This weekend, The Salvation Army will join other disaster service teams as part of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), a one-stop, resource center designed to serve the needs of thousands of families impacted or displaced by storms over the holidays. The first event is Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, January 10, 1-6 p.m. at Valley Park Middle School, 4300 Gravois Rd., House Springs, MO 63051.
MARC’s are planned for key areas across the region over the next week, the largest being staged this weekend to serve Franklin and Jefferson County families. Salvation Army Captain Debra Osborn, presently serving as incident commander at the Arnold Corp says, “The Salvation Army is proud to join with churches, state agencies and other relief organizations that are part of this tremendous community outreach. Thousands of area families were impacted by the storms over the holidays and The Salvation Army has been a constant source of support; providing hot meals, beverages, flood kits and counseling.”
“The MARC is an opportunity for people to sit down with our trained social workers and spiritual counselors who have been given the resources to help with specific needs,” said Osborn. “Those resources include vouchers for food, clothing, shelter and help in recovering necessities lost in the storms.” She added, “The Salvation Army was there to help when the flooding began and we are committed to keeping relief efforts alive as long as it takes to get our communities back on track.” Those seeking assistance at the MARC are asked to bring ID and proof of address (such as a utility bill with a name).
The Salvation Army’s flood relief efforts as well as all other programs and services are funded by donations from the annual Tree of Lights campaign which is on-going through January 31. You can donate by calling 1-800-SAL-Army or visit www.stlsalvationarmy.org.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1881. For nearly 135 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.