Tom Bolt, Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for the St. Thomas Corps announced on Friday, that the Commissioner Lawrence Moretz, Eastern Territory Commander for the Salvation Army, has appointed a six member National Assessment Team to review Virgin Islands operations.  "Commissioner Moretz upon meeting with Virgin Islands Governor John P. deJongh during the St. Thomas Corps’ recent 90th Anniversary Celebration committed to building and reinforcing existing relations with the Government of the Virgin Islands." Bolt said.

"I believe the National Assessment Team is the first step in the Salvation Army returning to the forefront in providing social services in the Virgin Islands.  With Governor deJongh promoting private public partnerships the time is right for the Salvation Army to review the needs of our island community and determine where we may serve best." Bolt concluded.

Prior to Hurricane Hugo, the Salvation Army provided various social services to the Territory including operation of youth homes and providing various services for the homeless.  Currently, the St. Thomas Corps provides meals for the homeless and is working on establishing a medical clinc to assist the homeless and disadvantaged in the Territory. 

The Salvation Army National Assessment Team will be headed by Major John R. Cheydleur, Social Service Secretary for the Easter Territory of the Army.  Other team members include Major Karla Clark, Development Officer; Sam Bennett, Risk Management; Major Glenn Bloomfield, Finance Officer; Major Florence Townsend, Social Services Officer; and Marjorie Yambo from the Divisional Command in Puerto Rico.