The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

No One Should Have To Sleep Outside in the Cold

The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

Cold weather is coming to Austin, and The Salvation Army is prepared to support our homeless neighbors.

The plan (see below) has been activated for tonight, November 12, and The Salvation Army will take additional women in shelter. Additional men will be transported to local churches.

Winter weather can pose problems for the homeless. When the temperature drops to 35/32 (wet/dry) degrees and the homeless are outside in the elements, they need a safe warm place to sleep. On any given night, there are 289 beds occupied at The Salvation Army Shelter in downtown Austin and another 60 or more at the Austin Shelter for Women and Children.

On cold weather nights we work together with The City of Austin, Front Steps, several other local organizations, Capital Metro and local churches to provide up to 400 additional primary spaces in area churches and secondary shelter spaces in recreation centers.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations to support our ongoing support for the homeless in Austin as we work to help them get off the streets and into their own housing. Click here to make an online donation: http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/donate-now/

If you want to donate warm weather clothing, please take mittens, gloves, jackets, caps or other items to the downtown shelter at 501 East Eighth Street.

So how does this process work?

  • When the temperature drops to 35/32 (wet/dry) degrees, and the homeless are outside in the elements, they need a safe warm place to sleep.
  • There are approximately 400 additional primary shelter spaces that can accept the homeless on cold nights
  • Two organizations contact the City Duty Officer by 1:00PM if church shelter is needed and/or park shelter may be needed. The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) and Front Steps are responsible for this action
  • Capital Metro is the transportation agent who picks up and delivers the homeless at 7th Street and Neches
  • All additional homeless persons, who are not already accommodated by the ARCH or The Salvation Army, will assemble inside The Salvation Army shelter
  • The Salvation Army will determine which clients will stay at the downtown shelter and which ones will go to other shelters
  • The Salvation Army provides breakfast the next morning for those returning on Capital Metro buses

Who makes the decision to transport the homeless on cold winter nights?  Two organizations contact the City Duty Officer by 1:00 p.m. if church shelter is needed and/or park shelter may be needed. The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) and Front Steps are responsible for this action. The City Duty Officer contacts Capital Metro which is responsible for transportation.

How long can the homeless remain at the church/park shelters?  The homeless are picked up at 7th Street and Neches. The pick-up time could be as early as 6:00 p.m. and as late as 9:30 p.m. depending on the circumstances. They are picked up at 6:00 a.m. the next morning.

Central Texas Flood Relief Continues

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AUSTIN, TX (November 4, 2013) – The Salvation Army has served more than 1000 meals, 2500 snacks and hundreds of drinks to first responders and those affected by the disastrous flooding in Central Texas. The Salvation Army is providing service to hard hit areas from this week’s storms. Now we also have a laundry truck in place with three washers and three dryers so that flooded homeowners can wash laundry as they work to clean up their flood damaged homes.
Volunteers are needed to work in four-hour shifts to monitor the washers and dryers for the next week. In addition, we are asking for financial donations to support our disaster relief efforts.The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.
Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army local response to the Central Texas flooding: 
MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.
TEXT to PLEDGE: Text HELPAUSTINAREA to 41444. Include your name and the amount you want to donate. We are currently not able to accept donated goods for the Austin area flood disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support our ongoing relief efforts.Contact: Jan Gunter, Communications Director
Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572

Austin Metropolitan Area Command           

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmy
austin.org.

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We Are Helping with Central Texas Flood Relief

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AUSTIN, TX (November 1, 2013) – The Salvation Army is on the ground in Austin and surrounding areas with a canteen (kitchen food truck) and personnel coordinating with Local Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the disastrous flooding in Central Texas. The Salvation Army is providing flood relief service to hard hit areas from this week’s storms.

Meals and hydration are being provided for first responders and those affected by the flooding. The Salvation Army will provide these services for as long as we are needed.

The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations. Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army local response to the Central Texas flooding:

ON-LINE: salvationarmyaustin.org
MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.
TEXT to PLEDGE: Text HELPAUSTINAREA to 41444. Include your name and the amount you want to donate.

Contact:
Jan Gunter, jan_gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org
Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyaustin.org.

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