St. Louis, MO., October 16, 2014 —The Salvation Army Midland Division continues its assistance and spiritual support in Ferguson, Missouri, preceding and following the civil unrest that has occurred. This weekend on Saturday, October 18th from 8am-6pm and Sunday, October 19th from 8am-noon, The Salvation Army will again participate in a multi-agency community service event coordinated by the United Way for area residents at the St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley at 3400 Pershall Road, St. Louis, MO 63135.
This event is a next step in a multi-agency response drop-in center. It is intended to provide short-term emergency assistance to residents and employees in the Ferguson area, who were impacted by ongoing incidents of civil unrest. Assistance is offered to prevent loss of shelter and utilities, and access to crisis and mental health services in order to execute the emergency relief grants provided by St. Louis County.
“The tragic events that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri have impacted us all deeply and we are asking God to give us the wisdom to heal our community,” said Divisional Commander of the Midland Division Major Lonneal Richardson. “We have joined with other human service organizations to offer much needed resources and to provide spiritual support during these times of crises.”
Since mid-August, The Salvation Army has served thousands of Ferguson-area residents, who had needs that were exacerbated by the events in their neighborhood. This assistance included working with 323 households to provide $74,036.16 in utility assistance, and serving 710 hot meals, 1,134 drinks and 1,639 healthful snacks. Related to these efforts, The Salvation Army has provided support to law enforcement officers responding to incidents in Ferguson. In addition, The St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) requested The Salvation Army support the Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) Command Center with donations management.
The Salvation Army provides spiritual support and practical assistance to people in need wherever they are located. Major Richardson 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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