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Diaper Drive for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Diapers Needed at The Salvation Army Shelters

Boxes of diapers

In conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, The Salvation Army is conducting a diaper drive for families who are experiencing homelessness. The Salvation Army is the only emergency shelter option in Austin for families, and we need a lot of diapers. Large sizes 4, 5 and 6 are especially needed.

Diapers can be donated at The Salvation Army Downtown Shelter and Social Services Center at 501 East Eighth Streeton Thursday, November 20, from 9 am to 4:30 pm or Friday, November 21.

OR donate at any of the four Salvation Army Family Stores in Austin or Round Rock on Thursday, November 20. See our Family Store page for locations and store hours. Each person who donates will receive a coupon to our Austin Salvation Army Family Stores.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.
This year, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 15-23, 2014.

The Salvation Army Austin is participating in National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week not only to bring greater awareness to our community, but also to help to promote the national endeavor to end hunger and homelessness. The plight of those without a home, or those living in poverty, can be both lonely and difficult.

Women and Children Experiencing Homelessness

Did you know that more than 65% of the people The Salvation Army Austin serves who are experiencing homelessness are women and children? Women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our community.

Please consider sharing your efforts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, using #NHHAW and tag @SalArmyAustin or Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

No One Should Have To Sleep Outside in the Cold

The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

Cold weather is coming to Austin, and The Salvation Army is prepared to support our homeless neighbors.

The plan (see below) has been activated for tonight, November 12, and The Salvation Army will take additional women in shelter. Additional men will be transported to local churches.

Winter weather can pose problems for the homeless. When the temperature drops to 35/32 (wet/dry) degrees and the homeless are outside in the elements, they need a safe warm place to sleep. On any given night, there are 289 beds occupied at The Salvation Army Shelter in downtown Austin and another 60 or more at the Austin Shelter for Women and Children.

On cold weather nights we work together with The City of Austin, Front Steps, several other local organizations, Capital Metro and local churches to provide up to 400 additional primary spaces in area churches and secondary shelter spaces in recreation centers.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations to support our ongoing support for the homeless in Austin as we work to help them get off the streets and into their own housing. Click here to make an online donation: http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/donate-now/

If you want to donate warm weather clothing, please take mittens, gloves, jackets, caps or other items to the downtown shelter at 501 East Eighth Street.

So how does this process work?

  • When the temperature drops to 35/32 (wet/dry) degrees, and the homeless are outside in the elements, they need a safe warm place to sleep.
  • There are approximately 400 additional primary shelter spaces that can accept the homeless on cold nights
  • Two organizations contact the City Duty Officer by 1:00PM if church shelter is needed and/or park shelter may be needed. The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) and Front Steps are responsible for this action
  • Capital Metro is the transportation agent who picks up and delivers the homeless at 7th Street and Neches
  • All additional homeless persons, who are not already accommodated by the ARCH or The Salvation Army, will assemble inside The Salvation Army shelter
  • The Salvation Army will determine which clients will stay at the downtown shelter and which ones will go to other shelters
  • The Salvation Army provides breakfast the next morning for those returning on Capital Metro buses

Who makes the decision to transport the homeless on cold winter nights?  Two organizations contact the City Duty Officer by 1:00 p.m. if church shelter is needed and/or park shelter may be needed. The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) and Front Steps are responsible for this action. The City Duty Officer contacts Capital Metro which is responsible for transportation.

How long can the homeless remain at the church/park shelters?  The homeless are picked up at 7th Street and Neches. The pick-up time could be as early as 6:00 p.m. and as late as 9:30 p.m. depending on the circumstances. They are picked up at 6:00 a.m. the next morning.