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Relief to Recovery in St. John Parish

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 10, 2012)—In addition to The Salvation Army’s first aim of meeting basic needs of those affected by Hurricane Isaac, the organization will distribute cleanup kits, comfort kits and food boxes to residents of St. John Parish on Monday, September 10. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the assistance will be given at the Home Depot parking lot in LaPlace. As more resources are secured, more assistance will be made available.v

“We’re helping those living in one of the most affected areas,” said Major W.D Owens, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in New Orleans. “This is the central theme for why we do disasters: extending our hands to help those in need in the name of Jesus.”

An original FEMA letter and a government-issued ID are required to receive the cleanup and comfort kit assistance. No ID or documentation is needed for meal/water service at Salvation Army mobile feeding units.

Hot meals and cold drinks are served from mobile feeding units to disaster survivors and first responders. The Salvation Army will often provide additional sleeping space in their shelters. The non-profit’s officers, along with trained staff and volunteers, provide pastoral and emotional comfort by listening and maintaining a ministry of presence.

Thus far in the greater New Orleans area, The Salvation Army has served 75,635 meals, 84,417 drinks, and 51,468 snacks, provided emotional and spiritual care to 3,395 individuals and distributed 2,100 cleanup kits and 1,650 comfort kits.

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 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Volunteers Find Worth through Emergency Service

New Orleans, LA (September 8, 2012)—When a disaster strikes, no matter how small or large, one thing is certain: mobile feeding units (canteens) from The Salvation Army are not far away. The non-profit organization has been on the scene to help those affected and the first responders during countless natural disasters in the United States. The canteens come stocked with essentials: food, drinks, clean-up kits and comfort kits. They are driven and staffed by Salvation Army employees and trained volunteers.

Trained volunteers are effective volunteers. During a disaster, The Salvation Army relies upon trained disaster workers to coordinate emergency relief operations and deliver fast, efficient service to disaster survivors. The organization’s national disaster training program includes courses developed by The Salvation Army and training certified by other partner organizations whose technical expertise is nationally recognized in a given field.

When Hurricane Isaac made landfall in the greater New Orleans area, the organization deployed over 50 employees and trained volunteers from seven states. Two of those experienced volunteers are Pamelia Phelps and Mary Jane Denny, better known as PJ and MJ, from Elberton, Georgia. Both women have served on countless mission trips around the world, many with their church and most recently on a trip to Ecuador with The Salvation Army in May.

Chair of her local command’s Advisory Board, PJ has served with the organization in two previous disasters. Of her experience, Hurricane Irene is the largest-scale disaster response she has been a part of.

“I love helping people,” she says while serving chili to those affected in St. John Parish. “People don’t realize that these people are hungry and need something to eat and drink. What we do for them makes their life a little better.”

Her friend MJ agrees. “It’s been a very rewarding experience for me. Everyone is so appreciative. They all say thank you. It’s been phenomenal.”

Both women encourage others to join with them, sign up for the organization’s disaster response training, and help others in need.

“It’s worth it,” PJ says. “Everyone should be involved with The Salvation Army.”

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 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/6

Canteen Dispositions for 9/6/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 6, 2012)—The Salvation Army will increase the number of feeding sites in Laplace on Wednesday. Four units and a truck with cleaning supplies will respond to the area. Cleaning supplies will be available as supplies last. Additionally, one feeding unit will deploy to the north portion of Plaqemines parish on Wednesday. The unit will rove the Parish as well as serve at the staging area for residents returning to collect their belongings.

Pastoral care teams are also available to pray and counsel with residents overwhelmed by the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (2 Units and cleaning supplies while they last)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

Oakville Mission Baptist Church
11280 HWY 23
Belle Chasse

The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70895

*Head of Island
Highway 42 & Highway 16
Maurepas, LA

*Highway 190 & Highway 43
Albany, LA

*Highway 22
Killian Town Hall

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Disaster Volunteer Finds New Purpose from Hospital Bed

New Orleans, LA—When leaving for New Orleans, LA, longtime disaster services volunteer David Carlise never expected to perform his Hurricane Isaac response work from a hospital bed. Five days later, from his Oschner Hospital bed in Gretna, David is having a greater impact on individuals than he ever imagined.

David Carlise and Alton Ming arrived in New Orleans with their fully loaded Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (Canteen), Friday, August 31, after driving more than 300 miles. Prepared to serve for 14 days, David and Alton had plans for long days of cooking, feeding, and sharing a tear or a laugh with the thousands in need from Hurricane Isaac. But a Saturday morning emergency trip to the hospital changed everything and has led to a new path of service and ministry for David.

