Faith stimulus announced

Salvation Army Central Territory helps newly unemployed.

Under an initiative entitled “Faith Stimulus,” The Salvation Army Central Territory—made up of 11 states in the Midwest U.S.—will distribute a total of $3.6 million to assist newly unemployed persons throughout the Midwest.

The money will be used exclusively for families and individuals who are in crisis as a result of unemployment occurring after Oct. 1, 2008.
$1.3 million in funding will come from community donations across the Midwest.
$2.3 million of the funds will come from The Salvation Army’s Central Territorial Headquarters.
148 Salvation Army locations in the Midwest will receive grants averaging just over $25,000.
41 locations will each receive a total of $18,000.
107 locations will each receive a total of $27,000.

Central Territorial Commander Commissioner Barry Swanson noted that the Army moved with unprecedented speed to access immediate grant money. Grants of $12,000 or $18,000 were made available, but to receive the money, half of the requested amount had to be matched by community donations. This two-for-one match allowed communities raising $9,000 eligible for matching funds of $18,000, giving their local Salvation Army a total of $27,000.

Thanking those who made this possible, Swanson said: “The generosity of individuals, community organizations and churches has been remarkable. In communities throughout the Midwest, The Salvation Army quickly raised just over $1.3 million. In these difficult times people are digging deeply to help those around them. We are deeply blessed and gratified by this support.”

Maintaining the commitment to “Doing the Most Good,” the Central Territory has also taken steps to ensure that all funds are used wisely during the global recession. These steps include hiring freezes, cutbacks on spending to replace outdated computer equipment and a drastic reduction in employee travel.

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