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MILWAUKEE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR DEPLOYED AS NATIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER FOR THE SALVATION ARMY IN JOPLIN, MISSOURI

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Released 3 June 2011

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Faithe Colas

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Wauwatosa, WI  (June 1, 2011)  On Sunday, May 22 The Salvation Army responded immediately providing canteens, meeting the needs of Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities. Faithe Colas, Community Relations Director for The Salvation Army in Milwaukee County has been deployed to represent The Salvation Army nationally in Joplin, Missouri.  Colas will leave for tornado ravaged Joplin, Missouri on Friday, June 3rd returning to Milwaukee on Tuesday, June 14th.

 

“It is a testament to the outstanding work of Faithe Colas here in Milwaukee that she has been selected to represent the work of The Salvation Army to the nation in such a difficult situation as we find in Joplin.  Her experience with natural disasters here in Wisconsin has prepared her well for this deployment,” said Major Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Divisional Commander for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The following are Salvation Army’s efforts in Joplin, as of 12:00 PM Thursday, May 26

·         The Salvation Army has served 16,692 hot meals and 4,198 snacks and 11,116 beverages.

·         The Salvation Army has provided 6 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma,

·         A Satellite Communications truck from The Salvation Army’s USA Southern territory is in place and handling phone, computer and internet communications.

·         The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care and has prayed with hundreds of individuals.

·         The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services programs in multiple locations.

·         Salvation Army officers (pastors), employees and volunteers have served thousands of hours.

 

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About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 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. Nationally, approximately 84 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.


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