Salvation Army closes Maplewood adult daycare program

The program cited financial hardships and uncertainties caused by COVID-19.
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The Salvation Army’s adult daycare program in Maplewood has closed due to financial strains caused by COVID-19.

The Salvation Army Northern Division announced the closure Wednesday, effective immediately.

The program serves adults with chronic physical and cognitive conditions, which makes many more vulnerable to COVID-19. The program, located at the Lakewood Service Center, initially closed in March for safety reasons.

“These are always difficult decisions to make, and we are deeply saddened because of the effect they have on staff, clients, and the communities we serve,” said Lt. Colonel Lonneal Richardson, commander of The Salvation Army Northern Division, in a statement.

Wednesday’s announcement means the program will not reopen. According to the Salvation Army, the stall in revenue meant the program could not pay staff.

With new restrictions in place for care facilities, the program was also unsure about the feasibility of opening in the future.

Other services provided by the Salvation Army in Maplewood, including food, housing and social programs, will not be affected. 

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