Released 15 August 2012
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Anna Rocha, Coordinator of The Salvation Army of Martin County's Compassion House, today issued an urgent plea to the community for women's toiletries. "We are completely out of family size shampoos and conditioners," she said. "We do have small hotel-size samples but really need the large sizes." Other items urgently needed include: bar soap and body wash, laundry detergent, deodorant and diapers.
Ms. Rocha notes that these items are urgently needed as all of the women who arrive at the shelter come without any of the basic necessities, such as those listed above.
The Compassion House at The Salvation Army opened in late February of 2012 to provide safe, secure shelter to single homeless women and women with children. Since opening, the shelter has operated near capacity with an average of 14 women and 12 children. The Shelter provides rooms for homeless single women and women with children. Case Managers work personally with each woman to provide a "Life Plan" as a guide to self-sufficiency.
Lt. Andrea Hoover, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army, explains, "Our Compassion House is a place where we are truly able to see our mission of "Soup, Soap and Salvation" come to life. We work to provide a well-rounded holistic approach to the systemic problem of homelessness."
The latest "statistics from The Treasure Coast Homeless Council show that there are 1724 homeless people on the Treasure Coast, including 536 children. Unemployment is shown as being the number one reason for homelessness, following by release from jail, alcohol and drug addictions, family problems and health concerns.
Donated items may be brought to The Salvation Army's offices, located at 821 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in East Stuart. For more information on The Compassion House at The Salvation Army of Martin County, call 772-288-1471 or visit our website at www.salvationarmystuart.org.