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stats as of 6/5/2020:

Meals Served: 1,571,958

Groceries Bag Distributed: 49,590

Corps Meals: 84,258

Individuals Served: 158,175

Hygiene Kits Distributed: 24,813

# of Volunteer Hours: 19,634

The Salvation Army’s Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

As the coronavirus COVID-19 has evolved into a pandemic, we are monitoring the situation daily. Safety is of utmost priority, so we have ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.

In the United States, one in six people live in poverty, and more than 550,000 are counted as homeless. These populations severely lack access to proper care, hygiene, updated information, and medical resources, which makes them more susceptible to the virus. This is where we come in. This is who we serve.

We are working with local, state, and federal government and health authorities, including participating in situation awareness calls with federal partners like FEMA, CDC, DHS, and HHS. We are developing new hygiene and cleaning protocols to help keep safe our residents and others who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services to survive. In addition, all staff, volunteers, and program participants have been sent hygiene and prevention information as recommended by the CDC.

You can help those impacted by COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army of Northeast Ohio continues to house the homeless, feed the hungry and meet human needs in every respect. If you're in need, please call your local Salvation Army or find a location near you.

View Latest Updates Across Northeast Ohio Below:

THE SALVATION ARMY LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE SUPPORT HOTLINE

Apr 30, 2020

Cleveland, OH (April 30th, 2020) — In response to the rising levels of anxiety, uncertainty and fear resulting from this unprecedented pandemic, The Salvation Army has launched its first nationwide hotline to provide emotional and spiritual care to anyone impacted by this crisis. If you’re looking for spiritual guidance, local services, or if you just need someone to speak to, call the hotline. Calls are answered by Salvation Army officers, who are pastors and emotional-care personnel.

The phone number is 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST and will answer calls made from anywhere in the United States. Counselors speak both English and Spanish, and callers are encouraged to leave a message if they call after hours.

The Salvation Army of Northeast Ohio has expanded its efforts to meet the overwhelming need caused by COVID-19. With a presence in every zip code in Ohio, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to assist those vulnerable in Ohio communities. The Army’s current response is focused on:
 

- Drive thru mobile pantry operations

- Providing assistance for rent, and utilities

- Delivering food boxes to those unable to leave their residences

- Providing live streams of bible studies & Sunday worship services to spread joy and hope

 

Though The Salvation Army of Northeast Ohio is committed to meeting need wherever it exists, COVID-19 will greatly increase the number of service requests received for months – if not years – to come. As a result, ongoing public support will be critical to ensure no one is turned away.

People can join the fight for good and support their local Salvation Army and community by visiting SalvationArmyOhio.com.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please visit www.SalvationArmyOhio.org to find your local Salvation Army service center.

Greater Cleveland’s Harbor Light Complex receives generous meals provided by Lola

Apr 24, 2020

Cleveland, Ohio – (April 24th, 2020): The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland’s Harbor Light Complex has been working tirelessly to keep their residents safe, healthy, and cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 23rd, Beau Hill, Executive Director of The Harbor Light Complex, received a delivery from the staff from Michael Symon “Lola” restaurant with donated trays of pasta & salad to be served to the shelter’s residents. “This is such a generous gift that has lifted the spirits and souls of our residents & staff. Chef Symon is a hometown hero who is very generous to non-profits to throughout Northeast Ohio, including ours,” said Hill.

Michael Symon, acclaimed chef and Food Network star, owns multiple restaurants throughout Greater Cleveland including Lola, Mable’s BBQ, and B Spot. “We are grateful and excited to do what we can during these trying times. To cook is what we love to do and being able to help feed those in need makes it very special for us,” stated Chef Symon. Chef Symon plans to continue providing meals to The Harbor Light Complex through June 2020 as part of COVID-19 crisis relief efforts.

