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NON-PROFIT REPORT: The Salvation Army

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   
Revenue    %
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

Expenses    %
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
Bruce Anderson
Chuck Armbruster
Michael Chabalik
Louis D’Amato
Thomas DeMott
Geoffrey Feltner
Julio Jordan
LeGrand Kirk
John Lynch Jr.
Tom Martin
Richard Mengel, Life Member
Christopher Passero
Anne Salem
David Skiff
Erin Smith
Joe Starks
James Townsend, emeritus member
Jonathan Trost
Mark Wishman
Mary Worboys-Turner, emeritus member

2/20/15 (c) 2015 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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