Salvation Army helps with quarantine in Joplin

Joplin Salvation Army's Pastor

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin’s Souls Harbor homeless shelter population has been dealing with some cases of the Coronavirus, so the Joplin Health Department stepped in to help keep people safe.

City officials confirm that the city health department is following a CDC plan that advises quarantining homeless COVID patients in isolated hotel rooms in order to keep the virus from spreading.

Souls Harbor staff tells KOAM that their COVID-positive residents have been staying at Joplin’s Sunrise Inn, and thanks to Joplin’s Salvation Army they’re staying fed.

“Sometimes we have ramen noodles or canned ravioli. Anything that’s quick, and hot, and will your fill your stomach at least. So they don’t have to worry about leaving,” said Joplin Salvation Army pastor Marty Norris.

Joplin’s Salvation Army got involved with providing meals for local homeless under quarantine after they were contacted by nonprofit One Joplin, who is helping coordinate the temporary housing operation.

Joplin Salvation Army pastor and core officer Marty Norris says the pandemic has made their jobs a lot tougher, but that wasn’t stopping them from providing quarantined homeless people three meals a day.

“We’re needed more than ever. People aren’t working right now so they’re having trouble paying their utility bills. We were doing rent assistance but we just ran out of money for that,” said Norris.

The city of Joplin says that once this local quarantine program is complete, it will seek reimbursement via the Cares Act.