Apr 27, 2020
At this point, I think it’s safe to say no one has gone untouched by this crisis. The outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus—called COVID-19—was first declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, and it has steadily rolled into more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
The first case appeared in the U.S. in late January 2020, with America now having the most confirmed active cases in the world.
It’s invaded every aspect of life as we know it with widespread “stay at home” orders shuttering businesses, closing schools and canceling events of all kinds. I recorded this podcast episode in a closet at home, rather than a studio, while my 2-year-old and 2-month-old nap nearby. These are strange and scary days.
And while things have slowed down in many areas, for The Salvation Army everything has ramped up.
The Salvation Army is in emergency response mode across the country. All Salvation Army facilities are available for response efforts and all Salvation Army officers (or pastors) and personnel are assigned to emergency response, providing emergency food programs and emergency shelter services in just about every zip code.
You may remember back in episode 21 of this podcast, I set out to provide as complete an overview as possible on the extensive work of The Salvation Army and its six key pillars of service as the organization annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services.
With this episode, we’re kicking off a new series, called “meet the helpers.” In the episodes to come, I’ll be introducing you to those on the front lines of this crisis, those working every day to meet human need—now more than ever.
Show highlights include:
Good words from Christin Thieme in this show:
“While things have slowed down in many areas, for The Salvation Army everything has ramped up.”
“All Salvation Army facilities are available for response efforts and all Salvation Army officers and personnel are assigned to emergency response, providing emergency food programs and emergency shelter services in just about every zip code.”
“In The Salvation Army, we believe that hope is greater than fear.”