Many of the organization’s food banks anticipate an increase in need if the standoff continues.

Nearly four weeks into what’s become the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, many across the country are beginning to feel the financial impact of the impasse.

Many of the more than 800,000 federal workers and roughly 4 million more government contractors affected have now missed their first paycheck. For some of them, this may mean they need to reign in their spending on non-essentials, or simply tighten their monthly budget. But for others living paycheck to paycheck, missing just one could mean they can’t pay their mortgage, or afford groceries, medicine, or child care.

The Salvation Army is one of several groups stepping up to offer some relief to furloughed government employees, those working without pay, or anyone else affected, as they navigate the unexpected stress and financial hardship triggered by the partial shutdown.

Lt. Liz Blusiewicz, corps officer in Huntington,..

miami disaster

By: Brad Rowland

In partnership with both the NHL’s Florida Panthers and FedEx, The Salvation Army has opened a new Emergency Disaster Services Command and Training Center in Miami, Florida.

The center was unveiled June 1. It will serve as a support facility throughout the year, regardless of the nature of active disaster response.

The Florida Panthers Foundation, which joined the Tampa Bay Lightning in donating funds for ongoing disaster relief earlier in 2018, donated a food distribution vehicle to augment food production and service in times of disaster.

The Salvation Army also received a donated unit from FedEx that can serve approximately 1,500 meals per day in active service. This vehicle can be used in both daily food service and extended service for direct disaster relief.

When the facility is not in full use for disaster service, it will be used for training for volunteers, overall first aid and CPR certification and spiritual training to provide stability in periods of potential crisis.

Beyond that, a disaster-based warehouse is in place for storage and to provide a database for donations as they arrive, both day-to-day and in direct response.

Captain Enrique Azuaje, Miami area commander, aided in executing this vision, with additional funding from The Community Foundation.

The creation and implementation of the facility should help The Salvation Army streamline its efforts year-round and in times of disaster. The community’s investment in its opening provides an encouraging sign for ongoing support in the future.

Original post by The Southern Spirit found here.

Jessica Geib | jessica.geib@uss.salvationarmy.org | (850) 212-7761

EASTPOINT, FL – The Salvation Army Disaster Response Team from Panama City is currently en-route with a mobile feeding unit (canteen) to provide meals and hydration to residents and first responders impacted by severe fires in Franklin County, Florida. The fire, presently under control, has impacted a reported 40 homes and conditions warranted a mandatory evacuation of the area.  Residents received little to no notice as flames quickly destroyed more than 950 acres.“Our team is prepared to serve meals and snacks and will continue to provide additional services, such as emotional and spiritual care, to help meet the needs of the displaced families,” says Lieutenant Chelsea Fleeman with The Salvation Army of Panama City.

Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.

HOW TO HELP:

Sign up to become a trained Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Volunteer: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
Donate: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or www.SalvationArmyFlorida.org 

Since the summer of 2017 The Salvation Army Clay County Corps (church) Community Garden has been a place of Environmental Education for youth and the local community. After harvesting a crop of sweet potatoes; broccoli, cabbage, carrots and onions were planted by the young gardeners, and are well on the way to a bountiful crop. The Community Garden has proved to be worthwhile to the corps character building program, and is also providing fresh produce to the community.

Today is Shine a Light on Slavery Day and Florida Divisional employees showed their support against human trafficking by coming together and putting a Red X on their hands.

Each day The Salvation Army is working together to bring awareness to each community about human trafficking.

The Salvation Army is committed to fighting against human trafficking (for sexual and labor purposes) and forms of commercial sexual exploitation linked to sex trafficking. This commitment emerges from both The Salvation Army’s mission – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination – and is rooted in the organization’s early history.

Join the Fight for Freedom and shine a light on slavery each day. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery – a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to over 40 million people around the world.

Did you know that Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery — a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to millions of people around the world? No matter where you live, it’s happening nearby.

From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.

The Salvation Army Anti-Trafficking initiatives work alongside local law enforcement, FBI, ICE, and numerous other community partners to identify, rescue, and restore victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation. We help both foreign and domestic victims of all ages and ethnicities through our nationwide case management network. Along with giving immediate refuge and relief for victims, we take a holistic approach to healing, helping each person move from a state of victimized enslavement to God-centered self-sufficiency.

Contact your local Salvation Army to inquire how you can help and join the fight.

Together we can end it.

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s role in fighting for freedom visit www.sajustice.us.
If you need help: Please call or text the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
1 (888) 373-7888

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish, and 200 more languages
Website: traffickingresourcecenter.org