The Salvation Army in Sullivan, Clay, Parke, and Vermillion counties received a grant as part of the Covid-19 Tier 2 Rural funding. Their funding was able to aid with food, rent, and utilities. In Sullivan and Clay counties the Salvation Army was able to raise their assistance cap thanks to the grant. This allowed them to help prevent electricity and water shutoffs for several clients as well as provide rental assistance in all counties they serve. Overall, they were able to serve 101 families.
With the support of United Way, the Salvation Army was able to help more families. Below are a few people whose lives were impacted:
- A single mother raising three children was struggling because her job hours had been cut due to Covid-19, and as a result she was behind on a few bills. The Salvation Army was able to assist her with paying her electric bill. Two weeks later, the woman returned to thank them and let them know she was back working full time.
- A single grandfather on Social Security with two teen aged grandchildren was assisted with a monthly natural gas bill.
- A single father with custody of a disabled toddler whose only source of income is disability for the child as he is the only caregiver. The Salvation Army was able to pay a monthly electric bill.