Released 7 August 2014
and staff throughout NorthEast Ohio are active throughout the year, responding
to local emergencies and providing mobile services to people in need. The
following highlights provide a glimpse into NEOSA at work in the ministry of
emergency disaster services.
County Area Services
The Summit County Area Services EDS team has been busy in support
of a number of activities throughout Summit County, as well as in support of
the Toledo area water crisis:
· National Donut Day - SCAS - June
· Hot Meals Program (parking lot
picnic) - SCAS - June 12th /13th
· Mobile Outreach - St Stephens
Church - Every Wednesday 4-8 pm
· Mobile Outreach - Akron Citadel -
June 14th /July 12th and August 9th
· Ice Cream Social -
- July 19th
The Harbor Light canteen is active in Cuyahoga County, providing
meals in low-income neighborhoods every weeknight Monday – Friday, feeding
25-50 individuals, along with responding to local disaster calls. The Harbor
has just received a new EDS vehicle.
The EDS program continues to respond to emergencies over the
summer and throughout the year.
On May 17th, we used the Greater
Cleveland Canteen in the Alive on
E. 185th Parade, an annual event for the Collinwood neighborhood., which is
a fun event. Here are some
was a rainy day this year).
The summer has been busy with feeding in the park and responding
to local emergency responses. The canteen has been active with local parades as
Newark has been busy with local parades as well as providing
assistance during disaster times.
The Ravenna Corps has been active throughout the year helping out
in local disasters, as well this past fall serving at the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes in Strongsville.
Lieutenant Price reports that “So far this summer we have been out to a
couple of community events. We have been out to the local park and served
The Service Unit from
has been busy
responding to local flooding and delivering clean-up kits as well as being seen
in local parades. Also they have helped out in the Toledo area with water
Major Karen Bender reports
“My husband, five soldiers and I marched in the Mardi Gras Parade in
Harbor on July 2, 2014. The
decorated for the theme honoring Veterans. We walked along beside the canteen handing out
candy.” Major Bender
responds also to local disasters.
The Sandusky corps assists when an emergency arises and recently
helped out with the water situation in Toledo, supplying water to the ARC. The
local unit also helped out this past fall with the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes event in Strongsville.
In the early morning
of August 2nd, the Metro Toledo area, encompassing over 500,000 people, learned
the unimaginable – their water supply had been compromised due to
levels of a toxin produced from harmful blue-green algae known as microcystis.
Residents were ordered not to drink, brush their teeth, wash dishes, or bathe
in the water. Once notified of the water crisis facing the community, The
Salvation Army mobilized its forces.
“We knew that in
order to face
this crisis head on, we had to divide and conquer,” shared Captain Kevin
Zanders, Area Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Northwest Ohio Area
Services. “I gathered all of the water bottles in our inventory and began
check on those who are known to The Salvation Army as being housebound or
meantime, Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders, Associate Area Coordinator, drove
90 minutes south in bumper-to-bumper traffic to find water, as the water crisis
and the ensuing panic had rendered all local and surrounding store shelves
temporarily bare of water. After purchasing the water, she realized that the
weight of the load exceeded her vehicle limitations. Two good Samaritans,
and Michael, saw her struggle and offered to follow her back to Toledo with the
remaining water. They wanted no reimbursement. They said that the good feeling
they got from doing the right thing was reward enough.
did not think their good deed was extraordinary,” shared Captain Tawny,
assure you it was. Without these kind gentlemen’s assistance, the water
community so desperately needed would not have made it back. They are true
examples of ‘doing the most good for the most people in the most
the water crisis facing the community began, The Salvation Army has served over
2,102 individuals, including 140 housebound and transportation limited
households, distributed 7,450 water bottles, and served 457 meals and 420
snacks at three water distribution sites located throughout the city.
truly grateful to the 27
volunteers who have logged in a total of 390 hours of service to our
community,” expressed Captain Kevin. “Without their uncommon acts of
compassion, many of the most vulnerable in our community - children, elderly,
housebound, sick – would have faced an unthinkable calamity. We are
them and our donors who give us the privilege of being their
hands to the
Captain Mike Morales
that along with
local disasters throughout the year the Warren Canteen has been in several