At home in Columbus, MS, David Carlise spends his Sundays worshiping at The Salvation Army church. David’s strength of faith has led members of his attending hospital staff and others to seek a personal relationship with Christ or to learn more about the Bible’s teachings. He arrived prepared to feed empty stomachs and has found his days filled with feeding hungry minds and hurting hearts, quickly becoming The Salvation Army’s model for emotional and spiritual care in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

“This is not where I expected to spend my time in New Orleans.” said David Carlise. “I am supposed to be out in the community, in the canteen, feeding people. But God certainly had another plan for me and I’m blessed to do His work.”

Demonstrating further that David is part of a larger plan, his arrival at the hospital was by mistake. The responding ambulance crew was unfamiliar with the New Orleans area and transported him to the wrong location. Upon his arrival, David began witnessing to two people in the emergency room. After being placed in a semi-private room, David had the opportunity to share prayer with his roommate and roommate’s brother, who openly stated he wasn’t sure about Jesus. The brothers later began praying on their own.

Yet to be released from the hospital, David has witnessed to nine people, with five accepting Christ.

“We have our own David the evangelist,” said Salvation Army Major Jean Wilson, director of Emotional and Spiritual Care. ”He is living God’s plan and reminding us all what it means to be in service. You never know when or how God will use us, and we have to trust that it is His plan. Whether people wants us to pray with them or just to listen, we are here to serve.”

The organization has served over 61,500 hot meals, 71,512 drinks, and 45,515 snacks in Mississippi and Louisiana since Hurricane Isaac response began, Salvation Army crews have also ministered to nearly 2,200 people with emotional and spiritual care.

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/5

Canteen Dispositions for 9/5/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 5, 2012)—The Salvation Army will increase the number of feeding sites in Laplace on Wednesday. Four units and a truck with cleaning supplies will respond to the area. Cleaning supplies will be available as supplies last. Additionally, one feeding unit will deploy to the north portion of Plaqemines parish on Wednesday. The unit will rove the Parish as well as serve at the staging area for residents returning to collect their belongings.

Pastoral care teams are also available to pray and counsel with residents overwhelmed by the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (3 Units and cleaning supplies while they last)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

St. Bernard Parish
Lafitte – Roving

LaPlace
Ascension of Our Lord Church
799 Fairway Drive

Plaquemines Parish
Roving

The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70895

*Gardere Lane
Ball Park
Baton Rouge, LA

*Head of Island
Highway 42 & Highway 16
Maurepas, LA

*Highway 190 & Highway 43
Albany, LA

*Highway 42
Killian Town Hall

Lamar Dixon Expo
Gonzales, LA

Colyell Baptist Church
Highway 42
Livingston, LA

*Highway 42 & Satsuma Road
Livingston, LA

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jourdin Shores Estates
At the Club House
6383 Pontiac Dr
Kiln, MS

Oak Harbor Subdivision
Pearlington, MS

First Pentecostal Church
123 Kendrick Lane
Picayune, MS

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

As Isaac moves out, The Salvation Army rolls in!

The Salvation Army is moving emergency response teams into place in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi and is providing shelter, food and hydration, and emotional and spiritual care in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

As the storm moves to the North, The Salvation Army has mobilized 24 feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel to the hardest hit areas. These units have a combined daily feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals. Major David Craddock, Incident Commander for Hurrican Isaac, commented, “This has been in many cases a hurry-up-and-wait situation. Even with access to affected areas limited, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents fleeing the effects of Isaac.” In response to the storm The Salvation Army has provided approximately, 8,067 meals, 7,569 drinks and 6,264 snacks. Additionally, hygiene kits and clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies are being made available to storm survivors and first responders, as well as emotional and spiritual support.

Many Salvation Army facilities in the track of the storm have been greatly impacted and a number of facilities were evacuated including the Area Command building and Center of Hope in New Orleans. Homeless shelters in Pascagoula, New Orleans, MS, and Mobile, AL, continued to be filled to capacity. Palm Beach County, FL, experienced massive flooding and widespread power outages and two mobile feeding units have been providing food, water, and support to the communities of Acreage and Loxahatchee.

The Salvation Army in Texas has five mobile feeding units and a field kitchen on alert should additional support be requested. These units will remain on call during the holiday weekend. Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary, said, “Although Isaac is moving inland, many areas will not feel the storm’s full impact of rain and flooding for some time. We expect to provide assistance to all survivors in Gulf Coast communities and elsewhere for as long as there is a need.”

