Posted March 16, 2020 By in News With | Comments Off on THE SALVATION ARMY CENTRAL ARKANSAS  RESPONDS TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC 



    Captain Jay Spalding

    Central Arkansas Area Commander

    (501) 240-2147


    Little Rock, AR (March 16, 2020) – The Salvation Army Central Arkansas will continue operations to serve those in the community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Salvation Army implemented our COVID-19 Emergency Plan on Friday, March 13, 2020.

    The following has been implemented throughout our facilities:

    • We currently are still housing our homeless community with a 6-foot bed separation per client.
    • We have also implemented a strict cleaning and disinfectant policy in all of our facilities. The cleaning products we use on a heavily trafficked areas and hard surfaces in our facilities are rated as effective in killing COVID-19. Our existing routine cleaning processes follow the CDC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of viruses, including Coronavirus.
    • We have a prepared isolation dorm that will accommodate up to 13 individuals. At this time, we have no one that is currently staying in the dorm.
    • We are currently suspending our “in-house” community feeding; however, we will be providing a hot meal in a carry out container for the community breakfast meal that we presently serve.

    The Salvation Army Central Arkansas is currently in need of the following items for our Shelter:

    • Bleach
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Twin Sheets
    • Pillows

    “We understand that the need for food, counseling, emergency assistance and programming will continue to increase during this global crisis, and we stand ready to serve.” said Capt. Jay Spalding, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Central Arkansas. “Safety is our top priority for our clients and staff, therefore, in compliance with state and local authorities, we have made adjustments in how we are delivering our programs, but we will continue to meet needs as long as we can.” Continued Spalding.

    Through disasters and major crisis, The Salvation Army is known for this, and one of the top agencies in the world helping communities.

    “Operating during times of disaster, concern and tragedy, is something each Salvation Army officer is prepared and trained to do,” Spalding said.

    The items may be dropped off at 1111 W. Markham Street in Little Rock, AR, Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.  Due to the COVID-19 preparedness and long-term needs, we are asking the public for financial support during this time as we service some of our most vulnerable population. Any individual who would like to make a financial gift, may go to our website at or they may contact our office at 501-374-9296.

    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operations around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood


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