21 April 2020

In accordance with recommendations from the CDC and Maine state officials, The Salvation Army Center for Healthy Aging in Portland closed in mid-March because of COVID 19. In the meantime, The Salvation Army has remained in contact with many of its members like Betty.

Betty lives in an apartment in Portland with her cat Peanuts. She has been coming to The Salvation Army Center for Healthy Aging for more than 30 years.

During this stay at home order from Governor Mills, Betty expressed it has been lonely not being able to go to the center to see her friends. Also, she rarely gets out to do grocery shopping and when she does, she must take the bus.

The Salvation Army has been delivering her a box of nonperishable food along with milk and fruit once a week. Betty stated, “I am able to prepare several meals during the week with this donation. I love The Salvation Army; they have been so good to me.”