Hundreds of people converged on the Salvation Army’s downtown Canton, Ohio, citadel for the 2009 Homeless Standdown. Aimed at helping people who are dealing with homelessness, the free event offered information from more than 40 nonprofit and government agencies, medical screenings, and food.
As her newborn snuggled and slept, Bridget Johnson stood patiently in line, hoping she would find some information to make life better for her daughter and herself. The 22-year-old was one of hundreds who visited 2009 Standdown for the Homeless on Thursday at the Salvation Army.
“We hope it brings awareness to the homeless problem,” said Salvation Army Maj. Susan Hinzman, who runs the citadel with her husband, Maj.Thomas Hinzman. “We also hope it helps homeless people who need services to find what they need.”