The Salvation Army is finding unique and safe ways to continue to provide emergency food, shelter, and emotional and spiritual care to those in need in our community. During these uncertain times, The Salvation Army continues to bring hope.
In collaboration with our partners and health agencies, The Salvation Army is finding new ways to care for the those in need in our community.
The Ottawa Booth Centres continues to assist those experiencing homelessness, provide emergency food for individuals and families in need as well as emotional and spiritual care to all those needing to talk.
Emergency food at The Ottawa Booth Centre is being offered to the community by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This will allow staff to serve one family or individual at a time to comply with the need for physical distancing.
To serve the greater community, The Ottawa Booth Centre is also working with Options ByTown who are picking up bags of food on behalf of their residents in need. This will allow residents to stay at home instead of needing to come into The Ottawa Booth Centre’s food bank.
Through partnerships, The Salvation Army is finding unique ways to deliver services,” said Area Director for Public Relations Glenn van Gulik. “By sharing ideas and leaning on each other we can find the best ways to serve our clients.”
The Salvation Army is also supporting the emotional well being of those we serve. We continue to offer spiritual care everyday to clients at The Ottawa Booth Centre and throughout the city. Although worship services have been cancelled, a chaplain is always available at our social service centres and churches to support people who need someone to talk to.
For those living on the streets, our Outreach Services staff are maintaining regular service hours to reach out and encourage people to come into shelter. This is especially important to stop the spread of illness in our community. Our highly trained outreach staff have been supplied with protective equipment if anyone shows signs of being ill.
With the high volume of people using shelters and an increase in need for food to serve meals and snacks throughout the day, The Salvation Army is asking that individuals wanting to help with food, support the Ottawa Food Bank.
“The need is great right now,” said Ottawa Booth Centre Executive Director, Marc Provost, “A monetary donation to the Ottawa Food Bank or to The Salvation Army will go a long way in helping make sure agencies have what they need.”
The Salvation Army would like to say thank you to all staff and volunteers for their commitment and hard work during these difficult times. Because of you those we serve continue to receive the help they need.
To support the work of The Salvation Army or for assistance please visit www.salvationarmy.ca or call 1-800-SALARMY