Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

April 13, 2013

Salvation Army faces busy season, tight cash

VALDOSTA — Husband-and-wife Salvation Army Capts. Guy and Monica Nickum have busy weeks ahead.

They will be overseeing the move of the organization’s thrift store to a new location on North Ashley Street. She is founding a Women’s Auxiliary.

They do this in addition to the Valdosta Salvation Army’s regular operations of providing a men’s shelter, offering social services, sponsoring scout troops, leading church services, preparing nearly two dozen youngsters for summer camp in a few months, offering the gymnasium/basketball courts to the community, businesses and a team league.

Unfortunately, it’s only April and the local Salvation Army is dipping into its reserve funds, Guy Nickum says, referring to the near depletion already of funds raised during the Christmas kettle drives.

“Christmas is when people see us the most,” he says, “but many people don’t understand what goes on with the Salvation Army year-round.”

As an example, Guy Nickum breaks down the Fiscal Year 2012 numbers.

• Men’s shelter, or the transit lodge, hosted 191 men, providing dinner, breakfast, laundry and shelter at an operational cost of $19 per day per man.

• Social services helped 2,181 people with rent, utilities, etc., at an average cost of $37 per person.

• Youth programs which includes Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and character-building efforts reached 1,646 people at an average cost of $43 per person. The organization is also providing $150 each for 22 selected youth-programs children who will spend a week at summer camp.

Guy Nickum says the Salvation Army has not had to end any of its services but it has had to turn people away in the past when the budget is tight.

“Any time we can’t help, it’s because we don’t have the money to help,” he says, adding the Salvation Army follows strict guidelines to ensure the people receiving help need the help.

“I’m a steward of the community’s money,” Nickum says. “We give a hand up, not a hand out.” So, it’s difficult turning away people who really need help.

In addition to the annual Christmas kettle drives, the Salvation Army receives funding from its thrift store, but these revenues are down because the work to build an overpass on U.S. 84 has had a negative impact on the thrift store’s business, Nickum says.

“The thrift store’s income has dropped because people cannot get in,” he says.

Nickum hopes to see the thrift store’s move to the planned 1015 N. Ashley St. location completed by May.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army continues strengthening its community presence through a ministry that visits neighborhoods near the Troup Street headquarters, and the development of a Women’s Auxiliary.

Monica Nickum is seeking members for the auxiliary. She describes the needed members as being women “with time, talents or treasure” to share with the Salvation Army. The auxiliary would meet regularly once per month.  Members determine projects they would like to develop; these projects do not need to be related to the Salvation Army. The group will also back one or two fundraisers per year.

To learn more about the Valdosta Salvation Army, call (229) 242-6440.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 140415-water003.jpg Sewage problems persist

    Early Tuesday morning, Valdosta became saturated when the area received approximately three inches of rain from 4 a.m. to noon. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 11 manholes throughout the City of Valdosta have spilled 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways, and this number will continue to rise.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • vsuopera1dido.jpg Operatic Conclusion

    When the curtain lowers this weekend on Valdosta State University Opera’s performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” it will not only mark the end of the music group’s season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays

    If I were mayor, I would do all that I possibly can to make the city of Valdosta marvelous, but I cannot do it on my own. Some things in Valdosta I feel it is necessary to focus on would be our literacy rate, unemployment rate, crime history, and our environment.

    April 16, 2014

  • APTOPIX Boston Marath_Stew.jpg Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-valdostaboe001 copy.jpg Valdosta Board of Education reviews finances

    Valdosta City Schools Board of Education celebrated many successes Monday night, discussed budget information and heard an announcement of intent from a hopeful charter school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • dancing with the stars copy.jpg Dancing with Valdosta Stars raises scholarship money

    Valdosta State University Music and Theatre & Dance’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta presented a fine dance show this past weekend.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • N0041120.jpg Passover: A nation reborn

    “And you shall tell your children that on that day the Lord has took you out from the house of bondage.” — The Passover Hagadah

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-DFCS001.jpg Luncheon recognizes DFACS employees

    Dozens of Lowndes County Division of Family and Children Services employees gathered Monday at Olympic Park for a barbecue lunch in recognition of their hard work.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-Sewage002.jpg Fla. calls for Valdosta boycott

    Florida residents are calling for a boycott of Valdosta regarding the sewage spills, with areas affected downstream increasingly distressed over the millions of gallons that have polluted the waters of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee River Basin during the last several years.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • police-lights-backgrounds-for-powerpoint.jpg ‘Dangerous’ fugitive caught

    A fugitive from Ohio wanted for attempted murder and a number of assault and robbery charges was captured by Valdosta police Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

Top News
Poll

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results