United Way Responds to Emergency Need of City's Homeless
Pictured are media announcement participants: (l-r) John P. Kelker, United Way President; Major Paul Logan, Salvation Army; and Mayor Timothy J. Davlin.
Springfield, IL - The Salvation Army, managing agency of the City of Springfield’s Overflow Shelter (S.O.S.), received $15,000 from United Way of Central Illinois to keep the S.O.S. fully funded and open till March 31, 2010. The United Way offered emergency funding in response to the Salvation Army’s request to provide financial assistance to address their budget shortfall. At present, existing funds only support shelter operations through January.
The United Way’s financial support comes from their Emergency Fund. This fund is designated by the United Way to meet unforeseen emergencies in the Sangamon County community and is not supported by donations raised during their annual campaign.
“Over 20 years ago, our organization’s visionary leaders created the Emergency Fund to enable the United Way to respond to the community’s emergencies in a meaningful way,” said United Way’s President and Chief Professional Officer, John P. Kelker. “By providing this support, we are fulfilling our mission of mobilizing resources to meet community needs.” The Emergency Fund’s sole purpose is to help meet major capital needs which occur as a result of natural disasters or emergencies, (i.e. critical operating needs, building replacement).
S.O.S., located in the former First United Methodist Church on the corner of Fifth and Capitol, opened on November 1, 2009 and is scheduled to operate through the winter season, closing March 31, 2010. “This Overflow Shelter provides a warm, safe bed out of the harsh winter cold and one could say, it literally saves lives,” said Archie Ford, Shelter Director.
Mayor Timothy J. Davlin shared his gratitude for the collaborative effort demonstrated by the United Way, Salvation Army and the First United Methodist Church. “When community and civic leadership work together for a common good, we see tremendous things happen.”
“With the United Way’s support and funds we have already received, we will be able to keep the city’s shelter open. We are very grateful for the support the United Way has offered and thank them on behalf of all the homeless men and women who use the shelter,” stated Ford. The S.O.S. serves approximately 55 men and women each night providing a hot meal and warm bed. United Way’s financial assistance will support supply purchases and staff funding that are desperately needed.
For more information on the United Way, please contact Robyn Grange, Director of Communications, at
217-726-7000 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.