According to the Urban Institute in Chicago, despite a healthy economy nearly half of the adult population struggles to afford basic needs. The study was just released and shows that 40 percent of adults 18-65 report they had trouble meeting at least one basic need for food, shelter, utilities or health care in 2017. Among the adults reporting hardships, 60 percent reported two hardships and 35 percent reported three or more hardships. The study points out that policies adjusting requirements for families receiving SNAP benefits, housing vouchers, Medicaid and more – coupled with increased rent and health care cost – will widen these gaps.
HONOLULU (Aug. 22, 2018) – As Hurricane Lane continues on a track to potentially affect the Hawaiian Islands, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced that they are prepared to respond with community assistance as needed. The Salvation Army is part of a team of agencies providing assistance during events and works closely with the State of Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Continue reading “The Salvation Army Readies for Hurricane Lane”
August 25 marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on Texas’s Gulf Coast. The hurricane sat over Southern Texas, dumping between 20 and 60 inches of rain in a matter of days and raising flood levels to nearly 10 feet in some places. Wind gusts topped 132 miles per hour along the coast. Whole towns were destroyed and millions of lives were impacted. Hurricane Harvey caused more than $125 billion in damage, tying with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest storm in U.S. history.
We see it every day in the news – another tragedy in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Drug deals, gang violence, murder. The children who visit The Salvation Army’s Adele and Robert Stern Red Shield Center live this reality every day.
“I’m scared when I go to school sometimes,” said Desire Brown, 15. Jatavia Forney, 16, agreed. “There’s shootings and people get hurt. The shooters just don’t care.”
This guest blog post has been provided by Stampede Meat, who is supporting The Salvation Army Christmas Food Box Project; donating 2,000 chickens, hosting a food drive, and volunteering.
It may feel far too soon to hear jingle bells and see the iconic red kettles outside, but the spirit of the giving season happens year-round at Stampede!
Stampede Meat’s community outreach committee, Stampede Cares, is teaming up with The Salvation Army this year to ensure families in the Greater Chicago Area, Northern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana have a delicious dinner during the holidays.