HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Editor's note: The attached video was originally published on Oct. 20, 2020.
Many people are facing food insecurity or homelessness for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city of Huntsville, along with the Huntsville Police Department and several other organizations, said donors can make a huge impact on the homeless community.
“Huntsville is fortunate to have a wealth of generous people and organizations who care deeply about our community and want to give back,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “While bringing food or supplies directly to the homeless may be at the top of your list this holiday season, there are better ways to help these individuals get back on their feet.”
According to the city, using the CharityTracker online software is one of the best ways nonprofits and other organizations can help out.
The uncoordinated, independent distribution of comfort items to the homeless camps is creating unsanitary living conditions, dependence, as well as taxpayer-funded cleanup responsibilities,” said Missy Hanks, case manager with Expect Little Miracles. “In order to effectively assist the chronically homeless, we must support agencies that provide case management as well as other vital resources to move people out of homelessness and into sustainable, independent living.”
Here are some resources for those who need help finding food or a place to sleep:
Downtown Rescue Mission
Downtown Rescue Mission helps people in need of help find food, shelter, recovery resources and more.
According to the organization's website, in 2019, Downtown Rescue Mission had 275 average nightly guests, served 326,662 meals and donated 52,420 articles of clothing.
Salvation Army, Huntsville
The Salvation Army's Huntsville location offers several services for those in need, including emergency shelter, a community kitchen, rehabilitation programs and more.
The shelter, community kitchen and rehabilitation program are located at 305 Seminole Drive in Huntsville, Alabama.
Salvation Army Center of Hope Decatur
Some of the services offered at the Salvation Army Center of Hope in Decatur include a shelter, food assistance clothing assistance and more.
The shelter is located at 114 14th Street SW in Decatur.
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