The Salvation Army of Staunton and Western Augusta County is striving to meet increased needs of our communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As vulnerable members of Staunton and Western Augusta County communities suffer from layoffs and job interruptions, the Army is finding unique and innovative ways to increase distribution of emergency food, emergency utility assistance, and rent.
Service days for their emergency-food pantry have doubled, as clients suffer layoffs and job interruptions. Using a “drive-through food pantry” to maintain sufficient social distance between clients and staff. The Emergency Food Pantry is open as a drive-through Monday-Friday during normal operation hours where instead of “client choice.” In addition, the Army is delivering food to multiple residents, too.
Emergency-utility assistance and rental assistance continues. Resident church services, cancelled for the foreseeable future, have been temporarily replaced by delivering “Blessing Bags” and hosting and online Bible Study, Teen Ministry, and Worship Service via Facebook Live.
Lieutenant Johnathan Meredith, commanding officer, states, “Jesus’ greatest commandments were to love God and Love others. We are striving to do just that in our work as we serve the community.” God has provided and will provide.
Those who would like to contribute to our efforts are invited to reach out to Lieutenant Johnathan Meredith at 540-885-8157, or email him at Lt. Johnathan Meredith. To make a financial contribution, you can use this link Donate to Staunton VA.
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.
“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight, I’ll fight to the very end!”-William Booth, Salvation Army founder, May 1912
Headquartered at 1700 West Beverly Street, the Salvation Army of Staunton serves the communities of Staunton and Western Augusta County