The Triangle is a spot on Lower Wacker Drive where hundreds of people sleep every night on stacks of cardboard, torn-up mattresses, or piles of newspapers. Just yards away, drug dealers and prostitutes sell their wares – most of the time to the Triangle residents. The Salvation Army Mobile Feeding and Homeless Outreach Unit makes at least one stop a day at this location to hand out food, offer social services, and help individuals leave the street if they choose.
Recently, the unit made a stop at the Triangle and visited with John*. While speaking with him, The Salvation Army staff noticed his friend, Sarah* wasn’t moving or talking, which was unusual. They approached her and called her name. She didn’t respond. They spoke to her again with no response. They noticed she wasn’t breathing. Randy* began chest compressions on the woman while his colleague Janice* called 911. For several minutes Randy pumped Sarah’s heart while they waited for the ambulance to arrive. Sarah started breathing on her own as the ambulance arrived. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
It is suspected Sarah overdosed or suffered some sort of seizure which caused her to stop breathing, but at that moment the only thing that matter to Randy and Janice was getting Sarah breathing again. “It didn’t matter to us that she was homeless or a drug addict,” Randy said. “Here was a human being in distress and we needed to help her.”
For more than 150 years, The Salvation Army has advocated for and served those who face homelessness, battle addiction, experience hunger and feel hopelessness. We’ve been there to show them love, support and hope. It doesn’t matter a person’s background or situation, we’re there to do the most good. If you’d like to help us continue to serve those most in need, please consider becoming a member of our Bed & Bread® Club.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.