The Harbor Light Complex is the largest of seven facilities in The Salvation Army’s Greater Cleveland Area Services. This location offers a variety of services to the most vulnerable members of society, including homeless men, women and children, those facing addictions and individuals in the community corrections program. “With the ongoing support of everyday champions like Chef Symon, we are able to meet our mission of helping those in need, not only during this time of pandemic, but all year-round.” continued Hill.

For the most up to date information on services being offered, contact your local Salvation Army Corps. To find a location, please call 216-861-8185.

Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund

Apr 14, 2020

Toledo, Ohio – (April 14, 2020): The Board of Trustees of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant from the COVID-19 Response Fund to The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio in the amount of $10,000. These funds will be used to continue to support neighbors in the Toledo community with basic needs assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

Grants from this fund are awarded to help support Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan nonprofits in their efforts to respond to this critical and emergent crisis.

Inherent to the mission of The Salvation Army, which currently mobilized crisis response initiatives, is to meet the needs of individuals and households impacted by COVID-19, including loss of employment, wages and food shortages. “We are deeply grateful to the Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s generous grant to help support our basic needs crisis response to COVID-19. With this funding, The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio to continue to provide food pantry services to those who cannot access groceries, distribute meals with our mobile canteen, rent assistance to ensure household stability and offer utility assistance to guarantee disconnections do not take place during this time,” stated Major Thomas Duperree Administrator of The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio. “Each day, we have continued to see a steady increase in the number of households needing assistance,” continued Duperree.

The Salvation Army will be offering for the “drive thru” food distribution on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1pm – 3pm.

The Salvation Army, located in downtown Toledo at 620 N. Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604 is open by appointment from 8:30AM – 12:00 and 1:00 – 3:00 Monday through Thursday for food assistance, mortgage assistance, utility assistance, and counseling. Please call (419) 241-1138 to schedule an appointment. “Beyond providing food, we have continued the steady distribution of diapers to area caseworkers and are providing spiritual counsel and prayer over the phone,” said Duperree. “We will also be mobilizing some of our feeding efforts through the use of our mobile canteen in the coming weeks. This will provide meals to those who are unable to access our facility on North Erie Street,” Duperree continued.

For the most up to date information on services being offered, contact The Salvation Army at 419-241-1138 or visit www.SalvationArmyOhio.org.

 

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, visit http://www.salvationarmyohio.org.

About The Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Inc.

Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 900 funds with assets of approximately $304 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information on the Foundation, visit the organization’s website at www.toledocf.org or follow them on Facebook or LinkedIn.

The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio Providing Food During COVID-19 Crisis

Apr 4, 2020

Toledo, Ohio – (April 4, 2020): The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio is hard at work to ensure neighbors in need receive food during the coronavirus pandemic. “Our service to the community has remained uninterrupted. We are distributing food boxes, each containing four days of meals for every member of the household. Starting on Tuesday, April 7th, we will transition to a “drive thru” food pantry. This will allow us to assist more individuals safely while minimizing socialization,” said Major Tom Duperree, Administrator for The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio. The operating hours for the “drive thru” will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1pm – 3pm. “Each day, we continue to see a steady increase in the number of households needing assistance,” continued Duperree.

The Salvation Army, located in downtown Toledo at 620 N. Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604 is open for appointment from 8:30AM – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 Monday through Friday for food assistance, mortgage assistance, utility assistance, and counseling. Please call (419) 241-1138 to schedule an appointment. “Beyond providing food, we have continued the steady distribution of diapers to area caseworkers and are providing spiritual counsel and prayer over the phone,” said Duperree. “We will also be mobilizing some of our feeding efforts through the use of our mobile canteen in the coming weeks. This will provide meals to those who are unable to access our facility on North Erie Street,” Duperree continued.

