TYLER — As the coronavirus continues to increase through out communities, the state and nation, The Salvation Army of Tyler says requests for service has increased and a further spike is expected in the next few weeks and months. Services remain in place for the homeless and others living near the poverty level, many people who have been able to pay their way prior to this outbreak may now face extreme difficulties due to mandated business closings.
Many residents now have no income and are in need of financial assistance. Leaders describe the need as daunting, particularly due to the extremely contaminousvirus, which has caused postponement or cancellation of numerous Salvation Army fundraising events, many that had been scheduled for the spring. “There is a concern that the effect of this unprecedented event could be felt for years,” Captain Bobby Parker said. “We want to be here to provide basic needs to those we already serve and to have plenty for the new generation of need caused by this virus.”