Norwich Salvation Army rallies to support homeless
Norwich Salvation Army has rallied to support the homeless and vulnerable people as a response to the coronavirus crisis.
The Salvation Army is continuing to do all it can to support those who depend on it in these challenging times - it is not retreating. All Salvation Army churches are adapting their work to ensure they continue to help the most vulnerable through the coronavirus.
Majors Mark and Andrea Sawyer are the church leaders of The Salvation Army in Norwich city centre and heading up the coronavirus response in the city.
Major Mark said: “The Salvation Army works with the most vulnerable people in Norwich and we know that these people need us now more than ever – as an Army, we will not retreat.
“Our Pottergate ARC drop-in centre remains open and will continue to provide breakfast, hot drinks, shower and washing facilities, practical advice and pastoral support for people who are sleeping rough. In the evenings, instead of providing food from the Haymarket, we are making sandwiches available from Pottergate ARC for people to takeaway during the day.
“This is in response to Government public health advice which asks for people not to gather in large or small groups, and so that we can continue to serve those who need us while protecting them and our volunteers, many of which are at higher risk.
“While Pottergate ARC is best placed to support people who are sleeping rough, anyone else who needs support at this time can contact The Salvation Army church on St Giles Street or call 01603 620747.
“As a church we are asking everyone to pray each day at 12 noon for all the people in our city and around the world affected by coronavirus.
“We are so grateful for the support of our church family and the wider church in Norwich who are reaching out to support those who are most vulnerable and isolated at this time.”
Across The Salvation Army each area is developing its own plans to meet the needs of its community whilst also protecting people against coronavirus. Vital work underway includes some churches opening up spaces for rough sleepers to self isolate, others are keeping food banks running.