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ONLY ON 3: Women say others are prostituting themselves to stay in Salvation Army shelter

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Salvation Army's mission is to help people in crisis, but two women say that's not the case in Wilmington. The Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Wilmington provides a roof over the head of homeless people at a weekly price of $56.

One woman claims she was kicked out on a rainy, Saturday night because she could not come up with the money. Mammie Taylor says women in the shelter are prostituting themselves for the cash so they won't have to sleep on the streets.

Maj. Richard Watts heads up the Wilmington Salvation Army corps. He says he's not aware of the problem, but says it does not surprise him.

"I've been doing this for 40 years," Watts said. "I'm fully aware that men and women have left our shelter and raised money in an illegal and illicit manner, and that's unfortunate."

Coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 p.m., we'll hear from the Taylor and another, who are trying to make a change in the shelter.

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The Salvation Army has been

The Salvation Army has been in Wilmington for the last 120 years. They have served in every diaster and crisis that the community has faced with outstanding service. Anybody who works with the under privaged understand the challeges. Alcohoics, drug addiction and yes protitution are all to common to those who live are on the street. The fact that The Salvation Army is will to feed, cloth, and house our homeless is to be commended.

40 years too long

Major Watts has always been arrogant and self serving since training college. He was mean spirited to the officers and staff in his command in Arkansas and they dumped him in Florida. He barely made it a year in Florida and they dumped him on North Carolina. The SA is starting to act like the Catholic Church with wayward priests. They keep passing Major Watts around the country instead of making him face the music. Watts talks about rules...Jesus's rule was love your neighbor as yourself. Granted the shelter has to try to support itself but if a client is trying there should and normally is consideration and compassion. Major Watts if you are burnt out and have no compassion for the flock GD gave you, it is time to retire and give the staff and clients a break. Maybe someone should write a letter to Maj. Dalton Cunningham at Carolinas Divisional Headquarters, P.O. Box 241808
Charlotte, NC 28224-1808 or call (704) 522-4970. Major Cunningham might be able to Do the Most Good.

It sounds like you have a

It sounds like you have a personal personality problem with this man. If you have known him since training and you live here you must be an ex officer, which probably means there is something wrong with you. The man had only been here about a month and I am sure the problem probably existed long before now, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm mabe you helped set him up. Look, the real situation is this there are just some people in this world who try to get over any way they can and simple will not pay for anything. They go from agency to agency to get whatever hand out they can. If she or any one else prosituted themselves they have done it before and will do it again. I am sure they knew they would have to pay when they signed in. How many times have they stayed before? They were probably prostituting themselves with someone in the shelter before and hiding it now this new guy comes in and lays down the rules and they don't like it.

Two sides

Lets see...one side of the story is told by someone who has worked in the difficult job of helping the homeless for nearly 40 years. The other side is told by two admitted prostitutes. Which side will you choose to listen to? If SA didn't charge, the people who stay there wouldn't value the place, wouldn't be taught you can't spend all your money on meth, wouldn't learn that staying somewhere costs something. I'm sure it costs WAY more than $56 a week to house a homeless person; the rest is made up by donations (charity). C'mon people.

salvation army

The Salvation Army has done so much good for people for decades.
Certainly can't blame them because a woman chose to prostitute herself to pay for her stay there.
She would have done it for a drug fix or to pay for a hotel room for the night.
No need to bash an agency that tries to help people.

I worked at a Salvation army

I worked at a Salvation army "shelter" in Atlanta as a night desk clerk while in college in the early 1980's. These places aren't as much shelters they are rooming houses. When I worked there someone homeless was allowed 2 free nights then they had to pay. Unless they were on public assistance
Take a look at what The Salvation Army pays their "Officers" it may surprise you.

I've always supported the

I've always supported the Salvation Army, but after watching the interview with the man in charge of the local shelter, that has ceased. His attitude is not caring at all. In my opinion, he thinks it is just a business, like a motel...if you can't pay, you can't stay. The Salvation Army is a charitable organization and should act as such.

The Salvation Army is the

The Salvation Army is the only chairity I donate to. There is no problem with making residents pay a small fee. Ride around the building, or go over to the Good Shepherd and see how many so-called homeless you see with cigarettes, wine and cell phones. If they can waste money on such, they can afford to pay for their lodging. The SA is only teaching them responsibility.

