Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

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February 9, 2016

Salvation Army opens overnight shelter due to cold weather and calls for volunteers!

Chattanooga, TN –With temperatures dipping below freezing at night and The Chattanooga Community Kitchen at capacity, The Salvation Army will open its doors once again for overnight emergency shelter for the homeless tonight, February 9 and tomorrow night, February 10, at 6:00 pm. The ReCreate Café, The Salvation Army's Day Center located at 800 McCallie Avenue , is busy preparing to serve those in need throughout the frigid nights and during its normal hours during the day.

The Salvation Army and Relevant Hope Ministries, which runs the cold weather shelter at The Chattanooga Community Kitchen, have been communicating today relaying the increase demand of services due to the colder temperatures. The Salvation Army has agreed to take an additional 50 guests to help offset their high guest count.

"Our goal is to partner with other agencies to keep people safe and warm when these low temperatures setting in," said Major Algerome Newsome, Chattanooga Salvation Army Area Commander. "We need coffee, creamer and travel-size toiletry items for the shelter."

Volunteers are needed to help serve in the shelter. For volunteer information, email Jill.Woodruff@uss.salvationarmy.org  or call 423-505-1052 .

Donations of coffee, toiletries, new heaters or money are being accepted at The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave , Chattanooga, TN 37403. Monetary donations can also be made online at www.csarmy.org , or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army .

"Our supply of new heaters for low-income home owners is drastically low," states Major Newsome. "Also monetary donations are welcomed for those experiencing high utility bills that come from having to keep temperatures warmer in their homes."

For additional information, please call The Salvation Army at 423-756-1023 .

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org