Regional COVID-19 Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline available to everyone impacted by pandemic
ST. LOUIS, MO April 28, 2020 — In response to the rising levels of anxiety, uncertainty and fear resulting from this unprecedented pandemic, The Salvation Army has launched its first regional hotline to provide emotional and spiritual care to anyone impacted by this crisis. If you’re looking for spiritual guidance or local services, or if you just need someone to talk with, Salvation Army officers who are pastors and emotional-care personnel are there to listen.
The phone number is 1-877-220-4195. Staff are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, and will answer calls made from anywhere in the U.S. Counselors speak English and Spanish, and callers are encouraged to leave a message if they call after hours.
As the nation’s largest social services organization with a presence in almost every ZIP code in America, The Salvation Army Midland Division has expanded its efforts to meet the overwhelming need caused by COVID-19. Uniquely positioned to assist those vulnerable in Missouri and Southern Illinois communities, The Salvation Army’s current response is focused on:
· Outdoor drive-through/pick-up food boxes at our local Pantries.
· Hot meal programs have transitioned to grab and go meals in pre-packaged containers that can be picked up at the door.
· Delivery of Pre-packed food boxes to seniors and vulnerable populations every week.
· Meals are being served to the most vulnerable children who attended Missouri and Southern Illinois public schools.
· Lunch distributed six days a week to our homeless neighbors in St. Louis City.
· Additional Emergency Shelter opened in St. Louis County
Though The Salvation Army Midland Division 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 in ensuring no one is turned away or overlooked.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please visit salarmymidland.org find your local Salvation Army service center.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.