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Salvation Army Transitions From Emergency Response to Recovery

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Released 14 April 2009

MENA (April 14, 2009) - As the community of Mena continue to clean-up debris and recover whatever is left of their possessions, The Salvation Army continues to provide hot meals snacks and drinks to responders and those impacted by the storm  and emotional and spiritual care.

As power returns to the majority of community, services are transitioning from emergency service to recovery.  Since Friday evening, The Salvation Army has served over 6,000 meals.   Volunteers, employees, and Officers have logged 1,680 hours of service.

The Salvation Army will be serving meals through Wednesday lunch.  However, they are providing the food for additional 4,500 - 5,000 meals to cover through the weekend.   First Baptist Church and The Crossing church are partnering with The Salvation Army to serve those meals. 

The Salvation Army will be providing food boxes, clothing vouchers, and emotional and spiritual care.  Services will be provided in four areas:  Mena, DeQueen, Fort Smith, and Hot Springs.  In DeQueen, the social services will be provided at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.  In Mena, services will be provided on an appointment basis.   The hours for Fort Smith:  9:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 1-00 - 4:00 PM Monday thru Thursday and 9:00 to Noon on Friday.   The Hours for Hot Springs are the same as Fort Smith.  The hours for DeQueen are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

Joe Finley, Arkansas Service Unit Representative states "The Salvation Army has a presence in Mena and Polk County all year long.  Although the Thrift Store may be damaged and out of commission temporarily, The Salvation Army will remain available in Mena to those in need."

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