The Salvation Army began in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, decided to take his message into the streets to try and reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute. The Salvation Army came to Rochester on May 4, 1884, and in the last 130 years has provided food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.
Today, the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester offers four shelters, three Centers for Worship and Service and an Emergency and Family Services program.
Its shelters are Booth Haven, which serves homeless men; Genesis House, serving homeless youth ages 16-20; Hope House, serving homeless women and their young children; and Safe Haven, which houses chronically homeless men.
The Emergency and Family Services program provides immediate emergency help including food, clothing and prescription assistance to households in crisis. Counseling and case management services offer families support with connections to other agencies when appropriate.
Rochester has three Worship and Service Centers, also known as Corps: Temple, Northwest and the oldest location, Liberty Pole Way, which has been in operation since 1939.
During the summer, the organization’s youth activities support families unable to send their children to summer camps or day care. Offerings include the Kids Adventure program and a weeklong stay at the Empire State Division’s Long Point Camp on Seneca Lake.
The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester’s holiday season officially begins with Project Bundle Up, a program that provides coats for the children of needy families. Community meals are offered at Thanksgiving and a Christmas distribution program provides toys for children and food for a holiday meal. The homeless and those in immediate need are served through its year-round programs and a mobile feeding unit.
The organization is led by Maj. Douglas Hart, the executive director, who oversees 87 employees. Its headquarters are at 70 Liberty Pole Way, and the website is www.rochestersalvationarmy.org.
Financial Record Year ended Sept. 31, 2013
Gifts, grants and donations $1,981,736 38
Government agencies 1,866,436 36
United Way 877,758 17
Gifts in kind 325,577 6
Investment income 158,229 3
Program service fees 23,416 Less than 1
Total revenue $5,233,152 100
Emergency and family services 776,565 15
Fundraising 740,015 14
General and administrative 716,318 14
Booth Haven 653,102 13
Social and spiritual development 606,572 12
Hope House 446,837 8
Genesis House 441,598 8
Safe Haven 399,729 8
Gifts in kind 325,577 6
Seasonal services 107,329 2
Total expenses $5,213,642 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $19,510
Board of Directors
Tim Tindall, chairman
Daisy Rivera Algarin,
immediate past chairman
Tom Mahoney, treasurer
Julie Fowler, secretary
John Lynch Jr.
Richard Mengel, Life Member
James Townsend, emeritus member
Mary Worboys-Turner, emeritus member
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