Salvation Army Changes With Shelter-In-Place

POTTSTOWN PA – Gov. Tom Wolf’s shelter-in-place order for Montgomery County residents, issued Monday (March 23, 2020), has prompted The Salvation Army to changes “how we provide food and shelter to those in need,” it said, including to those using its facility at 137 King St.

In a Tuesday (March 24) media release, The Salvation Army said its sites would continue to provide food and shelter but would transition “its feeding services in order to limit person-to-person contact.”

“We are now using our ‘Corps at the Door’ approach at all of our feeding facilities,” it explained. That means food items will be offered in boxes or bags that clients can either pick up outside its facilities, or its workers – wearing gloves and practicing social distancing – can place into car trunks. Those measure are intended to help ensure staff and volunteer safety.

Its “shelters are open and operating with scrupulous hygiene practices and social distancing in place,” the organization noted. However, non-critical services that include senior programs, after-school programs, Bible studies, men’s and women’s ministries, and youth programming all are postponed until further notice. Multiple fundraising events across its Eastern Pennsylvania division also are canceled or postponed.

Donations are still needed, it contended. They’re being accepted online, here; by texting HELP TODAY to 41444; or by mailing a check to The Salvation Army-HOPE, 701 N. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19123.

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