The Mission of Meeting Human Need Never Waivers
SHEBOYGAN, WI (May 6, 2021) - "The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood…their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is a neighbor and kin to all Americans.” So decreed President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his proclamation recognizing the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954. Historically observed the second week of May, National Salvation Army Week celebrates the organization known for “Doing the Most Good” around the world.
During this year’s recognition, The Salvation Army is highlighting the demand for social service program assistance seen in Sheboygan county by releasing their annual impact report. The year 2020 presented our world with more monumental challenges at one time than at any time in recent memory. Health, safety, income, shelter, food security, just treatment for all, and many other aspects of our lives were impacted in tremendous ways. As is always the case, the most vulnerable in our community are impacted the greatest.
As demonstrated throughout history, The Salvation Army pivoted almost overnight to devoting a greater component of our services to meeting basic needs in new and unique ways. In 2020 the Emergency Lodge homeless shelter provided 7,067 nights of shelter despite reducing capacity to allow for safe social distancing. An astounding 13,689 meals were served to the homeless residing in the shelter. The outdoor food pantry received 6,788 visits via walk-up or drive thru food distributions. Over the Christmas season a large number of new families found themselves in need with 1,368 children from 428 families across the county receiving Christmas toys.
To learn more about the social service programs an how you can help visit www.sasheboygan.org.