STILL MEETING NEEDS DESPITE COVID-19

Apr 2, 2020

The Salvation Army Of Petoskey continues to Adapt Services For Those in Need As New regulations take effect

STILL MEETING NEEDS DESPITE COVID-19

April 6, 2020, Petoskey, MI- The Salvation Army of Petoskey continues to adapt services for those in need as new information continues to unfold. Since the Michigan shutdown began on March 16th, we have supplied $14,544.67 in Emergency Financial Assistance, and have delivered close to 1,000 hot meals along with numerous grocery orders and food boxes from our pantry to many vulnerable neighbors thanks to a few careful dedicated staff and volunteers including Petoskey’s Mayor, John Murphy.

Although Friday Night Live Community Dinners are cancelled until quarantines are lifted, we have been delivering warm prepared meals to low-income seniors; mobility impaired disabled, Nehemiah and Mary Margaret homeless shelter residents. We have now more than tripled the number of people we serve as we are now delivering 116-130 three times a week on Monday; Wednesday and Friday Evenings and also have carry-outs available for everyone else we regularly serve on Fridays who are able to pick up their meals.

Prior to COVID 19, we were busing most of those we are serving to our Community Dinner so it just made sense to reach out to those we were already serving. All involved wear protective gear to protect the vulnerable as well as essential staff and volunteers. This way we can reduce the number of times seniors and other vulnerable people have to visit grocery stores and other public places that are so dangerous to those with weakened immune systems. We also have limited delivery services for those who need grocery items but aren’t able to go out for them on their own or need a box of food from our pantry.

Envoy, Greg Irwin says “We are taking every precaution and following all safety guidelines, but we continue to meet our mission of meeting human needs in His name without discrimination. The disparity in our well-ordered society between those who “have” and even those who can at least “get by” when measured in contrast to the most vulnerable folks among us … only grows wider in a crisis like this. Folks are hungry and lonely. The ones who need us most are the ones who are often the least capable of reaching out. So we must reach out to them. If not us, then who? The Salvation Army of Petoskey will continue to rise to the occasion and meet the needs of the “least of these” in our community. They are not the “least” in our eyes. They are important folks … they are our neighbors … and one of the most important things we can do is let them know they are not alone. We will help them through this scary time together.”

Our food pantry is still open via phone appointment and during this crisis we are allowing an extra food order per household per month. Anyone needing food should call our main line, press 0 for the receptionist and leave a message. A case-worker will then call to schedule a phone appointment and to set up a time for pick-up. We then (wearing protective gear) bring the box out and load it in the client’s vehicle to minimalize contact.

Our case-workers are also taking phone appointments for those in need of our Emergency Financial Services Program which assists low-income individuals and families with heat, electricity, rent, auto repair, transportation to medical facilities and other basic human needs. We anticipate that the number of people we serve will grow substantially due to the rise in unemployment, small business closings and other financial devastation caused by the pandemic.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. For more information about The Salvation Army of Petoskey programs or services, visit www.SAPetoskey.org. To give, simply drop-off or mail a check or money order made out to The Salvation Army of Petoskey at 712 Pleasant Street, or visit our website, click on donate and check the box to select Petoskey and ensure your gift stays local.

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:

SHAWN BEER, General Manager of J.W. FILMORE'S

For Helping to Provide Emergency Meals to Seniors, Mobility Impaired and Shelters throughout the COVID-19 Crisis

We could not provide our meal delievery service to the community without the support of JW Filmore’s Restaurant and Shawn Beer (General Manager). Shawn graciously does all the cooking by himself for the 140 folks we deliver dinners to in the safe confines of Filmore’s Restaurant. After Shawn cooks the food, it is transported and packaged in to-go containers by select staff and volunteers at The Salvation Army Community Center who while adhering to all safety precausions deliver the food.

The necessary hot meals are provided three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings to the most vulnerable folks who live in Petoskey. Those who receive the meals desperately need them, not only for nutritional reasons, but it also to reduce their exposure to COVID-19 by reducing the amout of trips they need to make to the grocery store. A salute to Shawn and the owners of J.W. Filmore’s who support us in this endeavor to serve our neediest folks at their time of greatest need! Thank you!

 

Attention: Due to suggested precautionary measures concerning the Coronavirus, Our Community Center Office and Family Thrift Store are closed to the public.

 

If you are experiencing a financial emergency, and need assistance

Please call 231-347-3531  then press 1, for utility assistance or press 2 for all other types of financial assistance and leave a message for the case-worker to call you to schedule a phone appointment.  

If you need food please call 231-347-3531, then press 0 to leave a message for the case-worker to call you to schedule a curb-side pick-up appointment. During this crisis we are allowing each household 1 additional food order each month (2 total). We are not accepting any walk-ins until the suggested restrictions have been lifted.

Our regular Friday Night Live Community Dinner will not be held until further notice; however, in the meantime, for the many hungry people that come regularly we will have a carry-out Dinners on Fridays at 6pm at our Community Center Office.

We will also be delivering warm dinners on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday evenings at 6pm to local elders and mobility impaired disabled individuals. please call 231-347-3531, then press 0 to leave a message to sign up and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

If you age 60 or over or are a home-bound disabled adult who is in need of delivery assistance for groceries or prescription medication (non-narcotic) please call 231-347-3531 and then press 0 to leave a message for the receptionist and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Sunday Services are temporarily suspended. For now, a devotion and weekly updates will be mailed to folks in the corps directory. Anyone that is not listed in the directory, or not sure if they are, can call the office at 231-347-3531, Email us at wmipetoskey@usc.salvationarmy.org or message us on Facebook and we will send them the weekly Pastor's Devotional and Update. We hope that you will remain in God’s word and join us in prayer for everyone’s health during this difficult time. May God’s blessings be upon you and your loved ones!

Thank you for you continued patience and support during this difficult time. Please join us in prayer for everyone's health. God bless!


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