HOUSTON, Miss. (WCBI) – After practically 20 years of serving to space residents with meals, clothes, and different social companies, the Salvation Military Middle in Houston has closed its doorways.
“Once we lose one thing like that, it’s a serious impression by way of what can we do to attempt to assist and help the place we are able to,” stated Houston Mayor Stacey Parker.
Salvation Military introduced the closing Thursday and stated the reason being because of COVID-19 and financial struggles.
“It nonetheless goes with out saying that there’s sufficient want within the space and I feel that’s been confirmed previously that the Salvation Military in Chickasaw County positioned right here in Houston,” stated Parker.
Parker says those self same wants that introduced the Salvation Military to the world have solely been magnified through the pandemic.
“Individuals out of labor or can’t work, unable to get to work,” he stated. “In fact, we’re making an attempt to make that comeback into it however you by no means know what’s across the nook.”
The Salvation Military says they are going to now serve Chickasaw and Calhoun counties from their Pontotoc location. However Parker stated these in rural areas don’t at all times have the choice of simply going some place else.
“Not in the event that they don’t have transportation,” he reminded. “It could be exhausting sufficient to get inside the town of Houston with the Salvation Military.”
Whereas he’s disenchanted, Parker says he understands the monetary impression the pandemic has had on all companies, together with non-profits just like the Salvation Military.
“It’s a enterprise,” he stated. “A non-profit enterprise so it’s acquired to be worthwhile sufficient to maintain issues going.”
Parker says the town’s church buildings have been vital sources for these in want and can now be relied upon much more.
“You bought that volunteerism that’s acquired a ardour for it and aiding these which are in want,” he stated.
The mayor says the town is providing as a lot assist as they will however that they presently do not need the sources to arrange a possible shelter.
“It takes cash and what cash we acquired we’re making an attempt to place again into the neighborhood to attempt to assist the standard of life,” Parker stated. “Which can hopefully help these alongside the way in which.”
The Salvation Military Middle in Pontotoc is positioned at 303 West Reynolds Road.