Local Salvation Army closes due to lack of support

According to Amy Cline, the divisional development director for the Salvation Army, the local Salvation Army, located on Ala 132 in Oneonta, closed March 31 due to lack of support from the general public.

“For many years we’ve assisted Blount County with disaster services, food pantries, clothes for fire victims, and utility support, but we’ve had to cease operation,” Cline said.

Local employees contacted declined to comment.

According to Cline, the Salvation Army has helped 31 million people through outreach, and the non-profit organization is part of the Universal Christian Church.

“Our mission statement is to be an international movement, and its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” she said.

The Salvation Army has completely moved out of the building on Ala 132, Cline said, however if sufficient funds become available, it is possible for the situation to be re-examined. Blount County has no other Salvation Army location.