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Food security and struggling to maintain financial stability have become major issues as a result of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.
Even in the Black Hills Area, individuals and families are finding it difficult to find ways to make ends meet while facing reduced hours at work, temporary layoffs, and unemployment. We are here to help!
Since the crisis first began to impact our area we have adapted our available services to meet the growing needs that are present in
Western South Dakota.
The Salvation Army has been mobilized to operate in Emergency Disaster mode nationwide. For us, this is evidenced in the way that we are utilizing funds in order to meet the rising needs. While all of us have been impacted in some way or another, The Salvation Army stands by their missional commitment to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Here is a message from our National Commander, Commissioner David Hudson:
Individuals or families who find themselves with a financial hardship directly related to the Coronavirus pandemic can find relief through The Salvation Army. Because of our generous donors, we have established a COVID-19 Relief Fund. Those who qualify can be assisted with utility payments or other basic needs, depending on circumstances. By visiting with one of our case managers, your situation will be assessed to create a plan that will best help you and your family maintain financial stability now, and months down the road. Call (605)342-0982 Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 12 Noon and 1 – 4 p.m. to speak with a case manager and find hope today.
We have adapted our Food Pantry guidelines in order to help households avoid making the difficult decision between paying a bill or putting food on the table. Families and individuals can visit our food pantry once every 30 days and receive a food box that will provide basic, non-perishable essentials and help offset the challenges of food supply shortages and grocery bills. Our pantry is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 4:00 p.m. for walk-in services. We have also increased our services to provide for those who cannot or should not leave their homes at this time. For those in the highest risk populations, a “no-contact” food box delivery is available through the month of June. Senior citizens, those with high risk medical conditions, and anyone who may be observing a quarantine at this time qualify for food box delivery. Call (605)342-0982 and speak to a case manager to schedule a delivery.
Pine Ridge Reservation
The Pine Ridge Long Term Recovery Team and The Salvation Army have been working together to provide much needed food, cleaning supplies, and toiletries to residents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In March and April, food boxes and supplies were delivered and distributed to those most in need on the reservation, including elders and those who live in more remote parts of the reservation.
“We’ve done emergency services in the past, particularly with the flooding last spring,” said Captain Javier Moreno, Black Hills Coordinator. “So, us being able to reach out to them and provide the assistance that they need is a regular ongoing service that we provide.”
The Salvation Army will continue to provide support to the reservation throughout the duration of this pandemic and will be there to support any long-term recovery efforts in the months that follow.
See our story about this effort on NewsCenter1 at https://www.newscenter1.tv/salvation-army-provides-aid-to-pine-ridge-residents/
In the days leading up to, and as the crisis has continued to evolve and impact our community, The Salvation Army has been working with a number of area agencies and organizations in a collaborative effort to assess needs and develop ways to meet those needs.
One particularly unique need is making masks for healthcare workers in the Monument Health System. The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Spearfish, SD has been working closely with MakeSpace, donors, and volunteers to fill this critical need. The Salvation Army was able to donate fabric, bedsheets and other supplies from its store inventory, as well as collecting additional materials to support the mask making effort. The store is also serving as a collection site for individuals to drop off completed masks before they make their way to Monument Health.