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Team Rubicon and Salvation Army Announce Partnership to Rebuild Homes and Lives in Collier County

The organizations will work together to rebuild 30 homes damaged by Hurricane Irma

Naples, Fla. (September 10, 2018) – Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, and Salvation Army Collier County officially kicked off their partnership today to help rebuild lives and homes that were impacted by Hurricane Irma. Over the next year, as part of Team Rubicon’s South Florida Rebuild Program, the two organizations will work together to identify and rebuild 30 homes damaged by Hurricane Irma in Collier County, Fla.

For its piece of the partnership, Salvation Army Collier County will identify homes that meet established criteria for assistance as well as handle client services and case management. And Team Rubicon, led by the military veterans of Cohort 8 of their Clay Hunt Fellows Program, will manage the construction and rebuild of these 30 homes.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of providing disaster relief and recovery around the world. Although it has now been one year since Hurricane Irma impacted Collier County, so many of our residents continue to rebuild. We are proud to partner with Team Rubicon in an effort to make sure all those in the community who need help receive it.”

In March 2018, Team Rubicon launched its home rebuild pilot program in Houston, Texas to support long-term recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This South Florida home rebuild program will be built on the success and lessons learned from the Houston pilot.

“Team Rubicon is excited to launch this Home Rebuild Program in South Florida and for the opportunity to help get families impacted by Hurricane Irma back to a sense of pre-storm normalcy,” said David Venables, Deputy Director of Rebuild at Team Rubicon. “It’s a privilege to partner with Salvation Army Collier County on this project. This organization brings deep community ties, resources and know-how that will help us rebuild homes and lives in South Florida.”

The launch of this home rebuild program in South Florida marks a return to Collier County for Team Rubicon. Soon after Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm, Team Rubicon launched a response operation to provide immediate disaster relief. Now, the organization is returning to Collier County to address on-going, long-term recovery needs in impacted communities.

Team Rubicon boasts an 80,000-strong, highly-skilled volunteer force that helps communities stabilize and recover after a disaster. Since its 2010 inception, Team Rubicon has responded to over 285 disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.

About The Salvation Army of Collier County

The Salvation Army has been serving Collier County since 1981, with offices in Naples and Immokalee. Nearly 48,000 residents are assisted annually

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 a wide 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 for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Learn more about The Salvation Army in Collier County at www.SalvationArmyNaples.org.

Operation Lasting Hope Disaster Assistance Center Contact Information

3420 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112
(239) 775-0143 • Fax (239) 775-0069

2050 Commerce Avenue #9, Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 657-2198 • Fax (239) 657-2196

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Closed for lunch 12 PM – 12:30 PM
*Immokalee DAC is closed on Thursdays

Additional Media Links

RE: Repair Fair, Friday, September 7, 2018

Salvation Army ‘repair fair’ offers help for those still struggling a year after Irma

Collier County homeowners still on the edge can get Hurricane Irma help Friday, September 7, 2018

Help available for Collier County residents still in need after Irma

New efforts underway to help homeowners hit hard by Hurricane Irma

Lessons Collier Charities and Nonprofits Learned From Hurricane Irma


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