(St. Joseph,MO) After weeks of evaluation the United Way has decided to reduce their annual contribution to the Salvation Army by over $60,000.
On Monday representatives from the Salvation Army met with the United Way Board of Directors to discuss future funding.
"This was a step in a process that's been going on for several months to help develop a recommendation for funding for the Salvation Army going forward," United Way President Kylee Strough said.
The Salvation Army received $106,356 in 2018 from the United Way and will be allocated $41,950 for 2019. Strough said the board has been working with the Salvation Army to gain a more information on the future of the emergency shelter and the finances of the organization.
"The board did elect to fund the Salvation Army at an amount that helps them through their transition plan through next year," Strough said.
The United Way will contribute $21,950 to help support emergency assistance programs.
"We are helping to fund with that is their emergency assistance programming that they have always done, those are the programs you see like Christmas and the Back-to-School drive and utilities assistance and their food pantry and their clothing vouchers,"Strough said.
Strough said the board decided to scale back funding for emergency housing to $20,000 in 2019 while the Booth Center is under construction.
"Twenty-thousand dollars a year is what's set up for 2019 to help underwrite some of the costs associated with the four apartment units that they have families currently living in and will continue to have homeless families live in over the course of the next several months,"Strough said.
The United Way also allocated a $11,666 stipend for the remained of 2018. The stipend will help the Salvation Army cover the costs associated with housing four homeless families in apartments since June.
Strough said the United Way will continue helping the Salvation Army fund for local programs and the board will reevaluate the yearly allocations after the completion of the renovations at the Booth Center. Local officials at the Salvation Army refused to comment on the reduction of funding from the United Way.
The remaining funds that were previously put on hold for the Booth Center will be returned to the United Way Community Investment Fund to provide grants for other non-profit organizations in the community.