Salvation Army Helps More Than Just People In Poverty

It's about meeting the needs of people, whatever they are.

Julie Mann
December 07, 2018 - 8:20 am

The Salvation Army St. Charles Tri-City Joe K. Anderson Community Center/Facebook

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Salvation Army is not just about helping those in poverty, it is about empowering the youth, working with seniors, brightening the holidays, and more. It's about meeting the needs of people, whatever they are.

WBBM's Julie Mann takes a look at a local Salvation Army center in the western suburbs helping more than just people facing poverty

Captain Betsy Clark is a commanding officer at the Salvation Army Tri-City location serving Geneva, St. Charles, and Batavia - communities people may not think need charitable help. 

"A lot of the families that we are serving are families that are working, they are working hard, but we are all one disaster away from needed help from the Salvation Army," Clark said.

The center has a food pantry that serves 300 families a month, emergency financial assistance, help with the holidays, but also after-school programs for kids and activities to keep seniors in touch with their community. 

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Clark said donations pay for the programs and those who donate their time run the programs. 

"Some of them have told us that the reason that they are here is because at one point in their life the Salvation Army was there for them," she said. 

Close to 90 cents of every dollar donated benefits the center's various programs and people who are struggling.

"Their donations are making the greatest impact that they possibly can when they give to the Salvation Army," Clark said. 

Friday marks WBBM Newsradio's 23rd Annual Good Neighbor Radiothon that raises money for The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club. The event runs 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. To donate to the Salvation Army, visit WBBM Newsradio's Good Neighbor Radiothon donation page or call 844-361-8400.