Tom Rowan: Isaac evacuee comes full circle to The Salvation Army

Mobile, AL (August 31, 2012)—Tom Rowan sits outside The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama with no place of his own to sleep tonight. But he knows he is at home at The Salvation Army.

“I wasn’t sure where you guys were here in Mobile, but I knew that if I found it, The Salvation Army would help me,” explained Rowan.

Rowan moved to Mobile about a year ago as retirement, and lives on his 75-foot boat that he docks on Dog River. With the threat of flooding from Hurricane Isaac, Rowland was forced to pull his home from the water and abandon it on jacks.

Monday night Rowan slept in his car. As weather conditions strengthened, he found his way to the shelter at Theodore High School on Tuesday. But when that shelter was closed on Wednesday, he again found himself with nowhere to go and slept in his car.

Finally on Thursday, Rowan made his way to The Salvation Army. He sits outside, hoping for help from an agency that he, himself, used to help.

“Back when I was working, I gave $100 a month to the Denver Rescue Mission and $100 a month to The Salvation Army,” said Rowan. “I just felt like The Salvation Army would put the money to good use. I knew it wouldn’t wind up in some exec’s pocket.”

The Marine Corps veteran has traveled the world since then, but now needs a safe place to sleep. He is glad The Salvation Army is open to anyone in need – and will, therefore, return the favor.

“I never thought of it as an investment,” joked Rowan. He never thought that one day he would be the one needing services from The Salvation Army.

Rowan now looks forward to a hot meal and a roof over his head at The Salvation Army.

His story shows that you never know who will come through our doors. And you never know when you may be the one in need. But one thing is for sure, The Salvation Army will be there.

Salvation Army Continuing to Shelter Tonight In Mobile AL After Isaac

Mobile, AL (August 29, 2012) – In the last 48 hours, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama has served around 800 meals to those seeking refuge from Isaac, and more than 100 people looking for a safe and dry place to sleep have taken refuge in our emergency shelter.

The emergency shelter will stay open again tonight, and we will provide updated meal and shelter totals as we get them. The Salvation Army hopes to return to normal shelter and residential program operations after breakfast is served tomorrow, but we will re-evaluate in the morning based on immediate and urgent needs at that time.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama officially opened its 24-hour emergency shelter on Tuesday for anyone who had nowhere safe to go during Hurricane Isaac. But Monday night, we fed and housed anyone who needed somewhere to sleep, because the threat of flooding had closed alternate shelter locations. During this time of emergency, The Salvation Army is providing three meals a day, as well as physical and emotional support to some of our most vulnerable neighbors affected by the storm.

“With torrential rain still falling (and expected to continue overnight into tomorrow) – and news just received that other emergency shelters are closing down before tonight – The Salvation Army expects an even greater demand for its meals and emergency accommodation tonight,” says Major Mark Brown, Commander for The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama.

He adds, “Already this evening we are seeing more people enjoying a warm and nutritious evening meal, and it is really great and heartwarming to see people who are facing some of life’s toughest challenges laughing and simply making the best of what could be a dangerous, even tragic, situation.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season:
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”

*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 Privacy policy: Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.