November 7, 2013
The Salvation Army Thanks and Supports Veterans
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the men and women who have served our great nation. May God bless you for the sacrifices you and your families have made in order to protect our freedoms.
While we believe it is important to support our veterans with our words of thanks and encouragement, we also strive to support them with our actions. The Salvation Army has a long history of caring for our service members beginning with the Spanish-American War on through both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, we offer a range of programs and services for our veterans nationally as well as locally.
The New Jersey Division’s Operation Red Shield program exists to serve military personnel, both active and veteran, and their families. Operation Red Shield provides assistance through information, referrals, advocacy, pastoral counseling, and needs-based financial aid, which are all available on an individual basis. In addition, each summer, The New Jersey Division conducts “Vets Camp,” a five-day session at Camp Tecumseh, our residential summer camp in Hunterdon County, serving veterans and their families.
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is committed to helping our veterans and will continue to meet their needs for as long as need exists.
God’s blessings to you,
Major Donald E. Berry
New Jersey Division
October 31, 2013
The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Survivors One Year After Hurricane Sandy’s Landfall
This week marks one year since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. The Salvation Army continues to have boots on the ground, serving affected residents statewide.
Starting last October with food and beverage services, The Salvation Army expanded aid to first responders and Sandy survivors through its Emergency Assistance Centers in Ortley Beach and Hazlet. Each location offered clothing, cleaning supplies and small home goods at no cost to those affected by the storm.
As needs began to change months after Sandy, generous donors allowed The Salvation Army to fund the following services:
As of September 30th, 2013, The Salvation Army has raised $3 million and expended nearly $2 million for the above services and more. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, The Salvation Army has served 45,889 individuals statewide.
The Salvation Army’s Stage III recovery efforts will extend to at least September 30, 2014. Though a year has passed since Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, The Salvation Army’s commitment to those affected is far from over.
October 23, 2013
The Salvation Army and State of New Jersey Unveil New Canteens
The Christie Administration today presented The Salvation Army with three feeding trucks that collectively can prepare and serve 30,000 hot meals a day during an emergency or natural disaster. With $870,000 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) purchased the custom-made vehicles to support The Salvation Army’s efforts to feed large communities during major disasters.
“In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, volunteer organizations provided over 4.5 million meals in the impacted counties,” said DHS Commissioner Jennifer Velez. “The ability to quickly prepare food for individuals during an emergency is critical, and these unique vehicles will enhance the state’s response.”
The feeding trucks are 40 feet long and 13 feet tall. They can be driven to shelters or any large-scale emergency locations and quickly begin serving meals to first responders and disaster survivors.
DHS and The Salvation Army worked with Custom Mobile Food to design what officials believe is the first feeding truck in the country that can serve 10,000 people within four hours of arriving at a disaster site. Food can be served directly on site or transported to Salvation Army canteens or American Red Cross feeding sites.
The vehicles are equipped with large onboard diesel generators and two large propane tanks, enabling them to operate without access to an electrical outlet. They each contain two large refrigerators, three built-in freezers, two 30-gallon tilting skillets, four sinks, a staff bathroom, on board waste and water holding tanks.
DHS worked closely with The Salvation Army, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, and the New Jersey Department of Treasury to obtain the federal grant and finalize a memorandum of understanding to provide and operate the vehicles.
“Ensuring that affected populations and first responders receive a hot meal after a large scale emergency is a top priority,” said Edward Dickson, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP). “Investing federal homeland security funds to purchase these feeding trucks for The Salvation Army enhances the state’s emergency readiness and resiliency, and equally important, provides for disaster survivors and responders during their time of need.”
Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and State Director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, also noted the importance of having the vehicles in New Jersey.
"Adverse conditions often present situations where community members do not have access to food or hot meals. These mobile kitchens will enhance our mass care capabilities, and the ability to provide food to disaster survivors," said Colonel Fuentes.
“The Salvation Army is appreciative of the state's trust and support to ensure that during catastrophic events, we will be able to meet the needs of first responders, survivors and volunteers,” said Major Donald Berry, New Jersey Divisional Commander with The Salvation Army. “This initiative is an example of continued collaborations between units of state government, The Salvation Army and our community partners.”