In response to recent reports by KSDK-TV:
In the wake of the Joplin tornado three years ago, The Salvation Army spent more than $2 million on emergency disaster relief for tornado survivors. Another $3.5 million remains in safe keeping, designated for long-term recovery with a focus on permanent housing.
Since the tornado struck, The Salvation Army has been working with the City of Joplin, Habitat for Humanity and other groups to develop a plan in which The Salvation Army would be a partner in financing housing. We are actively engaged in planning, which we hope to finalize soon.
We wish this process had moved along more quickly; however, we realize that there is much work to be done to restore Joplin and fully repair the damage done by the tornado.
The Salvation Army has been at work in Joplin for 125 years and remains committed to that work. We wish to reassure donors that 100 percent of donations given for the Joplin tornado will be used directly and solely for that purpose. Every penny of those donations that has been spent, and every penny yet to be spent, will go to direct relief for survivors of the Joplin tornado.