Local charities reevaluate services to meet greater need during coronavirus pandemic

Local charities reevaluate services to meet greater need during coronavirus pandemic
Brunette woman with reusable shopping bag (Rodolfo Arguedas)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of Americans jobless without the ability to care for themselves or their family.

Local charities have increased services in Jacksonville to meet a higher demand. But as a result, other services have been canceled due to the financial impact.

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The Salvation Army in northeast Florida announced it will be permanently closing its Child Development Center, effective Monday.

The organization sent Action News Jax the following statement from Major Keith Biggers:

“The significant decreased enrollment of 26 children, when (COVID-19) precautions and social distancing were implemented by CDC, as well as taking every measure to protect the children, staff and parents/guardians, initiated The Salvation Army to close the Child Development Center on April 6th. With the ongoing uncertainty of the status of this pandemic in the next weeks, months, etc., The Salvation Army’s board and its leadership at its Divisional Headquarters inTampa, decided we could not continue to operate this program due to the significant loss of enrollment and the difficulty this uncertainty would present to keep this program solvent financially.”