by Matt Lacy –
The Salvation Army is facing a difficult season, first homosexuals are boycotting giving to the group and now donations in Detroit are so bad the organization is issuing an “urgent plea” for help.
The Salvation Army in Detroit had set a goal of raising over $8.2 million this year to help the needy. To date the organization is over $5 million from reaching its goal.
Major Mark Anderson, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit said, “With 16.8 percent of Michigan residents living in poverty — the highest percentage in four decades — we simply can’t afford to miss making our goal of $8.2 million this year.”
Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan says the Salvation Army is the largest provider of social services in the state, making their fundraising issues that much more alarming.
The Salvation Army is also facing a boycott from “gay” groups who are upset that the organization does not offer same-sex benefits to its employees.
Jennifer Byrd, National Public Relations Director for the Salvation Army said the group helps all of those in need regardless of sexual orientation and they do not ask for proof they are straight as a condition of obtaining service.
“The Salvation Army is open and inclusive to all people. Anyone who comes through our doors will receive help based on their need and our capacity to assist. We serve around 30 million Americans in need each and every year from a variety of backgrounds – we do not pick and choose who we serve based on religion, sexual orientation or any other factor,” Byrd said “This promise to serve goes to the core of our beliefs as laid out in our organizational Mission Statement: ‘The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.’ Any instance of discrimination is in direct opposition to our core beliefs and is against all of our policy.”