The Salvation Army Activates Emergency Disaster Response.

Mar 16, 2021 | by Jennifer Byrd

The Salvation Army Activates Emergency Disaster Response to Help Those in Need Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Salvation Army in San Francisco Operates in a New Normal, continuing to serve the most vulnerable in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA. -- The Salvation Army in San Francisco is continuing to stand in the gap to serve its communities and clients, providing as many resources to those in need as government guidelines permit.

The Salvation Army continues to house 700 people every night, through its residential, transitional living and adult rehabilitation programs. In all of the programs and services, the Army is following the recommendations set forth by the CDC, HUD and local health and government officials to keep its facilities, employees and those it serves safe.

“We’ve been here since 1883 and have served San Francisco through the 1906 earthquake, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and 9/11 and we are here to help San Franciscans pull through during this Coronavirus pandemic,” said Major Darren Norton, Divisional Commander for the Golden State Division based in San Francisco. "In all of our programs and services, we are following the recommendations set forth by the CDC, HUD and local health and government officials to keep our facilities, employees and those we serve safe. We will continue to serve however we can. We are thankful for generous public support which will allow that to happen."

Please see below for a list of special services The Salvation Army is providing in surrounding communities and help spread the word about the need for volunteers and donations.

San Francisco County  

  • The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center: 1275 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA
    • Operations are normal for serving substance abuse treatment programs & family shelter.
    • All Harbor Light Program & Recovery Wellness Service Participants are no longer going to outside AA meetings. 
    • The Harbor Light Center has place stringent directives for people coming on campus.  All personnel are asked to frequently sanitize or wash their hands in addition to workspaces.
    • Weekly Homeless Outreach has been postponed until further notice.
    • Worship services are restricted to in-house residents. 
  • The Salvation Army Kroc Center and Railton Place: 240 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA
    1. The Salvation Army Kroc Center
  • Community programs cancelled
  • All KrocFit Classes including Strings & Ballet Programs
  • After School Program
  • All Rentals
  • Cancelled Senior Meal Programs
  • Steaming Sunday Services
    • Continuing seeing clients: Tuesday-Friday 8:30 – 4:00 pm
    • Friday Food Pantry – 7 am to 10 am
  • Volunteers sorting & bagging the food – 7 am
  • Distribution – 8:15 am to 10 am
  • To-go breakfast and lunch meals for children ages 17 and under
    1. Railton Place
  • Continue to provide housing for its residents at the 110 unit transitional and permanent housing residence.
  • Friday Food Market – 8:30 am to 10:30 am
  • Sort – 8:30 am
  • Bagging – 9 am 
  • Distribute – 10 am, door to door at Railton Place.


  • South of Market Corps Community Center: 360 4th St, San Francisco, CA
    • Friday Food Pantry – 8 am to 10 am
  • Mission Location: 1156 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA.
  • Food Pantry
  • Thursday and Friday – 7 – 10 am
  • Sort and bag – 7- 8 am
  • Provide food – 8 – 10 am
  • The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center: 1500 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA.
    • Continue to provide residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to more than 112 men.

How You Can Help:

  • Those who are unable to give their time can still help us meet the needs in their community by making a monetary donation. All of our community centers, facilities and programs need support to continue serving the most vulnerable populations. Donate online at
  • Gift in Kind donations needed: Non-perishable food, water, cleaning supplies, bags, boxes, paper towels, toilet paper, masks and gloves.
  • The Salvation Army runs on volunteer power. Those interested and able to donate their time to help others during this trying time should email Volunteer Manager Melissa Doppler at
  • Corporations and foundations looking to get involved in the COVID-19 relief effort should contact Ernst Bauer at or call 415.716.6680.

About The Salvation Army:

Since 1883, The Salvation Army has been transforming lives throughout the Greater Bay Area. The Red Kettle Campaign started in San Francisco in 1891 and is in its 129th year and is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $142.7 million nationwide during the 2019 campaign.  The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. Locally, they serve more than 500,000 people annually in the Greater Bay Area. offering practical support, spiritual comfort and a critical safety net to people in need. The Salvation Army provides services to the homeless without discrimination regardless of ethnic or national origin, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or immigration status.

For every dollar donated to The Salvation Army, 82 cents is used to support those services in facilities throughout the Bay Area. For more information go to or




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