Group sets voucher deadline for survivors
by Jennifer Cohron
Sep 25, 2011 | 990 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tornado survivors who received a $300 voucher from the Salvation Army have until Friday to use it.

Local director Lona Courington estimated that 250 families qualified for the vouchers, which were retained at the Salvation Army Service Center on 20th Street. Some still have funds available.

“If they have a balance, it needs to be used by the end of September because any further money that we distribute is going to be run through the Long-Term Recovery Committee,” Courington said.

Courington said that now is a good time for voucher recipients to get winter clothing or items for their new house or apartment.

Shoppers will also see new shipments of furniture, appliances and mattresses arriving at the thrift store soon.

Courington said although the voucher program is ending, the Salvation Army will continue to assist storm survivors.

Two employees were hired at the Salvation Army recently to work on existing cases related to the April 27 tornados.

Courington said one of their main responsibilities will be seeing how the needs of families have changed five months after the storm.

“A case worker will visit each home, determine the needs and bring that information back to the Long-Term Recovery Committee. Salvation Army will then funnel our contributions through the Committee to take care of the unmet needs,” Courington said.