Salvation Army faces budget cuts
Miranda Vander Leest
The Salvation Army in Superior is facing budget cuts unless they can raise more money to pay for their community programs
The main source of The Salvation Army’s income is through donations. Unlike the Christmas Red Kettle Drive, things dry up in the summer causing a strain on the organization’s finances. The organization is facing nearly an $86,000 deficit between their social and food shelf services. Salvation Army Chairman John Munson said with the economy still tough especially for low-income people, more are taking advantage of their services. In May, it was more than 6200 individuals and family, an increase of 25 percent over last year.
“We are behind where we wanted to be this time of the year. On the other hand, we are servicing to quite a few more people than we have in the past, so with those two things together you can end up with a deficit pretty quickly.”
Munson said one of the reasons for the dramatic increase could be better record keeping of people seeking help.
The charity is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Maj. David Clark said it’s expected that every Salvation Army be self-supporting, however, he’s concerned for his organization’s future if they’re not able to become financially stable.
“If you have several years of losses in a row then you do have to cut programs.”
That could include rental and heating assistance.
Statistically, Clark said the organization is meeting real needs, but needs the community’s help.