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Big Changes Coming To Nashville Salvation Army

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By Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Salvation Army announced Monday it will end one of its longest running programs, starting a new one, and making some changes to how it receives donations.

The Adult Rehabilitation Center Program will be ending. Officials said the program has been crippled since the 2010 flood and has been struggling financially.

In its place, a new program called Operation Bootstraps will be beginning. It will focus on helping homeless men move from crisis situations to a more stable life.

Also, the Salvation Army will no longer be operating Family Thrift Stores, or make clothing and furniture pickups.

Area Commander Lt. Col. Charles White said it was a tough decision, but it makes good financial sense.

"For more than 10 years the Salvation Army Adult Rehab Program has not been able to generate enough income to cover the costs of operation," said White. "We would not be good stewards of donations if we kept it going.

However, some people who shop at the one remaining Family Store on Nolensville Pike were disappointed to hear the news.

"It's a big loss because we do a lot of shopping here," said customer Herman Henderson. "We find things we need. It's convenient, and a big asset to the community."

The Family Store will close June 1. Truck pickups will end May 24.

The new Operation Bootstraps program will start June 18.

Email: eluxen@newschannel5.com

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