Emotional and Spiritual Care in the Wake of the West Virginia Floods

July 03, 2016
Shelley Henderson | shelley.henderson@uss.salvationarmy.org

Emotional and Spiritual Care in the Wake of the West Virginia Floods

Charleston, W.V. (July 3, 2016)—Today teams of Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) givers are on the ground throughout central and southeast West Virginia, providing hope and prayer to disaster survivors and first responders.

Emotional and Spiritual Care teams are made up of Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers who are specially trained to provide effective emotional and spiritual care to meet the disaster-related needs of disaster responders and affected families and individuals. 

So far, The Salvation Army has provided emotional and spiritual care to more than 500 flood survivors and first responders.

Yesterday we met Frank while we were working in the community. Frank is the fourth generation to live on his family’s land. His house was built years ago by his great-grandfather. He had heard family stories of floods in the late 1800’s, but nothing like the flood of June 2016.

“When the water came up, I picked up my dog and we went upstairs. The next morning I went downstairs and found everything was gone. Even the photos of my wife. She just died. I lost all of her memories this week. I'm thankful we made it out alive but I miss my wife and I don't have anything to remember her by.”

The Salvation Army is working with Frank and hundreds of other individuals who were impacted by the floodwaters that swept through West Virginia last week. Our job is to feed survivor’s bellies and soothe their hearts with the promising word of God’s love.

The Salvation Army's response has just begun. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, we will be out in the community, lending a helping hand and a listening ear. We can do this because you support us. Thank you from The Salvation Army and on behalf of the many survivors we are serving.

You can help by your financial gifts to support Salvation Army disaster relief efforts. 100% of donations go directly to the disaster.

• By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

• Online: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

• By mail: Send your gift to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief   PO BOX 1490 Clarksburg, WV  26302-1490 or to your local Salvation Army unit.  Please make checks payable to "The Salvation Army" and clearly mark your gift “June 2016 West Virginia Floods”.

• By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving


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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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