Atlanta, GA (January 9, 2013) – The Salvation Army continues to meet material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families following Hurricane Sandy. Below is a list of services currently in operation in affected communities. To make a donation to ongoing relief efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
NYC Restoration Centers & Disaster Assistance Centers (DRC) on Long Island
The Salvation Army continues to participate in FEMA assistance centers that are established to assist all impacted communities. The Salvation Army is providing clothing/furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emotional & spiritual care, and information and referral services. Most FEMA assistance centers are anticipated to close by February 15.
Multi-Agency Shelter Transition Task Force
The FEMA led program involves The Salvation Army and American Red Cross disaster case workers who will be working in teams to interview the 2,200 families that remain in shelters and transitional housing (hotels) throughout New York City and Long Island. The teams will ascertain the requirements necessary to relocate these families into longer term housing. In addition to FEMA and American Red Cross funding, The Salvation Army will ‘fill in the gaps’ to ensure that the affected families complete the next step in their recovery plan. The Salvation Army will provide financial assistance to assist with broker fees, security deposits, furniture, household items, and basic living expenses. The program is an interim step before federal case management is established, and it is expected to continue through February 28.
Franklin Shelter Warehouse & Emergency Supply Distribution
The Salvation Army continues to accept, warehouse, and distribute emergency supplies for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Emergency supplies, new clothing, personal hygiene products, clean-up supplies, and home furnishings will be distributed as needed throughout 2013.
Salvation Army Corps Community Center Emergency Services
Within the impacted zones, Salvation Army facilities are used to facilitate both families and individuals who may or may not qualify for federal assistance. Services include: clothing/furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emergency supplies, emotional & spiritual care, and information and referral services. Salvation Army facilities located in the impacted communities include Bay Ridge & Bushwick (Brooklyn), Freeport, Hempstead, & Blue Point (Long Island), and Stapleton (Staten Island). Services will be offered throughout 2013.
The Salvation Army/Habitat For Humanity Repair-Rebuild-Refurbish Program
The Salvation Army and Habitat For Humanity International are partnering on Staten Island to assist impacted homeowners with their ability to rebuild, repair, and refurbish their homes. The Salvation Army will facilitate the disaster case management process to identify and assist qualifying beneficiaries. Habitat For Humanity will facilitate the construction process. Both agencies will collaborate to secure home furnishings and major appliances. Similar projects are under consideration for Island Park and Mastic Beach on Long Island. The program will continue throughout 2013.
Federal Long Term Case Management Program
Catholic Charities is the lead agency to facilitate a federal long term case management program. Once established, The Salvation Army will participate in the program’s Unmet Needs Round-table process where specific cases are presented for assistance. The Salvation Army will attempt to ‘fill in the gaps’ and provide a safety net for families and individuals who remain in need with no other options for assistance. The program will continue throughout 2013.
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 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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