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The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch Program Approaches Its 30th Year of Service




The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch, a program that helps the homeless and near-homeless individuals on cold winter nights, begins its 30th season on Monday, Dec. 4.

The mobile feeding program will depart from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building, 10629 Burt Circle, at 6 p.m. Volunteers arrive between 5 – 5:30 p.m. to load the mobile canteens.

Winter Night Watch takes aid directly to the streets, providing people with hot meals and warm clothing. The Salvation Army canteens travel the streets of Omaha Monday through Friday from 6
9 p.m. This year, the program has an “extended season,” with dates stretching from Dec. 4, 2017, through March 9, 2018. The program has normally ended the last week of February.

The canteens make stops in multiple locations on their central route, which is near downtown, as well as the South Omaha route. This year, a new location was added to the central route at CASA Douglas County, 24th and St. Mary’s Ave. A new route in North Omaha was added to the program, which includes a stop at 42nd and Sorenson Pkwy and 24th and Pratt St., outside The Salvation Army North Corps Community Center. A new canteen will be added to the program after the first of the year to assist with the new route.

"What an amazing opportunity we have to serve our community through our Winter Night Watch program,” said Joel Arthur, Divisional Director of Emergency Disaster Services. “For 30 years we have been traveling the streets of Omaha distributing warm coats, hats and gloves and providing a hot meal to the many in our community who are in need. Last year we served over 16,000 meals gave out 8,652 coats and other items. Six hundred volunteers helped with this program in serving the homeless and near-homeless. By adding a third route this year we to serve even more this year for the kingdom of God."

The Salvation Army expects to feed as many as 300 individuals per night at the height of the season. Supplies needed for the Winter Night Watch program include:

  • Larger coats (Size XL, XXL, and 3XL)
  • New tube socks
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Blankets

Clothing donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service building, 10629 Burt Circle.

Monetary donations are needed to purchase food, fuel and paper products. Donations can be made online at www.salarmyomaha.org or mailed to The Salvation Army, 10755 Burt St., earmarked for Winter Night Watch.

To volunteer for Winter Night Watch, click here.