As people begin to feel the impact of the wakes of the coronavirus spreading in the country, so are organizations that help people who need help constantly. The Salvation Army of Ector County tells us they are experiencing serious. While the panic continues outside its doors, they are doing everything to try and maintain normalcy inside.
When somebody in our shelter gets the cold or the flu, it’s likely many will get it and because of that we are very consciences of the fact we have to disinfect, hand sanitize, clean, maintain a level of hygiene. Unfortunately, it becomes really difficult for us to do that in a time it is hard to access some of the things we normally get.Juan Gomez, Comannding Officer of Ector County Salvation Army
Their budget had been hit very hard. As more and more people need help, they are finding fewer and fewer supplies at local stores. They depend on our local stores to buy in bulk, and since the stores’ shelves are empty, they can’t depend on them.
In the few places we can find things we need, we are paying two sometimes three times the amount we normally pay.Juan Gomez, Comannding Officer of Ector County Salvation Army
Gomez said he has to revert to shipping in supplies, which costs more money and means dollars raised locally will leave the community.
It’s not a measure we like to take because we like to support our local community. Odessa supports the Salvation Army, and so those dollars should go right back and support Odessa.Juan Gomez, Comannding Officer of Ector County Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has plans in place for disasters. However, since this is global, there is no central relief effort. Currently, the local workers are tasked with making ends meet.
This is very unique in that it is world wide. it isn’t just happening in Odessa, Texas, or the United States. it’s happening in various countries.Juan Gomez, Comannding Officer of Ector County Salvation Army
Another area being hit hard is their soup kitchen. Gomez says they have seen three times the normal amount of people looking to receive a meal from the Salvation Army.
We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of people coming in for services in our shelter .. and it’s going to continue to go up the more people panic about food or where they can access some of these things.Juan Gomez, Comannding Officer of Ector County Salvation Army