While The Salvation Army’s Thrift Stores recently announced that they have temporarily closed theirs stores and suspended their home pick-up services as a result of this crisis, this does not hold true for the Corps Community Center. “We are following all guidelines established by Governor DeWine to ensure that all health & safety measures are met. With this sizable increase in the need for emergency food services, we are working to protect the safety and security of all those who are coming to us for assistance,” continued Duperree. The Salvation Army expects that as the “Shelter in Place” order continues, and unemployment continues to rise, that the demand for their food services will continue to increase.

The Salvation Army is known as one of the top agencies in the world in helping communities through disasters and in times of crisis. “Operating during times of disaster, concern and tragedy, is something each of our Salvation Army officers are prepared and trained to do.” said Duperree.

For the most up to date information on services being offered, contact The Salvation Army at 419-241-1138.

 

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

Cleveland sees 125% Increase Feeding Families During COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020

Cleveland, Ohio – (March 30, 2020): The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland is hard at work to ensure neighbors in need receive food during the coronavirus pandemic. “In the last seven days, five Corps Community Centers in Greater Cleveland have served over 24,000 meals to 4,141 community members in need. We are currently offering drive-through and delivery food options at our corps for dry/non-perishable goods.,” stated Major Thomas Applin, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland Area Services.

While The Salvation Army’s Thrift Stores recently announced that they have temporarily closed theirs stores and suspended their pick-up services, this does not hold true for Corps Community Centers. “We are following all guidelines established by Governor DeWine to ensure that all health & safety measures are met. With this sizable increase in the need for emergency food services, we are working to protect the safety and security of all those who are coming to us for assistance,” continued Applin. The Salvation Army expects that as the “Shelter in Place” order continues, and unemployment continues to rise, that the demand for their food services will continue to increase.

Below is a listing of The Salvation Army locations that will be offering drive-through food services:

  • The Salvation Army East Cleveland Corps: 1507 Doan Ave. East Cleveland, OH 44112 | Phone: (216) 249-4334
  • The Salvation Army Miles Park Corps: 4139 E. 93rd Street, Cleveland, OH 44105| Phone: (216) 341-1640
  • The Salvation Army Ohio City Corps: 4402 Clark Ave., Cleveland, OH 44109 | Phone: (216) 631-1515
  • The Salvation Army Temple Corps: 17625 Grovewood Ave., Cleveland, OH 44119 | Phone: (216) 692-1388
  • The Salvation Army West Park Corps: 12645 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 | Phone: (216) 252-3593

“At each of our locations, we have had drive through lines circling the buildings. It is imperative that we keep doing what we can to ensure that everyone has food during this critical time,” said Applin. “As an organization, The Salvation Army is trained and prepared for these type of emergency situations. We are ready and willing to support our communities,” continued Applin.

For the most up to date information on services being offered, contact your local Salvation Army Corps. To find a location in your area, visit www.SalvationArmyOhio.org or call 216-861-8185. 

SALVATION ARMY PICKUP SERVICE AND DROPOFF LOCATIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED: TOLEDO

Mar 23, 2020

Toledo, OH (March 23, 2020) – In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, The Salvation Army’s pickup service and Family Thrift Stores, located at 131 Belmont Ave Toledo OH 43604, have made the decision to temporarily close for the safety of the workers & shoppers. It is underdetermined at this time when both services will resume operations.  The Salvation Army is requesting that donors refrain from dropping items at its stores, donation centers and drop boxes until the crisis subsides.
 

“Due to the” Stay at Home” order by Governor DeWine, we are unable to keep both our thrift stores & donation pick up services active.  At this time, we are asking our local community members to hold on to their clothing, shoes, furniture and other household items—for now,” said Envoy Mike Price, Administrator for Business of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Toledo. “Our concern is that drop box locations will overflow, leaving items out in the elements to be ruined, which would cause a large sanitation issue,” continued Prince.

For those who are looking for more information regarding in-kind donations, call 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visit SATRUCK.ORG to get up-to-date information on when in-kind gifts will begin being accepted again.

Monetary contributions are the best way to support the non-profit’s relief efforts. These can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

 

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. 

