The Salvation Army in Phoenix is reaching out to senior citizens during the Coronavirus pandemic in different ways to protect them and try to spread joy.
It has been delivering meals to residents at the Salvation Army Silvercrest Senior Residence Center at 613 N. 4th Ave. room-to-room in order to protect them. The apartments offer low-income, subsidized housing for people age 62 and older, and those with disabilities.
Next door to Silvercrest, the Laura Danieli Senior Activity Center is usually a place where seniors can gather for meals and group activities. While these group activities and in-person dining have been canceled for safety reasons, The Salvation Army is still providing hot, nutritious take-out meals starting at 11:30 a.m. weekdays. The Salvation Army also is providing meal deliveries for shut-ins, those who are not able to leave their homes. Residents receive seven meals a week including frozen and hot foods.
The Salvation Army staff members also bring those who are confined to their homes games and puzzles, said Major Sybil Smith, The Salvation Army Phoenix Citadel Corps officer. These visits give seniors a chance to socialize with someone and not be as isolated.
On its Facebook page on Mondays and Fridays, music and prayers are posted as a way to calm people. It is available at facebook.com/PhxSalArmy.
To learn more about these and other Salvation Army programs in Phoenix, visit SalvationArmyPhoenix.org.