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This Homeless Woman Explained Why People Should Stop Donating To The Salvation Army
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Social Issues3 years ago

This Homeless Woman Explained Why People Should Stop Donating To The Salvation Army

According to their 2017 financial report, The Salvation Army–USA received over $2 billion from direct public support that year. Heather Snow, a homeless woman who had been living in one of their facilities, however, said nobody should donate a single penny to them ever again. She shared an emotional twitter rant about the ‘abusive’ experience she and other women were having in one of Salvation Army’s centers in Portland, saying the sole purpose of the organization is to make a profit (in 2017, it reported a surplus of $622M). The thread ignited a discussion where others responded that one rotten apple doesn’t mean the entire tree is bad. Scroll down to read the debate and leave your opinion in the comments!

She also posted this picture of locks on the fridges

Salvation Army responded to her thread

Image credits: SalvationArmyUS

Image credits: TehRedCoat

The 30-day exclusion Heather has received for “disrespecting” the staff and Salvation Army programs

Some people said they’ve experienced something similar

While others defended the organization

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TheKnightOwl
Community Member
3 years ago

As a sister if a captain of the Salvation Army, I can tell you exactly where their money goes. As a captain, my sister is given a home, rent free, fully furnished. If she dislikes the curtains, carpet, kitchen table, whatever, she has it replaced by them free of charge. That goes for all captains. That is where your money is going. I gave up donating to them a long time ago, and instead donate to a charity that provides books and clothes to school children.

birdhouse
Community Member
3 years ago

I had no idea. This is crazy.

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 years ago

Had some furniture my boys had outgrown still in very good condition. I called the S A to donate it thinking it would be given to a needy family. Two scruffy men in a S A truck arrive and refuse to accept it because it was only pine timber and quote " we don't get a good price for pine furniture". i found a nearby church in the phone book and they were glad to accept it for a needy parishioner.

Flash Henry
Community Member
3 years ago

Had the same experience with a wardrobe I was trying to donate. It had a tiny water stain ON THE BACK and so the SA wouldn't take it.

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
3 years ago

As in every institution there will be people working for the Salvation Army who really shouldn't be allowed to even enter the premisses. And they should be fired or re-educated. Denying that this problem exists doesn't serve the Salvation Army. I'm sure that the Salvation Army has people who really want to help people in need and I'm sure it's the majority of their employees. So why not investigate the accusations and take appropriate action? Throwing the woman out makes the Salvation Army look suspicious and untrustworthy.

Chris Oakley
Community Member
3 years ago

And stupid.

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TheKnightOwl
Community Member
3 years ago

As a sister if a captain of the Salvation Army, I can tell you exactly where their money goes. As a captain, my sister is given a home, rent free, fully furnished. If she dislikes the curtains, carpet, kitchen table, whatever, she has it replaced by them free of charge. That goes for all captains. That is where your money is going. I gave up donating to them a long time ago, and instead donate to a charity that provides books and clothes to school children.

birdhouse
Community Member
3 years ago

I had no idea. This is crazy.

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 years ago

Had some furniture my boys had outgrown still in very good condition. I called the S A to donate it thinking it would be given to a needy family. Two scruffy men in a S A truck arrive and refuse to accept it because it was only pine timber and quote " we don't get a good price for pine furniture". i found a nearby church in the phone book and they were glad to accept it for a needy parishioner.

Flash Henry
Community Member
3 years ago

Had the same experience with a wardrobe I was trying to donate. It had a tiny water stain ON THE BACK and so the SA wouldn't take it.

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
3 years ago

As in every institution there will be people working for the Salvation Army who really shouldn't be allowed to even enter the premisses. And they should be fired or re-educated. Denying that this problem exists doesn't serve the Salvation Army. I'm sure that the Salvation Army has people who really want to help people in need and I'm sure it's the majority of their employees. So why not investigate the accusations and take appropriate action? Throwing the woman out makes the Salvation Army look suspicious and untrustworthy.

Chris Oakley
Community Member
3 years ago

And stupid.

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