Vail Salvation Army wins regional award |

Vail Salvation Army wins regional award

VAIL VALLEY –The Vail Valley Service Center of The Salvation Army has won the organization’s Mountaineer Award. Case worker Tsu Wolin-Brown and board chairman Dan Smith will accept the award at the Salvation Army’s Rocky Mountain Congress this week end.

The award was given for the center’s response to the dramatic demand for services in the Vail Valley has experienced over the past few years.

In 2009, The Salvation Army in Vail served over 7,672 adults and children. Those 2,963 cases were a three-fold increase over 2008. Visits to the food pantry alone are running around 500 per month and meeting the current demand on all the centers services continues to cost about $4,000 per week.

The Vail Center has number of programs in place to assist local families in need, including:

• Food pantry

• 24/7 crisis line

• Emergency Assistance Program for housing or utilities, medical issues, transportation needs, school supplies, child care, clothing and household necessities

• Emergency shelters and food stations

• Travelers’ aid

• Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program

The Vail center also provides disaster services supporting local fire, police and other emergency workers through its mobile canteen. It also provides shelters for stranded motorists during inclement weather.

Any one who would like to volunteer to help the Salvation Army’s Vail Center meet the needs of our community should contact Tsu Wolin-Brown at or 970-926-3704.

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