The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division Emergency Disaster Services will unveiled its latest addition to its canteen fleet. The event, held at Detroit Fire/Police Super Station (Engine 27 and Precinct 4), included a brief program, light refreshments and tours of the new canteen vehicle.
The Ford Motor Company Fund has generously donated a 2016 Ford Transit cargo van, customized by Technosports, which will allow The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services to better serve southeast Michigan in times of great need.
The EDS volunteer team responds to calls for help from local authorities and provides food and beverages, blankets, clothing, temporary shelter and spiritual guidance and comfort to the victims and families of major disasters as well as police, firefighters and other first response personnel at the emergency scene.
HISTORY: The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) began following a hurricane in Galveston, Texas in 1900. The international program has gone on to serve millions of disaster victims in the 100 year history. The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division Emergency Disaster Services responds to calls for help from local authorities and becomes part of the Emergency Operation Center set up in times of disaster. Staff and volunteers are trained in both food service and Critical Incident Stress Management. The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division has 13 canteen vehicles ready to respond to emergencies.
ABOUT: Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. At work in Michigan since 1887, The Salvation Army operates 180 facilities throughout the state. Annually, these facilities provide more than 3.8 million meals and more than 927,000 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at www.salmich.org.