SALVATION ARMY PICKUP SERVICE AND DROPOFF LOCATIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED: CLEVELAND

Mar 23, 2020

Cleveland, OH (March 23, 2020) – In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, The Salvation Army’s pickup service and Family Thrift Stores, located at 5005 Euclid Ave Cleveland OH 44103, have made the decision to temporarily close for the safety of the workers & shoppers. It is underdetermined at this time when both services will resume operations.  The Salvation Army is requesting that donors refrain from dropping items at its stores, donation centers and drop boxes until the crisis subsides.

“Due to the” Stay at Home” order by Governor DeWine, we are unable to keep both our thrift stores & donation pick up services active.  At this time, we are asking our local community members to hold on to their clothing, shoes, furniture and other household items—for now,” said Major Van Wirth, Administrator for Business of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Cleveland. “Our concern is that drop box locations will overflow, leaving items out in the elements to be ruined, which would cause a large sanitation issue,” continued Wirth.

For those who are looking for more information regarding in-kind donations, call 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visit SATRUCK.ORG to get up-to-date information on when in-kind gifts will begin being accepted again.

Monetary contributions are the best way to support the non-profit’s relief efforts. These can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

 

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.

The Salvation Army Serving those Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 16, 2020

Cleveland, Ohio – (March 13, 2020): The Salvation Army corps community centers across Northeast and Northwest Ohio, continue operations to serve those in the community during the Coronavirus pandemic. “We understand that the need for food, counseling, emergency assistance and programming will continue to increase during this global crisis, and we stand ready to serve.” said Major Evan Hickman, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Northeast Ohio Division. “Safety is our top priority for our clients and staff, therefore, in compliance with state and local authorities, we have made adjustments in how we are delivering our programs, but we will continue to meet needs as long as we can.” continued Hickman.

The Salvation Army is known as one of the top agencies in the world in helping communities through disasters and major crisis. “Operating during times of disaster, concern and tragedy, is something each of our Salvation Army officers are prepared and trained to do.” said Hickman.

There are 36 Salvation Army corps community centers across Northeast and Northwest Ohio that can help individuals with emergency utility and rent assistance, provide fresh and non-perishable food items, and provide a litany of youth and adult programs. The Salvation Army is also continuing to host Sunday worship service.

For the most up to date information on program changes and expanded offerings, contact your local Salvation Army Corps. To find a location in your area, visit www.SalvationArmyOhio.org or call 216-861-8185.

 

See what's going on Across Northeast Ohio

The Salvation Army-Newark, Ohio is out spreading Easter joy!  

Miles Park's Lieutenant Bolton helps distribute bags of food to neighbors in need.  

Wadsworth Salvation Army had the opportunity to take lunch to the Summa Wadsworth Rittman Hospital-Er!  

The Barberton Salvation Army is helping families in need by serving bagged lunches.  



The Salvation Army is helping those who are affected by COVID-19.

To see how we are helping communities, please visit:

The Salvation Army of Northeast Ohio

A special thank you goes out to the Second Harvest Food Bank for collaborating with The Salvation Army of Mahoning County!  

Sue called the food pantry on a Monday morning in a distinct accent, but with excellent English. She had never needed food before in the United States or in China, but this was different. She was calling not only for herself, but for her four friends who also needed food.  Each had been stranded at a local university due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and left jobless. Their food reserves were depleted during the weekend, so Sue called looking for help. The 23-year-old international graduate student sheepishly asked if we had food and how would she and her friends qualify for it. When I told her we are happy to help you and your friends, she was overcome with gratitude, asking how could they repay us when they have their jobs back?  My answer came from the Holy Spirit. “Sue, you don’t need to pay us back. We’ve got you guys covered.” Sue responded by asking “What is The Salvation Army”, is this government food?” What an opportunity this was to share the gospel in a brief, but powerful message of the grace available through Christ. I said “Sue, we are followers of Jesus, called to be here for such a time like this, to show love through any means that we can. You don’t need to pay this back, it’s paid for.” This is what we are doing across the world. Providing not only food for strangers or neighbors, but more importantly, providing hope through joyfully serving each of these people that call upon us for help. 

