Dothan charities thankful for community support during pandemic

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Local charities dealing with the effect of COVID-19 said the current amount of support is a blessing.

WDHN spoke to Director of the Southeast Health Foundation, Merideth Holland on how generous the community has been in helping them.

“Communities are very supportive of their community hospital, and we’re no different,” Holland said. “And so we have seen donations from everything to food to face masks to PPE.”

Holland said how they have been very flexible in adjusting to the pandemic.

According to the Salvation Army, they have been adjusting with some minor adjustments but still providing services to clients.

“We have been remaining consistent and firm and steadfast in providing social services and other help and aid during the covid season,” Deanne Jones, Corps Officer said.

She told us how they have altered the way they provide services such as utilizing the drive through, not allowing clients inside and communicating via email.

With shelters, the House of Ruth in Southeast Alabama has also been experiencing changes. Executive director Beverly Youse said they are considered an essential business, they have been working diligently to continue services for clients but in a safe manner.

To adhere to social distancing and maintain capacity they are communicate with clients via phone and offer a virtual option for counseling.

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