Response Work

Hampton Roads, VA (October 29, 2012) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) in Virginia and Washington, DC has begun its work in response to the early effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads began response relief on Saturday evening providing shelter for 63 individuals. Since opening on Saturday evening, the shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits. On Sunday evening, 71 people, 68 men and 3 women, found shelter at the Men’s Hope Center in Norfolk. The Salvation Army office will continue nonstop shelter services until the threat of harm from storm conditions clears and normal city and government services reopen.

Upon Sandy passing through the Hampton Roads region, The Salvation Army will work with local municipalities and other organizations to dispatch mobile feeding units, volunteers and resources to the accessible areas of greatest need.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Irene, please visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, http://www.facebook.com/salarmyhr or http://twitter.com/salarmyhr.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Carbon Monoxide Evacuation in Portsmouth

Salvation Army personnel throughout Hampton Roads are responding to the carbon monoxide presence in the 1700 block of South Street in Portsmouth that left two people dead. Approximately 100 other residents in the area were evacuated after their respective buildings tested positive for high levels of carbon monoxide.

On Saturday, June 23, a Salvation Army mobile kitchen unit and volunteers from area churches will be at the site to provide lunch and dinner as well as emotional and spiritual assistance to the displaced residents in the area. Beginning Friday, June 22 and throughout the duration of residents’ displacement, Salvation Army officers will be available to assist with residents’ needs.

Captain Brett Meredith, Area Commander of The Salvation Army, shares, “I am concerned for the welfare of those who have been displaced by the carbon monoxide and that our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost their lives. The Salvation Army stands ready to minister to the residents whether it is by serving a meal or having a listening ear or saying a prayer.”

In the short-term aftermath of the deaths and high carbon monoxide levels, Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units will be positioned in the following area:

-Swanson Homes Community Center (1800 South St, Portsmouth, VA) serving lunch and dinner

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by high carbon monoxide levels visit www.SalvationArmyHRVA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $5 via their phone bill by text messaging the word SALHR 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 ‘carbon monoxide relief’ on all checks.

    • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
    • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
    • 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

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).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org, http://www.facebook.com/salarmyhr, and follow SalArmyHR on Twitter at http://twitter.com/salarmyhr.