March 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC The Salvation Army’s National Capital Area Commander, Major Mark A. Woodcock, said, “During this pandemic, The Salvation Army is not only open but is on the front lines meeting the needs of those who need it most. The Salvation Army continues to feed our hungry and homeless neighbors, provide food baskets to local seniors, provide emergency assistance funds, and safely operate two District of Columbia residential facilities.”

What is The Salvation Army Doing?

  • Providing financial assistance for food, rent, or utilities. Applications are available here on our website
  • Feeding our homeless neighbors with Grate Patrol, a mobile feeding van which operates all 365 nights of the year. Serving the same route, in DC, we have seen a 10-15% increase in need over the past two weeks and expect the increase to continue.
  • Providing a safe place at our Turning Point Center for Women and Children, a supportive, independent living program located in northwest Washington, DC.
  • Continuing to operate Harbor Light Center, a 24-hour residential and outpatient addiction treatment facility in northeast Washington. The Salvation Army collaborates with DC’s Court Services and Offender Supervisory Agency.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have experienced an increase in the number of clients being referred to the Harbor Light Center.
  • Providing much-needed shelter to 84 men seeking to rebuild their lives at the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria.
  • Providing prepackage food boxes throughout the DMV.
  • Delivering food boxes to seniors.
  • Sunday worship services are now available online at most Salvation Army Corps.
  • Senior and youth character building activities are also meeting virtually.

What has closed or changed due to COVID-19

  • The Salvation Army is following all the CDC recommendations at all locations
  • All staff that are able are working remotely
  • All In-person volunteer support is suspended
  • All Salvation Army Family Stores in Northern Virginia are closed until April 6. DC-area Salvation Army Family Stores are not scheduling pick-ups currently.

Where to go if you need help?

Please visit our website at if you need assistance.

How can you help?

  • Make a monetary donation or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY

  • Donate
    • Non-perishable foods
    • Gift Cards to local grocery store
    • Socks, hats, gloves, toiletries
    • Diapers, baby wipes
    • Sanitizing Supplies