The Salvation Army and Sodexo (facility management) are focusing their efforts on keeping EastView residents well, and secure in the knowledge that all their needs are being met and will continue to be met.
“If we have additional outbreaks, we are prepared with stockpiled supplies and operational procedures that will remain in place,” said Major Douglas Bartlebaugh, divisional secretary for business administration. “The Salvation Army infrastructure allows easy access to the supply chain. Throughout our history The Salvation Army has sat at many of the higher-level administrative tables, such as FEMA, Homeland Security, local OEM (Office of Emergency Management), VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) and many more to position ourselves to be on the cutting edge of crisis management. From World War I to COVID-19 The Salvation Army has been there ‘doing the most good.’”
The staff has included added touches, like adult coloring books and colored pencils, puzzles and puzzle books for the residents as they isolate in their apartments. Weekly grab-and-go events like guacamole and chips and Danish and tea have replaced the usual social gatherings.
“Our residents are not just guests, they are family,” Bartlebaugh says. “The EastView residence is a living community and we care for each other.”
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