Is the Salvation Army really helping people?

Behavior synonymous with cultism, disguised as global retail business.


February 12, 2015

Fresno, CA – Ever gone into a thrift store looking for something eclectic, or to get a cheap tie, or just because everything is cheap? I’m no stranger to this. I pull my cheap thrift store pants on one leg at a time, too.

I’m about to explain why you should refrain from shopping at Salvation Army stores, or a few others that disguise the real reason all those pieces of glassware, and trinkets are just so unimaginably inexpensive. 1) All the items they procure are free! 2) All the shipping, packing, labeling, and everything else that people normally get paid for… Yep. Basically free!

I’m sure by now you’re skeptical and thinking, what are you saying? I’m going to focus on one entity, one I’m familiar with, The Salvation Army. This company employs people yes, however, the amount of people they have employed at their warehouses, as opposed to their stores, is a little deceiving.

Basically the idea is this: everyone working in the warehouse is under the in-patient treatment facility or rehab. Everyone working in the actual retail facilities are usually hired workers. Which is about 1/5th.

Every single tax paying individual is paying for this plight. The Salvation Army uses court proceedings to snatch up low-level drug offenders from the penal system and use them for their game, instead of the rehabilitation they would’ve otherwise gotten from the state, or even from a support group of their own liking. They are contracting with the court system to keep these offenders as a ward of the state, only in their care, under their guidelines.


Your tax dollars, making a corporation work.

This information is not secret.  I found 10 Adult Rehabilitation Centers in California alone. Each one contracts with local judicial systems to take non-violent drug offenders in, as an alternative to jail. In a judicial system that is bent on making money of off drug users this sounds like a great alternative.

The problem is that we taxpayers foot the bill for that, and when these offenders are admitted, they are immediately placed on food assistance, we pay for that as well. The fact is that people are voting for reform on laws. Proposition 47 passed by California voters last fall, which effectively stops the imprisonment of low level offenders. That makes me wonder how this business model will work for The Salvation Army?

The bigger picture?

The entire beef with this system’s structure is not the help it’s providing for people with who need help getting off of the streets, or need counseling for drug or alcohol abuse. Those are very noble causes indeed. However, in a scenario in which a homeless drunk comes in, trying to get off the street, seeking help from this entity, if he tests positive for marijuana, or anything else, he is turned away.

While their slogan suggests that they are “Doing The Most Good,” it’s my opinion that when a person needs help, you should help them. Whether you’re getting paid by the state or not is irrelevant, yet that’s your business model?

So let’s recap, unless you’re court ordered to be in the program, or sober already, you are not allowed into the rehabilitation center. Making it a revolving door for drug offenders that don’t really want to quit using. They are just going through the motions (part of which consists of filling the stores with the merchandise that you donate!) until they are either kicked out and have to go back through the penal system, or they graduate the program. It has “a pretty low success rate,” here in California according to Kayo Loveless, Director at ARC in Fresno, CA.

Ending the war on drugs

With people everywhere realizing that we should not be profiting off of low-level drug offenders, many of which are usually poverty stricken individuals already. Our state and our country do not need to incur any unnecessary debt. At this point in time, it is ultimately is all of our debt.

This company, and others like it, use “making a difference” as a ruse for obtaining taxpayer money in order to make their business model perform for them. A practice like this is basically a new form of legal slavery for any individual that they claim they can help. The counseling and classes are taught strictly by volunteers, and all of them use a religious guise to keep up the “Doing The Most Good” angle.

It’s time to step aside and stop supporting these organizations that are operating solely for the sake of profit, yet they’ve cleverly disguised it as a desire to help others.


Photo: "Fort Lewis Military Museum - lobby 02" by Joe Mabel.

Photo: “Fort Lewis Military Museum – lobby 02” by Joe Mabel.