Salvation Army Community Services Available at The Bridge in Joplin—Multi-Agency Resource Center Provides Centralized Help

Joplin, MO – The Salvation Army has joined with The Bridge to become a part of the Multiple Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) for Joplin disaster relief. The resource center consists of various charity organizations and local businesses offering services for storm victims. The M.A.R.C. offers the opportunity to access many services at one location including help with: housing, medical needs, debris removal, misc. supplies, counseling, emergency funding, new driver’s license, I.D., car title, unemployment, and much more. “There is something here for every person affected by this disaster” stated J.J. Travis of The Red Cross.

Upon arrival at the M.A.R.C. victims will go to The Red Cross to register for needed services. It is helpful if victims have a form of identification and the address of the affected residence, but it is not required to receive assistance. Continuing support is available and provided based on the long term needs of individual victims. “We are doing our best to help in these troubled times.” said Jeff Smith of The Salvation Army. The M.A.R.C. is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and is located at 3405 S. Hammonds Blvd, Joplin, MO 64804. The Bridge has also been updating donation and volunteer needs through their Facebook account found at

MARC Services:
• Housing Assistance
• Medical
• Debris Removal
• Clothing & Hygienic Supplies
• Legal
• Counseling
• Unemployment
• Drivers License, I.D., Car Title
• Emergency Funding
• Social Security Benefits
• Childcare
• Volunteer Placement
• Educational Resources
• Veterans Affairs
• Casework
• Disability Services
• Food

MARC Full List of Participants

• Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity: no interest mortgage homes available for those who qualify
• Joplin Public Schools: Overstocked with clothes, shoes, soap, deodorant, water, toothpaste
• Legal Aid of Western Missouri: basic legal questions, review demolition and construction contract, domestic violence attorney
• MATA: legal services
• Mental Health: Counseling
• Missouri Career Center: unemployment insurance, re-employment services 9-6 daily
• Missouri Department of Revenue: a resource for people to immediately get replacement drivers licenses, ID and car titles
• Missouri Housing Development Commission: emergency funding, assistance finding rentals, long term housing assistance
• Oxford Home Health & Hospice: tetanus shots, blood pressure screening, diabetic care
• The Salvation Army: miscellaneous supplies
• SEMA: donation mgmt
• Small Business Administration: low-interest disaster assistance loans
• Social Security Administration: social security benefits
• SW MO Career Center: unemployment benefits
• The Alliance: Child and baby items, shuttle service
• Tzu Chi Foundation: financial assistance
• United Way 211: volunteer placement, agency service information
• University of Missouri Extension: educational resources
• USDA Rural Development: temporary housing
• Veteran’s Affairs, Disabled American Vets: service to veterans
• Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: emotional and spiritual care, long term recovery
• NOVA(Crisis Team): mental health counseling
• Save the Children: provides child care in shelters
• Church of Brethren: provides child care in shelters
• Area Office on Aging: services to elders and disabilities
• Adventist Community Service: translation services, emotional and trauma counseling
• American Red Cross: verification casework
• AmeriCorps, SB Disaster Relief, Mennonite Disaster Services, All Hands Volunteers, Samaritan’s Purse, ICNA, Relief USA: debris removal, tarping, chain saw crews
• Brethren Disaster Ministries: construction labor provided free of charge, supplies not included
• Catholic Charities: financial assistance
• Children’s Haven: child services, shelter
• Community Action Partnership: housing, traditional services
• Crosslines: food, clothing, housewares, baby items
• DHSS/Division of Senior and Disability Services: serving those with disabilities ages 18-59 and all adults 60 and older.
• : assistance with finding long term housing
• Family Support Division: food stamps, Medicaid
• FEMA: financial assistance, disaster relief
• Health Department : tetanus shots, well testing kits
• Harry S Truman CC: permanent housing assistance with construction

Monetary donations:

The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to


Danni Eickenhorst, Content Specialist