The Salvation Army, Haiti Division Web Site as of 02/01/2010

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Craig Arnold
UPS director Craig Arnold (center) works at The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Port-au-Prince with Salvation Army personnel Major George Polarek (left) and Bob Poff, Director of Disaster Services for Haiti (right). UPS Delivers Support for Salvation Army Haiti Relief


UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialised transportation and logistics services, is not only working with The Salvation Army to facilitate transportation of urgently needed supplies to Haiti, but also encourages its employees to help personally in crises such as this disaster.

In addition to their planes, UPS has also dispensed another invaluable resource that is making an impact on the ground: Volunteer Craig Arnold. Craig is the sales director for UPS’s northern California region, but ever since disaster struck Haiti, he has been using his vacation time to work day and night in Port-au-Prince at The Salvation Army’s command center serving as a logistics coordinator and driver. He has seen firsthand the good and the bad, from the hordes of suffering patients being brought into The Salvation Army clinic to the new babies that have been born on the compound.

While Craig said he believes The Salvation Army’s long-standing 50 year relationship with the Port-au-Prince community has helped relief efforts, Craig himself also has an established relationship with The Salvation Army. His parents were Salvation Army officers for more than 40 years, and he currently serves as a San Francisco Salvation Army Board member.

USA Today featured a story about Craig in their Sunday (Jan. 24) paper, quoting him on his most recent visit to the Haiti as “a life-changing experience,” and describing his amazement how Haitians’ “spirit has still been strong, how they don’t give up and how they are still helping each other.”

According to an interview he did for the UPS blog, Craig says much of his time is spent traveling the precarious roads to and from the Port-au-Prince airport in order to retrieve emergency shipments, relief workers, and medical teams. He has also been integral in helping with operations around The Salvation Army compound, including assisting with the massive feedings that have served more than 24,000 meal kits to Haitians.

Thank you, Craig, for your personal involvement in helping to alleviate the needs of Haiti and your unique service to The Salvation Army!

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Salvation Army Haiti Divisional Commander Major Lucien Lamartiniere (left) speaks with Disaster Services Director Bob Poff (right).

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Neighbors find rest near the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters in Haiti.

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Destruction near the La Maison du Bonheur (The Home of Happiness) Salvation Army children’s home in Haiti. The home is the yellow building in the back left corner.

Haiti Relief

“What happened to Haiti is a natural disaster. What’s happening to Haiti now
is an act of God!!!”
—Bob Poff

UPDATE: January 29, 2010:

Vicki Poff
Vicki Poff in Haiti with one of “her” 50 kids at the children’s home.

Just as Vicki Poff and her husband, Bob, were preparing to leave Central Florida today (Jan. 29) and return to the orphange they run in Port-au-Prince, Vicki was sidelined by a virus. Bob had to fly back without her — there are too many hungry, desperate people awaiting supplies to postpone the journey.The Poffs, whose recent life in Haiti was chronicled in a story yesterday, gave up a comfortable existence in the States last spring to help run a children’s home in the second-poorest neighborhood of the Haitian capital for the Salvation Army. The charity has worked in Haiti for 60 years and has more than 10,000 children in its schools there.

The earthquake left their apartment in Port-au-Prince unlivable and much of the Salvation Army compound in ruins. For a week and a half, the Poffs survived on a few hours of fractured sleep each night and, at best, one meal a day. Drinking water ran out at one point. The Salvation Army had insisted they come home to rest for a few days, though much of their time here was spent gathering and loading supplies for the return.

Then, the day before they were to leave, Vicki fell ill with a virus. A doctor ordered her to take complete bed rest for three days before she rejoins her husband. But he could wait no longer.

Glenn Fite Jr., spokesman for the Salvation Army in Orlando, said they will reunite as early as Sunday night. “It’s not surprising that she is sick, after all they’ve been through,” he said. “But she’ll just be a few days behind.”


First Salvation Army Aid Begins to Reach Petit Goave

The coastal community of Petit Goave (Little Gulf) on the north coast of the Haiti peninsular will be the next community to benefit from Salvation Army Earthquake relief efforts.

Major Emmanuel Michaud and Captain Serge Lainne, Haitian born Salvation Army Officers serving in Chicago. Il and Miami. FL respectively did an assessment yesterday to determine the post Earthquake circumstances of this community where a Salvation Army Corps and School is presently located.

In describing what he saw in Petit Goave Major Michaud said, “Getting there will be ragged and rugged because the roads are badly damaged but with caution, care and God’s help we can transport volunteers, materials and hope to these people.”

Captain Lainne noted that the Corps and School facilities appeared to have minor damage but are fully usable.

