Before joining The Salvation Army as an Officer, Major Evelyn Chavez worked as a Triage Medical Assistant. Her experience provided her with the proper training to deal with stress and trauma – fitting for the life-changing situations she’s been faced with since joining The Salvation Army.
And she’s seen it all.
Major Chavez provided care at Columbine high school in the late 90’s following the shootings. She served as Incident Commander for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and, most recently worked as a Chaplain in Port au Prince following the earthquake in Haiti.
But she’ll never forget Ground Zero. After the 9/11 attacks, Major Chavez worked tirelessly for two straight weeks in a Salvation Army tent at Ground Zero treating victims.
She sees every opportunity to serve as a blessing from God, a way to serve Him better. What an Amazing Example!
Thanks to the Salvation Army Western Territory’s blog Expect Change, her journal entries from that time have been recorded. Every day of this week Expect Change will be posting a journal entry from Major Chavez’s time at Ground Zero, chronicling the conversations, the scenes, and the personal moments that we’d otherwise not know about.
You can visit Expect Change by Clicking Here. This is not to be missed!
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The Salvation Army is meeting an urgent need to provide water for parts of Uganda- a country seized by drought conditions causing suffering and severe child malnourishment. Children and families are without water and beds. The lack of water is also making hygiene a major issue.
The Salvation Army provided 200 mattresses, 200 wash basins, 500 bars of soap, and 100 containers of liquid soap to provide for those being sheltered and cared for. Plans are in the works to sink a borehole for a constant supply of clean water.
Additionally, more than 700 Ugandan families benefited from food provided by The Salvation Army. Each family received 15 kg of maize and 10 kg of beans. More projects are planned and an international Salvation Army team is currently on its way to assist the Uganda Command.
Donations allow for Salvation Army teams in Uganda and other African countries to provide during times of emergency. If you’d like to contribute, please visit the International Headquarters’ website at www.salvationarmy.org.
It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the ten-year mark already. The attacks from September 11, 2001 are still very fresh for many. On that fateful morning, most of the nation watched the news stations anxiously from living rooms, schools and offices as the scenes unfolded. We painfully listened to the horrific depictions of death and destruction from witnesses nearby. For months following, we tracked the progress on ground zero. A decade later, we are still picking up the pieces and rebuilding, yet the pain and loss from losing friends, family, firefighters, policemen, and emergency relief workers is still present.
For months after and still, our nation mourns.
The time following those events was especially significant for The Salvation Army. That’s why throughout this entire week we will be remembering those we lost and honoring those who survived and helped.
The Salvation Army was the first relief agency to reach Ground Zero on that fateful day, reporting within a half-hour following the first plane crash at the World Trade Center site. We couldn’t have done without the 39,000 Salvation Army officers, volunteers, and staff who provided assistance during that time. We served relief workers at the scene for nine months until operations at Ground Zero officially concluded in May, 2002. This relief effort, called “Operation Compassion Under Fire” gave The Salvation Army full control of the feeding operation at Ground Zero. We served 3.2 million meals during those months. Most importantly, we were able to provide emotional and spiritual counseling and support to rescue and recovery-personnel.
In remembrance of this tragedy and in recognition of the 10th anniversary, The Salvation Army will host a variety of events and memorial services around the country to remember and honor the victims and heroes of the attacks and their loved ones. Events include memorial services, remembrance ceremonies, candlelight vigils, parades and food drives.
For more information, please check back here for updates.