Letters to the Editor

Help Belleville Salvation Army help others

A couple of Sundays ago I received a phone call from a homeless mother with two sons. They were currently living in a U-Haul and wanted help in locating more substantial shelter. As I know that Sunday is the day of the week that is most difficult, if not impossible, for homeless people to find emergency services in Belleville and St. Clair County. I suggested that we meet in the Salvation Army parking lot on West Main on Monday morning and go from there. Captain Daniel (T.J.) Simmons met us there, and he did not stop his efforts for this family until they were placed in a shelter. T.J. found them shelter at a Salvation Army facility in St. Louis. With relief, I knew that this wonderful family now had access to toilets, showers, a bed, and a staff that could help them to the next step. Captain T.J. is a man who is committed to helping poor and homeless people. He and the Salvation Army facility on West Main are assets to the community of Belleville and St. Clair County.

He and his wife, Captain Claudia, are creating programs for poor children and their families to help break the cycle of generational poverty. In addition, this organization serves a hot lunch from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Their food pantry is open Wednesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Please give generously to the Salvation Army-Belleville Unit of St. Clair County.

Jesse Arms, Belleville

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