Changes at Salvation Army Kroc Center due to COVID-19


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)– UPDATED 3/17/20 6:45PM In a continuing effort to create a safe and healthy environment for staff and guests, the Salvation Army Community Kroc Center and the Family Thrift Stores will be closing as of Wednesday, March 18th.

The decision to temporarily close follows the recommentdation of local health officials and will allow for deep cleaning and sanitizing to ensure a great reopening, hopefully on April 1st.


The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be closing its community center and will be open to members only in response to the latest CDC and local government guidelines.

The membership side of the Kroc Center will be closing at 6 PM daily to accommodate a deep cleaning initiative. The Kroc Center will be disinfected from 6 PM – 5 AM daily. All group classes have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

The Augusta Kroc Church will be offering virtual worship experiences on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights at The community is invited to join in on these special services.

The Salvation Army of Augusta has implemented hand sanitizing stations in all locations and instructed staff to minimize the spread of communicable diseases by adhering to enhanced cleaning protocols.

The Salvation Army of Augusta urges guests and staff to

Wash their hands multiple times a day
Cover their coughs and sneezes
Distance themselves by staying six feet apart from each other
Disinfect objects that they touch
Avoid touching their faces
Stay home if they are feeling ill

Major Douglas McClure said, “During these troubling times, The Salvation Army is committed to providing emotional and spiritual care for all members of our community. If you have a prayer request, please email it to

The Salvation Army Family Stores will remain open and will be operating during normal hours. Family Store Staff have enhanced their cleaning protocols to minimize the spread of the virus.

The Salvation Army of Augusta will continue to closely monitor the situation as it progresses and take guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local authorities. For updates on The Salvation Army of Augusta’s actions in this developing situation, please visit

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