Tuscaloosa Tornado Survivors Receive New Home

One year has passed since last April’s string of devastating tornadoes that ravaged parts of the southern United States that ruined properties and lives. Anyone surveying the disaster sites immediately thereafter– which included areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma – likely knew a long road to recovery was ahead. Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) teams of The Salvation Army served storm survivors and made sure they would be able to provide relief for as long as was necessary.

12 months later, The Salvation Army is still on-site in many of these communities planning and implementing long-term recovery efforts and providing continued support to those in need.

During times of disaster, The Salvation Army provides relief in the form of warm meals, snacks and beverages to families and individuals who have lost everything. Relief can also mean basic materials such as clothes, blankets, and toiletries. Relief can be as simple as providing a presence, a hug, or a prayer.

Relief can also mean a new home for a family in need!

Benjamin Torres of Tuscaloosa, AL, a war veteran and father of three, lost his entire home in the wake of last year’s storms. But thanks to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)FedEx, The Salvation Army ALM Division and NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin, Torres and his family now have a newly constructed home modeled after their original.

Built by UMCOR and furnished by The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi with a donation from FedEx, the new home will host an official welcoming event for the family this Thursday, May 3.

Through donations and prayer, our supporters have enabled us to serve so many in need. We are so thankful for UMCOR, FedEx and Denny Hamlin who have helped us bring awareness to the ongoing disaster relief efforts in the south.


Click here to visit The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi‘s website.

To help our continued recovery efforts, please visit www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org/storms. For a full list of recovery updates in each state listed above, please read our official press release found here.