Salvation Army Midland Division, Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri announce $2.55 million in tornado recovery aid

  1. CFSWMO Board President Stephanie Howard, Catholic Charities of Southwest Missouri Executive Director Maura Taylor, CCSM's Brigitte Marrs, Susi Rhoads-Mickels and Nathan Powell, Major Aho and Captain Curry.
  2. Salvation Army Midland Division Major Phil Aho (left), Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Scott Clayton, and local Salvation Army Captain James Curry.
  3. Major Aho, CFSWMO Board President Stephanie Howard, 
The Leffen Center's Kristy Parker and Vicky Mieseler and Captain Curry.
  4. CFSWMO President Stephanie Howard, Captain Curry, Joplin Public Schools Student Services coordinator Lisa Orem, JPS Board President Anne Sharp, and Major Aho.

The Salvation Army and the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri on Friday announced a partnership to support Joplin tornado recovery projects and provide discretionary grant funds.

Using funds donated for Joplin’s tornado recovery efforts, The Salvation Army Midland Division has provided $1.75 million for this partnership to advance housing improvements, counseling and case management to serve individuals and families affected by the May 2011 tornado. In addition, The Salvation Army announced a separate grant of $800,000 to Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity to continue its housing recovery work.

The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri has in place a grant review committee that considers applications for the Joplin Recovery Fund administered by the CFO and CFSWMO. That committee will provide oversight and administration of The Salvation Army funds.

The CFSWMO has approved several specific recovery projects using the Salvation Army funds:

  • $350,000 for Rebuild Joplin, which is working to complete its remaining caseload. Rebuild has focused on homeowners who needed additional assistance for rebuilding or restoring their homes;
  • $441,000 for Catholic Charities, to continue home repairs for homeowners affected by the tornado;
  • $262,000 for Project Hope, which will continue to provide mental-health counseling services for Joplin Public Schools’ students affected by the tornado; and
  • $140,000 for Leffen Center for Autism, for expenses incurred by tornado damage that were not covered by insurance or gifts.

The remaining $557,000 is in the Joplin Recovery Fund, which accepts applications on a rolling basis for tornado recovery projects and programs, the next round of which will be considered in November 2014. To date, the Joplin Recovery Fund has made 85 grants totaling $5.32 million since September 2011. For more information about the fund or the grant application process, visit: joplinrecoveryfund.org. The Grant Review Committee will consider the next round of grant proposals in November.

“The Salvation Army’s commitment to rebuilding Joplin is for the long-term. And that required a more permanent sustainable partnership to see it though. We are pleased to have found that partner in The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which has a very strong, accomplished management team with a demonstrated track record of success and service in the region,” said Major Phil Aho, General Secretary, The Salvation Army Midland Division.

“The Salvation Army recognizes the importance of creating safe and secure homes and providing good, quality housing that will be instrumental in rebuilding the neighborhoods and communities in Joplin,” added Major Aho.

Scott Clayton, Executive Director of Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, said his group would use the $800,000 from the Salvation Army to build seven Habitat houses for families still displaced by the 2011 storm. The grant will also help build tornado shelters for Habitat families who didn’t qualify for free shelters the when their homes were built. Finally, a portion of the grant will help fund Habitat’s Brush With Kindness project, through which volunteers take care of painting, lighting, and other outdoor maintenance projects for disabled and elderly residents who can’t make the repairs themselves.

“Surely we are blessed here in Joplin,” Clayton said. “We remain obligated every day to meet the needs in front of us.”

“Joplin’s tornado recovery story has been amazing.”

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.

About the CFO:

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public charitable foundation serving central and southern Missouri through a network of donors, 44 affiliate foundations and nonprofit partners. The CFO holds assets of $257 million in about 2,800 funds as of June 30, 2014. Its mission is to provide asset and resource development, grantmaking and public leadership throughout its service region.

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