Atlanta, GA: The Salvation Army continues to meet human need in His name without discrimination, even as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts daily life around the world. The work specifically continues in the Southeastern United States, with targeted service to communities.
In coastal Alabama, The Salvation Army is implementing a new feeding program with the aim of assisting community members who are impacted by COVID-19. Other social service organizations have shuttered during the pandemic, leaving a gap in service delivery, and The Salvation Army is using a mobile feeding canteen to distribute bagged lunches and water. Service occurs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in downtown Mobile.
The Salvation Army also continues to provide youth instruction in several areas, all while ensuring the health and safety of families and staff. In Naples, Florida, that includes daily lessons implemented through The Salvation Army’s Child Development Center. Making use of a Facebook group, families can remain engaged and children continue learning through online instruction on developmentally appropriate programs.
High-risk guests currently residing in The Salvation Army’s shelter in Amarillo, Texas will benefit from a new initiative in partnership with the city of Amarillo and the local HUD office. The Salvation Army, in accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines, secured housing for up to 27 people, with 15 apartment units furnished with donated furniture from its family store. This reduces the active number of shelter residents to approximately 110, which also helps The Salvation Army when implementing social distancing standards.
The Salvation Army has opened a temporary housing center for homeless in Central Virginia, operating in partnership with the Greater Richmond Continuum of care to seek solutions and help individuals through the COVID-19 crisis. The center can house up to 75 adults and features clean bedding, heightened healthcare screenings, shower facilities and daily meal service.
Continuing a regular Blog Post written by Brad Rowland, Staff Writer, The Southern Spirit NewspaperAbout The Salvation Army