On Tuesday June 23, Mayor Greg Ballard dropped by unannounced at The Salvation Army’s Headquarters. Knowing that joblessness and homelessness are on the rise, he wanted to get some first hand information from those who are serving families in need.
Salvation Army leaders happened to be meeting upstairs, and they quickly took a break when they heard the Mayor was there. “I’ve served at Salvation Army headquarters around the Midwest for 25 years and this is the first time a mayor has just stopped by to see how we are doing,” said Major Richard Amick, Indiana Divisional Commander. Mayor Ballard has been a strong supporter of The Salvation Army since he took office in January, 2008.
The Mayor said The Salvation Army is definitely addressing the biggest issues in Marion County. “The two leading causes of homicide in our city are drugs and domestic violence,” said Mayor Ballard. The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light program serves those dealing with addictions and the Shelter for Women and Children is serving those fleeing domestic violence. These two programs are the largest Salvation Army programs in the city.
In general, Salvation Army social service programs have seen a 13% increase in request for assistance from June of last year. Despite the increase, The Salvation Army is continuing to meet needs in Marion County but resources are limited.
You can help The Salvation Army continue to meet needs in Marion County. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by visiting our Donate page. If you would like to volunteer, please visit our Get Involved page.