While many of us have the luxury of “sheltering in place”, with food and necessities, some are not so fortunate. Below are some of the organizations in our community meeting emergency needs and ways that you can support the work they are doing.
Caring Place: Food (via drive through delivery at Wildwood location), Sac Pac (delivered via school feeding sites and bus delivery routes), Social Work Services (phone only), Clothing (closed, referral only and must have appt. – no donations at this time). Hours remain Tuesday-Friday 9am-12pm and Tuesday 5-7pm.
• Food Donations – 10oz canned soup, canned fruits, canned pasta (ravioli, beefaroni)
• Plastic Bags (Walmart style)
• Laundry Soap (Pods or Powder)
• Blessing Bags (with hygiene items)
• Notes of Encouragement
More information on The Caring Place website.
Cleveland Emergency Shelter: The Bradley Cleveland Community Services Agency provides multiple services to low income Bradley County residents. Among the facilities operated by BCCSA is the Cleveland Emergency Shelter. During this period of COVID-19 quarantine, the facility has had to reduce its capacity from 50 to 15 residents, but is currently running 24 hours a day and serving 3 nutritious meals a day. Careful consideration of social distancing requirements and thorough cleaning protocols are in place. Once the shelter is full, clients are referred to a BCCSA case worker who will work to find housing as quickly as possible.
Needs: At this time, volunteers are encouraged to drop off food or clothing but will not be allowed to stay to serve meals. Monetary donations are always welcome, particularly at this time when the most vulnerable among us are in more dire need.
More information on the BCCSA website.
Salvation Army: Currently still serving meals on the weekends but only as to go meals. Showers, laundry services available for homeless population with sanitation between uses, per infectious disease protocol.
Delivering meals to families who have a COVID-19 positive member in the household or are quarantined. Also delivering 30 food boxes to our youth and children families each week filled with activities to help meet the household demands for good nutrition and entertainment during the Shelter at Home season. Assisting with prescriptions for those who have lost employment because of COVID. Delivering coffee and coffee drinks to our Hero’s in Scrubs at different medical practices each day support and thank them.
Needs: You can purchase needed hygiene items on Amazon and send them directly to the Cleveland Salvation Army, ensuring everyone’s needs and safety. Some of those needs are listed here for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2MU9I4DYDO7GH…
More information on the Salvation Army Website
Ocoee Connect: If you or someone you know needs assistance accessing local resources, please call