The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem2020 Annual Report
Nights of Shelter
Revenue and Expenses
Supported in part by the United Way
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 the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown hit in March of 2020, among the hardest hit members of the Winston-Salem community were senior citizens living on fixed incomes. George is one of those senior citizens.
Retired, disabled, and a cancer patient, George found himself isolated and almost completely unable to travel. His trips to the doctor for his cancer treatments took up almost all of his income. On a rainy day in May, George met Robin Stone of The Salvation Army as she delivered much-needed food and supplies to a low-income neighborhood.
Robin is the Development Director of The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem and, ordinarily, would not be out delivering food but COVID-19 changed everything. The pandemic lockdown meant many clients couldn’t get to the food pantry. Safety protocols meant volunteer opportunities were suspended. So an all hands on deck call went out to staff to start delivering food to our neighbors in need. That’s how George wound up meeting Robin.
In a neighborhood adjacent to our Citadel Worship and Service Center, Salvation Army employees were out distributing food boxes. One of George’s neighbors told Robin about George and she went to his apartment and knocked on the door. George was alone, hungry, and hadn’t showered in days because he had no soap. And, like so many of us at that time, he was almost out of toilet paper. Robin arranged for a food box, toiletries, and cleaning supplies and delivered them personally to George. He thanked her and told her his story. Robin asked if she could pray with him and he said yes. They prayed and before she left, Robin gave him one of her cards and asked him to call if he was in need.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem has kept all of its services operating; the food pantries, the Center of Hope Family Shelter, the Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club, and all Social Services programs.
On that rainy day in May, The Salvation Army, through Development Director Robin Stone, gave George food and needed supplies. Most importantly, in a time of fear and isolation, Robin gave George comfort and hope.