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Working Together to Create a Way Forward: Four Years after the Joplin Tornado

Thanks to generous support from the bi-state region and communities across the country, The Salvation Army has provided $5.05 million in aid to assist in Joplin recovery efforts following the F5 tornado that devastated the city on May 22, 2011.

From the onset of the disaster, The Salvation Army, which has a strong presence in the community and a history of service in Joplin for more than 125 years, provided emergency food and shelter immediately after the tornado. Continuing ever since, The Salvation Army has provided assistance in restoring homes, securing mortgages, renting apartments and anything else necessary to get survivors’ lives back on track.

Most recently, The Salvation Army in partnership with the Joplin Habitat for Humanity are building seven homes and constructing 23 handicap-accessible shelters. As of early-May 2015, two Habitat homes have been completed in addition to 16 shelters!

Salvation Army General Secretary Major Phil Aho with members of the DuRossette family at the ground-break for the family’s home, pictured left.

Salvation Army General Secretary Major Phil Aho with members of the DuRossette family at the ground-break for the family’s home, pictured right.

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Salvation Army General Secretary Major Phil Aho with members of the Martin family at the ground-break for the family’s home pictured left.

Salvation Army General Secretary Major Phil Aho with members of the Martin family at the ground-break for the family’s home pictured left.

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St. Louis Sluggers, a group of retired tradesmen from the St. Louis area, made their sixth trip to Joplin to help with framing the third Joplin Habitat for Humanity house in collaboration with The Salvation Army.

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This is the site for the third home – notice the cross that endured from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a steadfast reminder to Joplin of the love of Jesus.

Rebuild Efforts In-Progress, Five New Homes Under-Construction

The Joplin Habitat for Humanity partnership with The Salvation Army, which was announced in December 2014, is quickly moving forward with the construction of five additional homes with various ground-breaks scheduled throughout the summer and fall months.

The fourth house is for the Hunter family, who was displaced by the tornado.  Ms. Hunter and her three children were living at the Hampshire Terrace Apartments on May 22, 2011.  They were all at home when the tornado hit and destroyed their apartment, but they were very fortunate to escape without injury.

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This is the site for the sixth home, which will be occupied by the Daugherty family.

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This is the site for the seventh home, which will be occupied by the Haliburton family.

Home number seven will be for a single mother of four children. Across the street from the seventh home is Cunningham Park, which has been beautifully restored following the tornado. On the south side of the street is a stunning memorial to Mercy Hospital. This home will be for a single mother of 4 children.

As a preventative measure against future tornadoes, building tornado shelters remain a top priority of the partnership. The 2011 storm damaged nearly 7,500 homes, hundreds of businesses and killed 161 people. So far, 16 shelters have been installed with seven scheduled for past homeowners along with current and upcoming homes being constructed.

Every penny raised for Joplin recovery is being reinvested in the community. With the strong partnership between The Salvation Army, Joplin Habitat for Humanity, Community Foundation of the Ozarks / Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri and their respective management teams, rebuild efforts will hopefully create a stronger and more resilient community.

Keep up-to-date with our long-term recovery efforts in Joplin by visiting stlsalvationarmy.org.

Illinois Legislative Day 2015

Several Salvation Army officers, and staff of the Midland Division joined with sister divisions Heartland and Metropolitan visited with Illinois legislators.

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National Study Quantifies Impact of Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, Underscores Long-term Benefits of Community Investment

Today, President Obama will visit the newest Kroc Center, in Camden, N.J., highlighting the impact that investment in facilities and programs like Kroc Centers can have on the long-term health of local communities.

The Kroc Centers are state-of-the-art venues typically located in underserved communities, where children and families can be exposed to a variety of people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. The Centers enhance quality of life by providing a safe environment with an emphasis on fitness and health, the arts and opportunities to build social connections.

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The Salvation Army’s Veterans’ Efforts Profiled on PBS Affiliate

On Thursday, Kimberly Beck, regional social services director, appeared on the public affairs program #StayTunedSTL on KETC/Channel 9 (PBS-affiliate).

As part of a panel of experts, Kim brought to the forefront The Salvation Army’s efforts in aiding veterans. In addition, the program featured a tour of the Veterans Residence, which included interviews with Kim and Captain Adam Moore, Harbor Light Administrator.

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#GiveSTLDay: Donate TODAY!

On Tuesday, May 5th, The Salvation Army will participate in Give STL Day, the region’s only 24-hour day of online giving! Your support makes it possible for us to serve our neighbors in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of programs and services.

