LONDON, ON, May 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army is aware of the concerns of some members of the London community regarding the closure of The Salvation Army Bethesda Centre on May 31, 2012.
The continuance of the existing operating model at The Salvation Army Bethesda Centre is not sustainable. The Salvation Army believes that closing the program is the best and most effective use of resources in response to social service needs in an ever-changing community, unless the $1.5M needed can be raised by May 31, 2012. This additional funding would allow The Salvation Army to explore alternative programming and funding models. If the $1.5M financial goal is not achieved in full by the end of May 31, 2012, anyone who donated through either online at salvationarmy.ca/savebethesda or through a local Salvation Army unit will have the option to receive a full refund.
"The Salvation Army in Canada was established in 1882 in London, Ontario, and throughout the 130 year history the organization has continually evolved in response to community need. The Salvation Army is committed to the marginalized of our community and is dedicated to working with government and external partners as together we seek to eliminate community social issues," says Lt.-Colonel Lee Graves, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Ontario Great Lakes Division.
Finally, contrary to some media reports, no decision has been made regarding the future use of The Salvation Army Bethesda Centre property.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
For further information:
Major Pat Phinney, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development