Salvation Army needs help rebuilding after fires

July 15, 2012 8:26:54 PM PDT
An agency that helps other people is itself looking for some help rebuilding after series of fires. The second of two fires destroyed the chapel of the Texas City Salvation Army and investigators believe is was arson. But despite the setbacks, the group is still thankful.

"Today, we had church in a storage room," said one parishioner who was there on Sunday.

Two recent fires have forced the agency to set up temporary locations, but they are still serving permanent needs.

"We are very confident that we'll be able to move forward and restore the level of services that we were previously providing," said Captain Mark Jacobson, regional coordinator of The Salvation Army. The first fire in April destroyed the Salvation Army offices. Nothing remains of that facility today. The second fire happened last week. It took out the chapel.

There are now holes in the roof and heavy damage. It's suspected that an arsonist set this fire.

"As far as we know, we don't have any enemies who have lately threatened that they're upset enough to burn a building down," said Sgt. Stephanie Maxwell with the Texas City Salvation Army. "So that's a shock to us and I'm very puzzled that someone would do something like that."

Friends of the Salvation Army are trying to look past the recent setbacks, saying despite all the damage, they will continue to work to rebuild lives while at the same time, work to rebuild property.

"The show still goes on. God's with us wherever we go," said congregation member Juan Gonzales. "Doesn't matter if it's a $100 million church or just a little building like this."

The Texas City Salvation Army is accepting donations to help with the rebuilding. If you can help, send a check to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1392, La. Marque, TX, 77568

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