Salvation Army senior center in SBY reopening

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salvation Army is getting ready to reopen its Senior Club Resource Center in Salisbury. “We’re really following everything that’s being put out locally as well as at the state level,” said Salvation Army of the Lower Eastern Shore captain Matthew Trantham.

Even though senior centers are supposed to remain closed during Maryland’s phase two of reopening – Trantham tells 47ABC that they’ve been working with the health department to follow guidelines when it comes to safety. “We have a representative working in conjunction with the health department to ensure – not only for our senior program, but also for our summer day camp – that the ratios of adults to children, and for the senior program, the spacing that we need to protect them, the PPE that we need,” said Trantham.

Seniors will be asked to wear masks, social distance, and regularly sanitize their hands. Staff will also be following the same protocols. Trantham says that the seniors have been looking forward to getting back together after months of being apart – and the Salvation Army is prepared to do that in a safe way. “For our seniors we want to be especially careful and cautious, as they are the most vulnerable among us to COVID-19. So, we’re still having them wear masks, we’re still providing hand sanitizer, and yet we’re still trying to provide quality programs,” said Trantham.

Trantham says seniors will meet every Friday starting July 1st. He also says that the seniors can participate in games, crafts, and sports like pickleball. Trantham says the Salvation Army is also still working to make sure seniors who are homebound are getting food donations. “Many of them have not been out since the middle of March. Many of them have just become lonely. While we’ve done our best to call them, and write letters, and drop off care packages and boxes of food, sometimes even that is just not enough,” said Trantham.

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