Homeless Outreach Program Critical during Extreme Weather
Staff from The Salvation Army’s Homeless Services program make their scheduled runs every day – providing meals, beverages and nutritious snacks to those individuals and families who find themselves homeless. They offer to bring the individuals to a shelter or a detox and rehabilitation center if needed. When extreme weather hits Chicago, the staff are even more diligent in their services.
During the recent dangerous cold snaps, The Salvation Army worked with the City of Chicago to ensure 24-hour coverage and support for those in need. In addition to the normal food distribution sites, staff visited spots where the homeless tend to stay and provided a hot meal, nutritious snack and hot beverage. Staff also offered to transport individuals to warming facilities, shelters or Harbor Light. People who chose not to leave their location were given hats, gloves, socks, blankets, clothing vouchers and other items, and checked on repeatedly. Often, those individuals who accept the Army’s help in getting out of the cold also go through our drug rehabilitation program at Harbor Light Center or work with social services staff to find shelter, food, employment and more. For more information on the Homeless Services program, how to receive services or how to help, visit our webpage.