If the state of Connecticut Chapter is any example, the the Salvation Army is getting out of human services.
More specifically, the Adult Day Care Center
in Middletown, CT has closed it's doors.
The reason? Reputedly, according to Hartford District Headquarters, it's because the Connecticut Chapter of what is arguably one of the richest non-profit organizations in the USA, there wasn't enough money to continue running a non-profit day center for the frail elderly.
The Hartford Courant wrote a "soft" story about the Center closing
What they fail to report is that the Salvaion Army's headquarters neglected to do any on-site inspections to see what services were being provided. The organization that is arguably one of the wealthiest chartieis in the nation shut down the doors on a well run, though understaffed, program that provided caring and attentive service to elders with Alzheimers' and mental retardation.
The "Mother Church" in Hartford, put in charge an individual with no clinical expertise working with the elderly then failed or completely neglected to do any adequate promotions to bring more clients into the program.
It was line staff who made the effort to find placement for the clients in the program, not the Mother Church nor to putative head of the program [Captain Faith Miller, ironic name, eh?] .
Once the announcement was made to close the program, the "Captain" of the Middletown office promptly took two weeks vacation while memoing the line staff that if they were going to be out sick they should call her on her cell phone. She never once came in to assist the staff with their clients, even though people had
called in sick.
Now that the program is closed, Captain Miller has issued a new edict on what is required if poor people are seeking assistance for Christmas this year... but they have only until this Friday to apply.
I suppose her next task will be to line up people to man the famous caudrons to ring begging for money for the beleagured Salvation Army chapter in Middletown.
The Mother Church should be ashamed but I suspect they are, at best indifferent to the suffering they caused.