A university faculty member later reported to us that the students returned to the university blessed by the experience, mentioning how they were treated with love, dignity, and respect.

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April 14, 2020

On April, 14, an elderly lady had called the pantry for the first time. She stated that she and her neighbor both had some medical issues which prevented them from going to the grocery store during this pandemic crisis and were in desperate need of food. We received the call around 130 pm and with the pantry normally closing around 2 pm, we weren’t certain we could deliver the food to these ladies in need. But our go-to-delivery guy was available and more than willing. John, who delivers pizzas locally as well, had volunteered weeks prior to be on call for any potential deliveries to folks in need. A quick phone call and John was en route to pick up the groceries and deliver them to both families.

We promptly called the elderly lady who was extremely thankful for our effort to take care of her. She stated that she didn’t know what she and her neighbor were going to do if we were unable to assist them both.

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The Salvation Army Ashland Kroc Center formed a valuable partnership with the local Ohio State Highway Patrol who assisted our food pantry by delivering senior food boxes and Girl Scout cookies to seventy-five seniors around Ashland County.  The seniors were incredibly grateful for the additional assistance with food and support by safely receiving it at home.  It also provided us the opportunity to provide telephone reassurance and emotional support to each of these seniors when Kroc staff members called to make them aware of the delivery.

  

This month, The Salvation Army of Elyria have delivered care packages to our church members. These packages included Salvation Army reading materials and a letter offering comfort to our regular church goers. We took the time to make over a dozen crosses during Holy Week to be delivered on Good Friday. Although, we aren’t able to come together, this still brought comfort and hope to our corps families. Pictured below is Major Sears delivering an Easter package to the Velez family complete with the cross & Easter candy! Also pictured are the Easter crosses.

  

Our youth outreach coordinator put together care packages for our youth that attend our corps programs when schools first announced they’d be shut down for an extended spring break. Bags were packed with arts and crafts, games, puzzles, and books. She also packed the bags with some of the kids favorite snacks along with writing them a letter of encouragement. For Easter, eggs were stuffed and placed outside of the childrens’ homes to encourage a stay-at-home egg hunt. Bags were also left with healthy snacks, Easter candy, and some outdoor activities! Pictured below are two of our children with the completed 200 pc. puzzle. Picture was sent in by their mom who also attended the corps as a child!  Even while social distancing & not being able to be together regularly, we have still found ways to stay connected to our church and are blessed and thankful for it. 

“Thank you so much for the generous bag of food!  This will definitely stretch my supply of food items for the days ahead.  God bless you for this ministry to others.  God bless the impact you will have in their lives and sharing Christ’s love with them.  All done in Jesus’ name and for His honor and our redemption.”  


This was one of many thank you notes received from a senior adult living in a low-income retirement community after we delivered bags of food to her and others in her housing community.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these older adults are unable to venture out and gather groceries for themselves and the usual transportation offered to them was eliminated.  We are preparing to deliver a second round of food bags to these folks and it is a joy to serve them in this way, knowing we are helping to keep them safe.  
 

A senior come through the drive thru pantry on April 22nd. Every time she comes, we ask her if she could use a certain item that we have and could add to her box of food. She said yes and God Bless you for doing this. When we offered her a gallon of milk, she started crying and said she had been without milk for three weeks and was so excited to get the milk. I also had $10 gift cards from The City of Vermilion to be used in Vermilion and to be handed out to each one of our clients.  Upon receiving the gift card, she said she had been without one of her medications for two days and that she would use this gift card for her medication at Drug Mart. She was moved to tears once again. Still crying, she drove out of the pantry line and pulled over, where she continued to cry tears of joy and gratitude.

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