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “2012 Hurricane Season.”
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Continues Long-Term Recovery in Southern States On One-Year Anniversary of Tornadoes

The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term emergency relief services to the residents whose lives were forever changed following a series of devastating tornadoes that ravaged parts of the southern United States in April 2011. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) teams immediately responded to the storms and provided 4.8 million meals, snacks and drinks, as well as material, emotional and spiritual care to survivors throughout all impacted states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

“These were a series of storms that not only changed lives one year ago, but changed lives forever and The Salvation Army will be in these communities to make these changes easier,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “From day one, The Salvation Army has been and will continue to be committed to the long-term recovery efforts by addressing the on-the-ground needs of families impacted throughout the South.”

Within minutes of the storms making landfall last year, The Salvation Army deployed multiple mobile feeding units throughout the southern states, providing warm meals, snacks and drinks, along with emotional support and basic materials to thousands of individuals. As the disaster operation transitioned from immediate response into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army is still on-site in many of these communities, providing continued support to those in need. Long-term recovery plans in support of communities and survivors of the April 2011 tornadoes in the southern United States include:

ALM Division (Serving Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi)
• As rebuilding continues across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army, in partnership with Long Term Recovery Committees in 13 communities, is working to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies in specific service areas, including:
      o Community capacity: Signature community projects were identified to help rebuild parks,

      community centers, and other projects by community leaders, long term recovery       committees, and The Salvation Army.
      o Disaster Social Services: The Salvation Army is providing direct financial assistance to

      survivors through trained case workers. This assistance is provided for essential living

     supplies, emergency household needs and rebuilding supplies.
      o Distribution centers: The Salvation Army continues to operate distribution centers for
      survivors in affected areas. Food boxes, donated furniture, clothing, and other recovery
     items are available through these warehouses.

• On Thursday, May 3, 2012 FedEx, The Salvation Army and NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin, are partnering to bring awareness to the importance of ongoing recovery efforts, specifically in the Tuscaloosa, AL area. Together, the two organizations and Hamlin will welcome a local family into a new home, which was built after the family’s original home was destroyed last spring. The home is the first to be rebuilt in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa.
• The Salvation Army and FedEx previously partnered on rebuilding communities in New Orleans, where the Army established the EnviRenew initiative that built environmentally friendly homes for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

GEO Division (Serving Georgia)
• The Salvation Army of Georgia immediately responded by serving nine counties, including Spalding, Lamar, Troup, LaGrange, Floyd, Bartow, Meriwether, Troup, and Rabun.
• The Salvation Army implemented a long-term recovery plan for these impacted areas, funded by $1 million received in donations, that includes assistance with building materials, appliances, household items, furniture, short-term case management for resettlement assistance and the hiring of three social workers. From this money spent, we have to able to serve 25 households, with 60 households awaiting immediate final approval.
• In addition, The Salvation Army is helping rebuild Spalding County’s historic 107 year-old Vaughn United Methodist Church, which was destroyed by the tornadoes. The Salvation Army is supporting the efforts of rebuilding the church by providing furnishing materials.

KTN Division (Serving Kentucky, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia)
• This weekend, as part of the one year anniversary of the tornadoes, The Salvation Army of KTN will take part memorial services and volunteer celebrations, recognizing the lives lost and the efforts of those working to rebuild lives throughout the area.
• The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga began serving storm survivors immediately after the first tornadoes swept through Bradley County the afternoon of April 27, and began service in Catoosa County later that evening. On April 28, disaster recovery response widened to include more of Bradley and Hamilton counties in TN and Catoosa, Walker and Dade counties in GA.
• The Greater Chattanooga Area Command served in all Disaster Response Centers weeks after the storm and hired additional case workers to better serve the needs of storm survivors in the long-term recovery efforts in each of these counties, which includes direct disaster recovery assistance and development of new community projects that were lost during the storms.
• The Salvation Army also provided warm meals and drinks, as well as emotional and spiritual care in Murfreesboro, TN and Danville, KY.

AOK Division (Serving Arkansas & Oklahoma)
• In Arkansas, The Salvation Army provided immediate emergency assistance to tornado survivors in the communities of Vilonia, Hot Springs Village, and Fountain Lake.
• The Salvation Army also worked with Oklahoma Emergency Management to facilitate services of food and drinks to Stillwell, Oklahoma.
• Currently, The Salvation Army is working to meeting the long-term recovery needs of disaster-affected households within these communities for as long as the Army is needed.

“Long-term recovery is a difficult path. The process of rebuilding homes and lives takes time and patience,” said Major Hood. “The Salvation Army will work with local governments, organizations and community members to make sure every individual and family will have a new place to call home.”