Salvation Army Staff Members Save Life of Homeless Woman

The Harsh Reality in the Triangle on Lower Wacker

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.

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Salvation Army Volunteer Makes a Difference in Chicago

This guest blog was provided by Respect 90, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s charity which provides children and families opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports, academics and community involvement.

As a little girl in the seventies in Northwest Chicago, Carol Valentino-Barry used to love to look at things upside down.

“There are pictures of me as a little girl hanging upside down,” she laughs. “My father told me I always did that. He said it was my thing.”

That may help explain why today, she could be a copywriter for the messaging on Joe Maddon’s brilliantly inspiring T-shirts with a slightly different point of view.

Like the one that says it is OK to be uncomfortable.

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Bed & Bread Club: Fighting Hunger and Homelessness

The Salvation Army Bed And Bread Club - Chicago

Have you ever seen the movie “The Blind Side?” It’s based on a true story about Michael Oher, a traumatized, homeless boy who would later become a first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman, Leigh Anne Tuohy, and her family. And while there are so many heart-wrenching scenes in the movie, the one that stands out the most to us is when Michael is first shown his new bedroom.

“Never had one before,” Michael admits.

“What? A room to yourself?” asks Leigh Anne.

“A bed,” Michael responds, staring amazedly at his new bed.

We can’t tell you the number of people who come to The Salvation Army with whom we could have similar conversations. These men, women and children have known nothing but a life of hardship – falling in and out of homelessness, jumping from couch to couch or living in their cars. But that changes the moment they find The Salvation Army. Continue reading “Bed & Bread Club: Fighting Hunger and Homelessness”

As Temperatures Drop, The Salvation Army Hits the Streets to Help

Fight the Freezing - Help the Homeless - The Salvation Army

As the temperatures drop way below freezing in Chicago, the danger for those who are homeless increases. Families and individuals living on the streets – in alleys, doorways, parks and below underpasses – try to move inside to avoid the brutal cold and whipping wind. But there aren’t nearly enough shelters with beds to provide a warm and safe space for everyone, and sometimes those most vulnerable are unable to find a place to stay overnight. For those left out in the cold, the extreme weather like we’ve had since Christmas – can be deadly.

But The Salvation Army is working around the clock to help people stay warm or find shelter if needed. Continue reading “As Temperatures Drop, The Salvation Army Hits the Streets to Help”