Salvation Army Fills Congress In: Detailed Report Submitted Even Though It Wasn't Asked For

By Witham, Larry | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), May 30, 1999 | Go to article overview

Salvation Army Fills Congress In: Detailed Report Submitted Even Though It Wasn't Asked For


Witham, Larry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


The Salvation Army marched to Capitol Hill last week to show lawmakers what the nation's largest charity does, bringing with it a 135-year history of religious work that touches even on today's wel-fare-reform debate.

"We believe there is a value-added factor to the faith-based approach in serving people," Commissioner Robert A. Watson said at a first "Annual Report to Congress" luncheon Wednesday.

The head of the U.S. branch of the Salvation Army said that laws must keep social services accountable, but also give religious ministries a "level playing field" with secular services in bids for government funding.

He urged that "restrictions not be placed on government funding which would change the mission and philosophy of faith-based organizations."

Only 15 percent of the Salvation Army's annual operating budget of about $2 billion comes from the government. That portion can be 60 percent or more for other large agencies such as Care or Catholic Charities.

The Salvation Army, according to Forbes magazine, also is the nation's most efficient charity - 86 cents of every dollar goes to the needy.

With size and efficiency, it has become a significant voice in the welfare-to-work debate in the United States. So significant, in fact, that Vice President Al Gore spoke at a Salvation Army service center in Atlanta last week to set a tone for his pursuit of the presidency in 2000.

In its report to lawmakers - a ceremonial act urged on the charity by its 40-member board of ministers and CEOs - the organization said its 9,000 service centers and nearly 2 million officers, cadets, staff, members and volunteers ministered to 32 million people in 1998.

Founded as an evangelistic organization to reach the downtrodden in industrial England, the charity still sees religious conversions as a central mission.

Yet it does not make religious acceptance a requirement to receive help. Of the 32 million people it had contact with, for example, only from 100,000 to 200,000 might make a "decision for Christ."

In 1996, the welfare-reform legislation included a "charitable choice" clause that said faith-based welfare services could use government funds without having to dilute their spiritual work. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Salvation Army Fills Congress In: Detailed Report Submitted Even Though It Wasn't Asked For
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.