Many of Chicago’s homeless and hungry are helped each and every day over a bowl of soup served by The Salvation Army’s Mobile Outreach Unit. In addition to providing much needed food for Chicago’s neediest residents, the unit is a gateway to the many other services that The Salvation Army provides, including caseworkers, counseling, alcohol and substance rehabilitation, emergency assistance, education and training programs and employment services and referrals to a broad network of shelters and social services of the City and throughout Chicagoland. Staffed by licensed social workers, the Mobile Outreach Unit conducts assessments and offers counseling services on the spot to help people get off the streets and get the help they need.
The Salvation Army’s Mobile Feeding Program delivers hot meals on a regular rotational schedule to the city’s homeless people at 21 locations in Uptown, the West Side and the South Side. The program, founded in 1994, was expanded in 2009 to include the Mobile Outreach Unit which, in addition to providing meals, also offers case management services, substance abuse services and mental health services to men and women living on the street.
The Outreach Unit is staffed by two case managers and a nurse who offer services in the areas of medical and mental health issues, substance abuse treatment, temporary housing and referrals. The Unit also provides crisis intervention, immediately transporting clients to a detox center, substance abuse treatment facility, a temporary housing facility, or another appropriate service location. The goal is to give clients immediate help once they are willing to accept it. In its first year in 2009, the Mobile Outreach Unit helped get as many as 600 people off the street, and it does the same for about 400 individuals each year.
We could not have helped these individuals without your support. Find out how you can continue to help Chicagoans in need.