10 April 2020

The Salvation Army USA Launches Nationwide Support Hotline

National COVID-19 Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline available to everyone impacted by pandemic

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 10, 2020) — In response to the rising levels of anxiety, uncertainty and fear resulting from this unprecedented pandemic, The Salvation Army has launched its first nationwide hotline to provide emotional and spiritual care to anyone impacted by this crisis. If you’re looking for spiritual guidance or local services, or if you just need someone to talk with, Salvation Army officers who are pastors and emotional-care personnel are there to listen.  

The phone number is 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Staff are available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will answer calls made from anywhere in the U.S. Counselors speak English and Spanish, and callers are encouraged to leave a message if they call after hours. 

As the nation’s largest social services organization with a presence in almost every ZIP code in America, The Salvation Army California South has expanded its efforts to meet the overwhelming need caused by COVID-19. Uniquely positioned to assist those vulnerable in Southern California communities, the Army’s current response is focused on providing food boxes, packaged meals, groceries, hygiene kits, paper cleaning products and more. As of April 6, we have provided:

  • More than 28,000 packaged meals
  • More than 25,000 food boxes
  • More than 1,300 rolls of toilet paper
  • Emergency pop-up shelters to assist the homeless population.

Though The Salvation Army California South is committed to meeting need wherever it exists, COVID-19 will greatly increase the number of service requests received for months – if not years – to come. As a result, ongoing public support will be critical in ensuring no one is turned away or overlooked.

People can join the fight for good and support their local Salvation Army and community by clicking here.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please visit calsouth.salvationarmy.org to find your local Salvation Army service center.