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Salvation Army to Cut Programs

By B. Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, Mo. – Salvation Army officials say they are one and a half million dollars in the red this year, causing them to drop a program for adults who are battling chemical dependency.

They may also have to close the residential program for abused and neglected children at the Hope Center. Major Robert Thomson says they were difficult decisions to make.

"We certainly don't want to, you know, pull back but we're also being realistic that we have to do what is fiscally sound for us so that we can continue to provide an array of over 30 services to the community of St. Louis," Thomson said.

Thomson says he is still hopeful to find one or more donors that will make it possible to continue to operate the children's residential program.