St. Louis, MO., August 28, 2014 — For the past several days The Salvation Army – Midland Division has provided practical and spiritual support in Ferguson, Missouri, where there has been public unrest following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a local police officer.
As a member of a multi-agency task force, The Salvation Army offered pastoral care, hot meals, personal care products, case management and utility assistance to residents affected by recent events. These events have placed undue stress on families and made daily life more tense and unpredictable.
Several Ferguson residents expressed their appreciation to Salvation Army case workers including a mother of two, who has not been able to provide the bare necessities for her family since protests began.
“My children have not been able to attend daycare, I’ve lost wages and I’m not able to get groceries because the stores are closed,” said Ms. S. “I really appreciated the utility assistance I’ve received from The Salvation Army. It really takes a burden off of me and my family.”
The Salvation Army provided 323 households with $74,036.16 in utility assistance, and served 710 hot meals, 1,134 drinks and 1,639 healthful snacks to area residents.
Major Lonneal Richardson, Commander of The Salvation Army’s Midland Division and his staff will continue to participate with other community leaders in working together for the good of the people of Ferguson.
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The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1881. For more than 130 years, St. Louis residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org or follow us on Twitter (@salarmystl) and Facebook (salarmystl).
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