I agree

I totally agree with you. I see they have replaced the man that used to run the SA. The one I saw interviewed the other night had all the compassion of a rattlesnake. SA is a hand up, not a hand out and there will be people who will take advantage of it like they take advantage of everything else; but decisions need to be made on an individual basis, each situation is unique. Should they live there for free - no; but if a situation warrants someone staying a little longer than usual, it should be decided then.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army will only allow a limited number of nights stay for free; there are a lot of people out there that need shelter. After that is is pay up for room and board or move on. To many will want to make it a permanent arrangement if you let them.

I always a supporter

I agreee with you totally.. I will NEVER give to them again.

WWAY you should check out the salary for them ?? It should be interesting

unreal !!!!

The Salvation Army put someone out when they couldn't pay for their room... I can't believe that a person would be asked to leave but according to the interview at 6PM that is what happened.. I will tell you I have lost ALL respect for the Salvation Army.. How dare they do that to someone in need of help..

It is not the Salvation

It is not the Salvation Army's business or concern how people raise the money to stay there.

Salvation Army

It is all of our business of people selling their bodies for $56 dollars a week. Come on. Our wonderful city doesnt need that kind of exposure. If people can't pay to stay; why don't they pay for them with the monies that they are giving out in the community instead of making someone leave their shelter. If someone is in the shelter it is because they have no one else to turn too or no where to stay. It is all of our concerns about how these people are living and getting the monies.

what ever happen to what would JESUS!!! DO.helping,love,one othe

THE SALVATION ARMY THEY HAVE REALLY CHANGE A LOT. I' MEAN WHAT WOULD JESUS DO IN THIS SENSE...HE WOULD LET THE PERON'S STAY THERE FOR FREE...AND LOVE WOULD BE IN THE PLACE,,,YOU KNOW DON'T EVERYBODY HAVE A INCOME YOU KNOW THE WAY THING'S ARE TODAY,,,AND YOU KNOW IT USED TO BE A TIME'S WHEN THOSE WHO DID'NT HAVE AN INCOME THEY COULD GO TO THE WELFARE OFFICE TO GET HELP,,,WITH MONEY...JUST TO HELP THEM TO HAVE A LITTLE INCOME,,,UNTIL THEY CAN FIND A JOB AND GET BACK ON THERE FEET...I'KNOW THAT I DID.ME AND MY BABY WE STAYED RIGHT THERE FROM THE SALVATION ARMY,,,ACROSS FROM THE GREYHOUND BUS STATION AND THOSE APT'S, THE OLE SCHOOL ONE'S THE OLE TALYOR HOMES APT'S,,NOT THE NEW THAT THEY JUST BUILT...IT WAS BACK IN 93.I'WAS BORN AND RAISE THERE IN GOOD OLE WILMINGTON,NC. BUT I' MOVED AWAY FOR MANY YEAR'S...AND DID'NT HAVE A PLACE TO CALLED HOME AT THE TIME.YEAH AT THAT TIME STAYING AT THE SALVATION ARMY WAS FREE!!! AND THE PLACE WAS NICE AND REAL GOOD FOLK'S WORKING AND LIVING THERE WE WAS TREATED WITH LOVE AND RESPECT...I' DON'T REMEBER THE NICE MAN THAT WAS WHO RAN THE SAL,ARMY AT THE TIME...BUT HE CALLED ME INTO THE OFFICE ONE DAY AND SET ME UP WITH A WORKER AT WILMINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITHY.NOT ONLY THAT,BUT I' MOVED INTO THOSE APT'S CALLED TALYOR HOME'S...2-BRM'S...THE GUY HE WAS REALLY NICE AND HE HELP PLACE A WHOLE LOT OF FOLK'S INTO APT THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE ON...JESUS IS THE REASON'S WHAT HAPPEN TO THAT...THOSE WHO CANNOT PAY SHALL BE ABLE TO STAY...AM SURE THAT THE STAFF SHOULD REALIZE WHO THEY NEED TO HELP OUT...SOME TIME'S WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY YA'LL. SORRY ABOUT THIS LONG PAGE.AND NOT LINING UP MY SENTENCE AND WORDING THE RIGHT WAY...MRS.EMILY LEWIS...JESUS LOVE'S YOU AND SO DO I...