MEETING NEEDS THROUGHOUT COVID-19

Jun 1, 2020

Updated 09-25-2020

Attention: Due to suggested precautionary measures concerning the Coronavirus, Our Community Center Office IS Temporarily closed to the public.

 

Phone appointments and services available:

  • Emergency Financial Assistance
    • Serving Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties
    • Call 231-347-3531 and follow prompts
  • Pathway of Hope Program
    • Call 231-347-3531 x 1005 to for enrollment information
  • After-School Program
    • Each full school day- follows Petoskey Public Schools Calendar
    • Transportation available from Petoskey Public Schools and Concord Academys
    • Safe, affordable, field trips, homework help, snacks and mor
  • Food Pantry and Friday Night Carry-Out Meals
    • ​​​​​​​At The Salvation Army Community Center
    • Curbside pantry by phone appointment
    • Friday Night Meals from 5:30pm-6pm
      • Attn: Changing to lunch time beginning Friday, October 16th on!
  • Carry-out Lunches 12pm-12:45pm
    • Tuesdays in front of 1st Presbyterian Church
      • ​​​​​​​Attn: Location changing to our Community Center September 29th!
    • Wednesdays at our Community Center
    • Attn: adding Fridays beginning October 16th!
  • Meal and Critical Needs Delivery for Seniors and Mobility Impaired
    • ​​​​​​​Call 231-347-3531
  • Sunday Worship Services- In-Person and Livestream- Facebook Online
    • All ministry services available except Old Fashioned Potluck Dinners and Senior Life visits at care facilities
  • Thrift Store and Donation Center
    • Donations only: Mondays, 10am-4pm or call for an appointment
    • Shopping: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm

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 are a family interested in enrolling in our Pathway of Hope Program, please dial ext. 1005.  

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 are delivering to seniors, mobility impaired and homeless shelters. We also have a carry-out Dinners on Fridays from 5:30pm-6pm at our Community Center Office. We also have carry-out lunches from 12-12:45pm on Tuesdays outside of the 1st Presbyterian Church in downtown Petoskey and on Wednesdays at our Community Center Office. Please note changes to carry out times and locatios above!

Our Sunday Worship Services have now resumed as normal except the Old Fashioned Potluck dinners every 4th Sunday. Men's and Women's Group Activities have also resumed along with some new Youth Activities. Please call (231) 347-3531 for details. Masks are required for those attending service. If you (or your family members) feel ill or have felt ill or have had a fever recently, please stay home to protect the many vulnerable people who come to our service. We are excited to be able to join with you in worship once again.

Our Family Thrift Store and Donation Center has separate days for donations and shopping. Please click HERE to see our current schedule.

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

 

 

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!

 


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