Contacts: Aurrice Duke, The Salvation Army, Communications Director, The Salvation Army Midland Division, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-646-3017; or Louise Knauer, Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing, CFO, email@example.com or 417-864-6199
The Salvation Army will support Joplin tornado recovery projects and provide discretionary grant funds through a partnership established with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Joplin-based affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc.
Using funds donated for Joplin’s tornado recovery efforts, The Salvation Army Midland Division has provided $1.75 million for this partnership to advance housing improvements, counseling and case management to serve individuals and families affected by the May 2011 tornado. In addition, The Salvation Army announced a separate grant of $800,000 to Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity to continue its housing recovery work.
The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri has in place a grant review committee that considers applications for the Joplin Recovery Fund administered by the CFO and CFSWMO. That committee will provide oversight and administration of The Salvation Army funds.
The CFSWMO has approved several specific recovery projects using the Salvation Army funds:
• $350,000 for Rebuild Joplin, which is working to complete its remaining caseload. Rebuild has focused on homeowners who needed additional assistance for rebuilding or restoring their homes;
• $441,000 for Catholic Charities, to continue home repairs for homeowners affected by the tornado;
• $262,000 for Project Hope, which will continue to provide mental-health counseling services for Joplin Public Schools’ students affected by the tornado; and
• $140,000 for Leffen Center for Autism, for expenses incurred by tornado damage that were not covered by insurance or gifts.
The remaining $557,000 is in the Joplin Recovery Fund, which accepts applications on a rolling basis for tornado recovery projects and programs. To date, the Joplin Recovery Fund has made 85 grants totaling $5.32 million since September 2011. For more information about the fund or the grant application process, visit: joplinrecoveryfund.org. The Grant Review Committee will consider the next round of grant proposals in November.
“The Salvation Army’s commitment to rebuilding Joplin is for the long-term. And that required a more permanent sustainable partnership to see it though. We are pleased to have found that partner in The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which has a very strong, accomplished management team with a demonstrated track record of success and service in the region,” said Major Phil Aho, General Secretary, The Salvation Army Midland Division.
“The Salvation Army recognizes the importance of creating safe and secure homes and providing good, quality housing that will be instrumental in rebuilding the neighborhoods and communities in Joplin,” added Major Aho.
CFO President Brian Fogle said The Salvation Army’s funding will help move Joplin closer to recovery, particularly the goal of restoring housing for some 17,000 residents who experienced residential destruction or damage from the EF5 tornado. In addition, the discretionary grant funds will help boost the Joplin Recovery Fund.
Fogle expressed his appreciation for the diligence of the CFSWMO’s grant review committee, comprised of Joplin-area residents.
“By having this committee of local residents who best understand Joplin’s continuing needs, we can be an effective partner for The Salvation Army,” Fogle said.
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 a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.
About the CFO:
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation serving central and southern Missouri through a network of donors, 44 affiliate foundations and nonprofit partners. The CFO holds assets of $257 million in about 2,800 funds as of June 30, 2014. Its mission is to provide asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership throughout its service region.