As the pandemic continues and changes daily life, one thing that has not changed is that our communities have basic human needs for essential items and services. One organization at the center of providing these goods and services to those who need it most is the Salvation Army of North Texas.
More than 829,000 North Texans live in poverty and over 216,000 are at risk of becoming homeless. Even before COVID-19, there was a huge need for the Salvation Army’s services, but now the needs are greater than ever.
Each week, the Salvation Army continues to feed 10,000 people, house 1,300 people and treat more than 500 people for addiction through 13 food pantries, including its Waxahachie site, three recovery programs and six shelters and senior living centers.
Its 300-plus employees are on the frontline at 21 centers of operation across North Texas, where they are helping to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and delivering critical support while also adhering to strict safety measures. All workers wear masks, go through screenings and temperature checks, and maintain proper social distancing protocols to prevent any spread while conducting their daily services.
Some of the services offered include financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities and prescription medications to those who have lost income because of the pandemic, as well as the drive-through grocery services and over-the-phone counseling services to those who struggle with mental health and or need help coping with isolation and loneliness.
Financial service income verification has been suspended and the Salvation Army urges anyone in need to apply. Counseling services are with trained officers and professionals and available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., seven days a week; call 844-858-HOPE (4673).
For more than a century, the Salvation Army has been serving communities impacted by natural disasters, national emergencies and financial crises. In the coming six months, the nonprofit expects an impact of upwards of $6 million on its services. To offset this impact, community support is asked and, for those who can do so, donations can be made by visiting salvationarmydfw.org and clicking the “donate now” icon at the top of the page.