The Salvation Army helps ‘the working poor’ make ends meet


Beyond ringing bells for donations at Christmastime, the Salvation Army runs a variety of programs all year long.

In Winnebago County, the Salvation Army offers social services, emergency disaster services, a women’s restorative justice program, as well as programs at Tabernacle and Temple Corps. community centers.

In 2017: 

  • More than 7,300 people received food;
  • More than 8,000 nights of housing were provided for at-risk women and children;
  • Nearly 900 people were provided with utilities assistance;
  • More than 9,200 people received goods and services through Pathway of Hope, Koats 4 Kids, Clothes for Kids, and Christmas distribution.

Beverly Peterson, the Winnebago County Development Director for the Salvation Army, said, “We used to think it [our help] was always for those that were at the poverty level, but we’re seeing more and more of what we call the ‘working poor.’ They’re working, but they just can’t seem to make ends meet. We believe in helping the physical man in order to help the spiritual man. Part of what we do, as part of our mission, is [to] meet people’s needs — basic human needs.”

The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers and donations.

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