Salvation Army extends efforts to protect city's homeless as temperatures plunge



    OTTAWA, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - With severe cold temperatures and a wind chill of
-39 degrees forecasted for the Ottawa region, The Salvation Army is increasing
efforts to help the vulnerable homeless population.
    The Salvation Army Community Outreach vehicle which provides
transportation to shelters, warm clothing such as blankets, hats, mittens,
footwear and coats will extend its operation from the usual 16 hours per day
to 24 hours per day until the cold temperatures subside.
    The Salvation Army Booth Centre, a 168 bed homeless shelter is expected
to reach capacity tonight even after adding 15 overflow spaces. The lobby of
the Booth Centre will also serve as a warming centre for the city's homeless.
    "These extremely cold temperatures pose a significant risk to people on
the streets for an extended period of time" said Michael Maidment,
spokesperson for The Salvation Army. "We will continue to operate the Outreach
vehicle 24 hours per day in an effort to keep our community's homeless safe
from the extreme cold.

    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 117 countries around the world. In
Ottawa, The Salvation Army delivers 22 programs that offer practical
assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities
of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people
who have lost control of their lives due to an addiction.

    News releases, articles and updated information can be found at
www.SalvationArmy.ca




For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: For more information or to
schedule an interview: Michael Maidment, Public Relations, The Salvation Army,
Mobile (613) 795-8898, Telephone (613) 233-8428, ext. 226, Email
michael_maidment@can.salvationarmy.org


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