The Salvation Army USAdonations spent on officers, not the needy

S Nov 01, 2018

The Salvation Army / donations spent on officers, not the needy

1 Roanoke, VA, United States Review updated: May 23, 2017
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Salvation Army, Roanoke:

Salvation Army officers lie about helping others, help only themselves. Here is how:
Corps Officer base salary, free house to live in, free vehicles including all
gas and maintenance, for him and his wife, all Federal, State, and Social
Security taxes paid, all utilities paid, free laptop for each of them, many
meals paid for him and his family, free college tuition for his children at any
university in the country, top of the line cell phone, free medical insurance
for his family, an allowance for each child he has, all life insurance and
retirement paid for. A $ 30, 000 base salary quickly turns into $ 120, 000!
Roanoke also has an Assistant Corps Officer, and he makes about half that
number. All of this is paid for by Roanoke donors.
The Salvation Army claims that 88% of all donations stay local.
However, a very small portion of that actually goes to help people of the
Roanoke Valley. The division that covers Roanoke includes over 30 local Corps.
Multiply the above dollar amounts by 30, and you will see that the largest
portion of donations goes to take care of the officers and their families, not
the needy. This division has about 12 officers at its headquarters in
Washington, DC. They make more than local officers. There are over 40
Salvation Army divisions in the United States. For most of the time that I was
at the Roanoke Salvation Army, most of the people who came to us for help were
turned away and told that "no funds were available." It is not hard to
understand why. And they got rid of me to save money. Increased giving means
more money for the officers to use for themselves. Also, for the five Christmas
seasons I spent at The Salvation Army, all Christmas Kettle donations went to
division headquarters in Washington, DC, none of them stayed in Roanoke. That was around one
million dollars for the five years. Part of it went to pay for extravagant
Christmas parties for all Virginia officers and their families. They all spent
one week at The Kingsmill in Williamsburg. Donating to The Salvation Army is a
bad idea. The officers are ###. The Salvation Army motto is "Doing the Most Good." It should read
"Doing the Most Good for the Officers." This is only the tip of the iceberg. There is much more. Please feel free to
share this information with others. Thanks.
It is still happening now in 2018 but it is even worse because they are not getting the big donations they used to receive so they are shifting the proceeds to salvationist workers in their administrations offices, many of which are either relatives (sons and daughters or members of their congregations) who virtually have no real education or experience in high ranking positions and "reorganizing" their departments to lay off non salvationist workers who actually do have the expertise. And the horrific thing is many of them have been loyal to the company for 20, 30 years. In the eastern area they even had a salvationist prayer meeting at their camp (it is shown on their facebook page for greater new york saying how "We Sheild Our Family" Yes their own who follow this religion.
And yes it is very apparant now that the donations from normal citizens who think they give 90% to the poor are being mislead because stastically they put down the church ministries as part of the money going to the poor. VERY MISLEADING. In essence many donations the average person or organization give thinking it is for charity is IN REALITY supporting their religion. Their message disclaimer about being a christian organization there to give to all according to christ indiscriminitaley has left out their founder's William Booths full philosophy which is documented in any books about him that his mission was to convert all to Christ, But one cannot preach and reach any one who is sick hungary or homeless. So even in their giving there is an ultimate secretive objective: conversion.
I have worked with them for many years and was naive to think that the support of the officers immense and expensive houses, their very expensive cars their own insurance policies which are much much better and more inclusive than any of the non-religious employees came from the support of their church members which I had been led to believe tithed. It was hard to be sure until the donations started to dwindle then it became apparent who had been chosen to sacrifice not the officers or the god fearing salvationist congregation but their devoted employees and services to those in need. They will claim that had to reduce staff and services due to lack of donation money but we all know now that it is being diverted to the upkeep of their churches and no and absoulutely noo sacrifices have been made by them. I believe there is lying on the annual reports to show that the donations are going to their programs and services because upon reviewing many of them it seems evident that they consider their church as part of those programs that unsuspecting donors are supporting.

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