"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.

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.

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:

  • Financial Assistance

    • The Salvation Army is offering financial assistance to households who have recently experienced temporary or permanent job loss or hours cut due to COVID-19. Those seeking financial assistance can apply for either rent/mortgage assistance with hardships beginning as of April 1, 2020.

    • Contact Edith Walker at 573-442-3229, ext. 230 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. All parties must be able to support their claim of hardship due to COVID-19 with notification from their current or previous employer, plus statements from rental/property groups as of April 1, 2020. Must be a Boone County resident to apply.

  • Community Lunch and Food Pantry Programs

    • 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 participating through our Food Pantry Program will be by appointment only. Upon 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) 

    • Both of these programs will be conducted primarily over the phone. Clients can mail, email, fax, or drop off paperwork as needed. Contact Edith Walker at 573-442-3229, ext. 230

  • Thrift Stores

    • Both Thrift Stores re-opened on Monday, May 4, 2020. At this time we are operating on a limited capacity in each store and accepting limited donations at both locations. 

  • Volunteers & Community Service

    • Volunteers and Community Service activities have resumed at the Thrift Stores only. 

  • Worship

    • ​Worship services and worship programs will resume June 1, 2020. 

 

The community of Columbia has shown great support to The Salvation Army during this pandemic allowing us to help those affected by COVID-19 with financial assistance, food and shelter. Thank you!

We hope you will continue to support The Salvation Army in Columbia as we address the new and growing needs in our community for the next several months and possibly years because of this pandemic. 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