The Salvation Army announces the kick-off of their Adopt-A-Bed program, a sponsorship and donation program to support the work of the O’Fallon and Alton homeless shelters. The Salvation Army provides services to families in the St. Louis area, and seeks to help them break the cycle of poverty, by helping them to become stable and self-sufficient.
Adopt-a-Bed sponsorships are available at a variety of levels, and work to continue the work of The Salvation Army in O’Fallon and Alton, two of the most critically impoverished communities in the metro area. The Alton shelter provides services to more than 300 individuals annually, and operates at maximum capacity continuously. The O’Fallon shelter has seen a tenfold increase in need in their area from 2010 to 2011. Both shelters have seen reduced donations, and budget cuts from programs that previously supported their work.
“It is easy to overlook the need,” says Captain Paul Ferguson of the O’Fallon corps, “but people are now asking for help for the very first time. They live in nice houses and drive nice cars, but they’re suddenly struggling to pay for utilities and groceries and are at risk of losing their houses and cars. They never expected to experience this level of need.”
The Salvation Army asks those interested in adopting a bed to call the O’Fallon (636.240.4969) and Alton (314.465.7764) shelters directly to donate, or to donate online and specify “Alton Shelter” or “O’Fallon shelter” when making their donation.