St. Louis, MO., August 22, 2014 — The Salvation Army – Midland Division is continuing its 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 is providing pastoral care, hot meals, personal care products, case management and utility assistance. Over the last few days, The Salvation Army has provided 174 households with $51,139.67 in utility assistance, and served 710 hot meals, 1,134 drinks and 1,639 healthful snacks to area residents.
Several Ferguson residents have expressed their appreciation to Salvation Army case workers including one mother who shared that her 10- and 12-year-old daughters have learned to pray more. Adding as a family, they are praying for less tear gas and bullets flying.
“I’m very thankful of how The Salvation Army has been able to help me,” said Mr. S. He offered to return on Sunday with his son to volunteer even after a Salvation Army Emergency Social Services Coordinator informed him that he didn’t have to volunteer to receive assistance. The gentleman added he would write a formal thank you note.
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.
About The Salvation Army:
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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