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Style, Glitz & Glamour Spring 2015 Fashion Show & Luncheon

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of St. Louis cordially invites you to Style, Glitz & Glamour Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon!
Friday, April 10, 2015 at Noon
Hilton St. Louis Frontenac
1335 South Lindbergh Blvd at Clayton Road

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The Salvation Army announces Tree of Lights success

St. Louis, Mo., February 11, 2015 – The Salvation Army announced today that its 2014 Tree of Lights campaign raised just over $6 million, exceeding the $5.8 million goal. Major Lonneal Richardson, Midland Divisional Commander made the announcement today.

“We are extremely pleased and grateful that we surpassed our goal,” said Midland Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson. “This is just the latest example of the generosity of the St. Louis community, and it will allow us to continue to assist those who need it most.”

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Tree of Lights Campaign Needs $173,448 in Final Week

St. Louis, Mo., January 22, 2015 — With a week remaining, The Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign is $173,448 short of its $5.8 million goal. Through Wednesday, the Army has raised $5,626,552, or 97 percent of the goal. The Tree of Lights campaign represents approximately one-half of the Army’s year-round operating budget.

“We remain hopeful that we can reach the goal, but we are concerned because we have a significant amount to raise in just over one week,” said Midland Divisional Commander Lonneal Richardson said. “We helped more than 54,000 people in need at Christmastime, but the need does not stop there. Thousands more St. Louisans are coming to us for assistance and will continue to do so throughout 2015, and that’s why Tree of Lights funds are so critical.”

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Offering Assistance to Homeless Men, Women and Children During Cold Spell

St. Louis, Mo., December 30, 2014 – With temperatures expected to plummet to 20 degrees or colder tonight and tomorrow, The Salvation Army has joined forces with the City of St. Louis and other social service agencies to provide assistance to unsheltered homeless men, women and children.

The Salvation Army will provide all evening meals as well as cots and blankets to individuals seeking assistance and shelter at the Emergency Cold Weather Overflow Shelter opened by the City of St. Louis. The shelter, located at the 12th and Park Rec Center, will be open Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday, December 31st from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to accommodate unsheltered homeless men, women, and children.

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The Salvation Army Toy Town to distribute 20,000 gifts over two days

The Salvation Army will distribute approximately 20,000 toys through its Toy Town program this week with walk-in days on Thursday, Dec. 18 and Friday, Dec. 19. Some 5,000 local children whose parents cannot afford Christmas presents will receive them through this program. Approximately 350 volunteers help out, and gifts are organized by age and gender to make selection easier.

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The Salvation Army receives first gold coin of the season

The Salvation Army has received its first gold coin of the season in a Belleville red kettle. A 1-ounce gold coin worth approximately $1,200 was anonymously dropped into a kettle manned by volunteers from the Fairview Heights Rotary Club over the weekend outside of the Dillard’s located at St. Clair Square Mall.

“Gold coins found in Salvation Army Red Kettles have become a much-anticipated holiday tradition,” said Captain Heath Sells, corps officer of the Belleville Salvation Army. According to Captain Sells, the organization has seen a marked increase in the number of families, individuals and seniors requesting emergency help with rent and utilities this year, which is one of the primary uses for Red Kettle donations. The fundraising also goes towards year-round services including food assistance, programs for children, and other programs that offer hope for families in these economically depressed times.

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This Weekend: Women’s Auxiliary Arts & Crafts Boutique

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is hosting its annual Arts & Craft Boutique just in time for the holidays. A wide variety of handmade items will be available for purchase.

The Arts and Crafts Boutique is this Friday and Saturday at the Kirkwood Community Center on 111 South Geyer Road. The hours on Friday are from 10am-7pm and on Saturday from 9am-2pm. Lunch will be available both days.

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The Salvation Army Midland Division Continues Practical and Spiritual Support in Ferguson

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.

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The Salvation Army Partners with the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks on Tornado Recovery Projects

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.

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Serving the Needy of Adair County, Seeking Applications for “Adopt-A-Child” Toy Program

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (September 16, 2014) – The Kirksville Salvation Army has been serving neighbors in need in Adair County for 120 years by providing practical and spiritual support. This holiday season, The Army will once again provide toys to needy children in partnership with KTUF-FM and the Kirksville Fire Department. Applications for the “Adopt-a-Child” toy program are currently being accepted and more information is available by calling 660-665-7885.

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The Salvation Army – Midland Division Continues Practical And Spiritual Support in Ferguson

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.

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The Salvation Army Midland Division Continues Practical & Spiritual Support in Ferguson

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.

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The Salvation Army Responds To Unrest In Ferguson, Missouri

The Salvation Army in St Louis is continuing its assistance and spiritual support in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a local area police officer on August 9. Related to these efforts, The St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) requested that The Salvation Army support the Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) Command Center with donations management.

