High Point, NC (March, 27, 2020) – The Salvation Army, the nation’s largest social services organization with more than 7,600 service locations across the country, is increasing efforts to meet human need in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Locally, The Salvation Army of High Point has adapted programs and services to ensure that immediate needs of community members, including local men, women, children and families, have access to food, shelter, and desperately needed services.

While the full scope of the pandemic’s economic impact is still unknown, The Salvation Army has decided to postpone all spring fundraising events, including The Champion of Hope Dinner scheduled for May. However, with a spike in requests over the last few weeks, and the anticipated increase over the next weeks, months, and potentially years, ongoing public support is needed immediately to help ensure that services are available to existing and new vulnerable populations. 

“Unprecedented, Unchartered Waters, No fault of our own... These are just a few statements we have heard over the last several days,” explains Major Gary Sturdivant, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army of High Point. “If you need some optimism right now you can always count on your Salvation Army to be there for OTHERS. We are always ready when the need arises because of YOUR TIME, YOUR MONEY and YOUR RESOURCES that YOU entrust us with, to make sure those who need emergency assistance get it at a moment’s notice. We are Saved to Serve!”

Please help us, continue helping local families in need during this crisis by making a financial donation online at salarmy.us/covid or by mailing in your support at 301 West Green Drive, High Point, NC 27260.

In High Point, The Salvation Army is still here, still praying, and still serving through the following programs:

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club - The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point followed the lead of the Guilford County School system and is closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Free Virtual Programming (Daily Story Time, Sports, Healthy Habits, Science, etc.) for club members and youth in the High Point community is being posted daily to “The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point” Facebook page. United Way Food Backpacks are being delivered to club members households every Friday. National Boys & Girls Clubs of America issued a statement postponing National Boys & Girls Club week due to concerns of COVID-19. New dates will be determined and announced later this spring. In compliance with this directive, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point will postpone all planned activities for National Boys & Girls Club Week (including the 3rd annual Community Prayer Breakfast) until a new date has been set by National Boys & Girls Club of America.

Social Services & Food Assistance - The Salvation Army of High Point staff is aware of COVID-19 and has implemented extreme cleaning measures to protect the wellbeing of clients, staff, and the public in our facilities. Financial assistance will be screened over the phone after the application is completed. Families needing food assistance will be given a checklist at the door to complete, and Salvation Army staff will fill orders and return to clients at the door to minimize germs by sharing shopping carts. The Salvation Army Mobile Food Pantry will continue operations. Food will be dropped off for property managers to disperse accordingly.

Center of Hope Family Shelter - The Salvation Army of High Point Family Shelter has identified a quarantine area and proper safety measures for clients should they become ill. We want to emphasize that we will continue to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. It is important to us that if someone in our shelter or services experiences illness that we treat them with compassion as we normally would. The Salvation Army of High Point will continue to exercise precautious cleaning measures on work surfaces, door handles, and common areas to protect our clients and staff as much as possible.

William Booth Garden Apartments - William Booth Gardens is only allowing immediate family members and Professional Assigned Aides into the building. The facility has postponed All activities and closed all common areas. Facility is only doing emergency work orders to limit contact with elderly residents. Management is sanitizing handrails, doorknobs, rest rooms, etc. multiple times a day and discouraging residents from gathering in groups and from leaving the building/property, with the exception of visiting the grocery store and/or pharmacy for necessities. The Salvation Army of High Point Staff will be putting together care packages for all residents on Monday, March 30th.

Corps Worship Services - All Corps Worship Services are suspended for the next two weeks. Sunday Worship Services will be streamed online at 10:30 am for the next two weeks. Please follow “The Salvation Army of High Point, NC” Facebook Page to watch the live streams.

The Salvation Army High Point Family Store - The Salvation Army High Point Family Store is open on a limited schedule (Monday-Saturday, 9am-2pm). All truck pick-ups will be deferred through April 17th due to COVID-19 precautions. Family Store Employees are taking extra precautions to make sure shopping areas are wiped down and cleaned on a regular basis. Please continue to donate your new and gently used items as the proceeds from these items helps generate funds for local programming.

The Salvation Army of High Point Administration - If any Salvation Army employee has any symptoms associated with COVID-19, they are asked to stay at home, and will need a Doctor’s note saying they can return to work.

Volunteers - All scheduled volunteer groups and upcoming volunteer opportunities have been placed on hold until further notice.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter: @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

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