The Mayor, when visited by these two officers, expressed appreciation for and pledged full cooperation the efforts of the Army’s efforts, in partnership with The United Nations. This city of 200,000 is estimated to have lost 1,500 and had another 3,000 persons injured in the Quake.

Within a six mile radius there are approximately 6,000 living in temporary housing such as tents and make-shift shelters.

Beginning January 25, 2010 the two officers who did the initial assessment will be assigned as the Advance Coordination Team for the Petit Goave effort.

Major Cedric Hills, The Army’s International Emergency Services Program Command Officer for the entire Haiti effort expressed great glee for this very important “next step” as the Army’s response team expands its efforts to assist Major Lecien Lamartiuere, Haiti Divisional Commander, as he leads his officers, soldiers, staff and volunteers in this entire recovery effort.

Major Lamartiuere first encountered The Salvation Army in 1982 when a friend invited him to attend a Corps meeting in Port au Prince. He, as a Baptist, was so blessed, inspired and moved by the spirit of Salvationists in worship that when he went home to Petit Goave, he started a corps. Of course, as a non-Salvationist the work was not given official Corps status until eight years later when the, now Major and Divisional Commander, sent himself to the Army’s Training College in Kingston, Jamaica. Because his successor was a Salvation Army Officer, the work in Petit Goave was officially recognized. Major Lamartiuere said, “I understand the official and non official dates but, in my heart, the Corps opened in 1982.”

He added how happy he is that the relief effort will start in Petit Goave.

The Salvation Army is in the midst of its largest international relief effort since the Tsunami in 2005

  • More than 700 officers and staff permanently stationed in Haiti are responding to the needs of the people there.
  • 42 Salvation Army disaster response workers from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries, including 14 medical personnel, have been sent to Haiti and are administering aid.
  • The first major Salvation Army shipment of more than 80,000 pounds of emergency food and water is en route to Haiti via Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Assessment teams have been in the country since Friday, January 15, planning a long-term response to help people rebuild their homes and lives.
  • The Salvation Army is working with the Hatian government, the U.S. military, FEMA, the United Nations, other NGOs and its corporate partners to implement a broad response to the tragedy.

More than 800 people have been given medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.

  • A 14-person team of doctors, nurses and other medical specialists from United States, Canada, the U.K. and other countries are treating hundreds of people per day in Port Au Prince and elsewhere.
  • These medical teams have delivered several babies at the main compound and have also been dispatched to various orphanages in the area to assist children and infants who have had little help since the earthquake struck.

More than 80,000 pounds of emergency food and water is en route to Haiti via Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

  • The shipment originated from a Salvation Army warehouse in Miami where relief supplies are being staged.
  • The shipment consists of 20 pallets of food that will provide more than 91,000 meals in addition to water—packaged in ½ liter bottles and gallon jugs.
  • The flight is being facilitated through the United Parcel Service (UPS) and, due to the logistical challenges of getting large planes into Haiti directly, will fly through Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • The supplies will be trucked into Port Au Prince to be distributed by Salvation Army relief teams.
  • Small planes containing medical supplies and relief workers have been arriving into Haiti since Friday, January 15.

Monetary donations and prayer are the two most critical needs as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • As of Thursday (1-21-10), The Salvation Army had raised more than $5.9 million for relief efforts.
  • Donors can text the word HAITI to 52000 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts via their phone bill. It is important for donors to confirm their donation with the word, “yes.”
  • Monetary donations can also be made through:
    • This website and via PayPal
    • 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • The Salvation Army World Service Office
      International Disaster Relief Fund
      PO Box 630728
      Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
      (Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief)
  • Even before donations are processed, The Salvation Army is committing and spending money on relief efforts in Haiti. Donations are critical now and also help ensure that the long-term needs of the Haitian people are met.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and its personnel who were affected by the earthquake are now working to assist others in need.

  • The Salvation Army operates schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities through some 60 Corps community centers across the country.
  • All photos, video and other material on this website are free for public and media distribution.

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TSAHaiti www.salvationarmyhaiti.o… Webmaster, Steven Himes, has good reports on recent lung biopsy. All results came back negative! Praise the Lord! 10 hours ago reply

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TSAHaiti UPDATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2010: UPS DIRECTOR VOLUNTEERS IN HAITI Read the story at www.salvationarmyhaiti.o…. 3 days ago reply

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TSAHaiti Vicki Poff falls ill from virus. Bob returns to Haiti without her. Doctor orders 3 days bed rest, and should rejoin Bob on Sunday. 6 days ago reply

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TSAHaiti Read about the Poffs in the Orlando Sentinal: http://www.orlandosentin… 7 days ago reply

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