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Moving Forward: Three Years After the Joplin Tornado

As part of the Joplin Community, The Salvation Army stands with the citizens of Joplin as we remember the Joplin tornado. Our work with tornado survivors in the Joplin area included $1 million in our first response efforts and an additional $1 million in intermediate term help to our neighbors there. A large portion of our efforts in Joplin reflects The Salvation Army’s proven, 125-year-long commitment to the city.

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The Salvation Army and Community Benefactors Provide Christmas Shopping Trips for Disadvantaged Youth Thursday

n Thursday, Dec. 18, 140 disadvantaged children from around the St. Louis-metropolitan area, including Ferguson, Missouri, will have the opportunity to visit Walmart and purchase toys, clothing, personal care items and other must-have items just in time for the holidays.

With support from individual and corporate donors such as Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Subway, Maplewood Commons and Ferguson Walmart Supercenters and Emerson, The Salvation Army will provide 140 gift cards to Walmart, which will benefit 70 children from the metropolitan area and 70 children from Ferguson.

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The Salvation Army to light Aloe Plaza Tree of Lights Today

St. Louis, Mo., November 19, 2014 –The Salvation Army’s 50-foot Tree of Lights will be the focal point when Christmas in St. Louis holds its annual Holiday Festival of Lights celebration starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at Aloe Plaza, across from Union Station.

The Army’s tree, which symbolizes the Tree of Lights campaign, will be lit at 6:15 p.m. The Tree of Lights campaign, in its 67th year, is a major source of funding for the dozens of programs and services The Salvation Army provides in St. Louis.

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The Salvation Army & the City of Dardenne Prairie present 5th Annual Tree Of Lights Celebration

St. Louis, Mo., November 19, 2014 –The Salvation Army and the City of Dardenne Prairie will present Annual Tree of Lights Celebration on Saturday, November 22. the 5th.

The Army’s tree, which symbolizes the Tree of Lights campaign, will be lit at 6:45 p.m. The Tree of Lights campaign, in its 56th year, is a major source of funding for the dozens of programs and services. The Salvation Army provides in St. Charles County.

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Support an Angel this Christmas!

Families who are struggling to meet the financial demands of day-to-day life question how they might provide a gift or two for their children on Christmas Day. Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. And thanks to supporters of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, thousands of children will find this waiting under their Christmas trees this year.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for children of needy families through the support of donors.

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#Mascots4Kettles Schedule

Support #Mascots4Kettles — our annual high school bell-ringing challenge! On Saturday, November 8th, eight high schools will compete against each other ringing bells at various local Schnucks locations, raising money for The Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights campaign. The school that raises the most dollars wins a trophy & a year’s worth of bragging rights! See the full schedule —

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The Salvation Army of St. Charles County Tree of Lights Campaign Underway

St. Charles County, Mo., November 5, 2014 – The 2014 Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign is underway and the familiar red kettles will begin to appear throughout St. Charles County in the coming weeks. The financial goal of this year’s campaign, which runs through Jan. 31, will be announced at a Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at The Columns Conference & Banquet Center [711 Veterans Memorial Parkway].

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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign Underway

St. Louis, Mo., November 5, 2014 – The 2014 Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign is underway and the familiar red kettles will begin to appear throughout the Bi-state area in the coming weeks. The financial goal of this year’s campaign, which runs through Jan. 31, will be announced at a Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Windows on Washington.

Richard Mark, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ameren Illinois, is this year’s honorary Tree of Lights chairman.

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The Salvation Army launches new Urban Mission Center with “Alan Talks”

The Salvation Army invites St. Louis residents to engage in a conversation about missional leadership and how the movement is transforming urban communities around the world on Sept. 5 from 7-9 p.m. at the Temple Corps Community Center, 2740 Arsenal St.

Canadian author and pastor Alan Roxburgh of The Missional Network will explore the concept of missional leadership as it pertains to urban communities, highlighting The Salvation Army’s new Urban Mission Center located in the Benton Park West neighborhood.

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The Salvation Army’s relief work in Joplin, Missouri

In response to recent reports by KSDK-TV:

In the wake of the Joplin tornado three years ago, The Salvation Army spent more than $2 million on emergency disaster relief for tornado survivors. Another $3.5 million remains in safe keeping, designated for long-term recovery with a focus on permanent housing.

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Kicking off Red Kettle Campaign in new locations

A familiar sight is ushering in the holiday season around St. Louis as The Salvation Army kicks off its Red Kettle Campaign. And this year, you may start seeing the signature kettles in unfamiliar places. Especially this weekend.

It’s a tradition that’s been upheld in St. Louis for decades and represents hope for the struggling: the sound of a small, ringing bell alongside a bright-red kettle. The money raised from The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is being used to help more people than ever before, and as a result, volunteers donning kettles and bells may now be seen at intersections and on street corners throughout St. Louis city and county.

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