17 Apr 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
SALVATION Army is serving more clients than its budget can afford, ministry leader Wayne Gillespie said.
He noted that while the number of clients has gone up, the organization’s budget has not seen a corresponding increase.
“We got a 30 percent increase of clients, most of them are manamko’ this year,” he said. He did not elaborate but he said each month, their soup kitchen has been feeding 3,000 people every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
For their mobile ministry, he said they deliver meals to homeless people in Chalan Kanoa every Saturday and Sunday.
He said they also serve 150 low-income people at the Koblerville Youth Center.
Gillespie thanked the businesses that continue to support the Salvation Army. These include Bridge Capital, McDonald’s Saipan, Joint Marketing, D&Q International Distributor, he added.
He said the Salvation Army is also getting support from the CNMI government and the Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research Extension and Educational Services.
“We have regular sponsors who have supported our programs for years,” he said. “These companies are willing to work with us even in awful circumstances.”
Recently, he said Hyatt Regency Saipan selected the Salvation Army as one of the beneficiaries of the hotel’s fundraising golf tournament.
“We are very thankful for the generosity of these companies,” he said, as he also expressed his appreciation to Saipan Shipping Company, Saipan Stevedore Company, Bank of Hawaii and other businesses that provide regular assistance.
“We still not have enough money but we need to continue helping people,” he added.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103727-salvation-army-says-number-of-clients-increasing