When St. Charles County distributes $100,000 this spring to six
agencies that serve the county's homeless, the Salvation Army will
not be on the list.
The cut in funds may require the Salvation Army to mount a
special campaign this year to pay for the shelter, food and
clothing it provides the homeless at its shelters in O'Fallon and
Poor communication, misunderstandings and fuzzy procedures
appear to be reasons the Salvation Army was left out of the money.
Earlier this year, the Salvation Army had applied to the St.
Charles County Homeless Board for $42,500 to help pay for its
operation of two shelters, which have 36 beds. The nine-member
board recommends to the County Council how it should allocate its
In that application, the Salvation Army reported that it had
money left over from an allocation last year.
Last month, with two of its members absent, the Homeless Board
voted unanimously to recommend that the Salvation Army's request be
Daniel F. Hite, secretary of the board who was presiding in the
absence of Chairman Tom Cronan, said the main reason for turning
down the Salvation Army's request "was that they had such a balance
left over, around $35,000."
Also, Hite and other members of the board had been expecting
the Salvation Army to submit a detailed accounting of how the
agency had spent previous dollars it had received from the county's
Instead, Hite said, the board received a plain sheet of paper
"with no monetary figures at all, no signatures and only about two
paragraphs about the number of homeless people who had been helped
by funds they got in 1994 and no mention of any dollar amount
Hite said, "What we got was very incomplete. I don't recall
ever receiving anything like it. I thought it was very
Finally, Hite said, the report was late. "We got it on the
night we were voting."
Board Chairman Cronan pointed out that state law requires that
recipients of the Homeless Fund give an annual accounting of how
the money was spent. He said the Salvation Army had failed to
submit such an accounting. He said that the Homeless Board had also
withheld funds from the Salvation Army in April 1993 for the same
Capt. Rock Weindorf, who heads the Salvation Army in St.
Charles County, denied Hite's allegation that the agency's report
was submitted late to the Homeless Board. But Weindorf was
referring to the application for funds submitted at the first of
the year, while Hite and other members of the Homeless Board were
referring to the two-paragraph report. …