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Salvation Army in Pensacola in financial crisis
The Salvation Army is dealing with what they are calling a financial crisis.
Over the last year and a half they've given out far more in services than they've received in donations.
The shelves at the Salvation Army are pretty bare. After the recent flooding, a lot of their funding was depleted.
When you ask what exactly does the Salvation Army does, it's tough to list everything. One big thing is they provide emergency assistance and help folks with their bills, but that's not all.
"We provide after school care, homeless shelter and a thrift store."
The Salvation Army says the need continues to go up but the grants and donations have gone down. In the past 18 months they've lost $66,000 in funding due to cuts and the flooding didn't help either. It cost them around $200,000 to make sure people had the basics.
Now- if their financial situation doesn't change soon, it will impact the amount of people they can help.
"We are just looking for a miracle."
The donations they receive help people like Roger Smith. He hasn't been able to work since he was injured in a motorcycle accident. So he came here for help with his bills.
"I haven't been able to take care of my rent or electric bill, and I have been out of work. I have two daughters and a wife at home, so I came up here and they will help out on paying my bills," said Roger Smith.
The Salvation Army currently has 1,300 applications waiting to be approved but to do that-they need the money to make it happen. Smith says seeing them cut services will be a huge loss for the community.
"It's great for the community, you have a lot of hard-working citizens trying to make their way in the world. Unfortunate incidents happen, they always try to stand in for the next man if they can."
How can you help? You can always drop off any items at the thrift store or drop off a cash donation here at their main office.