The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County
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The Salvation Army Receives $10,300 AT&T Contribution to Support Emergency Lodge Shelter in Milwaukee

AT&T volunteers also drop off winter items to help people experiencing homelessness stay warm this winter

By - Dec 7th, 2018 02:46 pm

MILWAUKEE, Friday, December 7, 2018 – The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County received a $10,300 AT&T contribution today to support its Emergency Lodge Shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

The AT&T contribution will support the mission of the Emergency Lodge Shelter, which has provided emergency shelter to homeless individuals and families with children in Milwaukee since 1979. Last year, the Lodge provided emergency shelter and meals to over 1,500 people.

AT&T volunteers also dropped off winter items, including hats, gloves, warm socks, sweatshirts and coats, to help those living at the shelter stay warm this winter. Warm winter items and monetary donations were collected at AT&T stores and office locations in the greater Milwaukee area by AT&T employees since November 14 to benefit the shelter.

“We are very grateful to AT&T for this generous contribution that will support our Emergency Lodge Shelter,” said Major Steve Merritt, divisional commander for The Salvation Army. “This financial support from AT&T will support vital services that help those experiencing homelessness get back on their feet and eventually transition to safe housing. We are also grateful for the donation of winter gear to help keep our Milwaukee neighbors warm this winter.”

In addition to lodging, the Emergency Lodge Shelter provides three nutritious meals a day as well as a variety of services, including case management, employment assistance, housing assistance, mental health services, social services, transportation assistance, income assessment and planning, and support groups. More than 80% of residents successfully move from shelter to safe, affordable housing each year.

“The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County is making a real difference in the community by helping those less fortunate during their time of need,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin.  “As part of our commitment to the communities we serve, AT&T is proud to support the Emergency Lodge Shelter and help those experiencing homelessness in the city.”

The $10,300 AT&T contribution and winter gear donation are part of AT&T’s commitment to give back to the communities it serves through philanthropic contributions, volunteerism and employee engagement.

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