• Jay Pritchard

Emotional and Spiritual Care Ramping Up In Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA (October 6, 2022) — As the number of meals served stays steady at around 5,000 per day, the emotional and spiritual care team has increased their service, focusing on senior citizens that have evacuated their homes in the Fort Myers area. 

"We have seen a significant uptick of residents that have asked for ministerial care over the last two days," said Pastor Bobby Martin. "The property damage caused by Hurricane Ian is easy to see in person and on television. However, the emotional stress that the storm put on these residents isn't visible to the public. The Salvation Army is honored to assist in the emotional and spiritual care here in the Fort Myers community." 

A total of 4,802 meals, 2,800 drinks, and 484 snacks were served yesterday, while 49 residents were cared for through emotional and spiritual care. The four-day total for those services is 18,201 meals, 19,707 drinks, and 375 spiritual care contacts. 

Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 28, on the west coast of Florida. A heavy storm surge led to severe flooding conditions along the coastline. 

For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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