In response to the rising levels of anxiety, uncertainty and fear resulting from this unprecedented pandemic, The Salvation Army launched its first nationwide hotline to provide emotional and spiritual care to anyone impacted by this crisis. If you’re looking for spiritual guidance or local services, or if you just need someone to talk with, Salvation Army officers who are pastors and emotional-care personnel are there to listen.
The phone number is 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will answer calls made from anywhere in the U.S. Counselors speak English and Spanish, and callers are encouraged to leave a message if they call after hours.
As the nation’s largest social services organization with a presence in almost every ZIP code in America, The Salvation Army has expanded its efforts to meet the overwhelming need caused by COVID-19. Uniquely positioned to assist those most vulnerable, the Army’s current response is focused on providing food, shelter, assistance with paying rent and utilities, activity kits for children, shelter for the homeless, and online worship services and bible study.
Though The Salvation Army is committed to meeting need wherever it exists, COVID-19 will greatly increase the number of service requests received for months – if not years – to come. As a result, ongoing public support will be critical in ensuring no one is turned away or overlooked.
People can join the fight for good and support their local Salvation Army and community by visiting covid19.gosalarmy.org. There you will also find a full list of services by city and state.