Office Opening to Assist Illinois Tornado Victims

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) The Salvation Army is opening an office in Washington to offer long-term assistance to victims of November’s deadly tornadoes.

Rich Draeger is assistant development director for the Salvation Army. He tells the Journal Star ( that the charity has hired a case manager to handle long-term help. That includes everything from rental assistance to helping pay for new appliances to grocery money.

The new office opens Monday and will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Draeger says the charity is committed to helping residents get “back on their feet.” He says several large donations helped fund the new office. There are plans to hire another case manager too.

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