Local Salvation Army sheltered over 300 from freezing temperatures

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Courtesy: Chattanooga Salvation Army

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — Cleveland’s Salvation Army sheltered 312 guests from freezing temperatures between November 1 and January 19.

The Salvation Army said case management is also available to people in need of various resources. Resources may include hygiene kits, shower access and employment connections, to name a few.

The program includes help from Bradley and Polk Counties, as well as local partnering churches.

The Salvation Army of Cleveland said their warming shelter is possible thanks to Volunteer Energy Cooperative (VEC).

VEC donated $2,000 to Cleveland’s Salvation Army. This gift, along with community support, benefit the program.

VEC’s donation is used to provide guests with a hot dinner and breakfast, as well as a warm place to sleep.

Cleveland Corps Sergeant Ruth Forgery said, “VEC is a partner who not only recognizes urgent needs in the communities but also responds with resources and intentionality. They beautifully demonstrate care for the most vulnerable in supporting the cold weather shelter on nights that temperatures fall below freezing, and we are tremendously grateful for their partnership.”

The energy cooperative has a Customers Share grant program, in which members round their electric bill up to the nearest dollar. This gets donated to local non-profits. Each VEC member donates about $6 per year.

Additionally, VEC’s program often donates over $25,000 monthly.

The Salvation Army noted that anyone can donate by visiting csarmy.org.


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