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. Continue reading “Homeless Outreach Program Critical during Extreme Weather”

Mobile Outreach Unit – Helping Chicagoland's Homeless

Harbor Light Mobile UnitMany 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. Continue reading “Mobile Outreach Unit – Helping Chicagoland's Homeless”

Quaker Oats Donates 145,398 Pounds of Food and Beverage to The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division

Quaker Oats partnered with The Salvation Army to help feed more than 600 of Chicago’s homeless and hungry by preparing nutritious meals using their donated ingredients.  Quaker generously donated 145,398 pounds of food and beverages to The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division including Standard Quaker Oats, a variety of Quaker cereals, Quaker Chewy Bars, Gatorade, and Propel Water.  Quaker’s food donation will go to The Salvation Army food pantries and feeding programs across the Chicago Metropolitan Division.

On Thursday, June 28, Quaker employees prepared meals at The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center and distributed them via the center’s Mobile Feeding Program.  The Mobile Feeding Program operates daily and delivers meals to locations throughout the city.

“I wanted to payback the community and our consumers for everything that they do,” said Nasir, a Quaker Oats employee.  “I wanted to make them happy and to encourage them to take on new opportunities as well.  I have helped out before and it feels good”.

“I was looking to find a volunteer opportunity to do something somewhere,” said Paul, another employee at Quaker Oats.  “The Salvation Army is everywhere and it is the best place to donate and volunteer because you work individually but collectively as well”.

Quaker employees also volunteered at The Salvation Army Corps at Midway on Tuesday, July 3.  Quaker painted the entire Corps and purchased all of the supplies.

What is a Canteen?

The Salvation Army uses canteens also known as Mobile Feeding Units to deliver 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, has been expanded 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.

Watch the videos below to learn how The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services uses the canteen to provide mass feeding during major disasters.

Part One: What is a Canteen?

Part Two: Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Kitchen

The Salvation Army Continues its Tornado Relief Work Across the Southeast

Atlanta, Georgia: The Salvation Army has been providing meals, drinks, snacks and emotional & spiritual comfort in the three states devastated by last week’s tornado outbreak. The following is today’s report of activity:

Chattanooga Area Response Continues to Expand Its Feeding Operations

Chattanooga, TN: As demand continues to remain high in the aftermath of last week’s historic tornado outbreak, the Chattanooga Area Disaster response has made a call for more feeding units to meet the demand. To date, we have served over 16,000 hot meals, over 20,000 snacks, over 25,000 beverages, and spiritual care to well over 1,000 people since disaster operations began last Thursday. As we continue to search for new under-serviced areas, we continue to be amazed at the extent of this disaster.  

Today, the Salvation Army has brought in two additional mobile feeding units from Salvation Army units in Murfreesboro, TN and Danville, KY to help meet the widespread need for assistance. Currently, the Salvation Army has 5 other mobile feeding units roaming and stationed in the following areas:

Hamilton County:

Apison, TN Community- Apison Pike, Clouts Rd,

Shepherd Road and in East Ridge around the Missionary Ridge community  

Dade County: Ingles in Trenton.  

Catoosa County: City Hall in Ringgold and roaming in the Cherokee Valley Rd area neighborhoods

Bradley County: The Salvation Army Service Center on Inman Street and along Dalton Pike also traveling into various neighborhoods.  

If you are in need of assistance please call: 423-756-1023.  

As you can see, the demand for assistance remains high in the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia. We need your help! First and foremost, we solicit your prayers for the tornado victims and relief workers. We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which they can donate monetarily to the relief effort. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (800- 725-2769) or visit our website: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888 a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill.  

For more information please contact: Lt. David Costellow, Public Information Officer at 270-881-6510.

Birmingham Area Continues Relief Effort

Story from the Field: “Devastation”

That is what residents in Pratt City are echoing day after day. Our canteen in that location today is from Tallahassee, Florida. Johnny Hughes is manning it and tells us, “Families are just not sure what to do.” He said with many generations living within close proximity of each other, complete families have been wiped out. “They say they are just devastated with nowhere to go.” Johnny says that he has served enormous amounts of food and snacks at his location, and that everyone is very appreciative. “They have said that they just knew The Salvation Army would be there to help, they just knew it.” So far The Salvation Army has served over 41,000 meals, 41,000 snacks, 58,000 bottles of water, had over 900 volunteers working more than 6,000 hours, and we have counseled and prayed with almost 2,000 victims. We still have 37 canteens spread out from Pleasant Grove and Pratt City, to Holly Pond and Cordova.

Submitted by Brian Wallace, Public Information Officer (205) 296-1985 & (205) 453-0947

For more information regarding state specific relief efforts, please visit the Newsroom at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”