"HE ALONE IS MY REFUGE, MY PLACE OF SAFETY; HE IS MY GOD, AND I TRUST HIM."

PSALM 91

The Salvation Army is caring for the people who are most vulnerable because of Coronavirus Covid-19 in Boone County and nationwide.

The health and safety of our clients, residents, volunteers, donors, employees, and communities is of the utmost importance to us at The SalvationArmy. In accordance with government guidelines, and to help further prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Salvation Army is and will continue taking necessary steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

With COVID-19, an unprecedented national emergency, increasing rapidly in communities across the country, The Salvation Army in Columbia has significantly amplified its preparation for this evolving outbreak, and has ramped up efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus and ensure service, especially among vulnerable populations.

While everyone is being impacted by this coronavirus pandemic, over 32,000 individuals (families) in poverty in Boone County will feel the effects quicker and more significantly.

Individuals experiencing homelessness are at a great risk, though they can be more isolated, they also tend to have chronic medical issues and severely lack access to proper hygiene, updated information, medical resources, and care.

Several industries are at risk of financial hardship, such as travel and hospitality. The Salvation Army in Columbia anticipates a significant increase in emergency assistance for low-wage employees who may be temporarily laid off due to the coronavirus. Types of support include rent/mortgage, utility, and food assistance. 

Ensuring the safety of those who depend on Salvation Army programs and services, along with the safety of staff and volunteers, is of utmost priority. In Boone County and across the country, our organization is working with health officials at the local, state, and federal levels – including participating in situation-awareness calls with federal partners such as FEMA, CDC, DHS, and HHS. In Columbia we are collaborating with the City of Columbia, Housing Authority, Heart of Missouri United Way, and Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters for Missouri.

Specific efforts in Columbia include:

  • Our Community Lunch and Food Pantry Programs are still operating, but with precaution. Individuals/families participating in our Community Lunch Program are temporarily unable to enter the shelter, but our staff is preparing sacked/boxed lunches each day and can be picked up at the door. Those needing groceries through our Food Pantry Program need to call ahead to make appointments. Upon their arrival the Food Pantry Case Worker will take the grocery cart to their car and load their items. This insures our food insecure individuals and families have food during this crisis.

  • Pathway of Hope Program and Identification Program (birth certificates and ID) will be conducted primarily over the phone and clients can mail, fax, or drop off paperwork if needed.

  • Our Thrift Stores have been temporarily closed until April 24.

  • Currently, we have suspended all volunteer activity until further notice.

  • Worship services and worship programs are temporarily suspended. 

  • The Salvation Army will be seeking additional funding through grants and our community to help individuals/familis who will be facing eviction, and/or shut off notices for utilities due to being unable to work from home, or being laid off due to the coronavirus.

We hope you will support The Salvation Army in Columbia as we address the new and growing needs in our community for the next several weeks and months to come because of this pandemic. For gift-in-kind donations of Clorox, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray can be donated directly to Harbor House at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia.

The health and safety of our clients, residents, volunteers, donors, employees, and communities is of the utmost importance to us at The SalvationArmy. In accordance with government guidelines, and to help further prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Salvation Army is and will continue taking necessary steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

USA National Commander Response to Coronavirus COVID-19