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THE SALVATION ARMY
North & South Carolina Division
2017 Impact Report

A female volunteer with The Salvation Army at Christmas smiling with a young child

Dear Friends,

In 1865, General William Booth brought the fight for good to the dark streets of Victorian London, England. He believed that ordinary people could come together and fight for the physical and spiritual welfare of the city’s poor. Today, General Booth’s fight for good continues in more than 120 countries worldwide.

In the Carolinas, The Salvation Army fights against poverty and homelessness. Feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, empowering our youth, and offering assistance that keeps families in their homes are the frontlines of our fight. Your support over the past year has made the lives of those in need a little easier. It has given them hope.

In this annual report, you will read how The Salvation Army is a refuge for people in their times of need. Thanks to your support and prayers, we are always ready to provide relief for their physical, financial and spiritual needs, and to bring hope and salvation through Jesus Christ.

Thank you for partnering with us in a fight that has lasted for more than 130 years in the Carolinas. You help provide relief for your community. You provide your neighbors in need with a tangible expression of God’s love. You fight for good.

God bless you,

Lt. Colonels W. Edward and M. Kathryn Hobgood

Traci's Story

The only thing that Traci knew for sure was that she had to leave. There were no other options. She quickly packed up her belongings, got in her car, and drove away, leaving behind her home, her dogs, and her abusive relationship.

“I’m just broken. My life feels broken, but I know it will get back together again. I want it to. But I thought I was doing the right thing before by leaving an abusive situation. And that is when everything fell apart for me.”

Traci was fortunate enough to be able to continue working and this gave her a sense of normalcy. Trying to survive on her own, though, was a major adjustment. Despite her best efforts, she soon realized her salary wasn’t enough to cover her rent and Traci became homeless. She lived in her car, sleeping in the parking lot of a local department store.

“But I kept up with my job. I just got up and went to work every day. Went to bed when dark came. Got myself up and got myself ready at the hospital. I would go into one of the bathrooms, lock myself in and get myself dressed. I had all my belongings in the car; clothes, scrubs, hygiene stuff, and I would just get myself ready for work. I would just walk out of the hospital like a normal person.”

Traci was determined and resourceful. She tried to make the best of the situation she found herself in. Each obstacle was a problem that could be solved. So, when paying for much needed car repairs left no money for food, she arrived on the steps of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army was able to help her find a room to rent, and helped with food and clothing whenever they were needed.

“I just want to be normal and The Salvation Army helps you to be normal, to feel normal. The talks that they give you.The prayers that they give you when needed. All that really helped. I just thank God for The Salvation Army because where would I be without them? Where would I be?”

Tracy doesn’t have a home to call her own yet. She continues to work hard, determined to save as much as possible. She regularly stops into The Salvation Army for prayer with her caseworker which inspires her to keep going.

“Now I know what it’s like for people that are homeless, people that are without. We’re people, loving people. We just need a little helping hand sometimes.”

Friendly man volunteering for The Salvation Army Emergency and Disaster Response efforts

Services

Serving North and South Carolina since 1887

234,601

persons served

1,632,678

Meals Provided

370,520

Clothing Orders

179,364

Grocery Orders

59,930

Energy Assistance Orders

342,704

Nights of Shelter

A male volunteer with The Salvation Army smiles with a young girl in the aftermath of a disaster.

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, is one of the world’s largest and oldest providers of social services. Each year in the United States, your donations enable The Salvation Army to serve nearly 30 million people in need.

Revenue & Expenses

Revenue

$118,624,179

Expense

$119,790,584


Supported in part by the United Way

Help Us Continue to Make an Impact

Thanks for your generous support over the past year. When you contribute to The Salvation Army, you make a lasting difference in the community. You are helping men, women, and children find hope through the Christ-centered services they receive.

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African American man standing by bed at The Salvation Army Shelter and smiling