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How does the government shutdown affect The Salvation Army?

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Govt shutdownSince many of you are asking if or how the temporary shutdown of some government services impacts The Salvation Army, here’s a little bit on that from Christin Davis, New Frontier Publications.

On Oct. 1, the federal government shutdown for the first time since 1996. Some effects are clear—over 400 National Park Service sites are closed and “non-excepted” (i.e. non-essential) federal employees are on furlough, but what is the impact on The Salvation Army?

“Most of our programs are not immediately affected because we are operating on grants and contracts from the FY 2012 and FY 2013 national budgets,” said Major Sherry McWhorter, Southern California divisional secretary for social services. “The impacts won’t really be felt until those grants begin expiring, and hopefully there will be Congressional action before then to get funds rolling again.”

Long-term flood relief in Galena, Alaska, for example, continues uninterrupted, according to Major Nila Fankhauser, social services consultant.

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