The Salvation Army of Greenville, NC2020 Annual Report
Mission Station Meals
Revenue and Expenses
The work of The Salvation Army has always been focused on nourishing the spirits and the bodies of those whom we have the privilege to serve. Our founder, General William Booth, once observed, “You cannot warm the hearts of people with God’s love if they have an empty stomach and cold feet.” This holistic approach is fundamental to our service.
Among the people in our community that we interact with every day are those who are most vulnerable to the effects of illnesses like COVID-19. Often those with whom we work have limited access to resources such as health care or personal protective equipment (PPE). Throughout the past year, we have taken seriously the need to modify our approaches while continuing to serve those who need us.
Like you, we are hopeful for the day when these precautions are no longer necessary. Until then, we will continue to do all that we can to serve compassionately and safely.
When Covid hit, everything in Greenville quickly shut down. People followed the Governor’s edict and only grocery stores and gas stations were open. This was an inconvenience for most people, but it was an absolute crisis for the homeless. Laundromats were closed. People were not hiring others for odd jobs. If agencies were helping with meals, it was a grab and go with as little contact as possible.
At the Greenville Salvation Army, as soon as the shutdown was called, we were very concerned for our homeless men and women. We talked with our staff and volunteers, we prayed about it, and after two days of being closed to get supplies and reset our building, we opened for business!
We were the only place in town the homeless could come inside and get a hot meal then sit and talk with friends. They could wash their clothes and/or take a shower. We gave out face masks and hand sanitizer. We explained and mandated social distancing.
We were thanked over and over for being open. One man was crying when he said,
It is not just us that remembers. If it were not for wonderful donors and volunteers, we would not be able to open the doors to the mission station. Our partnership helps us to reach the forgotten, the disenfranchised, the lost.
Many times, we think that helping the homeless is too great a task. It can be overwhelming at times, but a cup of coffee, a chair and a warm meal is a great place to start.