Salvation Army expands services for homeless population

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WBBM Newsradio on Friday Dec. 3 is hosting the Good Neighbor Radiothon from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to benefit the Salvation Army. Here is a look at one of the organization's programs and how it helps those in need.

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Salvation Army is finding new ways to help the homeless.

Andrea Chatman is director of Homeless Services for the Salvation Army. Its Metro Division has recently expanded service for the homeless to renew a contract with the city of Chicago helping to become a centralized shelter intake and referral system.

"It allows us to quickly triage and assess the needs of anyone experiencing homelessness and make the appropriate referral to get them into shelter very quickly."

As temperatures begin to drop, Chatman said serving the homeless becomes more critical than ever, as does financial support from the public.

"That could allow us to provide a meal, a coat, or a scarf or for some time, a hotel space for someone experiencing homelessness when shelter beds are not available. So having anyone donate any amount is critical to our work."

To donate to the Salvation Army, visit or call 844-361-8400.