Dunkirk Salvation Army restructuring to reduce expenses

The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army will be restructuring the Dunkirk Salvation Army to reduce expenses and to continue to provide social services to the community, Major Donald Hostetler, commander of the Empire State Division, said today.

“The Dunkirk Salvation Army has served the community faithfully since 1893, and we want to continue to help those in need, but we need to look at a different service model,” explained Hostetler in a press release.

“Effective July 27, the corps will become a center for service under the direction of the officers of the Jamestown Salvation Army, Captains John and Kimberly Merchant. With their leadership, we will be better able to serve Chautauqua County, he explained.

As a center for service, the Army will continue to provide programs and basic emergency needs such as the food pantry, but without the on-site and spiritual direction of Salvation Army officers, who are also ordained ministers.

Current officers, Lieutenants Daniel and Laura Gonzalez, have accepted a new assignment with the Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center.