Salvation Army Assists with Two Pop-up Shelters in Downtown Halifax

emergency disaster services vehicle

While many Canadians are social distancing and safely self-isolated in their homes, others are simply unable to take these necessary precautions to protect themselves, especially those experiencing homelessness. In Halifax, The Salvation Army is collaborating with other local agencies to ensure there is a safe place for everyone by assisting with newly established pop-up shelters.

“We are dedicated to assisting where there is need”

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing has set up temporary shelters in downtown Halifax to keep everyone safe and allow existing shelters to provide proper social distancing. The Salvation Army is assisting in these efforts by providing food services and emotional and spiritual care.

“Everyone is coming together to help, with each group utilizing their strongest resources,” says Captain Jamie Locke, divisional secretary for public relations and development. “Collaboration ensures needs are met and the pop-up shelters can be open as long as they need to be.”

Each night, The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope is preparing hot meals for up to 80 guests per night and transporting them to the shelter using the emergency disaster services vehicle, where volunteers unload the food and distribute it to the guests.

“Safety is our first priority,” Locke explains. “We are following all necessary protocols to keep everyone safe as we prepare and distribute the meals, including our guests and dedicated volunteers.”

“Everyone is coming together to help”

Yesterday, a second pop-up shelter was established. The Salvation Army has committed to providing support for this facility as well for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are dedicated to assisting where there is need,” says Locke. “Our protocols have been established and our teams are in place. The Salvation Army is here to help as long as required.”

To help support The Salvation Army’s COVID-19 relief efforts, click here or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

By Angela Rafuse