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One out of ten North Texans turn to The Salvation Army for help with dealing with poverty, homeless and addiction. The hardships of our neighbors are rising at an exponential rate, and we’re serving hundreds of individuals who’ve never needed our help before.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, we’ve ramped up relief efforts for those in need.
We’re feeding 10,000 people per week at 13 drive-through food pantries throughout our five-county region. We are also delivering meals to families in low-income neighborhoods and homebound seniors.
We’re housing 1,300 people per week at six shelters and housing facilities that have moved to all-day operations so those without homes have safe and clean places to quarantine. We continue to monitor and evolve how we protect the health of those we serve and those who serve alongside us.
- Residents at Salvation Army shelters are required to wear masks in common areas, such as dayrooms, group rooms, hallways, computer labs, and areas designated for physical exercise
- Staff are adhering to mandated masks
- All clients who enter facilities are screened and monitored for symptoms
- Clients allowed to leave to perform essential work have their temperatures checked upon return
- Staff are required to self-monitor and regularly check their temperature when reporting to work
- Sleeping areas maintain a distance of three to six feet between beds
- Group sizes are limited to allow for social distancing
Because of increased efforts to care for our neighbors and lost revenue from Family Store closings, special event cancellations, and government contract changes, we are projecting that an additional $6 million will be needed over the next six months to continue to meet the increased demand we’re experiencing.
We need support to continue providing for neighbors in need – those whose wages are now gone, who need to secure food, reestablish homes, and stabilize.
Financial contributions are most needed to provide immediate needs like food and shelter, but contact your local Salvation Army if you’re interested in learning about virtual volunteer opportunities.
With your help, we will continue to be a source of help and hope during uncertain times.