15 February 2018

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE THOMAS FIRE, THE SALVATION ARMY FOCUSES ON LONG TERM RECOVERY

TOTAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY PHASE EXCEEDS $68,000


Los Angeles, CA, February 14, 2018 - Although fully contained over a month ago, the Thomas Fire will have an effect on Ventura County for years to come. In addition to burning more than 200,000 acres, the blaze destroyed approximately 1,063 structures, including many homes. The Salvation Army has been serving the greatest needs of Ventura County and Santa Barbara County residents affected by the fire since the initial evacuation, and the long-term recovery continues into 2018 with successful support initiatives.


After the emergency shelters scaled down, The Salvation Army began initial recovery support operations in December through a Local Assistance Center. The Salvation Army distributed financial assistance with a total value of $128,490 to 513 households. Since January 8, The Salvation Army has shifted recovery efforts with an eye toward long-term support, including those in Santa Barbara County. As of February 13, 84 households have been given financial assistance valued at a combined total of $68,342. This support includes rental assistance, lodging assistance, home repairs, utility assistance and storage assistance. The Salvation Army Ventura Corps and Santa Barbara Corps have been stationed at the Los Angeles County Disaster Recovery Center, set up at the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center (11075 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342).


In addition to this, The Salvation Army has supported clean-up service projects in Montecito, with more than 100 lunches served on February 10 and 11.


The Salvation Army is asking the public for financial donations, which can be used to meet immediate challenges and specific needs. To donate, go to socal.salvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donate to fire relief today.