Services to the Homeless
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The Salvation Army’s Mobile Feeding Program delivers 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.
The Mobile Feeding Program is housed at the Army’s Harbor Light Center, 1515 W. Monroe Street; (312) 421-5753.
Assistance to the homeless also is provided by the Army’s Corps Community Centers. All feeding programs combined, the Army last year provided 1,582,777 nutritious meals to hungry people of all ages and from all walks of life in Chicago.