The Salvation Army has announced it will be offering new locations to help ease the burden of homelessness and the loss of life that has accompanied the recent tragedy in Northern Ireland.
The organisation said that its volunteers and their families would soon be able to enjoy a free camping and recreation package to be offered to people on temporary leave or who have left the Army to become self-employed or to return to service.
The Salvation Army is seeking to raise $200,000 to support homeless families, who are often unable to leave the Army due to financial and health issues, and who are forced to move from their accommodation to temporary accommodation and then back to the same housing as the original occupant.
The Salvation War is the largest organisation in the UK for providing emergency support and support for people who have experienced homelessness.
It said it would be offering to host families on temporary, emergency leave or to remain at a local Salvation Army shelter for up to 12 months.
The move comes amid growing public awareness of homelessness in Northern Irish communities and with the Salvation Army pledging to help more people, including children, move into permanent homes and get on with their lives.
Salvation Army spokeswoman Sarah Hall said that more than 4,000 people have been homeless in the north of the country in the past year.
“The vast majority of people who need help are young people who can’t access social housing and who need the support of the Salvation War,” she said.
“Our support for those who are homeless in Northern Louth will help them access their own permanent home.”
She said the Salvation war would also provide the homeless with access to a range of services, including food and housing.
In an online appeal for support, the Salvation army said that it is seeking people with children and those who have recently left their Army to come and enjoy a holiday in the area and to see friends and family for a weekend.
It has offered to provide accommodation, food and support to people who are travelling from the north, and to provide the SalvationArmy with a list of places they can use.
An appeal for donations has also been launched, with the organisation asking anyone who has lost a loved one to donate a minimum of $2,000.
It says that the Salvation soldier and their family have been unable to move back into the same home as their original occupant and need support in the form of a holiday, food vouchers, clothing and other essentials to help them get through this difficult time.
Anyone who has information that can help in this case can contact the Salvationarmys website at www.salvationarmy.org.uk.
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