MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - In reaction to a recent report on homelessness, the Marietta Community Foundation donated around $2,000 to the Salvation Army of Marietta.
A difference was quickly made. The Marietta Salvation Army has been busy this year. Despite having a larger budget, their funding for the “Sleep Safe Program” ran out earlier this year.
“We are much busier this year than last year. And so the money dried up pretty quickly. Between October and mid-January we house 67 people in a local hotel,” said Lieutenant Megan Moretz.
This past weekend alone, Marietta Salvation Army officers were able to put eleven men up in hotel rooms for the weekend, out of the cold.
That’s more than half of the people the Sleep Safe Program served last year, in one weekend.
"It feels great to be able to see a need in the community and be able to respond quickly and that's what I value most about the foundation," said Heather Allender.
On top of the hotel stay, the homeless served this past weekend were given a few meals to eat by the Salvation Army.