Head Pastor Of NJ Salvation Army Citadel Walks 26 Miles To Bring Attention To Homelessness Amid COVID

Kristie Keleshian
August 08, 2020 - 4:27 pm
Major Brett DeMichael

Montclair Salvation Army Citadel/Facebook


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The commanding officer of an Essex County Salvation Army citadel walked 26 miles Saturday to raise awareness of homelessness in New Jersey amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Major Brett DeMichael, from the Montclair Citadel, planned a route through Montclair and Glen Ridge to bring attention to homelessness in the relatively affluent area.

“It may not look it, particularly in this neighborhood we’re walking through right now, but the reality is that there is homelessness, there’s hunger, and we see it every day,” DeMichael said. “We know that the need is here to serve the population. That’s what the Salvation Army is and that’s what we do.”

DeMichael said at his location there are 50 to 60 people that come in for lunch every day and that families in need always come in to pick up groceries. He said the capacity of the site’s shelter is 26 and that there’s always a waiting list.

“The idea of ‘who would walk 26 miles, that’s a crazy idea,’ and it gives me the chance to say why I would do it. To bring awareness and to hopefully raise some funds for the ongoing work of the Salvation Army in our community,” DeMichael said.

He said just a couple thousand dollars in overall donations could help the Montclair citadel.