The Salvation Army continues to help Hurricane Harvey victims one year later


It has been one year since Hurricane Harvey hit the areas of Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Aransas, and the surrounding areas. The storm hit in late August 2017 and The Salvation Army has said that they have continued to provide long-term recovery services for residents whose lives were changed forever due to the storm.

Widespread damage affected more than 300 miles of coastline before Harvey reportedly stalled over Houston, causing flooding in the city and the Beaumont area.

On August 25, 2017, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) responded immediately with food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders in the area. At the peak of services, 103 Salvation Army mobile feeding stations had delivered almost 1 million meals, 33,000 food boxes, 92,000 comfort kits, and 15,000 clean-up kits.

With generous support and donations, The Salvation Army was able to raise over $30 million for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts.

“Hurricane Harvey required a response and ongoing recovery efforts from The Salvation Army not seen in Texas since Hurricane Katrina,” said Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer, Commander of the Texas Division of The Salvation Army. “The immediate response of our Emergency Disaster teams was swift and effective. We were able to provide practical assistance in the form of a hot meal, a drink, perhaps a cleanup kit, and an encouraging word and prayer to many thousands of people who overnight found themselves in crisis. It was such a blessing to be told, ‘Thank you, I knew The Salvation Army would come’ by those in affected communities. However, though the flood water has long receded and much of the debris is gone, the recovery for many is going to take a long time.”

Of the total $30 million donated, $12 million was used for the initial response, for emergency response operations, including 103 mobile kitchens and EDS teams for up to eight weeks. The Salvation Army was able to provide almost 1 million meals, drinks, and snacks, 92,000 comfort and hygiene kits, more than 15,000 clean-up kits, 140,000 hours of employee and volunteer services, emotional and spiritual care for 57,000 individuals, and emergency financial aid to thousands of families with assistance such as gift cards, vouchers to Salvation Army Family Stores, and referrals for a variety of services.

These services were provided to the areas hit by Hurricane Harvey and were also continuously provided to those who were not affected by the disaster.

“Salvation Army disaster teams from as far as Hawaii, Canada and California were deployed to serve to Texas, along with units from our neighboring states. Teams served for 14 days at a time and worked tirelessly to provide much-needed relief to those affected. This is a testament to the dedication and scope of The Salvation Army,” said Lt. Colonel Raymer. “For many of those we helped, this was the worst day of their lives. The Salvation Army works to provide for not only the
physical needs of a person, but also the spiritual needs. We will continue to serve our neighbors whenever and wherever there is need.”

Immediate response turned into long-term services and The Salvation Army has continued to support families affected by Hurricane Harvey and they also have helped rebuild using the $18 million. Long-term recovery has consisted of case management and direct aid for disaster survivors. They have opened and are operating eight warehouses to serve as points of distribution in the affected areas and have begun programs to help residents replace furnishings, appliances, and general household goods, as well as have been providing building materials to assist homeowners in repairing home damages.

There are currently eight warehouses serving as points of distribution across the affected regions and they are still receiving, sorting and distributing a wide range of donated items to help residents.

Four Regional Recovery Program Managers have been hired to oversee efforts and to network with other agencies to provide The Salvation Army with more support and assistance.

“The Salvation Army, motivated by the love of God and with a mission to meet human need, provides service in every zip code in Texas and is committed to stand by its brand promise “Doing the Most Good,” as individuals and families continue to put life back together,” said Lt. Colonel Raymer. “We were there long before the hurricane hit, and we’ll be
there long after the recovery process is over.”

It isn’t too late to show your support to the Hurricane Harvey victims, visit www.salvationarmytexas.org/harvey/ for more information on how to help.