As the Charlotte area braces for cold weather and another potential winter storm, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte continues to be prepared to meet the needs of women and children who need shelter. Through our ongoing Inclement Weather Emergency Shelter Plan at the Center of Hope, we are continuing to provide additional shelter from the extreme cold, opening up extra space for women and children to stay. Through our "no turn-away" policy, all women and women with children can find refuge at the Center of Hope.
The extreme weather plan also allows residents to stay inside during the day to escape the cold temperatures. All who spend the night are offered warm meals, a place to sleep and access to information about additional resources available to them through the Salvation Army.
During the last cold snap, our friends at the American Red Cross delivered cots and extra blankets to allow us to serve more here women and children in Charlotte. We are grateful for their help in this time of need.
"The homeless are some of the most vulnerable in our community, especially in extreme weather. Our goal is to make sure that any woman or child who needs a safe, warm place out of the cold finds it at The Salvation Army Center of Hope,” said Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “The Salvation Army has a long-standing history of providing comfort to people in their time of greatest need – we must do our part to help alleviate suffering in the name of Jesus.”
To help with the additional people seeking shelter from The Salvation Army, the organization is asking the community for donations of new pillows, new or gently used blankets and sheets, paper products, food, laundry detergent. Donations may be delivered to The Salvation Army Center of Hope at 534 Spratt Street.
Monetary donations are also needed to help cover the cost of additional staffing, building maintenance, and electricity. Donations can be made online here.