Springfield, MO (December 28, 2015) The Salvation Army in Springfield, MO has experienced heavy damage due to the widespread rain over the weekend. The extent of the damage has caused The Salvation Army to halt all programs operating out of their main office at 1707 West Chestnut Expressway until further notice.
“We are just in the beginning stages of knowing the extent of the damage,” said Major Mike Mills, Corps Officer. “Due to safety concerns, we have had to close our offices until proper repairs can be made.”
Currently, it appears damage includes the roof, ceiling, electrical and phone systems. Programs that will be affected are Emergency Social Services, The Sal After School Program, Senior Feeding Program, church services, the Emergency Over Night Warming Center and the Family Enrichment Center Shelter.
Families living in the Family Enrichment Center were moved to a local hotel on Saturday when leaking began. The Salvation Army is working with the families and other local organizations to find shelter for the families until repairs are complete. In addition, calls are being made to local churches and organizations to temporally relocate the Emergency Overnight Warming Center should the need arise. Other program participants have been contacted and these programs will be assessed in the coming days.
The Salvation Army is working on where money for the repair work will come from and will begin repairs as soon as possible so programs can resume. The roof at The Salvation Army was currently undergoing a total replacement.
The Salvation Army will be seeking donations for any costs not covered through insurance. Donation can be made by mail at PO Box 9685, Springfield, MO 65801 or online at www.salvationarmyspringfield.org.
To support the year-round outreach of The Salvation Army financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, 65801 by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting www.salvationarmyspringfield.org – 82¢ of every dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.
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 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.