Living in the Triangle, we have it all – wonderful restaurants, great companies, 3 hours from the mountains, 2 hours from the coast, and lots of fun activities right at our finger tips. Though these things all exist in our area, not everyone reaps the benefits. Many of our neighbors are struggling. Many of them struggle with homelessness, and the winter time is particularly rough. On top of facing normal issues of food, shelter, and clothing, the weather becomes a major concern that threatens hypothermia, frostbite, and in rare occasions even death.
To aid those battling the winter weather, Wake County shelters institute the White Flag program, where on any night that the temperature reaches 32 degrees or below shelters open their doors beyond normal capacity. The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Women & Children’s Shelter also participates in White Flag. However, The Salvation Army has recently changed its policy to include any night that reaches a temperature of 40 degrees or below. We open up our shelter beyond our normal capacity of 93. On these nights, we accept all women with children who come seeking a warm safe place out of the cold. “Many of these families come to our door with very little. Some do not have anything to sleep in...some don’t even have shoes. We do our best to provide them with whatever we can to keep them warm and safe,” says Shelter Director, Katie Gonzalez. We utilize cots and mats to meet the need. During their stay, families have access to showers, laundry facilities, and hot meals.
During this cold season, The Salvation Army has a much higher need for warm linens and cold weather gear. Donations of blankets, comforters, pillows, pajamas, slippers, hats, gloves and scarves are very much needed to meet the need to help keep the families warm. More families also mean more mouths to feed. You can help these families by dropping off any of these items at 1863 Capital Blvd or signing up to provide a hot meal for the shelter. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.