Female Volunteer posing for the camera and smiling at The Salvation Army Christmas Warehouse

THE SALVATION ARMY
Asheville-Buncombe County
2017 Impact Report

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,

The Salvation Army of Asheville-Buncombe County

Female volunteering for The Salvation Army feeding program.

Terri's Story

When she was just fifteen, Terri escaped from a violently abusive household. Because of her pain and trauma, she became addicted to drugs and found herself living in her car in an abandoned lot when an officer from The Salvation Army found her.

“He saw me a couple of times. He didn’t know at first that I was living there. And, so, when he saw me the second or third time, he walked over to me and asked me what I was doing in there and I told him I lived there. Then he said, ‘Oh’ and left but then he came back ten minutes later with a hamburger -- which was the best hamburger I had ever had! And then he said, ‘If I found you a place to live would you be willing to?’”

Terri was scared and alone. Still, she was reluctant. Her experience with men had taught her that they could not be trusted but she also knew she couldn’t survive on the streets much longer. When the officer returned later, this time with his wife, Terri understood that they simply wanted to help.

The officers brought Terri to the local Family Store and provided her with clothing. They helped her find a place to live and even provided her with employment.

“They said ‘the only thing you have to do is to promise us that you’ll stay in school;’ which I did. They helped me the whole way.”

In order to protect her from her abusive home and to give her the support she needed to succeed, The Salvation Army fought for legal guardianship of Terri. Terri was able to complete high school and even received a college degree in education. She continued to volunteer at The Salvation Army while working as a teacher. There, she met another volunteer - a wonderful, caring man who would eventually become her husband.

After getting married, Terri and her husband wanted to start a family. They struggled and experienced the pain of multiple unsuccessful pregnancies. Later, Terri would discover that the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather had robbed her of the ability to have a child of her own. The Salvation Army was there, providing spiritual comfort and support during these difficult years.

The couple started the long process of adoption and were told that they could expect to wait more than two years before being matched with a child. But God had other plans. Just two weeks later, they received a phone call indicating that they were the new parents of a beautiful newborn daughter.

“And after we were accepted, they told us it would be a minimum of two years. Not with God. Two weeks. They called us in two weeks and said if we wanted her, we had a baby girl in Fort Worth, Texas.”

The Salvation Army has been much more than just an organization with Terri and her family. They rescued her. They introduced her to a God that had a plan for her life. They were her family when she had no one else she could rely on.

“The Salvation Army means to me love, protection, family, hope, and life.”

Advisory Board Members

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to every Advisory Board member. Thank you for bringing your passion, intellect, insight, experience, and resources to The Salvation Army. Your service and leadership are essential in changing the lives of people in our communities.

  • Phil Kelley
    • Chairman
  • Rick Devereaux
    • Vice Chairman
  • William Griffin, III
    • Treasurer
  • Laura Laughter
    • Secretary
  • Donals Bishop
  • Bruce Burns
  • Pat Carver
  • Gayle Collins
  • Sally Duyck
  • John Ellis
  • Gaia Goldman
  • Ted Hill
  • Mike Hunsucker
  • Laura Ingle
  • Roger James
  • Thomas E. Nash Jr.
  • Marilyn E. Nason
  • William Tepper
  • John K. White Jr.
  • Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council
  • William Tepper
    • Chairman
  • Dema Badr
  • Joanne Badr
  • Cortina Caldwell
  • Denise Cargile
  • Mike Cortes
  • Brian Guengerich
  • Lauren McDevitt
  • Jordan Ogle
  • Carla Reece
  • Patricia Rosenberg
  • Charlie Schieren
  • John Toth
  • Stuart Weidie
  • David Wilhelm

Services

Serving Buncombe County since 1890.

22,560

Persons Served

95,286

Meals Provided

8,348

Clothing Orders

829

Boys & Girls Club Youth Served

2,528

Grocery Orders

31,681

Nights of Shelter

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

Expenses

$3,543,734

Revenue

$3,554,914


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.

You can help us continue to make an impact through the actions below.

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