Letter: Salvation Army does tremendous work

I think that Maple Ridge is being mean-spirited with the local Salvation Army. I volunteer there and the people there do...

Editor, The News:

I think that Maple Ridge is being mean-spirited  with the local Salvation Army.  I volunteer there and the people there do tremendous good work all around.

It is not the fault of the Salvation Army that the need for housing, social programs, or addiction programs far exceeds its capacity to manage it.

One of the reasons I admire and support the work of the Salvation Army is because it looks after people that no one else will. It is obvious that Mayor Nicole Read and city council do not understand the issues of homelessness, mental health and addiction.  These are complex issues and there are no quick fixes.

Go after the province and health care system to provide funding and services, but don’t make the Salvation Army the scapegoat.

Faye Cottingham

Maple Ridge

 

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