TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2018 /CNW/ - In response to the Extreme Cold Weather Alert issued by the City of Toronto, The Salvation Army has opened all available emergency shelter beds in the downtown core. The Salvation Army is now at capacity with 616 shelter beds and temporary beds occupied. The Salvation Army is also providing 21 Winter Respite spots in Parkdale as part of the city's Winter Response.
"The extremely cold temperatures as we know pose a significant risk to people on the streets," said Major John P. Murray, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. "We continue to monitor the situation in an effort to keep our community's homeless safe from the extreme cold."
The Salvation Army has teams in the community checking on the vulnerable to make sure they are safe from the extreme elements. Teams provide transportation to Winter Respite, Warming Centres and Shelters.
This evening Salvation Army leadership will be touring the facilities from 8pm and are available for interviews.
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 one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and 128 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers 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 to an addiction.
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of people in your community who are in greatest need. News releases, articles and updated information can be found at salvationarmy.ca.
SOURCE The Salvation Army - Ontario Central Division
For further information: on The Salvation Army or for Interviews, please contact: Neil W. Leduke, Divisional Director of Marketing and Communications, c) 416-578-7998, [email protected]