Philadelphia, PA (April 16, 2019) – The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware has dispatched teams with its Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) to Sussex County, Delaware and Columbia and Sullivan Counties in Eastern Pennsylvania in response to severe storms on Monday.
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in the community of Laurel, Delaware on Monday. The Salvation Army dispatched a canteen (mobile feeding unit) to the hardest hit neighborhood, where 25 homes were damaged or destroyed. The team provided meals to impacted residents in that neighborhood and at a Red Cross shelter nearby. The Salvation Army is offering emergency assistance to families in the affected area. Continue reading “Salvation Army Assisting Residents Impacted by Severe Weather in Eastern PA & DE”
Project Frontline is the First of its Kind in Susquehanna Valley
MILTON, PA (February 4, 2019) – Recognizing a gap in local resources for veterans and active duty members of the military, The Salvation Army of Milton launched Project Frontline. The new program is aimed at helping service members and veterans experiencing a financial hardship.
“We are so grateful for our country’s bravest men and women. Through Project Frontline, The Salvation Army of Milton is offering a hand to those struggling to find their way after coming back home,” said Lt. Jennifer Burke, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army of Milton.
CARLISLE, PA (January 29, 2019) — The Salvation Army of Carlisle wants the public to know it is open as a warming center for anyone who needs to get out of the frigid weather. When temperatures are 32 degrees or colder, The Salvation Army opens its doors from 8am until 9pm, offering hot coffee and snacks for free to members of the community. (Weekend hours are subject to change.) The warming center is located at My Brother’s Table at The Salvation Army of Carlisle, 20 E. Pomfret Street, Carlisle. Continue reading “Salvation Army of Carlisle Serves as Warming Center during Dangerous Cold Weather”
PHILADELPHIA (January 22, 2019) – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is working with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and partner agencies to provide support to residents displaced by a devastating fire overnight in the Germantown section of the city.
The Salvation Army of Berwick is expanding its Heart Smart Feeding Project, established in 2015 to provide local individuals and families with free, heart-healthy meals twice a week. The initiative also cultivates a nutritious food pantry and holds educational sessions on healthy eating. This project is made possible through a new grant from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation.
According to the 2016 US Census, 21.4% of Berwick residents suffer from poverty, significantly higher than Pennsylvania’s average rate of 12.9%. Although residents come to The Salvation Army in need of help with clothing, furniture, rent and utilities, the most common and immediate need is food. “Food insecurity,” as it is known, can lead to a variety of health problems.
The Salvation Army of Scranton’s Social Services program is working to provide increased assistance to disadvantaged families in Lackawanna County. The program is an ongoing, vital service that has been offered to the community for many years. It focuses on the unique needs of individuals and offers holistic services and material resources to clientele.
As The Salvation Army begins Long Term Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, we have met with several corporate entities, partner agencies and FEMA. We continue to create our organizational structure around the principles of collaboration and relationship building with allies throughout the region.
As noted in previous updates, there are still parts of Puerto Rico without power and water, and the infrastructure continues to be a major problem. With many traffic lights still in disrepair, road signage gone, and potholes large enough to swallow small vehicles, traffic is impeded with hazards that make travel dangerous. Accidents are common place, and getting around can be a great challenge. Downed power lines, debris, and abandoned buildings add to the general unsightliness, as there is an overwhelming amount of repair needed. All of this creates real need for emotional and spiritual care, a focused priority for The Salvation Army. We have set aside funds to make referrals to mental health professionals, as needed. Continue reading “Hurricane Maria Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico & USVI”