Salvation Army of Galveston County aided by Valero

Volunteers Sara Niebuhr and Susan Cahill serve the evening community meal
from the mobile kitchen at The Salvation Army in Galveston

Salvation Army Receives $10,000 from Valero
Energy Foundation for COVID-19 Response

(Galveston County, TX- April 2020) The Salvation Army of Galveston County received a charitable grant of $10,000 from the Valero Energy Foundation to support its efforts to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus by providing 24-hour shelter to the homeless community in Galveston County.

“We are grateful to Valero for the way they always support our community. Right now we have opened our emergency overnight shelter up during the day to provide the homeless with a place to comply with the stay-at-home orders put in place to combat this virus. This has caused an increase in cost for operation. In addition, we are seeing more people come to us for food and financial assistance as work-stoppages continue,” said Captain Nathanael Doria of The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army has more than 100 years of experience in helping people during times of disaster, but this one is unusual in its scope. It is only because of community support that we are able to help and we’re thankful that the Valero Energy Foundation trusts us with their funds to provide service to as many in need as possible.”

Valero has committed more than $1.8 million to help communities respond to the impact of COVID-19.

The Salvation Army mobile kitchen is serving a hot grab-and-go meal every day at 5 pm in the parking lot of the Center of Hope at 601 51st Street in Galveston to anyone who comes by. The Salvation Army relies solely on the community it serves to support the needs of the area. To help, you can make a donation online or check out volunteer opportunities at

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.